VENTURA, Iowa—Family Camp at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp is designed to be a spiritually enriching vacation for families. Next summer, families will enjoy staying in the camp’s new cabin, currently under construction. The camp itself is 60 years old, so it’s time to upgrade the facility, says Director Phil Betz.
Construction started after breaking ground in April. The new fourplex cabin will house a total of 40 campers.
This summer, 390 families attended family camp. And as always, they enjoyed the program’s balance between a structured time of Bible challenge for each age and free time to have fun together. For many families, family camp is an annual tradition. “Family camp is a refreshing environment that allows children, parents, and grandparents to spend a week together—and best of all, everything you need is right here at camp,” Betz says.
Betz has been director of IRBC for 15 years. “The night we told our children about moving to IRBC, we told them we were moving to Family Camp, and our [10-, 8-, and 4-year-old kids] went crazy! It literally was their favorite place in the world. The place where our kids spent a week together with their mom and dad, cousins, grandparents, friends from church, and new friends they met every year!”
IRBC’s goal is to build opportunities for families to make memories together. One of Betz’s favorite things to see is “60 families spread around the campground having family devotions time together.” The camp designs a study for families to use the week of family camp, allowing parents and sometimes grandparents to build Biblical truths into their families’ lives and apply those truths when they go back home.