About US

We are a non-profit, non-denominational Christian camp located in the beautiful BitterRoot Mountains of North Central Idaho.  Our camp is nestled alongside the SouthFork of the Clearwater River.  We are open year round offering a variety of retreats and camps as well as rentals.  ALACCA exists to be a ministry partner to help local churches and other like-minded organizations develop disciples.

Mission Statement:

We exist to be a ministry partner to churches and other like-minded organizations to develop disciples.

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ALACCA History:

In the 1930’s Sunday School Johnston, a missionary with the American Sunday School Union, drove his Model “A” from Kentucky to start Sunday Schools all over Northcentral Idaho and Eastern Washington. One of his projects included lining up a bus to take Clearwater area children to a Christian summer camp in Valley Ford, WA near Spokane. In 1958 a closer facility was found on the Selway River, and for ten years the American Sunday School Union rented the old CCC Camp at O’Hara from the U.S. Forest Service. By 1966 the Forest Service was talking about tearing the camp down, thus a new summer camp was needed.

Mrs. Ida Ferguson of Harpster (whose grandchildren attended camp) donated 21.7 acres of beautiful riverfront property for the purpose of building a Christian Camp. Negotiations started October of 1966, and the incorporation papers announcement of officers for the board of directors took place in November and were as follows: Carroll Johnson, president; Keith Hemple, vice president; Jim Englund, secretary; Tom Schuster, treasurer; and Wes Baker.

The incorporation is under the ALACCA (A Lighthouse And Christ Centered Always) Bible Conference Association of Lewiston and involved some 2,000 area people from 19 Sunday Schools and churches working together with the American Sunday School Union to build the camp. Treasurer, Tom Schuster set up a fund to receive faith promises of $1.00 per month from individuals to pay for the construction. The first item on the construction agenda was a bridge across the river, as at the time, the only existing structure was a swinging footbridge. Following construction of the bridge were the building of the chapel, dining hall and six dormitories.

After much donated time and money, the camp opened in 1970 under the direction of another local American Sunday School Union Missionary. He served until 1976 when Don Matson took over. Tom and Jewell Colley served as camp directors from 1981 until their retirement in 2007. From 2007 until 2013 Open Air Campaigners missionaries Mark & Angela Kennedy were the camp directors. Chip & Kim Wolfe, also missionaries with Open Air Campaigners, began serving at ALACCA as support staff in the summer of 2011 and ended their service as directors in 2014. From the summer of 2014 through December of 2015, the ALACCA board stepped in to keep the camp running while looking for the next directors. Jeff & Laura Yant served at ALACCA from January 2016 until December 2016.  God led the ALACCA board to hire Mike and Timmie Hoecherl and their family in June 2017.  We were blessed to be able to hire support staff Dakota and Kaitlyn Davis in June 2018.

Since 1983 many of the construction projects for the camp have been completed by teams from “RVICS”, Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service and “MMAP”, Mobile Missionary Assistance Program. ALACCA has been blessed by and appreciates their combined talents and willingness to help.

There are still many projects and updates going on at camp. If you would like to be a part of the ongoing legacy of ALACCA, please contact us at camp@alacca.org to find out how.

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What We Believe

  • The Bible, which is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, and is inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the infallible and authoritative Word of God.
  • The triune Godhead in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • The personality of Satan, called the Devil, and his present control over unregenerated mankind.
  • The fall and lost estate of man, whose total depravity makes necessary the new birth.
  • The deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, death, bodily resurrection, present exaltation at God’s right hand, and personal and imminent return.
  • The atonement by the substitutionary death and shed blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
  • The resurrection of the saved unto everlasting life and blessedness in heaven and the resurrection of the unsaved unto everlasting punishment in hell.
  • The church, the Body or Bride of Christ, consisting only of those who are born again, for whom He shall come again.
  • Christ’s commission to the church to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every person.
  • That salvation is the gift of God and is eternal in its duration.
  • The Holy Spirit indwells the believer at the time of salvation.
  • That marriage consists only of a man and a woman as established by God in Genesis.