The King’s Camp owes its beginning to the vision of Reverend Stan Hagemeyer. In 1972, Stan was pastor of Elim Reformed Church in King’s, Illinois when he was told about an area of land that was for sale that seemed suitable for a campground. Stan contacted several pastors and the Synod of Chicago to see if there was interest in building a campground. As it turned out, the Synod had been looking for quite some time for an area of land to be used as a campground no more than a hundred miles from Chicago.
Through many prayers and a lot of effort, the land for The King's Camp near Rockford, IL was purchased in 1974 and became a part of the responsibility of the Manitoqua Board. This wilderness camp served as the family ministry branch of Manitoqua. Development of The King’s Camp was accomplished through the efforts of volunteers who gave financial and physical labor support. Over the years, the camp has expanded to include 77 RV campsites, 15 tent campsites, 2 cozy cabins, 2 platform tents and a variety of recreational facilities for guests to use. In 2003, a new maintenance building was completed in order to continue to adjust to the needs of this growing ministry.
In the begining of 2020, The King's Camp was sold to The Royal Rangers (Northern IL Faction), who are a program that is an activity-based, small group church ministry for boys and young men in grades K-12. Their mission is to evangelize, equip and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders. They provide Christlike character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment. Over the years they have added a girls program as well. For more information regarding the Royal Rangers, please click here.
All that is missing from our history is YOU! Find out more about retreating with us, planning a day trip, or even consider joining our seasonal camper community today!
Our Past Camp Directors:
- 1986 | Joe and Julie Mann
- 1996 | Wesley and Eileen Engelkes
- 2007 | Ed and Virgina Gabriel
- 2018 | Ken and Sarah Wojnarowsk