Bachelor of arts ministry:
Camp Ministry

Course Overview

Bachelor of Ministry  -Camp Ministry

Four Year Program (120 Credits)
A unique program largely held in an actual camp setting, allowing students to learn leadership, administration, discipling, Bible teaching, and other skills within a reality experience.

Courses revolve around:

  • Effectively studying, understanding and interpreting scripture
  • Understanding the principles for effective ministry
  • Confidently apply practical skills as required in ministry settings

The third or fourth year is spent at Camp Forest Springs (Wisconsin, USA).

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Camp Ministry: In Depth

Match your interests and gifts to the major that best suits you through Prairie's Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (BAM) designed to build your confidence to minister in any environment; providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the Bible and practical leadership skills to do ministy while equipping others for ministry.

The BAM Camp Ministry program combines experiential and classroom instruction. Much of the program is in an actual camp setting allowing students to learn leadership, administration, discipling, Bible teaching, and other skills within a reality experience. Students learn to use the camp as a tool for ministry (both technical/hard skills and soft/relational/interpersonal/communication/ leadership/ group skills necessary to lead others)

Strong emphasis is placed on developing a philosophy of Christian camp ministry so you can run your own camp.

The third or fourth year is spent at Camp Forest Springs (Wisconsin, USA), allowing students to gain extended hands-on experience in camp ministry while earning academic credit to fulfill program requirements.

The Camp Ministry Program is:

  • For people who would like to prepare for traditional camping ministry in a vocational ministry or a vocational context.
  • For those who would like to work in camping in a secular setting with a Christian theological perspective.
  • Excellently suited for the second career person preparation.
  • For persons who are already in camping vocational ministry or job who would like formal education.

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology Major (45 credits)

  • NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
  • NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
  • NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah
  • OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
  • OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
  • OT 353 Reading the Prophets
  • ST 100 The Christian Life
  • TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • TH 210 The God of the Gospel OR
  • TH 211 Creation to New Creation
  • BT/NT/OT/ST/TH Electives (200 or above) (15 cr)

Arts & Sciences Core (36 credits)

  • AS 400 Integrative Seminar
  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
  • SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
  • SS 261 Leadership Foundations
  • HF/SS Electives (12 cr)
  • HF/SS electives 200 level or above (6 cr)
  • HF/SS elective 300 level (3 cr)

Camping Major (33 credits)

  • CA 300 Camp Management
  • CA 310 Camp Maintenance
  • CA 320 Promotion & Public Relations
  • CA 330 Food Service Management
  • CA 340 Camp Counseling OR
  • YO 151 Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • CA 341 Camp Organization (6 cr)
  • CA 342 Camp Administration
  • CA 350 Camp Programming (4 cr) OR
  • OL 151 Introduction to Outdoor Programming (3 cr)
  • CA 360 Camp Teaching (1 cr)
  • CA 370 Camp Safety (1 cr)
  • CM 269 Camp Practicum (3-4 cr)

General Electives (6 credits)


Al Mertes and Dennis Landon  Program Coordinator

Camp Ministry has, and continues to be, such an important ministry in the lives of children, youth and families. Camp is an unique tool in that it allows people to retreat from their everyday lives to hear and experience the love of God. If camp ministry is your calling then we would love to help prepare and guide you on your journey.

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An intense immersion into Christian camping. LTD is, from what I’ve seen at others camps, at the top as far as immersion into Christian camping. For someone who had little experience with camps before, LTD was an overall amazing learning experience.
LTD Student

Career Opportunities


  • Christian Camp Director
  • Camp Manager (Program, Kitchen, Operations, etc)
  • Camp Staff
  • Retreat Center Director
  • Graduate Studies (Divinity, MBA, etc)
Camp Fire
Camp Fire
Learning camp operations
Learning camp operations
Worship time at camp
Worship time at camp
Fun in the winter
Fun in the winter
Class time at camp
Class time at camp
Making some good food
Making some good food
The Dorms
The Dorms
Parable Place
Parable Place
In class
In class
In the Courtyard
In the Courtyard
Inside the Loft
Inside the Loft
General 2
I look back on my time at Prairie and think: "If only I went there now; the campus is so alive these days." Then I remember that my Prairie experience, like anything in our faith life, really is as good as you allow it to be. For me, it was a safe haven in uncertain times, a source of refinement and my best friend forever factory. It was the place where Jesus met me often through the professors, my coaches, and the people within the town of Three Hills itself. I love where Prairie has come, and where it is going. As a mother, I am confident that anyone who attends is being well equipped to impact my son's world with the love of Jesus! 
Tara Williams
Tara Williams