About Us
Camp Wiregrass was created as a safe, happy environment  and 
a place where young people can come to know God as Creator, Father, and Friend........

Providing a God filled environnment for over 49 years...

Imagine a country drive outlined by tall pines and stately oak trees suddenly giving way to a large patch of grassy green.  As you enter, notice the unspoiled beauty of the natural surroundings and the rustic cabins in the background.  Then, note the sounds of laughter and happy chatter as groups of young people play and enjoy various activities under the southern Alabama sun.  If you can envision these sights and sounds you have just taken a mental drive into the gates of Camp Wiregrass on most any given morning during camp season.     

Natural beauty and tranquillity are not the only benefits derived from a visit to this place.

There is a deeper beauty to Camp Wiregrass as it is a nonprofit Christian organization headed by an executive board, a board of directors, and a weekly camp director whose sole function is to insure a safe, drug-free, alcohol-free atmosphere for young people; a place where young people can learn good moral values and Bible principles. In keeping with our goals, all visitors are asked to act and dress in a modest manner to help us preserve the beauty and purity of the camp. 

Camp sessions are conducted by faithful members of the Churches of Christ and are overseen by the College Avenue Church of Christ in Enterprise, Alabama.  Each camp week, beginning on Sunday afternoon and concluding on Friday evening, focuses on a particular age group.  During the week the director and his staff provide a week's worth of fun activities and Biblical  learning for the campers.  Besides the director, the staff includes village leaders, cabin leaders, counselors, activity leaders,  lifeguards, Bible teachers, assistants, and a medical professional in case of sickness or injury.  The camp also employs a professional kitchen staff who prepare three delicious meals each day for campers and staff.

Camper lodging is divided into the girls' village and the boys' village, which consist of 4 cabins and one large bath house for each village.  The rustic cabins, each one named after an American Indian tribe, can house up to 16 campers and 4 staff members. The boys' village is headed by the Village Chief, while the girls' village is headed by the Village Queen.  Cabin leaders and counselors,  assigned to each cabin, are all governed by the village leaders and the Camp Director.    

Camp Wiregrass is pleased to have welcomed campers and staff for over 48 years now.  As of the end of summer 2018, this facility has had the pleasure of hosting over 32,680 campers, over 12,800 staff members, and has handed out over 29,680 Bible Rosettes.  It is our good fortune to have been the beginning point for many life-long friendships, as well as becoming the reunion place for so many adults who are now grown, married, and sending the next generation to summer camp. There is one word for all of this...............BLESSED!!!     

History of Camp Wiregrass



At first glance, the old abandoned golf course was not a very pretty picture.  Besides being overgrown by weeds, sections of the property had been charred by fire and littered with clumps of debris. Even though there were a few usable buildings and a swimming pool, years of neglect made it hard to imagine a bright outlook for this plot of land without a major makeover.  

Fortunately members of the College Avenue Church of Christ in Enterprise, Alabama, had great faith and the support of other area congregations in their brotherhood when they purchased the property in 1968. Their dream was to establish a Christian summer youth camp, giving young people a safe, happy place to spend time with friends and learn to live by Bible principles. Once the purchase was made and details were settled, many days of hard labor followed.  As a result of those combined efforts, Camp Wiregrass was born and emerged to host its first camp session in the summer of 1970.

Accomodations were limited, and frills were nonexistent, but seventy campers came willing to sleep in borrowed tents as the gates first opened at Camp Wiregrass.  The director was fortunate to have a pop-up camper to stay in because no sleeping quarters were available for him yet.  There was a dining hall but NO KITCHEN, which meant that food had to be brought in for each meal. In addition, one small building provided cramped quarters which had to be shared by the nurse and the office. Thankfully, though, two bath houses had been built, along with a craft hut, and a concession stand too.  And......with much hard labor, the swimming pool was clean and functional.  So, with high hopes and many prayers, the little mission took its first steps that summer.   

With those humble beginnings the camp continued to grow, adding a chapel and camper cabins in 1971.  Then, in 1973 the pavilion, which houses the director's apartment, office, restrooms, canteen and a large covered area for activities, was constructed.  Those improvements were followed by a new nurse's building in 1989 and a large kitchen/dining hall in 1997.   As a result of the faith of so many, and the guidance of Our Lord, the property has continued to receive upgrades over the years. 

There has never been any doubt as to who truly oversees the camp mission. Even in the darkest of times, as a tornado sprayed debris over the land and destroyed two structures, God blessed the camp with new buildings and workers to revamp the  property.  More recently, when fire reduced the nurse's station to ashes in 2004, the needs of Camp Wiregrass were met with a nicer replacement.  For over 40 years now, our Heavenly Father has allowed the work to progress and continuously blessed the efforts here.      

You can learn more about the Camp Wiregrass story by reading God Smiled and Wiregrass Was , a beautifully written book by Hoyt Nelson.
Please contact us by phone or email if you are interested in purchasing a copy.  All proceeds of the sale of this book support the work at Camp Wiregrass.
   
WE REMEMBER HOYT NELSON