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Baptist Camp Judson
Keystone, SD, 57751
Phone: (605) 574-2314

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In 1922, the Black Hills Association voted to sponsor a "Summer Youth Assembly" in the Black Hills. In 1924 the South Dakota Baptist Convention secured a lease from the United States Forest Service for some ground in the Bear Gulch area just east of the small village of Silver City. In the winter of 1925-26 an administration building and kitchen/dining room were constructed for a total sum of $200. That summer began the ministry of Camp Judson in South Dakota.

It was only natural that a more permanent camp would be built as attendance in the Black Hills was popular. The new camp construction began with a new kitchen/dining room, administration building, assembly area and the beginning construction of cabins. A total of $2000 was dedicated to the project. At the May 19, 1926 meeting of the Black Hills Association the name "CAMP JUDSON" was officially adopted in honor of Adoniram and Ann Judson, America's first overseas missionaries.

As the years passed, the camp continued to be developed and improved. Attendance increased and a vast network of support for Camp Judson developed that remains through today.

In the early '5Os a move was made to build a new Camp Judson. On May 16, 1954 ground was broken at the present site. The old Camp Judson was soon flooded by Pactola Dam and is now under water. The new camp site was developed over the years until today it has the dining hall/kitchen, fireside room and "chapel" in Roger Williams Lodge, Fellowship Lodge, 20 cabins (cabin 4 being a double), Outreach Lodge, shower house, Cobb Manor, the manager's residence, the ranch residence on the valley property, and a maintenance building. In 1990 a new lake was constructed.

In recent years, a major addition was added to Outreach Lodge more than doubling the size and making it a complete year-around facility that can accommodate up to 50 people for housing, meetings and meals. The latest addition to the camp is the completion of a new wheel-chair accessible cabin. With these additions, the camp facility can now house well over 200 campers.

Camp Judson continues to be a central gathering point for South Dakota Baptists. Camps for all ages are held each summer as well as conferences for women, men, and pastors and spouses. The camp is also used by rental groups when available and is active with the cabins open until December. The camp hosts the Senior High Winter Camp in February and slowly comes alive by April each year.

Camp Judson has been the place where countless persons have met Jesus Christ in a personal way. The camp continues to be a place of growth, challenge, comfort and fellowship to all who enter its doors.


Camp Type:
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Age of Campers:
all ages
$85-$550/wk (Please contact camp for exact pricing.)
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  • Hiking Day outings


(Please contact camp directly for updated session schedule.)

June 7 - 11
July 12 - 18
July 19- 25
July 26 - Aug. 1


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