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We’re thrilled to have the wonderful opportunity of offering Christian summer camps to our children and youth. Open Bible Central, our denomination and region, partners with a wonderful Christian campground in Iowa to give kids a fun-filled time to grow closer to Jesus.

Hidden Acres is a camp center with loads of fun activities and modern buildings. Campers enjoy things like a lake, waterslide and “blob,” indoor pool and hot tub, game room, gym, hiking paths, climbing tower, and more. Hidden Acres manages a large hospitality staff and volunteer nurses to make sure time at camp is safe, fun, and spiritually nurturing. It is the largest camp in the state of Iowa.

Parents, this could be a key time in the spiritual life of your child. Many kids choose to commit his or her life to Christ for the first time at camp. Most will deepen their faith and make lasting friendships. Open Bible has created wonderful programs for your children to help them understand God’s love for them.

Kids, get ready for an awesome summer!


Kids Summer Camp: Stories

Dates: July 31st- August 3rd, 2023
Location: Hidden Acres Christian Center – Dayton, IA
Cost: $219
Registration cost includes: All meals, lodging, services, camp t-shirt, activities, snack shack, and camp materials.


REGISTER FOR KIDS CAMP (no payment due)


Youth Summer Camp: Erosion

Dates: July 24-28, 2023
Location: Hidden Acres Christian Center – Dayton, IA
Cost: $255
Registration cost includes: All meals, lodging, services, camp t-shirt, activities, snack shack, and camp materials.


REGISTER FOR YOUTH CAMP (no payment due)


We are so excited for this season! We hope to see you at camp!

Please reach out to our Children’s Pastor, Tracey Gerard, with any questions.

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Breakaway Winter Retreat 2022

Open Bible Church holds a conference for teens in Des Moines each winter, and we hope to send a group every year. We took nine teens on this 3-day retreat, and as you can see from the comments below, it was an amazing time.

“I’m so grateful to Open Bible Central Region for putting this event together every year for us! I’m so grateful to God for how He speaks and transforms lives when we gather in one accord and seek Him!”
-Tracey Gerard

“Oh my goodness. Breakaway (it isn’t Winter Retreat, no one can convince me) was so, so amazing. So many people touched by God and so many good times together. I love this group and am so, so proud to be able to watch them grow in God. We are small but we are strong, and I could not be more proud to be walking with God with anyone else. Thank God for this experience, for the people I met and for the people I got to know better. Thank God for meeting us there. Can’t wait for camp!”
-Lorelai Gerard

“So beyond blessed for having the opportunity to encounter God with you 💛 I’m gonna miss these retreats so much but I thank God for giving us such a mighty little youth family 🙂 you guys will have a special place in my heart forever.”
-Karissa Heishman

Our Roots youth group was richly blessed by spending time in worship, hearing biblical teachings, and growing in friendship. Each person had a powerful testimony of what God spoke to them during this conference.

Join Roots youth group every Wednesday night if you’re interested in this ministry. We’re excited to see what God does with this amazing group of teens in the new year!

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