Camp Spofford is a Christian family camp located in southwest New Hampshire on beautiful Lake Spofford. We are affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church and offer youth and family camping programs throughout the summer months as well as retreats throughout the fall, winter and spring months.

Our Mission: Camp Spofford is a Christian camp and year-round retreat center that seeks to provide an experience that serves families, youth, retreat groups, churches, and the community so that they can meet Jesus Christ, know Him as Lord and Savior, grow in His spirit, serve Him, and relax in the beauty of His creation.

Did you know that camp has been around for 54 years?  Here’s a little bit about the history of Camp Spofford…

The spot on which Camp Spofford resides has long been a popular vacation destination. The area has had several hotels and summer lodgings. Prior to its purchase in early 1962, the property served as a Catholic boy’s camp, called Camp Marquette. The Eastern District of the Evangelical Free Church had soughttentel a suitable place for affiliated churches to begin their own camping ministry to youth and families, and after looking at a few different possibilities, settled on what is now Camp Spofford.  A gentleman by the name of Arthur Andersen purchased the land and sold it to the Evangelical Free Church’s Eastern District.  According to the deeds on record, the camp was purchase on June 5, 1962 for $48,000!

A 2nd floor is added to the gym to make room for administrative office space and gift shop.

The present campus has changed significantly over the past 50 years.  The original property did not include the land at Lakeside House or the staff housing and garage behind the gymnasium.  The state also altered Route 9A and took  a significant portion of the office parking lot.  Several buildings have changed their purpose, while others have been torn down and replaced.  Original structures include the Hampshire House, the Gazebo, and some of the Youth Camp Cabins (which have been completely renovated).  The Trailer Park was originally called “The Tenting Area” and had no bathroom.

Camp added the Gymnasium in the late ’90’s which significantly expanded its year round function and reach.  All guest accommodations built after this are winterized and several existing buildings have been retrofitted. The chapel that now stands next to 9A is Camp’s third.  The original chapel’s roof collapsed due to an unusually heavy snow load in the late ‘60’s.  Camp lost its second chapel to a suspicious fire in 2008.  The new one was completed in 2010.

Chapel being rebuilt

The Chapel being rebuilt.

With 54 years of history, Camp Spofford continues to stay true to its original purpose.  Peter Fiorello was hired as the new Executive Director in January of 2011, and is leading the drive to bring the ministry into the next 50 years, well-equipped to face the needs of our culture.  In just the last couple years, many innovative things have happened at camp. A second floor was built onto the gym, which houses our office dining halland registration area. And a new dining hall was completed in spring of 2015. What will be next? Just ask Peter!

Want to know more about the history and people here?  Feel free to stop at the gift shop and browse through our memory book, made in 2012 to commemorate Camp Spofford’s fiftieth year!

 

Statement of Faith of The Evangelical Free Church of America

We believe:

  1. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
  2. In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
  4. That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
  5. That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
  6. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus become children of God.
  7. That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
  8. That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.
  9. That only those who are, thus, members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
  10. That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
  11. In the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
  12. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

Camp Spofford hires a whole host of people during the summer months in order to make everything run smoothly; we need staff for waterfront, maintenance, dining hall, housekeeping, childcare, and of course our Camp Counselors!  There is always a LOT going on at Camp Spofford during the summer months.  The rest of the year, however, it is our full-time staff that keep things going.  From September-June, our small group of full-time staff stay busy hosting retreats, planning events, maintaining the facilities, and carrying out the Mission of Camp Spofford so that God can continue to use it for His purpose.

The new Executive Director is…

After interviewing approximately 30 candidates over the last four months, the Board of Directors unanimously appoint Dan Syvertsen as Executive Director of Camp Spofford!

If you’re a longstanding member of the Camp Spofford family, you will remember Dan and his wife Kellie who have been a part of Camp since childhood. For years, the couple served as summer staff and year-round employees. Dan acted as Program Director for eight years until 2011, when he and Kellie relocated to Illinois. Since then, the Syvertsens adopted Leah, their two-year-old daughter, and gave birth to their second child, Ezekial, who is five-months-old. During their time in Chicago, Dan earned his Masters in Counseling Ministries from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He worked as Program Director for the Midtown Athletic Club, and most recently, served Christ Church in his role as Campus Pastor.

Dan is skilled at casting a vision and mobilizing a team to pursue God’s call. His commitment to bring more children, youth, and adults to Christ aligns with Camp Spofford’s mission. His years of experience at Camp, his solid leadership focus, and deep faith well-equip him to be Executive Director of Camp Spofford.

A Note from Dan:

When we left Camp Spofford in 2012, we expected to be in Illinois for two years. Two years turned into six. The Chicago area has been a fun place to live and explore. We have been welcomed into an awesome community of people and made lasting memories and friendships. We enjoyed watching both the Giants and Ravens win the Super Bowl– and even the Mets make it to the World Series after beating the Cubs. But, much more than sports, God has done a wonderful work in both Kellie, myself, and our family. We return with two awesome kids, Leah and Zeke. We are thrilled to see them grow up around Spofford!

We are humbled and honored to accept this new role as Camp’s Executive Director. Kellie and I have both been deeply impacted by the Camp and the people who have been a part of it. I look forward to joining the full time staff and leading Camp Spofford into the future God has planned. It is a special place, filled with awesome people.

I am excited to see you around Camp Spofford soon! All for the glory of God!

 

 

Doug Hildreth, Food Services

Doug has served in Christian camping for 35 years and has made Camp Spofford the focal point of his ministry since 1995.  His excitement for his job is evident as he constantly develops new award winning dishes and themes to enhance the quality of your experience.   Doug and his wife Kathi have two married children who have both served on staff and 5 grandchildren.  One will often see Doug cruising all over Keene in the late summer afternoons when he is not at camp.  To contact Doug email him at doug@campspofford.org.

 

 

 

 

Mary LaPorte, Bookkeeper

While often hidden away in the back corner of the office, Mary has the essential job of keeping the lights on and our staff paid.  She moved to the area over 20 years ago with her husband Craig and began working at camp several years ago.  Mary and her husband have 4 kids, most of whom have worked at camp in some capacity.  When not in the office, she’s bound to be either gardening, working in the woods, cooking, or sewing.  To contact Mary, you can call her at 603-363-4788 or email her at mary@campspofford.org.

 

 

 

Patrick Miller, Director of Knute’s, Assistant Chef

Patrick joined us in 2015 as our Director of Retreats and Assistant Chef, thought this summer he is also taking on the role as Knute’s Director.  From Reading, PA, he has had many years of experience as a professional chef from places such as Shenandoah National Park, Monterrey Bay, CA, and most recently at Boston University.  He and his wife Elizabeth have two little girls and a son born June 2017.  One of Patrick’s favorite things to do at camp is go fishing in the evening with his family. To contact Patrick, please email him at retreats@campspofford.org.

 

 

 

Dave Nelson, Director of Family Camp

Dave began serving here in 1991 and has spent all but two of those years working to improve and maintain the buildings and grounds around Camp.  He and his wife Liz have 6 children, the oldest of whom is married, and most of his kids are working or have worked at camp during the summer. His favorite spot to hang out is on the chapel porch, especially when there is a good sunset.

To contact Dave, email him at dave@campspofford.org.

 

 

 

 

Bob Rathbun, Director of Maintenance

Bob began serving in the winter of 2008 after working several years in the construction business.  He has been instrumental in renovating several buildings while also conducting much-needed repairs on everything from public walkways and kitchen floors to porches, plumbing, and roofs.  He and his wife Karen, who up until recently worked in the office, have 2 boys, both of whom are working at camp this summer.  Bob’s favorite spot at camp would be near a coffeepot, particularly one that brews hazelnut coffee.

Bob is typically busy on camp grounds.  To contact him, please start with emailing him and scheduling a call or meeting.  Email him bob@campspofford.org.

 

 

 

Ben Tabone, Youth Camp Director

Ben joined us in 2016 as our new Youth Camp Director.  From Harrisburg, PA, Ben is a graduate of Messiah College with a degree in Adventure Education.   He has been involved with camp ministry for many years, and has a special fondness for Northern Frontier. Self –described as “more amphibian than human,” his favorite place to be at camp would be in a kayak on the lake.  He also has a slight obsession with drinking Red Bull.

Feel free to call Ben at 603-363-4788 or email him at ben@campspofford.org.

 

 

Kristin Bakke, Office Manager

Kristin stepped in to fill the big shoes of lovely Karen Rathbun.  Kristin is a local mom who has been involved with camp for many years. If you call or stop by the office, you are bound to deal with Kristin.  When she is not in the office, she is most likely trying to locate her children somewhere on Camp grounds or running to them to their soccer games!

Kristin typically works in the office Tuesday- Friday 9-3:30ish, if you have a question or concern, please give her a call at 603-363-4788 or email her at info@campspofford.org.

Below is a photo of our staff during the summer months.