Indian Youth Camp Inc. is a non-profit organization that exists to impact the lives of young people from the seven Indian Reservations of Montana. Through a week-long camp every June, Indian Youth Camp offers Native American youth a variety of activities specifically designed to minister to their needs. Indian Youth Camp provides an incredible week filled with sports, arts & crafts, music, drama, chapel services, small group discussions, good friends and so much more. All of this is provided in a warm, safe and loving Christian environment.
Our volunteer staff consists of both Native American and Non-Native people who share a desire to make a difference in the lives of our youth, and to see hearts and destinies changed forever. It is an unforgettable experience, and a chance to build friendships and relationships that continue throughout the year and beyond. Many of our staff come back year after year and develop lasting friendships with their campers and fellow staff members.
Indian Youth Camp is used by God to affect Christ-centered change in the lives of individuals and families. Indian Youth Camp teaches the truths and the principles of the Bible through love, so that the campers will leave with an understanding of the abundant life and purpose the Christ provides.
Indian Youth Camp is held at Glacier Bible Camp in the beautiful northern Rockies of Montana, just nine miles from Glacier National Park and along the banks of the Flathead River. It is an ideal setting for a week of fun-filled and life-changing activities.
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Statement of Faith
* We believe in one God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Creator of all things.
* We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, was buried, was resurrected, ascended into heaven.
* We believe the Bible in its entirety to be the inspired Word of God and the infallible rule of faith and conduct.
* We believe in personal salvation of believers through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
* We believe in water baptism, in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as distinct from the New Birth, in speaking with tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance (Acts 2:4), in the gifts of the Spirit, and the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit. We believe that all of these are available to believers.
* We believe in the coming, personal return of the Lord Jesus.
For more than 25 years, Indian Youth Camp has been providing a fun-filled, life-changing camp experience for the Native youth of Montana. In the late 1970s, Philip Joseph, the pastor of Harlem Assembly of God, started holding Indian Youth Camp as well as Indian Family Camp each year.
In 1982, Amy Fulton, a pastor in Hays, assumed the responsibility of running the camp. Pastor Jack Bennett took over in 1984 and IYC was held at a Kiwanis campground. The camp averaged from 30 to 45 campers. Some of the speakers included Joel Cornelius, John Weaver, Jr., Jackson Henry, and Velda Henry.
In 1995, IYC moved to its current home at Glacier Bible Camp in Hungry Horse. Groups of volunteers from all over the country began serving as room, kitchen, recreation, and activities staff. Some of the speakers included Richard Stewart, Scott Batchelder, and Fanny Ward.
Pastor Richard Stewart became the new Camp Director in 1996. Under his leadership, IYC has grown to include over 200 campers and over 100 staff members. The staff is a blend of Native and non-Native volunteers who travel from all over the country to minister to the campers at Indian Youth Camp. Some of the speakers in recent years include Titus Lee, Simon Gounder, Jacob Cummins, John Weasel &
IYC continues to inspire Native youth to experience the love of Christ and the fulfillment of God’s plans for the future.