Category Archives: Announcements

New For Summer 2023

Registration is open for the 2023 Summer program. This year’s theme is Love Your Selfie: Made in God’s Image. This year we are adding new programs, and focusing on different types of camping to serve everyone of all ages. Our structured programs are at Pathfinder Lodge, while Camp Vick will be focused on group rentals and family camping.

You can download the schedule and registration form here; and all descriptions and pricing on summer camp page. Brochures are coming soon. Want to make sure your church/organization gets copies of our brochure? Contact our office to check that you are on our list.

We are also offering new programs and opportunities this year including Wilderness Adventure, Day Camp, Spring Youth Retreat, Camp Reunion Weekend and a Pastor’s Retreat Week.

Love Your Selfie: Made in God's Image

“I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.” Vs 14b

Psalm 139:13-18

New This Year

Wilderness Adventures

For Campers 18+

This 5-day, young adult backpacking trip in the Adirondacks is organized and led by Rev. Dr. Jonathan Malone. In addition to hiking, there will be time for spiritual renewal and refreshment. Fee includes all food and group/shared gear. There will be an individual and a group Zoom meeting to help with planning and preparation. This trip is underwritten by a grant from the Capital Area Baptist Association. Learn More…

Day Camp

For Ages 5-12

Serving the Otsego region. Day Campers will enjoy swimming, boating, crafts, hiking & nature, and Bible stories, along with our overnight campers.

8:30-4:30 – $200/week (includes lunch)

Learn More…

Upcoming Event

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart

Proverbs 3:5

Spring Youth Retreat

May 19-21

Sign up your youth, youth group, campus club, or family for the annual Youth Retreat. For grades 7 through college level. Grow in faith with worship, small group Bible studies, campfires, and fun.

Registration: $100 per youth, $75 adult. (For every 7 youth in a youth group, 1 adult’s registration is free!). All meals/lodging included in registration cost.

Letter from our Interim CEO

Dear Ministry Partners,

As we approach “the seasons of thankfulness and giving,” let us pause and remember our times spent at camp. Many of us gave our life or rededicated our life to Christ at camp, made an important decision, or met our best friend or future spouse at camp. As we celebrated 75 years of camping ministry, it was great to hear all of the stories and memories shared. These

milestones happened because someone believed in the power of a Christ centered camping ministry and continued its legacy by generously supporting the ministry. Now it is your turn to be a camping hero for the next generation.

Young people are searching and craving the purpose that only Christ can provide, but we need your help. The commitment to provide a safe environment to introduce people to Jesus and equipping people to grow in their faith and impact their world remains as true today as it was 75 years ago. While we are currently facing a shortfall in giving, the focused mission of camping still prevails.

Your gift is especially important this year. Sharp price inflation is impacting many areas including groceries, supplies and capital improvement costs. Because of these more challenging times, will you consider increasing your gift this year or turning your annual gift into a monthly recurring gift? Monthly gifts help us budget and see us through the lean months when camp registrations are not a source of income. Increasing your gift can provide the opportunity for more people to experience the joy of camp.

From now until December 31st, for any one-time donation of $250 (or more) OR a recurring gift of $20 (or more) per month, we will express our appreciation with a commemorative 75th Anniversary T-shirt.

Will you answer the call to become a camping hero? Will you help VPCC Ministries be a strong voice of God’s love, grace, and acceptance in the lives of those who want to experience the legacy of attending Camp Vick or Pathfinder Lodge?

On a personal note, I am excited to be back in a leadership role for our camping ministries and look forward to connecting with the children and most especially with all of you, supporters, and heroes! We thank God for your continued support and pray for God’s blessings upon you!

In Christ’s Service,

Marilyn Malone
Interim CEO, VPCC Ministries

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Ephesians 3:20, NLT

Fall Season at VPCC Ministries

Summer has come to a close. We are so very grateful for all of the campers who spent the season with us. Each of you are precious stones in God’s Kingdom. Thank you for sharing your fun, laughter, praise, and worship with us.

And a special thanks to all our volunteers and staff this summer. 2022 was truly the year of the volunteer. You made our camping ministry possible and an incredible experience for each and every camper. It was especially wonderful to spend a weekend with so many of our donors, supporters, and volunteers at the 75th anniversary. For 75 years you have brought outdoor ministry to generations of campers in New York State. We can’t wait to continue the ministry in partnership with you for many more years to come.

Though the summer season has ended, and we are already planning for next year, the fall brings new opportunities to serve and celebrate our ministry.

Camp Vick will host a special Fall Day Celebration on October 15th. Learn more and register here.

Camp Vick

October 15, 2022

Pathfinder Lodge will have a work weekend and water shut off day. It’s a great opportunity to see the camp in the fall, help get ready for the winter season, all while being in fellowship with great friends and partners. Please RSVP here.



October 1, 2022

October 22, 2022

Summer is always fast approaching. Start planning for next year now. We are already hiring for next summer and will continue to value your support.

2022 Summer Schedule

Save the Date! The 2022 Summer Schedule is here. Mark your calendar and look for registration information coming in March. Don’t forget to sign up for news and updates delivered right to your inbox.

This year’s theme is “Living Stones: More Precious than Diamonds”, as we will also be celebrating our 75th anniversary of Christian Camping in New York State (Our Diamond Jubilee). We are excited to share God’s love this summer with all our campers and friends.

We are now hiring for the summer. If you are interested or know someone interested in serving God this summer please check out our employment and volunteer pages.

Pathfinder Lodge Schedule

Camp Vick Schedule

Out of the Box Camping

Introducing our new Summer 2020 Program

Summer 2020 – The Year Camp Came to you!
Join in on the fun of “Camping: Out of the Box”

Want to engage with your kids and connect with God this summer? Join in the fun! We are offering 6 weeks of individualized programming for different age groups.

Your Box Purchase Includes:

  • At least 10 activities per week including materials – each week is unique, and theme based!
  • Twice weekly “sing along” Campfires
  • Daily social media challenges
  • Additional devotionals and activity ideas for those who want more to do!
  • Automatic inclusion in daily chapels and the Friday “Family Fun” Campfire!
  • Familiar faces in near and distant places! Our camping veterans will see lots of old friends! Our new friends will meet many new friendly faces!
  • We will be visiting Pathfinder and Vick during our 6-week experience!

Learn and grow along with us with many hands on, interactive adventures as we all camp out of the box together!

Prices and Options:

$40 per week or $220 for all 6 boxes! A limited edition 2020 Camp Shirt with your choice of a tie dye kit or fabric markers can be added or purchased separately for $22.50.

Scholarships available for those in need.

Want to support this vital ministry during this unprecedented time? You can:

Sponsor a box or boxes to send to a child in need of support
Make a minimum donation of $25 and receive a handmade candle and magnet as our thanks and reminder to pray for camp!

Register Your Camp in the Box Program

Visit our Registration Page and find our downloadable order form or our online store.

A Message from the Board of Directors.

Dear Friends and Supporters of Vick Pathfinder Ministries,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  As we are in the midst of the Lenten and soon Easter season, I want to thank you all for your continued prayerful and financial support of this ministry that is so dear to all of us.  We have some exciting news to share with you. We have called a new CEO Amanda Simons and she has accepted. Mandy has an extensive background in camping and in various other ministries.  She is gifted and brings many strengths and abilities to our organization. We are blessed to have her continuing the good work that was started by our departing CEO Rev. Dr. John Buskey. Keep an eye on this web page and on our social media channels for a more extensive biography for Mandy.

Like most people, the Board of Directors of VPCC Ministries are also keeping an eye on the quickly developing and fast changing impact of COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus.  We have made no definite decisions yet in regard to the camp schedules for the summer of 2020. It is our sincerest hope that we will be able to run a full schedule with all of our programs.  We are watching the seemingly daily changing reports of an all clear date with the hope that we can solidify our plans and begin to prepare for a wonderful summer of Christian Camping. Please keep an eye on our webpage and social channels for any updates which we will report to you as soon as we are able.  We hope you will continue to pray for and financially support this vitally important ministry.

On behalf of the VPCC Board of Directors and with the ever present hope of Christ,

Rev. Dr.  David J. Spiegel, Sr.

(Board Chair)