Sumatanga... more than a place, an experience. Surrounded by the woods, mountains, lakes and streams, away from the problems and interruptions of everyday life, visitors to Sumatanga can rest their burdens, gaining inspiration from the beautiful peace of the natural setting. The 1700-acre facility stretches along the valley in St. Clair County, nestled against Chandler Mountain. The land was bought in 1948 not only for its beauty, but also for its central geographic location in the North Alabama Conference. Even before construction began on the first building in 1950, leaders of the conference envisioned the site as a mountain retreat center where people of all ages could come for spiritual renewal and fellowship. In 1951, when the first Youth Conference was held at the facility the vision became reality. Today, though the grounds have been updated and expanded, the original purpose remains unchanged.
Here are some of the things our summer campers have to say:
"I love camp because I get to meet new people and grow into a good person." ~ Summer Camper Claire
"I have never felt more myself than I do here. Thank you so much for helping make it possible." ~ Summer Camper Adam
"I have gone to Sumatanga for many years and it has become a second home to me. It has changed me and I have made many great friends. It is a great place and I plan to help others experience it as I have by becoming a counselor." ~Summer Camper Jonathan
"Camp is an amazing experience every year! It helps a lot of people that struggle with their faith or even if they don't!" ~Summer Camper Brandon
"I am the 3rd generation of my family to come here. This place has worked many miracles for me. Love is obviously here. People here care for us and our journey. Thank you for keeping the joy ALIVE!" ~Summer Camper Jacob