Camp Meeting 2016 is June 21-26

Camp meeting has been a tradition at Shiloh every summer since the first revival services were held in 1867. This year, Shiloh celebrates its 150th consecutive camp meeting. Not many other camp meetings can claim this continuous feat.

Today, a major focus of the camp meeting ministry is youth camp, a program that has grown in recent years to record attendance – a grand accomplishment considering all of the other summer camps and activities that compete for our children’s time. Youth camp will be held June 21-24.

Camp Meeting’s  Sesquicentennial Celebration

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Please join us for a catered meal afterward Under the Tent

The history of Shiloh’s Camp Meeting

watermelons

This early campers enjoy cool watermelon on a hot August afternoon. Front, from left, are Lucy Shannon, Nannie Hearn Upchurch, Pearl McGarity Brock and Lula Crim-Glaze. Back row: Charlie Boynton and a Mr. Jackson.

Reconstruction following the Civil War was well under way when Shiloh held its first camp meeting in 1867 in a building used for church services and a community school. It was so popular that services were moved to a brush arbor the next year to accommodate the crowds and five years later, in 1873, the church’s first framed arbor was built. In 1914, church members rallied again to construct an exceptional 500-seat arbor that served the community not only during camp meeting, but as a hub for other community activities as it approached its centennial year. However, in 2013, its 99th year, it was closed for structural repairs that are planned to restore it to its former glory.

In addition to traditional revival services featuring evangelists, serving youth has been a big part of the camp meeting ministry. Since the 1960s, youth have stayed on site in cabins during camp meeting, with a more structured program evolving a decade later. Hundreds of young people have attended camp with many receiving salvation or making a deeper faith commitment during their time at Shiloh.

Past camp meeting revival services usually began on the Tuesday after the first Sunday in August for a span of eight days and one night. This calendar worked well for the farming families it served for generations, but over the years, times changed. In 2004, to better accommodate modern work patterns and school schedules, camp meeting was moved to begin on the Tuesday of the last full week of June and end on Sunday night. Though the break with tradition was difficult, Shiloh met the challenge with enthusiasm and by making the change, camp meeting continues to thrive, a remarkable accomplishment for a rural, agrarian institution approaching 150 years.