Camp Meeting

A series of meetings held for a number of days, generally in a rural or semirural setting, with provision for encampment on the grounds; a type of meeting now peculiar to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and a few other denominations. Camp meetings are held in various sections of the world, usually annually, and at times when the weather is suitable for such occasions; customarily a camp meeting is conducted by a conference or an equivalent unit of church organization. History. Camp meetings originated among the Presbyterians in Kentucky in the early years of the nineteenth century and later flourished especially among the Methodists. SDA camp meetings began in 1868, five years after the General Conference was incorporated in 1863. The background for the SDA gatherings was in the Millerite...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.