Part of the AY recreational and training program. Organized Seventh-day Adventist youth camps began with a junior boys’ camp in the summer of 1926 in Michigan. The next year a girls’ camp was added in Michigan and a boys’ camp was held in Wisconsin. In 1928 similar camps were first held in California. The object of these AJY summer camps, conducted by the various conferences, was to invite junior youth to engage in vigorous activity in a healthful Christian environment for the purpose of developing Christian character and habits of usefulness. By 1930 leadership training camps and senior youth camps were being conducted, designed to provide senior young people with the benefits of outdoor life and Christian fellowship. The camping idea began to spread to other divisions of the world ...

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