Since 1946, Camp Lake Stephens has served as a sacred and transformative place for the Mississippi Methodist Conference and beyond. Through fellowship, worship, relaxation, hospitality, and renewal, Camp Lake Stephens strives to foster growth in God through Jesus Christ by sharing its unique living, learning, Christian environment. Whether you are interested in a general gift, or supporting one of Camp Lake Stephen’s programs, please know that you are transforming lives!

Click on a link below to find out more about ways to give!

Vesper Hill Monthly Giving Club / 75 for 75

As we begin preparations for our 75th anniversary, we’re looking for 75 people who will partner with CLS as monthly donors.  We have a 1:1 match for all pledges up to $10,000!

If 75 people pledged $11.50/month, that would be more than enough to reach our goal of $10,000!


Your support towards the annual fund puts your dollars right were Camp Lake Stephens needs it the most. You could be funding monthly utility bills, paying for pool chemicals, purchasing new canoe paddles, supporting ongoing repairs to buildings, or paying a summer staff member. The annual fund is approximately 17% of our yearly budget. Your support makes it possible to fully fund our life-changing ministry.


Over the decades, Camp Lake Stephens has provided opportunities for many youth and adults who are not able to pay for camp. We have been blessed to help meet the financial needs to anyone who needs assistance. Annually, over $11,000 is raised for camper scholarships, which allows those with lower incomes to participate in our summer and retreat programs and experience the joy of camp ministry. By supporting the scholarship fund, you can play a part in opening up the doors of camp to those in need.


When you support capital projects, you help Camp Lake Stephens continue to accommodate its growing number of guests, revitalize facilities, and provide much needed accessibility upgrades. With your donation, we will able to renovate the Sally J. Stephens Dining Hall, improve the pool area, and as we look forward to another 75 years of ministry, provide the resources to meet the needs of the next generation of campers.


Your planned gift allows you to create and brand your legacy of faith by preserving Camp Lake Stephens for future generations. Give the gift that costs nothing in your lifetime! For more information, please contact Rich Swartwood to discuss how you can make a legacy gift.

Camp Wishlist

Would you like to give a gift that will directly affect our ministry and those that experience it? If so, we invite you to consider purchasing a gift from our wish list. Please contact our Executive Director Rich Swartwood at, if you have any questions or want to make a direct impact on our programs.

  • Recreation equipment (sprout balls, archery arrows, volleyballs, board games)
  • Hospitality items (linens/towels/pillows/quilts) for private rooms)
  • Accessibility items (pool lift, golf cart (4-person), mini van, ramps for buildings, lighting upgrades, tables for meeting areas, benches at sunshade)
  • Program related (benches at sunshade, volleyball court, Chapel banners and canvas prints, Adventure Camp renovation, nature center supplies, drinking fountain at pool and athletic field, paddle boards)
  • Scholarship funds
  • Capital improvement funds for dining hall and pool renovation 

Mission Statement

Camp Lake Stephens, a United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center, is committed to being a place where children, youth, and adults can encounter God and respond in faith to God’s call to transform the world.