Camping and Retreat Ministries

“Christian camps and retreats invite persons and groups to sacred settings typically within the natural world where the creation can speak to their hearts of God. In tandem with the Holy Spirit, [camps] will give guests and participants unparalleled opportunities to focus on the deeper meaning of their lives by inviting them away from normal routine and distraction. These intentional times apart are a catalyst for new possibilities that embody the Church’s mission to nurture Christian discipleship and to engage persons in the transformation of the world through love and justice.”

— Camp and Retreat Ministries, Discipleship Ministries of the UMC Online Resources

COVID-19 Statements from ARUMC Camps

Camp Tanako

Camp Tanako’s Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to suspend all overnight and day camps for the 2020 summer season. The safety and well being of our campers and their families are our top priority. These unprecedented times call for difficult decisions. We encourage all to follow our social media platforms to stay connected. Keep an eye out for Tanako Tales, a new program reminiscing on the memories of camp. We love you all and look forward to seeing you at Camp Tanako again!

Kayla Hardage, Executive Director

Mount Eagle

Mount Eagle is accepting reservations for groups and individuals. We expect guests and visitors to adhere to all Centers for Disease Control and Arkansas Department of Health guidelines. We are following CDC guidelines on cleaning between groups.

Camp Tanako

Camp Tanako, located in Hot Springs on Beautiful Lake Catherine, has been a tradition of the United Methodist Church in Arkansas since 1948. Our Mission here at Camp Tanako is to welcome children, youth, and adults to a place set apart where they can grow in their faith by experiencing God through nature and time spent in community and respond to the call of the Holy Spirit. Whether you come as a guest on a retreat or come for summer camp, this is a place where you release your burdens, find Christ’s Peace, and rest.

Camp Address:
4301 Hwy. 290, Hot Springs, AR 71923
(501) 262-2600


Contact: Kayla Hardage –

Mount Eagle Retreat Center

Mount Eagle Retreat Center is located in southwest Stone County, this year-round retreat center sits atop a mountain surrounded on three sides by the Middle Fork of the Little Red River.

We offer program resources for family and personal renewal and spiritual growth. All facilities are available to churches, small groups, families, and individuals for use when conference events are not taking place. Mount Eagle is also open to other not-for-profit groups.

Camp Address:
935 Beal Road, Clinton, AR 72031
(501) 723-4580


Contact: Katelyn Hiatt –

Bear Creek Camp

Bear Creek Camp is a year-round camp and retreat facility located in the St. Francis National Forest, on Bear Creek Lake.

Camp Address:
1339 Lee Road 258, Marianna, AR 72360

Mailing Address:
59 S. Poplar St., Marianna, AR 72360
(870) 662-1279


Contact: Glenn Hicks –

Shoal Creek Camp

Shoal Creek is a real camp with 22 acres, wood cabins that sleep 12 people, 4 with heat and air, screen windows and fans. A large air conditioned dining hall, a kickball field, and a swimming pool.

Camp Address:
571 Methodist Youth Camp Road, New Blaine, AR 72851
(479) 438-1429


Contact: Judy Hall –
(479) 938-2270