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History & Owners

Camp Lebanon: More than Six Decades of Camp Ministry

Who could have dreamed over 60 years ago what God had in store for a special place called Camp Lebanon? The original group of men and women from over 20 Minnesota Conservative Baptist Churches who purchased 46 acres on the north side of Cedar Lake from an Upsala banker named Axel Borgstrom didn’t know how far their dream would go! That effort, which created A Meeting Place with God, was led by an Upsala farmer named Sidney Anderson and his son, Ray, who pastored a church in St. Cloud.

With a vision to provide summer camp ministries for youth in Minnesota, the Cedar Lake Baptist Assembly, Inc. was organized. Through six decades of camping seasons, Camp Lebanon’s facilities have been designed, built, and renovated. Programs have been launched, revised, and expanded to reach children, teens, families, and adults with the love of Christ.

A total of 146 children attended the first summer camps in 1947. Today, Camp Lebanon hosts nearly 10,000 guests a year. And the best part about those numbers is that we anticipate Camp Lebanon’s most exciting days still lie ahead! Come and be a part of this exciting ministry and help us write more camp history!

Contact us to learn more. Consider how you might help support the Camp Lebanon ministry.

Camp Lebanon’s Owners

Current Member Churches

  • Albert Lea – Calvary Baptist
  • Andover – Meadow Creek
  • Anoka – First Baptist
  • Anoka – GraceLife
  • Detroit Lakes – First Baptist
  • Golden Valley – Oak Grove
  • Hastings – River of Life
  • Long Prairie – First Baptist
  • Maplewood – Lake Phalen Community
  • Minneapolis – First Baptist
  • Minneapolis – Morrison Baptist
  • Navarre – Calvary Memorial
  • Park Rapids – Faithbridge
  • Pequot Lakes – Pequot Lakes Baptist
  • St. Cloud – Discovery
  • St. Paul – Hayden Heights Baptist
  • Sauk Centre – Harvest Community
  • Stillwater – Oakridge Community
  • Taylors Falls – First Baptist
  • Wanamingo – New Life
  • West Concord – Faith Community

Cooperating Churches (Historical Connection)

  • Aitkin – Calvary Westside
  • Breckenridge – First Baptist
  • Edina – Colony Park Baptist (closed)
  • Fargo – Community Baptist
  • Forest Lake – Immanuel
  • Minneapolis – Powderhorn Park Baptist (closed)
  • Moorhead – Calvary Church at Village Green
  • Parkers Prairie – First Baptist
  • Silver Bay – Palisade Baptist

A Meeting Place with God