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Call: (501) 354-3959

Fax:  (501) 354-9141

Email: info@solgohachia.org

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Monday-Friday

9:00am - 4:00pm (CST)

Saturday - CLOSED

Sunday - CLOSED

Ozark Conference Center and Camp Solgohachia are members of the American Camping Association and the Christian Camp and Conference Center Association, the nation's leading camping and conference industry associations.  We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability, the leading organization requiring the highest standards of financial accountability for ministries around the world.

© 2023 by Ozark Conference Center

What is Solgohachia?

Solgohachia is an extra-ordinary, year-round Christian camp and retreat experience for individuals, families and groups.  Our culture is rooted in the values of Christ and His Kingdom.  Our passion for Christ, love for people, Spirit-driven creativity, and commitment to excellence, means Camp Solgohachia is a safe place where campers are treasured, have the most fun they've ever had, and enjoy the life-changing love of Jesus!

February 2, 2018

As you have probably seen in the news over the past several weeks, culminating last week with the criminal sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar—a former girls gymnastics team physician for Michigan State University and the USA Olympic girls gymnastics team—over 150 gymnasts and other girls have come forward as victims over multiple years of Nassar’s abuse.

Alfie and I have been heartbroken as we’ve read the many impact statements that Nassar’s victims read in court.  We are parents of three children, all involved in gymnastics; our children are also campers (and staff) at Camp Solgohachia where we oversee the care of over a thousand kids and students each year.

And quite frankly, just as humans, we are terribly troubled and again sobered by this news, especially in light of what appears to be systemic break down of protocol intended to prevent such abuse and protect children, youth and young adults.

If you’re like us, such news causes you to pull your kids a little closer and do double diligenc...

January 11, 2018

I recently came across some sobering and heartbreaking statistics you might have also seen. 

They reveal that of kids who are raised in Christian homes, 60-70 percent say their faith no longer played a prominent role in their thinking and decision making after leaving home and into their young adult years.  Those interviewed were in their 20’s and 30’s, many of whom are now raising their own young families.

This is remarkable.  Barna Research Group and Lifeway Research, very credible research organizations, arrived at essentially the same conclusion: 

The majority of today’s young adults (commonly known as “millennials” or “mosaics”) raised in Christian homes do not take those values with them when they get out on their own.

Of course, there is much to unpack to interpret these findings, but no matter how you look at it, this is a sharp and sobering departure from any previous generation of American Christians.

And to whatever extent it reflects reality, it is deeply saddening.  What r...

May 10, 2017

Did you ever go to camp as a kid? I did.

I was a scrawny 12-year-old kid.  I'd mildly dreaded it for weeks. I was feeling sick to my stomach and sure that at any moment I would either cry or throw up. This sounded like a good idea when I filled out my registration card in January, but when it was time to go, I just wanted to turn the car around and go home. Mom drove me to some undisclosed location in the yonder hinterlands where strange looking yokels sat whittling on their front porches, staring at us "city folk" driving by.

Is she really going through with this? Is she really just going to drop me off at this summer camp and leave me with all of these total strangers for a whole week? How could she do this to me?

We finally arrived, checked in, and stowed everything carefully under my bunk. I gave my mom a hug goodbye and she drove off, disappearing in a cloud of hot, Arkansas June dust. Standing there alone, I had half an inclination to run after her, throw myself on the hood of...

April 27, 2017

 So what does Camp Solgohachia "do" for a camper?  

My wife and I are bombarded with choices of things for our kids to "do," and as a result we have to consider what all of the "doing" actually "does" for our kids.  Will this or that thing help them get into a good college?  Prepare them for the next educational, sports or social challenge?  Give them an edge in some way?  Build their faith?

I'm obviously biased, but I can say this with complete honesty: when I was a child, a week of camp "did" more for me as a human being than a week of anything else.  Period.  It impacted every category of my life--educational, social, relational, emotional, spiritual, physical, mental, psychological.  What other week long experience "does" that?

It's impossible to quantify what a Camp Solgohachia experience means for a young person and all they will take away from a week on our mountain, but here's a shot.

1. Freedom to be Happy.  Our camp culture is about be...

April 13, 2017

Here's a short clip of what Camp Solgohachia is about.  A wildly fun, Christ-centered week of tons of things for kids to do and discover.  Learn to build, row, climb, zip, create, and so much more, all the time overcoming fear, gaining confidence, and making memories that will last a lifetime.  Come see why nearly 1,000 kids, ages 9-18, come back summer after summer to experience the mountain.

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