About US

Twinlow’s Story:

In 1928 a group of Methodists from Spokane decided that they needed to escape to the wilderness and experience God’s creation. From then on Twinlow has existed as a Camp and Retreat Center for all to come and experience Christian Hospitality on Holy grounds. 

Through over 90 years Twinlow has existed to provide a space where folks can get away to find adventure, relaxation and rest. What that means to us is we hope you step outside your comfort zone and experience something new. Camp is a great place to connect to our Creator, others, and yourself. There is a culture of “busy” that has taken over our lives, however we believe that Jesus calls us to a quiet space to rest in His everlasting love. We invite you to find a place of peace here in the wilderness. Whether you are 9 or 90 Twilow has a little something for everyone to enjoy. 

We are here to make your camp, reunion, wedding, or retreat a success. We hope to see you soon!

Help us make sure campers won’t ever miss the boat:

Right now we have a problem at camp that only you can help us solve: we have campers who want to attend our watersports program and learn to waterski, wakeboard, and surf. The problem is that our boat is too small, only four campers can go out at a time, and last summer we had 75 campers over 4 weeks. You can do the math, but that meant that campers were literally missing the boat.

Since 1928:

It all started with Rev. Mark Freeman who wanted to make a little patch of woods on the shores of Twin Lakes (then called Fish Lake) a place for young people to gather. With that vision in mind Rev. Freeman worked tirelessly to build cabins, a dining hall, dig a well, and clear hundreds of trees. The first manager of what we now call Twinlow Camp and Retreat Center, Mark Freeman wanted a place out of the city where young people could connect to their Creator. 

For over 90 years Twinlow has been that place. A place away, a quiet space, a place where you could go and experience something challenging and new. There has always been a culture of grit here in North Idaho and it transferred into Twinlow from the very beginning. In the 1920’s there wasn’t running water or many places for folks to stay here. Rev. Freeman, with the help of many volunteers, managed to build a camp from nothing. When he knew that water was needed for this place to succeed he started digging a well, by hand, by himself. Legend has it that he dug 100 feet by himself before the Camp Commission hired professionals to dig the remaining 240 feet. This is the well we still use, and is used by our neighbors. 

It started in 1928 and has lasted far beyond that, the culture that all are welcome at Twinlow, that we are a community, and that we are here to offer Christian Hospitality on Holy grounds. During the war Twinlow housed soldiers and their families, made room for them to eat together, and to find peace in a troubled time. This tradition stands, no matter the turmoil in “the real world” Twinlow is always going to be a safe haven for all to find adventure, relaxation, and rest.  

When Twinlow was found it was an escape from the noise of war, of the city, of new technology taking over a quiet focus on God. 90 years later we still want you to come and escape to the wilderness.

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With 16 different programs to choose from, we know your child will have an amazing time at Twinlow Camp this summer.