This brief timeline does not capture all of Camp Ithiel’s rich history, but we hope it gives you a taste of our story.


1938 The Atlantic Southeast District began offering overnight youth camps at various locations in Florida.The Hebrew name Ithiel, meaning “God is with me,” was chosen to embody the dream of the new Church of the Brethren camp and retreat center in Florida.

1948 A decision was made to secure a permanent camp and retreat site—now Camp Ithiel—located west of Orlando.

1949 C.E. Bower, an elder in the Winter Park Church of the Brethren, was given authority to purchase buildings and supplies to equip the camp.

1972 Rex Miller serves as first full-time Camp Director and lead construction of the Front House, fire circle, Trailblazer and Pathfinder dorms.

1984 Nancy Knepper became Camp Manager. She led the effort to form a Master Plan for camp.

1989 Mike Neff became Camp Ithiel’s Facilities Manager. He has been serving at Camp Ithiel since, now for over 25 years. Mike would eventually become Camp Director only three years later.

1991 Goldie Kramer makes a generous donation to camp in memory of her husband, Ed Kramer. Goldie’s generous donation became the “seed money” for the construction of Kramer Dining Center, now the point of highest population at the camp.

2005 Camp Ithiel hires its first Program Director charged specifically with planning and coordinating its overnight youth camps.

2014 Camp Ithiel adopts its new official logo designed by Matt Taylor of Corporate Design Associates and celebrates 65 years of overnight youth camps.

Today History continues to be made…

Come & Visit!

Camp Ithiel is a Christian camp and retreat center in Gotha, FL near Orlando offering summer camps and rental facilities for retreat groups, weddings and meetings. For more information, please call (407) 293-3481.

2037 Hempel Avenue
Gotha, FL 34734

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