Junior High Wilderness Week is designed for campers interested in a camp week with an emphasis on outdoor fun and learning. This week provides rising 6th through 9th graders a chance to broaden their understanding and appreciation of God's creation through a week of adventure in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 

Campers will stay in our open-air Creekside and Mudgeville Cabins. They will enjoy a full camp week of Ridge Haven activities such as paintball, archery, bubble soccer, and climbing/rappelling. Most importantly, they will enjoy solid Biblical teaching and wonderful times of worship each day.


Unique to Junior High Wilderness Week, campers will experience multiple off-site adventures that can include tubing, white water rafting, and local Brevard hiking and attractions.

Junior High Wilderness campers will also spend one night at Ridge Haven's Wilderness Campsite (weather permitting)!


Speaker: Paul Kooistra

Born and raised in Minnesota, Dr. Paul D. Kooistra holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, a M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alabama.  He served as assistant pastor of Pinelands Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida, 1967-1969; and associate pastor of Seminole Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida, 1969-1973, where he assumed the role of principal of Seminole Presbyterian Day School during the 1972-73 academic year.

In 1973 Dr. Kooistra assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi.  In 1975 he became Associate Professor of Christian Education and Homiletics at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Clinton, Mississippi, until 1983 when he was named Professor of Practical Theology.  In 1985 he accepted the presidency of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also taught Practical Theology.  He served the seminary until 1994 when he assumed the position of Coordinator of Mission to the World in Atlanta, Georgia, for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) until 2014.  In 2008 Dr. Kooistra was elected as Moderator of the PCA’s 36th General Assembly.  He served as president of Erskine College and Seminary from 2014 through 2016.

Dr. Kooistra has published the following devotionals:  31 Days of Grace, Following God:  His Will for Your Life, Supper's Ready, Pursuit of Joy, and Faith Promise.

After losing his first wife, Jan, to cancer in 2008, the Lord brought Sandi into Dr. Kooistra’s life in 2009.  They were married August 29, 2009, and they reside in Suwanee, Georgia.  They have five adult children:  Paul, Jr., and his wife, Carla; Shary and her husband, Jeff Dare; Sydney and her husband, Albert Lopez; Bryan Tucker and his wife, Christina; and Greg Tucker.  They have seven grandchildren, Margaret “Maggie” Elizabeth Dare, Alysia Marie Lopez, Samuel Alexander Dare, Carson Annamarie Kooistra, Grant David Lopez, Molly Jo Kooistra, and Ava Jean-Marie Kooistra.

Want to see what a camp at Ridge Haven is like?


Cost & Dates at Ridge Haven Brevard

June 18 - 23, 2018 - $625

* Discounts are available! See our Camp Discounts for more information


For questions regarding Junior High Wildnerness Camp, call us at 828-862-3916.
Our office hours are 9:00 am - 5:30 pm (Monday - Friday).