Service Project Camp (SPC) is designed to give youth groups and individual rising 6th-12th graders the chance to develop team-building skills in a fun and exciting camp environment. This low-cost alternative to a typical camp is a unique opportunity for youth to take the next step in their Christian walk while having the time of their lives!

Here’s what to look forward to:

  • Campers will spend 3-4 hours each afternoon working together on a service project on the Ridge Haven property.
  • Projects will mostly involve landscaping, including clearing brush, blazing new hiking trails, and building rock walls. Campers are not required to have any special skills to get the job done, just the willingness to roll up their sleeves and get a little dirt under their nails.
  • During the rest of the day, campers can experience all the benefits of our normal camps, including worship times, special music, group games, and endless recreational activities.
  • Enjoy every kind of fun under the sun: Check out the activities we offer here.
  • Grow closer to each other and closer to the Lord during special times of worship, devotion, and prayer.
  • Play and work with the guidance of dozens of hard-working summer staff who live out their faith every day.

Watch our camp video to get an inside look at what camp at Ridge Haven is like:


Cost & Dates

  • June 5th-10th: $270*
  • July 24th-29th: $300*
  • July 31st-August 4th: $265*

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


John Fender(June 5th-10th): John is originally from Jesup, Ga and grew up in Glynn County, GA. Before coming to Pooler in 2005 to help start the First Presbyterian Church of Pooler, he pastored in Marion, AL. John graduated with a business degree from Mercer University and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. He and his wife Leslie have been married for 20 years and they have two children, Caroline and Catherine.





Dean Conkel(July 24th-29th): Dean Conkel is the Asst. Pastor at First Presbyterian Church Panama City, FL. Working primarily but not exclusively with youth, children and their families, Dean brings over 30 years of youth ministry experience to the week at Ridge Haven that he calls, ' One of the highlights of my summer each year.' Dean is married to Pearl, his lovely bride of 31 years. They have 3 sons; Tim, Mike and Matt, all joyful veterans of Ridge Haven camps and conferences. Dean enjoys being active outdoors in Panama City (lots of bays to kayak on, beaches to walk and trails to hike), while also enjoying the privilege of being called to teach, preach and enjoy the Word of God. Jesus Christ lovingly rules the home but Snuffy, the Conkel's WestiePoo, is a terrific asst. director.


John Franks(July 31st-August 4th): John Franks is the Associate Pastor of Family Nurture & Worship at First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia.  John grew up in South Carolina and has spent the last 14 years in Georgia. John served as a youth minister for many years and continues to love teaching God's Word to teens. John loves spending time with people, hunting & fishing, and all things sports. John and his wife Erin have been married for 17 years; they have 3 children, Callie (15), Anna Bray (13), and Caleb (11).



Be sure also to check out our other summer events for Junior and Senior Highers:


Check out photos from all of our 2016 Summer Camps!


For questions regarding SPC, call us toll free at 877-862-3916. Our office hours are 9 am - 5:30 pm (Monday - Friday).

Being at Ridge Haven is such a great thing, because everyone around you has been given the gift of faith, and they are all there for you, all ready to encourage you, and to love you, even when it feels like the rest of your life is so hard that you can’t deal with it all. It reminded me that I am not alone, and that I always have Christ, and always will
— SPC Camper