(BEDFORD) – The Indian Creek Baptist camp is located in Western Lawrence County, off the Avoca/Eureka Road and Indian Creek Camp Road intersection.
The camp was established around 1952 on almost 40 acres with the Nikirk family donating the land for the purpose of establishing the camp.
The focus of the camp is for people to have a chance to connect with one another, and make deep friendships that last a lifetime.
Cabin leaders lead bible study lessons that refresh the way campers think about scripture, Jesus and the world around them.
The camp’s mission includes everyone growing in their relationships with their cabin-mates, and most importantly growing in their relationships with Jesus. The camp urges kids to open up, leaders to share, God’s name to be glorified, and Salvation to take place.
Indian Creek Camp director Jordan Morris states, “The camp is usually very busy eight to nine weeks a year, with about ten sessions. Churches from Indianapolis to Evansville, and from Terre Haute to Madison utilize the camp, usually from the American Baptist Churches.”
The camp has facilities to have retreats throughout the year and families normally utilize the camp for family reunions, dinners, family retreats, church retreats, youth group meetings, and other organizational get togethers.
Plans are for a live nativity this year, and officials are looking at other community projects, like trying to serve those with parents incarcerated. They also hosted Celebrate Recovery at Labor Day. The Lawrence County Community Foundation sponsored a grant to help with that event.
There are several local churches that support the camp including First Baptist Church Bedford, Avoca Baptist, Fayetteville Baptist, Mitchell Baptist Church, and Orleans Baptist Church. Some were the original founders of the camp.
Jordan Morris and his wife Mindy are full-time employees and his father Phil Morris provides a lot of help in the maintenance and grounds keeping.
The family relies on volunteers to help with lifeguarding, food preparation, and program management. Cabin leaders are volunteers and travel from all over the state to serve. A nurse is on location during the camping season to provide medical care if necessary.
There are a total of 13 cabins on site. Each cabin has bunk beds, showers, but the facilities are not air-conditioned. Each cabin can house ten campers and two cabin leaders.
In addition, there is an air-conditioned old-style chapel where services are held twice a day. There is also a shelter house, gazebos, and picnic tables available for campers.
Officials are raising funds to renovate the dining hall, with plans to expand it. In 2016, they were able to construct a new kitchen and restroom facility.
The camp has basketball, volleyball and GAGA ball courts, a pool, and ponds where campers can fish. The ponds are stocked with bluegill and bass. Campers can also paddleboat, use pedal cars, do archery and there are plans to construct a paintball shooting obstacle course.
Jordan Morris graduated from Bedford-North Lawrence High School in 2005 and attended Franklin College studying in Secondary Education, Life Science and Biology.
He was hired in 2010, just as he was getting ready to graduate from Franklin College. During this time he was coming down on the weekends to the camp and that is where he met his wife, Mindy.