environment where authentic relationships are formed. Our Mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

strives to create a Christian 


Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center is located in Glen Rose, Texas. Our camp is located on the Paluxy River where retreats and campers experience the beautiful Texas hills while staying comfortable in our many cabins, lodges and education facilities. We are committed to loving deeply, hosting graciously, and serving intentionally the over 16,000 people a year through our retreats and summer camps. Our unique camp welcomes children, students, volunteers, and their families from all over the nation to experience God in fun-filled adventures on the journey to create disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world!

Glen Lake Camp has two major ministries. In the fall and spring, the facility is a retreat center serving churches and groups as a place to get away from distractions and focus on their relationship with God. In the Summer, Glen Lake Camp is the host to over 2,000 children, who come from all over Texas. You can read more about each of our ministries by clicking on the links below and exploring our website.

Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center has been a ministry of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1939. Our 55-acre campus is within the city limits of Glen Rose, Texas. The campus is setteled into a curve of the Paluxy River offering privacy and an increidble view from the highest point of the property. In the 1930's after renting other sites throughout the Central Texas area for summer camping experiences, Lakeview Camp in Glen Rose was purchased by the Central Texas Conference in November of 1939. At the suggestion of trustee John H. Siceloff, the facility was re-named Glen Lake Camp in February of 1940. 

During the next few years, laity, ministers, and youth of the conference volunteered their labor and time to build cabins, a dining hall, and meeting buildings. World War II and the polio epidemic slowed progress, but in 1944 the camp debt was retired and Glen Lake was dedicated by Bishop A. Frank Smith.

Throughout the next three decades, many new additions were made to Glen Lake. In 1985, a new master plan was adopted by the Annual Conference to prepare Glen Lake for its new role in ministry for the next 50 years. Since that time, not only have many new, modern facilities been added, but also the staff and programming have been extensively expanded. 

Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center Staff strives to love deeply, host graciously, and serve intentionally all of our campers and guests throughout the year.

Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center is a ministry affiliated with the global body of churches known as the United Methodist Church. With sisters and brothers around the world we are united in our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Glen Lake Camp is an extension ministry of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, a member of the Christian Camp and Conference Association, and our employees are all Ministry Safe Certified for the safety of all people.






1102 NE Barnard St. 
Glen Rose, Texas 76043
P. 254-897-2247




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