General Info

Camp Susque is a registered 501c(3) non-profit, non-denominational Christian camp located in north-central Pennsylvania.

Our main focus, Summer Youth Camps, began in 1947. Since then, the camp has grown to include other year-round programming such as Wilderness Trips, Family Camps, Winter Youth Camps, Field Trips, and Homeschool Programs. In addition, Susque's facilities are rented out for weekend or mid-week retreats from August-May. 

If you'd like more information, please give us a call or come for a visit. We'd love to show you around!

Address: 47 Susque Camp Road, Trout Run, PA 17771

Phone: 570-998-2151

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Directions

Camp Susque is located in the village of Trout Run, PA, 18 miles north of Williamsport.

Directions:

47 Susque Camp Road
Trout Run, PA  17771

From Williamsport:

  • Take US-15N out of Williamsport. 
  • In about 13 miles, take the PA-14N exit.
  • Go through the village of Trout Run.
  • In 3 miles, turn right onto Susque Road. It is across from a large sign that says "Camp Susque."

From the east:

  • Take I-80W to exit 212B to merge onto I-180W toward Milton/Muncy.
  • Stay on I-180W for 29 miles.
  • Keep right at the fork to continue on US-15N.
  • In about 13 miles, take the PA-14N exit.
  • Go through the village of Trout Run.
  • In 3 miles, turn right onto Susque Road. It is across from a large sign that says "Camp Susque."

From the south:

  • Take US-15N through Williamsport.
  • Once through Williamsport, continue on US-15N for about 13 miles and take the PA-14N exit.
  • Go through the village of Trout Run.
  • In 3 miles, turn right onto Susque Road. It is across from a large sign that says "Camp Susque."

From the west:

  • Take I-80E to exit 178 for US-220N toward Lock Haven.
  • Stay on US-220N for 31 miles.
  • Take exit 29 to merge onto US-15N toward Mansfield.
  • In about 13 miles, take the PA-14N exit.
  • Go through the village of Trout Run.
  • In 3 miles, turn right onto Susque Road. It is across from a large sign that says "Camp Susque."

From the north:

  • Take US-15S.
  • Take the PA-14N exit toward Trout Run/Canton.
  • Turn right onto PA-14N (signs for Trout Run/Canton).
  • Go through the village of Trout Run.
  • In 3 miles, turn right onto Susque Road. It is across from a large sign that says "Camp Susque."

 

History & Tradition

Camp Susque has a unique story that God has been unfolding for generations.

Our Story

In 1946, four men took 16 boys on a two-night camping trip up the Loyalsock Creek. On the second night, around a campfire, the boys began to share some concerns from their lives which they had never voiced before that night. The leaders were overwhelmed at the boys' response, and they began to discuss the possibility of starting a boys camp ministry. They dreamed of a camp where the teaching of God's word would be inserted into a daily camp experience. Their heart's desire was to lead boys to Christ who were not part of a church. In December of 1946, the leaders met to define the foundational goals and values for the ministry. The core ideals they agreed upon were:
1. Only God can open a boy's heart.
2. There should be no gimmicks or pressure in sharing the gospel, which could lead to false decisions.
3. Communicating the character of God is of prime importance.
4. The camp should be independent of any church tie in order to have all boys attend.

With the goal to start a program in August the following year (1947), the leaders began raising funds and locating a cabin to rent. An affirmation from God came when Merle Brush, a gracious donor, agreed to pay the rent.

By the spring of 1947 twenty-three boys were interested in coming. Teaching outlines from the Bible were prepared, but there was no cabin to rent. The leaders met and decided that if no place could be found then the whole endeavor would be dropped. As they all stood to leave (with the thoughts of not continuing in mind) someone suggested renting a nearby Boy Scout facility, Camp Kline. So they contacted a Christian man named Ramon Palmer who was active in Boy Scouts. As it turned out, Camp Kline was available to rent in August 1947. So the men moved ahead, believing God had a larger vision for this boys camp. That summer, twenty-three boys attended for a ten day session. The leaders followed-up with the boys through a small newspaper called "Hi Mate!" They also held spring retreats for local boys. The second summer, fifty boys attended.

In 1949, Al Jackson wrote the articles of incorporation for "Susque Boys' Club, Inc." This name was chosen as opposed to a "religious name" with the goal reaching beyond the walls of the church. The papers were sealed early in 1950.

In 1951, the Boy Scouts were reviving their program and Bob Dittmar began to look for a suitable alternative to Camp Kline. Bob's cousin informed him that John Bower's land along the Lycoming Creek was for sale. John Bower and his son had their own vision for a boys' camp so they were very interested. Mr. Bower agreed to sell the land for $10,000 and he held part of the mortgage at 4.5%. On the day the advisory board met to decide on the purchase, there was $250 in the treasury. The property was purchased in 1953, and the following summer Camp Susque moved to its new location. The camp emblem was designed in 1953 by Bob Christenson and Bob Dittmar.

With continued growth in both attendance and facilities, the push was on to introduce a girls' camping program under the leadership of Leethe Neeper, Edna Fessler, Hazel Palmer, Esther Dittmar, and Ann Kirk in 1956. Logically, the name was soon condensed to "Camp Susque."

Over the last several decades, Camp Susque has continued to grow. Summers are now filled with three weeks of Boys Camp, three weeks of Girls Camp, Wilderness Trips, Young Explorers Camp for younger youth, and two Family Camps. Camp Susque is also now a year-round ministry which provides retreat experiences for churches, youth groups, and other educational organizations. In addition, Susque holds numerous year-round programs like Winter Camps, homeschool classes, field trips for local schools and volunteer work weekends.

Susque remains a vital evangelical ministry committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ through His creation and His Word.

Mission & Beliefs

Our Mission

The mission of Camp Susque is Biblical evangelism and growth in Christian character for youth, young adults and families.
 

Our Ministry

Camp Susque is a non-denominational Christian camp with the goal of introducing campers of all ages to our God and Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, as proclaimed in His Word, the Bible.  We present God's glory through the wonders of creation experienced in a rustic camp setting and His grace as seen through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.  We strive to build Christian character in campers and staff alike through living and teaching God's desires and expectations for His people.
 

Our Beliefs & Statement of Faith

A Christian is one who has God as his/her father. The underlying goal of our camp ministry is to introduce campers to our Creator God - the Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore:

  • Our Statement of Faith identifies in brief, who God is in statements one and two.
  • To teach who God is, we use the Bible, as declared in statement three.
  • Statements four through seven help to provide those distinctive thoughts that characterize our philosophy on evangelism. (Soteriology is the doctrine of salvation.)
  • Our responsibility to God for all of our life now and through eternity, is given in statements eight through eleven.

We believe that:

  1. There is ONE GOD, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit of infinite and unchangeable Holiness, Power, Wisdom, Knowledge, Love, Goodness, Justice, Mercy and Truth. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, is therefore God manifest in the flesh (or who became truly human by His virgin birth following conception by the Holy Spirit).
  2. God created, and in His providence, upholds, governs, and directs all things, from the smallest to the greatest. That He, from eternity has a wise and holy purpose for every part of creation.
  3. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God. The words of Scripture are the very words of God. The Bible is our only incontestable authority for all matters of belief and practice.
  4. Man was made morally upright but fell into sin in Adam. He lost original righteousness and became devoid of a true desire to worship God. Men are now born dead in sin and without the ability to understand any spiritual, God-given truths. Therefore, all men are doomed to eternal separation from God unless they are reconciled to God before death, by faith in Christ.
  5. There is a positive hope. Jesus Christ, our Priest and substitute, guarantees salvation for all who believe. Jesus Christ came to earth, via virgin birth, and in the place of the sinner, fulfilled all of God's holy will of righteousness. Then He suffered the full penalty of death due to sin, conquered death and ascended into heaven to intercede for each and all who are drawn to Him by grace, receive forgiveness and life in Christ.
  6. God initiates and man responds. All who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and by faith submit to Him, do so in response to the gracious ministry of the Holy Spirit in their heart. Salvation is wholly an act of God by His grace alone.
  7. Peace with God is established for all who have, by faith in Christ's ministry of reconciliation, sought for mercy and forgiveness of sins. God never turns aside an honest, seeking heart.
  8. Believers are to grow in Christian maturity. All who have received the new life of the Spirit by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, will experience a change in motivation, attitude, and a desire to fulfill God's directives for their lives. Love for God is the honorable motive in following His directives.
  9. Assurance of continued salvation. A true believer in Jesus Christ may know his or her sins are forgiven by means of the promise in Scripture, and by the witness of the Holy Spirit within the heart.
  10. All believers in Christ Jesus are called to be ambassadors. This is the responsibility and privilege to introduce others to our Creator God, the Lord Jesus Christ, through the Gospel of Grace.
  11. All things have an eternal importance to God. "Right now counts forever." All human history will culminate for the glory of our Lord and Savior.
    1. For those who willfully refuse to seek God for mercy and refuse to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, they will receive the just judgment due them throughout eternity.
    2. For those who submit in faith to our Creator God, the Savior Jesus Christ, they will receive from God in this present life, the fatherly providential care that will make them godly men and women prepared for the inheritance determined by God for each one throughout eternity.
    3. Jesus Christ, who is the Lord of history, by His second coming to earth will with His authority rule and bring to pass all that has been determined by God for the good of those who love Him.

Financial Accountability

At Camp Susque, we are very careful how we use the gifts donors entrust to us. We understand that every gift given has the potential to impact the life of a youth, young adult, or family in a life-changing way. 

We consistently and intentionally strive to keep our administrative costs low so that each dollar donated has maximum impact on our programming. 91% of Susque's expenses are spent directly on programs that share the Gospel with youth, young adults, and families.

Camp Susque participates in an extensive 3rd party annual review process, and also undergoes regular audits by a third-party accounting agency.  Our annual budget is reviewed and approved by our board of directors each spring, and updates are reviewed by the board throughout the year.    Transparency and accountability are crucial for any organization, but especially so for non-profits who are spending money donated sacrificially by so many.  With that in mind, if you ever have any questions about Susque's budgets, expenditures, donations, grant requests, or other financial matters, our camp director would be happy to answer them.  You can reach the director by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our office at 570-998-2151.

For more information, our annual 990 tax filings are available either by contacting Susque's office, or by visiting our Guidestar profile by clicking here.  If you would like to see results of our annual reviews or previous audited financials, please contact the camp director.

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." Revelation 4:11