Camp Penuel
P.O. Box 367
Ironton, MO 63650
Phone (573) 546-7159

Camp Penuel; Christian camping ministry

Serving America's inner-city, at risk and underpriviledged children since 1973

Camp Penuel was established to bring joy, hope and the fulfillment of knowing the love of Jesus to under privileged and at risk children. Penuel has provided free camping to over 100,000 children to date.

What motivates us to do what we do?

We believe that every child needs to be offered a chance for Salvation. We believe that kids deserve a chance to just be kids and enjoy a camp experience even if they cannot afford it. We believe that God has a plan for each and every child that we minister to. We believe that God is the inspiration behind our camping programs and that He has sustained us for over 40 years.

Penuel's Camping Program

cross in fall at Camp PenuelWho may come?
Any child from ages 7 to 11.
How do children get enrolled?
Penuel works with service agencies and churches to enroll children in their communities and neighborhoods. Each group is responsible for providing adults to live with the children during their stay. Our cabins hold eight; our dorms hold fourteen. Each cabin needs at least one adult. Each agency has enrollment forms for their camping period, and the number of spaces is limited.
How long is camp?
During the week children come in the afternoon on Monday and leave after breakfast on Friday. A second group comes in late afternoon on Friday and leaves after lunch on Sunday.
What do the children do at camp?
Each day the children receive three regular meals and an evening snack. Penuel has regular teaching plans for water sports, nature walks, reading, team sports, singing, Bible stories, crafts and lots of play time. Evenings are special with campfires, carnival, treasure hunts, Christian kid movies, and talent shows.
Where do the children sleep?
Our cabins hold eight and our dorms hold fourteen. The children sleep in bunks. Each cabin has its own bathroom with a shower.
How do children travel to camp?
Buses are provided by the local organization or the coordinator who brings the children to camp. Pick up and returning times are arranged beforehand.
Penuel trusts that this information will be helpful to you. May God richly bless you and your children.

Mission Groups

We offer youth groups of high school age kids the opportunity to come to camp for a week during the summer. They help in a construction project as well as in working with the children at camp.

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Our Staff

President D. Joy Douma Booth,
daughter of Camp Penuel's founder Harry Douma
and Pastor Larry Booth,
Executive Director and Camp Chaplain

Dave Stuehmeyer
Missions Director

Ron Parker
Midwest Camp Director

Marjorie Huffman
Office Manager

Summer Staff


We need hard-working, dedicated young people eighteen and older. These are full-time mission positions for volunteers. Since Penuel is a mission, we can only offer $75.00-$100.00 a week plus room and board as a stipend. There are a few positions that receive more. We start the last week of May and run through the second week of August. We need lifeguards and kitchen workers as well as regular staff. All of the staff takes part in all daily activities - boating, sports, nature, walks, reading, writing, skits, Bible study, singing, campfires and crafts.

Anyone who loves the Lord and wants to show Jesus’ love to children is needed. This is hard work with long hours, but the most rewarding work you may ever do. Penuel is 40 years old and has provided FREE camping to over 100,000 inner city and at-risk children. If you have a desire to serve Him now, WE’RE here.

For applications write:
Attn: Larry Booth
Box 367
Ironton, MO 63650

Changing Lives

Dear Camp Penuel,

I'm S--------, I come to camp with -------- Church.  We came the week of July --------.  I wanted to say thank you for everything. 

This year's camp staff was incredible.  My best friends and I enjoyed talking to them and hanging out with them.  Brooke, Shawna, John, Grant, Sean, Cody, Kirill and Max are the ones we really got to talk to and hang out with when they weren't working.  Sorry if I spelled your names wrong or left you out.  We love you all. 

I wanted to tell you that this camp saved my life.  For five days I get to just be me.  I was self-harming.  I was suicidal.  I was in deep depression.  I just let myself go.  I was just a negative person.  Last summer is when all of that happened.  I was tired of being hurt and taken for granted. 

I came to camp and my whole life flipped.  My Spirit was lifted and I was that girl I used to be, before I let society tell me who I should be.  And at the end of the week we got the dogtag.  And the message on my dogtag was "Living with purpose- S-------", for a suicidal depressed person, I never felt God tugging on me like that before.  I sat down staring at that beautiful lake and cried. 

This camp and God kept me from committing suicide last summer.  And I want to thank you. This camp staff this year was the best.  All of your smiles and helpful hands.  Your skits and worship time touched each and every single one of us. 

Camp Penuel is a one time a year thing we all look forward too.  You change our life and strengthen our faith in God.  Thank you so much, we love this place.