Fundraising Campaign to Reopen Oklahoma Summer Camp at Historic Site
"Transforming lives through meaningful relationships in a sacred place."
Camp at Dwight Mission
Morning Celebration. Canoeing at the Creek. Challenge Course. Mission Impossible. Night Crawlers. Songs around the Campfire. Evening Vespers.
An exciting world of fun traditions and creative events in the great outdoors.
Camp gives kids a sense of belonging and connection to a vibrant community of people who are the past, present and future of Dwight.
Children interact with positive role models and make lifelong friends.
Children learn to work together with others, make healthy choices, take responsibility, develop new skills, build independence, and gain confidence.
Dwight Mission’s rich history began on Sallisaw Creek in Sequoyah County near Sallisaw, Oklahoma in 1829. For the first 120+ years, Dwight Mission served as a mission to Cherokee Native Americans relocated from the southeastern United States – primarily as a school for the Cherokee youth. By the 1940s, there was a sufficient number of state-run schools in the area. As a result, the Presbyterian Synod of Oklahoma, in concurrence with the recommendation of the Board of National Missions, decided to close the school in 1948.
In 1951, the Presbyterian Synod of Oklahoma purchased Dwight Mission, and reopened the facility as a camp and conference center. Over the past 65+ years, Dwight Mission has hosted thousands of kids at summer camp and hundreds of church and corporate retreats and gatherings. In recent summers, through outreach with partners such as the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, many new campers were able to attend Dwight Mission.
However, at this time, Dwight's revenue has decreased to levels that have put in jeopardy our operational capabilities as a camp and conference center. In the fall of 2019, the board of Dwight Mission, Inc. decided to suspend operations. Currently, a board-approved fundraising campaign is underway to reopen the camp and provide camping experiences for more kids, especially those from underserved communities. Together, with a camping facility that could service over 1000 summer campers, we have an opportunity to send over 700 new campers to camp during the summer.
The Save Dwight Campaign Committee is working to secure funding for Dwight Mission for the next five years. Phase I of the campaign seeks to secure $500,000 in donations by May 15, 2020 to provide for the next year of operations. We hope you will consider being a part of this exciting opportunity to impact the lives of children for generations to come through camping opportunities at Dwight Mission!
For more information on Dwight Mission, please visit dwightmission.org