Kamp Love started as a friend group camping trip called “Camp Lope” out of Grand Canyon University. The purpose of the trip was to get out of Phoenix, into creation, and into connection with other students to share the good news of Jesus and create authentic community. 

Jarod Lovekamp was a student at GCU who was instrumental in the growth and building of Camp Lope. On September 29, 2020, Jarod unexpectedly went to be home with the Lord. To honor Jarod and the life he lived for the gospel, Camp Lope was renamed to Kamp Love. 

God shared His heart with Jarod’s friends to “dream big” for what might be for Kamp Love. Within a month, Kamp Love became an official nonprofit and is on track to run five Kamp Love’s all over the country in the fall of 2022. 

Kamp Love exists as the model for a spiritual formation retreat. The model of “camping” looks different from time to time and place to place, but the mission to “transform student’s lives for the gospel through camping, connection, community and Christ” stays the same throughout. 

At Kamp Love, God is worshipped, the good news of Jesus Christ is preached, connections are made, and authentic, discipleship focused community is founded. We believe that God uses Kamp Love to be a catalytic moment in student’s lives that serves as the spark to transform student’s lives by the Holy Spirit. 

Although accountable to and connected to the local church, Kamp Love does not exist to serve student’s as the local church. As each Kamp is built out, we are intentional to connect with local church leaders and have them serve alongside us at Kamp, and serve alongside us in discipleship of students after Kamp. 

Join us in the transformation of student’s lives for the gospel in camping, connection, community and Christ. 

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