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1129 South Mountain Rd.

PO Box 9

Bostic, NC 28018

PH: 828-245-3322
FX: 828-245-1659
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Camp Founders
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O.A. and Charlotte Fish

Captain O.A. Fish and his wife Charlotte are the founders of South Mountain Christian Camp. O.A. is a retired Eastern Airlines pilot. He is the camp's CEO and president of the board of directors. He wrote an autobiographical book, Fingerprints of God, which is available here. Charlotte Fish is Chief Operations Officer of the Camp and also serves on the board of directors. O.A. and Charlotte host a weekly radio program which is broadcast on WCAB every Sunday morning. They also lead separate Bible studies every week. Both O.A. and Charlotte are available for speaking engagements. They can be contacted through the camp.

Meet the Staff
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Steve and Jen Collins

Steve and Jen Collins have been at South Mountain since March 1998 and have worked together in ministry since 1992. Steve is the Executive Director of the Camp, and Jen is the Guest Service Director. Steve graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a degree in camp ministry. Steve is the author of the book Footsteps of Faith, available here. He is also a public speaker and teacher, weaving his signature creative style into every message. Steve has served on advisory councils, boards, and leadership committees with many organizations including the Christian Education Department at Toccoa Falls College, and Christian Camp and Conference Association's board of directors. Steve and Jen have both served on the cabinet for the Carolinas/Virginias section of Christian Camp and Conference Association and on the Elders Board at Restoration Church of Forest City. Steve is available for speaking engagements from August through May and can be contacted through the camp.

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Mark and Jill Oettinger

Mark and Jill Oettinger joined South Mountain Christian Camp in 2019. Mark serves as the Facilities Manager and Jill serves as a volunteer in various capacities. Mark and Jill both have prior experience in camp ministry, moving here from Bozeman, Montana where they worked with another camp. They have three children--Jocelyn, Autumn, and Gabe.

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Mikel Collins

Mikel Collins has been the full-time Program Director for South Mountain Christian Camp since 2018. He has worked seasonally for the camp every summer since 2011 serving in housekeeping, foodservice, maintenance, lifeguarding, as a cabin director, and as assistant director. He volunteers with a mentoring program at Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School and leads a home group Bible study every week.

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Regina Howard

Regina Howard is the Food Service Manager for South Mountain Christian Camp. She first served in this role from 2001 through 2011 before rejoining the staff again in 2017. 

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Eileen Griffin

Eileen Griffin serves in ministry at South Mountain Christian Camp as the Office Receptionist. She began working with the camp as a volunteer in 2017 and began as an official staff member in 2018. 

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Dawn Evans

Dawn Evans has been the Housekeeping Manager for South Mountain Christian Camp since 2018. Dawn also serves on the worship team at Village Chapel in Forest City. 

 
Facilities Map

Points of Interest

1. Administration Building/Camp Offices

2. Picnic Shelter/Playground/Bathhouse

3. Glory Land Cabin

4. Ballfields

5. Joy Center

6. Observation Deck

7. Jericho Cabin Site

8. Fishing Pond

9. Engedi Cabin Site

10. Pritchard Lodge

11. Elli Will Lodge

12. Ropes Course

13. Dewey Fern Lodge/Greenway Building

14. Cafeteria

15. Swimming Pool/Volleyball Court

16. Lake Galilee

17. Prayer Garden

18. Golf Driving Range

19. Staff Housing/Private Residence

20. Maintenance Area

 

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Camp History
The Start
The Start

In the late 1960's, O.A. Fish, an Eastern Airlines pilot, and his wife Charlotte purchased an 80-acre tract of land in western North Carolina planning to retire there someday. Shortly after making the purchase, God began to impress upon their hearts that they should use that land to build a youth camp. Inspired by the words of Jesus in Luke 18:16, O.A. and Charlotte established South Mountain Christian Camp and held the first weekend camps in 1974.

Lodging
Lodging

A few tents set up on a hillside soon developed into the construction of tent platforms. Later, these were replaced with screened-in cabins, suitable for operating week-long camps. Today, these cabins have been closed in, heated, and air-conditioned to provide for year-round use. The Glory Land Cabin is a different type of cabin designed for personal retreats with God. Additionally, duplex-style lodges have been constructed in recent years to bring the total sleeping capacity to 180.

The Rest of The Story...
The Rest of The Story...

By God's grace and provision, South Mountain Christian Camp has been able to operate completely debt-free since it's inception so many years ago. If you would like to find out more about the development and ministry of the Camp, you can order a free copy of Fingerprints of God by Camp Founder O.A. Fish and Footsteps of Faith, by Executive Director Steve Collins at this link.

The Start
The Start

In the late 1960's, O.A. Fish, an Eastern Airlines pilot, and his wife Charlotte purchased an 80-acre tract of land in western North Carolina planning to retire there someday. Shortly after making the purchase, God began to impress upon their hearts that they should use that land to build a youth camp. Inspired by the words of Jesus in Luke 18:16, O.A. and Charlotte established South Mountain Christian Camp and held the first weekend camps in 1974.

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Our Mission

Purpose

When a person is enthusiastic, interested, and searching for answers, he is at the pinnacle of his teaching moments.  We firmly believe, and many educators agree, that these rare moments can be readily achieved during camping experiences.

 

Philosophy

In the scriptures, we find that when Jesus wanted to impart great truths to his cabin group (The Twelve Disciples), He would always take them aside.  Usually, He would take them into a garden, up a mountain, or on a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee.  The Old Testament tells how God told Moses to instruct the Children of Israel to hold a feast, known as the “Feast of Booths,” once a year.  This feast was to be a meaningful time of remembering their past, worshipping God, and learning the Scripture.

 

Mission

It is our aim at South Mountain Christian Camp to fully utilize this effective, Bible-centered ministry to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Through well-planned programming, teaching, sharing in fellowship, and healthy physical activities, we hope to help campers respond in faith to the call of God on their lives and then nurture their faith and fellowship in Christ Jesus so that they may mature into responsible citizens of God’s Kingdom.

Our Organization

South Mountain Christian Camp is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

Board of Directors

O.A. Fish, chairman

Don Alexander, vice chairman

Charlotte Fish, secretary

Cheryl Whiteside, treasurer

Donnie Haulk, member

Matthew Kramer, member

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