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"In the hills of our Virginia, where the whippoorwills are calling, where the crystal springs are flowing, is our Camp Bethel." At the foot of the towering Blue Ridge Mountains are the hills of our Camp Bethel. Just 10 miles north of Roanoke, Camp Bethel is a historic site, a peaceful and remote sanctuary, yet closely accessible via I-81 and Route 11. The vast Jefferson National Forest adjoins our 470 acres of hiking trails, ponds, streams, open meadows, forests, and rolling hills. Camp Bethel offers affordable, comfortably modern, as well as quaint-rustic style facilities for year-round use. Programming is planned to meet your needs, or the needs of your group, your family, and your church. Camp Bethel is open and active all year. June through August, we offer the area's best summer camping programs for children and youth, providing fun and challenge for both returning and first-time campers. We are proud of our excellent summer camping programs and our upstanding summer staff. September through May, Camp Bethel is busy with guests for retreats and conferences, festivals, family weekends and ropes course experiences or school groups on weekdays for environmental education programs. Our meals are excellent: We're proud to serve you during your event. Remember to plan your next banquet in the Ark Dining Hall. Our conference rooms are comfortable, spacious and just what you need for your sessions. Come and hold a meeting in a conference room with a fireplace and a view. If you are looking for a summer camp, a retreat center, a banquet site, a high/low ropes challenge, a day of outdoor education, or just a place to walk, hike, relax and commune with God, the Virlina District Church of the Brethren invites and welcomes you to come TOGETHER and discover Camp Bethel.

Directions
Directions
  • Miles from I-81: 3
  • Directions: Heading North on I-81: 1. Take Exit 156. 2. At end of ramp, turn right onto Brugh’s Mill Road. 3. Go .2 of a mile to stop sign. 4. Turn left (North) onto Rt. 11. 5. Go approximately 2 miles (Mill Creek Baptist Church will be on your left). 6. Just after the church turn right onto Blue Ridge Turnpike, route 606. 7. Go 1.6 miles to stop sign, turn right onto Nace Road, route 640. 8. Go less than 1/10th mile and turn left onto Bethel Road, again route 606. 9. Drive under rail-road trestle, entrance to camp is .3 of a mile straight ahead. Heading South on I-81: 1. Take exit 162 (Buchanan). 2. At end of ramp, turn left (south) onto Rt. 11 toward Troutville. 3. Go 3.2 miles and turn left onto Blue Ridge Turnpike (606). 4. Go 1.6 miles to stop sign, turn right onto Nace Road (640). 5. Go less than 1/10th mile and turn left onto Bethel Road (again, 606). 6. Drive under rail-road trestle, entrance to camp is .3 of a mile straight ahead.
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
Facility Info
  • DescriptionWe have a variety of 7 different sized meeting spaces in 6 buildings. Largest Room: in sq ft. The Deerfield Conference Hall has 8000 square feet. The House of Pillars has 2300 square feet. Theater Capacity: We have an open air auditorium under roof, Hillside, which seats 240. Classroom Capacity: We have several small meeting rooms which can accommodate 30-40 persons each. Sleeping Rooms: (total) that you can sleep (1 per bed) We have a total of 234 bed spaces, including bunk beds and twin beds. Villas: We have 3 lodges which can each serve as a combined meeting and lodging space. We have 5 smaller cottages which can be combined with a separate meeting space for an overnight conference or retreat. Exhibits(vendor booths): Not applicable Total Sq.Ft. meeting space: Ceiling height: Our House of Pillars has a ceiling which ranges from 7 to 12 feet high. Our Deerfield Conference Hall has a gymnasium height ceiling. Banquet Capacity: Our Ark Dining Hall seats a maximum of 180 adults for meals. We offer food service for reserved groups of 16-180 people. Reception capacity: A reception of 200 can be held in our Ark Dining Hall. Suites: Our retreat center can sleep 15 -16 people in 7 en suite bedrooms, with a central meeting space for 30 people.
  • Largest Room8000
  • Total Sq. Ft.10300
  • Reception Capacity975
  • Space NotesCONFERENCE ROOMS: Cost is fee per day or the fee per person, whichever is greater. Deposit to reserve conference rooms is the fee per day. Audio/visual equipment is available to rent; see below. Ark Conference Room Up to 40 persons; 2 couches; 4 tables; 40 chairs; piano; bathrooms; accessible. Dry marker board; newsprint w/ easel; lectern. $120/day or $3/person House of Pillars Conference Room Up to 110 persons; 10 tables; 80 chairs; couches; fridge; bathrooms; water fountain; electric outlets & other amenities; accessible. Dry marker board; newsprint w/ easel; lectern. $192/day or $3/person Deer Field Conference Hall Up to 975 persons; 400 chairs; rentable stage & tables; bathrooms; accessible; $200-$400 set up fee, depending on requested set up. Dry marker board; newsprint w/ easel. Rental of Conference Hall includes rental cost of Deer Field Meeting Room $400/day or $2/person Deer Field Meeting Room Up to 40 persons; 40 chairs; 4 tables; couches; bathrooms; accessible. $80/day or $2/person Ark Dining/Meeting Hall Up to 200 persons; tables/chairs; accessible; converts to dining room. 2 dry marker boards; Newsprint w/ easel; lectern. Air-conditioned during hot weather. Only available by special arrangement with staff at times when no food services are reserved for other groups. Call for prices Bethel Lodge Meeting Room Up to 20 persons; 2 couches; 1 bathroom; 2 tables, 20+ chairs. Dry marker board; newsprint w/ easel. See LODGING description. Only available by special arrangement. Call for prices Heritage Meeting Room Up to 90 persons; couches; 1 rectangular 6' table; 6 round tables & 60 chairs; full fridge; fireplace; bathrooms; accessible. Dry marker board; newsprint w/ easel; lectern. See LODGING description. Only available by special arrangement with staff. Call for prices Retreat Center Meeting Room Up to 30 persons; 3 tables & 20 chairs; fireplace; full kitchen; accessible. Dry marker board; newsprint w/ easel; lectern. See LODGING description. Only available by special arrangement with staff. Call for prices FOOD SERVICE & MEALS: (Food service for fewer than 16 is dependent on scheduling.) Deposit to reserve meals is 50% NOTE TO OUR GUESTS: Camp Bethel is the outdoor ministry (camp and conference center) of the Virlina District Church of the Brethren. Founded in 1927, Camp Bethel is “sacred ground” for thousands of persons who find sanctuary in these 470 beautiful, peaceful acres. Our primary mission is as a Christian Summer Camp, so our lodging and bathing facilities are generally rustic and simple. We welcome your use of our camp facilities for your event. Take comfort in simplicity and bring a spirit of self-sufficiency for your stay. TERMS OF USE: Overnight Lodging = 2pm-12noon. Day Use = 8am-5pm. Please read Notes on the back of this page. Deposits are noted in each sect ion a nd are required to reserve facilities and services. Your deposit counts toward your final bill. For lodging and meals, children a ges 4-12 receive 50% discount , and children 0-3 are free.
  • Theatre Capacity500
  • Type of Space Indoor & Outdoor Space
  • Banquet Capacity400
  • Number of Rooms7
  • Classroom Capacity120
  • Sleeping Rooms234
Ark Conference Room
  • Theater Capacity: 40
House of Pillars Conference Room
  • Theater Capacity: 110
Deer Field Conference Hall
  • Banquet Capacity: 400
  • Reception Capacity: 975
Ark DIning/ Meeting Hall
  • Reception Capacity: 200
Bethel Lodge Meeting Room
  • Classroom Capacity: 20