In establishing The Vineyard Camp & Retreat Center, I pulled together all of the things that I believed would make our camp enriching, challenging, fun, unforgettable and enchanting. The greatest challenge in establishing the camp has been not only to meet the needs and dreams of children but also to satisfy the concerns and hopes of parents.
The Vineyard is a culmination of many years of dreaming, praying and planning. For over thirty years, I have attempted to bring all that is wholesome and praiseworthy to The Vineyard. Every aspect of The Vineyard is dedicated to that dream: quality and excellence for children of all backgrounds.
Many others have labored to make sure that everything at the camp (from the food service and grounds, to the skilled instruction and construction) is performed and planned. We are devoted to one simple task: to provide the finest program and facilities in the country.
Most camps offer only four-week sessions to boys or girls. We strongly believe that youth need to learn how to interact and conduct themselves in a co-educational environment. Thus, all sessions at the camp are open to boys and girls (50/50).
We recognize the importance of family vacations and holidays, and with that in mind, we also offer all one-week sessions (though most campers attend several weeks).
The single most important element to a positive experience is the spiritual focus of a camp. At The Vineyard, most guests comment that they immediately sense that it is a holy haven, a camp dedicated to honoring God by serving Protestant and Catholic campers and staff in an unsurpassed manner. All children, regardless of their spiritual conviction, are welcomed and loved at our camp.
Finally, we place great emphasis on the quality of staff we employ. Parents and campers say that we have the most outstanding and caring staff anywhere. We also take great pride in offering the lowest camper to staff ratio (3:2) of any sports camp in the world.
Come see why thousands of children, youth, and adults call The Vineyard their favorite place on earth.
The Vineyard is more than just a sports camp; it is a ministry dedicated to relationships and discipleship. From the beginning, it has been our threefold goal to share God’s love, demonstrate (through the lives of our staff) holy living, and explain the challenge of discipleship. Most of our campers come from Christian backgrounds (Catholic and Protestant), but a child of any spiritual conviction is welcomed.
We try to disciple youth using a “lifestyle approach” by spending most of the day with sports and recreation and offering evening worship services and optional Bible studies at night. Whether it is a gentle hand to teach a particular skill or taking time to reflect on nature’s quiet beauty in the forest, we teach by example and wait for the child’s response. Our feedback from campers and parents is very encouraging and explains why 80% of our campers return each year.
Our Statement of Faith
The Vineyard Camp and Conference Center is an inter-denominational summer camp and conference center committed to serving Catholic and Protestant families from around the world. We are a non-profit (501(c) 3) corporation not affiliated with any other organization, including those bearing the name “Vineyard Churches,” “Vineyard Music,” and “Vineyard Ministries.” The Vineyard was founded by Dean Barley and is led by an advisory board of directors and trustees who meet regularly to help Dean fulfill his vision and ministry.
Representative Countries and States
The Saura Mountains of North Carolina
The Vineyard covers over 300 forested acres on Brown Mountain and has almost a half-mile of frontage on a beautiful stream. Those entering our gates become immediately aware that The Vineyard is a special place. Old logging trails wind around the mountain property Ancient Indian burial mounds dot the hilltops. Waterfalls, springs, and streams abound in the valleys and native flowers and wildlife are abundant.
Our athletic and skill sites have been carefully created in such a way as not to compromise the natural beauty of Brown Mountain. Electrical, phone, and P.A. wires are under ground, and all new construction has been designed to be aesthetically pleasing and compatible with the unparalleled wonder of the forest.
Session Themes, Celebrations, Tournaments, and Special Events
4th of July
Red, White, Blue
Best Friend Day
Our Vision and Purpose
The Vineyard is dedicated to teaching children and youth about God, His love for them and Christ’s call to discipleship. Through our staff we hope to demonstrate not only character and integrity, but also holy living and how to love one another–just as GOD loves us. Most of our campers come from Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant backgrounds, but a child of any (or no) conviction is welcomed.
The Vineyard Camp, therefore, is an inter-denominational ministry for children and youth. We are a non-profit (501(c) 3) corporation unaffiliated with any other organization including those bearing the name Vineyard Churches, Vineyard Music, and Vineyard Ministries. The Vineyard was founded in 1983 and includes a Board of Directors who meet regularly to help fulfill the camp founder’s (Dean Barley) vision and ministry. The Vineyard is a conservative, evangelical, international camp, retreat center, and ministry that operates out of Westfield, North Carolina.
Because of our commitment to Jesus Christ and based upon the camp’s original vision, The Vineyard only hires staff who profess to follow and endorse the orthodox Christian faith.
All Staff at The Vineyard are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with Christian principles regardless of their denomination or position in the camp.
During the summer, an overall theme for the summer is shared through the “Morning Watch” (a fifteen minute devotion following breakfast) and evening vespers (a fifteen minute devotion following the last activity of the night) and individual cabin devotions. Optional question and answer times are also provided at the Camp Director’s home during the evenings. Throughout the summer, an apologetic approach to the Christian faith is provided that challenges the campers to intellectually consider not only what they believe, but how they can be sure of their faith in God and Jesus Christ.
“Many people go through years of seeking the pleasure of enjoying all that the world has to offer only to end up disillusioned and defeated. Our purpose is to show them that by seeking the Kingdom of God one can enjoy both heaven and earth; and that by seeking the earth alone, you get neither”. — C.S. Lewis
Our Director of Transportation will oversee the arrival and departure of all campers and will designate the drivers who will be designated for each camper. We will not have specific driver's allocated until much closer to camper arrival. In the interim, please list the Camp.
Our Transportation Contact Is:
Director of Transportation
The Vineyard Camp & Retreat Center, Inc.
1945 Vineyard Road
Westfield, North Carolina 27053
Office phone: (336) 351-2070
For those arriving by commercial airline
Campers and staff should arrive at the Greensboro International Airport (GSO) which is less than one hour from the camp. Please be sure to make our office staff aware of your arrival time at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to arrival.
For those arriving by private plane
The Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem receives private planes, as does the Mount Airy Airport—both of these airports are thirty (30) minutes from the camp. Please be sure to make our office staff aware of your arrival time at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to arrival.
For those driving to our camp
From Winston-Salem, NC, travel north on US 52. Exit at the Pilot Mountain/Elkin exit and travel east on highway 268 through the small village of Pilot Mountain (1.5 miles).
Highway 268 will dead end after you drive through the town (one light). At the dead end, turn right and continue on 268 East for about one mile. Turn left just past the Shell station onto (again) 268 East.
Continue on 268 East for about three (3) miles until you reach a fork in the road; take the left fork (Pilot Westfield Road), and continue till the dead end (2.2 miles). Turn right onto Brown Mountain Road and travel 3.8 miles to Route 66.
For those arriving by train
Campers and staff should arrive at the Greensboro Terminal in Greensboro, NC . Please be sure to make our office staff aware of your arrival time at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to arrival.
Dean Barley is the founder and Executive Director of The Vineyard. He is a licensed and ordained pastor and lives at the camp. He grew up in central Florida, attended Stetson University, and was a Brown Scholar at Southeast Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, where he received a Masters Degree with Languages. Dean began the camp in 1983 and devotes his life to maintaining the vision for The Vineyard that God first gave him.
He has received various academic and community awards including the Governor’s Award for Excellence in North Carolina. He is a licensed and ordained minister and devotes his time toward the ministry and vision of The Vineyard.
Dean resides near the camp property on Brown Mountain and continues to serve as the camp’s Executive Director and President of the Corporation.
Director of Development
and Event Management
Dr. Holly Nunn currently serves on our Board of Directors focusing on Alumni outreach and overseeing the camp infirmary. Holly is a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist working in long term care and resides in Raleigh, NC. She is a graduate of Meredith College and Campbell University School of Pharmacy. Holly has been involved with our ministry since its inception in 1983, first as a camper, then counselor, volunteer, and sponsor. The Vineyard had such an impact on her life, her goal is to share those experiences with the next generation. What an honor to have Holly as a part of our camp!
Jedidiah "Jedd" Pearce has over fifteen years of experience in sales, marketing, and website design with companies like FedEx, Digiplicity, and Professional Recognition. He graduated from Catch the Fire College with a degree in pastoral ministry, and now serves as the Technology & Marketing Director for the Vineyard Camp. Jedd's passion for the Vineyard began eleven years ago when he encountered God there, and as a result has pursued his calling to the nation of Colombia. He now lives in the city of Medellín, Colombia, and has recently become married to the love of his life Mary Hondermann.
Board & Trustees
The Vineyard Camp
& Retreat Center, Inc.
1945 Vineyard Road
Westfield, NC 27053
United States of America
Tel: +1 (336) 351-2070
Fax: +1 (336) 351-2902