Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center

Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center is a year-round camping and retreat facility located on the Rock River north of Oregon, IL and is a mission and ministry partner of Blackhawk Presbytery. The facilities include dining and meeting rooms of all sizes, seven lodging options able to accommodate 6 to 56 guests, wilderness cabins, and a camping area. The iconic Castle, completed in 1931 by Chicago newspaperman Walter Strong, is a popular destination for retreats, meetings, tours and special events. The beauty of nature exists in a variety of environments from oak woods to a hilltop prairie, all along bluffs overlooking the scenic Rock River.

Founded in 1963, Stronghold Center, Inc. was incorporated as a distinct entity, separate from Blackhawk Presbytery on January 1, 2021. Stronghold proudly offers a variety of Christian and secular events. Their unique programming includes summer camps for ages 6-18 plus intergenerational camps for all ages, high ropes and challenge courses, and other retreats. Stronghold is also a great location for one-day seminars, business meetings, professional development programs, church picnics, family reunions and more!

For detailed information about programs and facilities and to register for summer camps and other events, go to the Stronghold website:

Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center
1922 N. IL Route 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061