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About Ponderosa


"God owned, Christian operated, since 1976"

Our facilities are available for groups of up to 130 people. Minimum 2-night stay during fall, winter, and spring. Minimum 5-night stay during the summer. Prices start at $25/person/night with a 25-person minimum. 


Ponderosa Bible Camp has a great reputation and has been operating since 1976!

Ponderosa is an affiliate of Children's Bible Ministries, a non-denominational ministry focused on children and teens. It is located atop Lookout Mountain in Mentone, AL on the banks of The Little River.

Ponderosa is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Ministry/Organization.


Our History

The original "Camp Ponderosa" was built of rustic western cedar lumber in the mid-1960's by two psychology professors from the University of Alabama.

In 1976, Miss Bess Robertson discovered the property for sale, and CBM Ministries of North AL purchased the 80-acre camp, complete with 6 cabins, a dining hall/kitchen, 2 small guest cabins, and a craft room.

Mr. Glenn Miller served as the first Camp Director from 1976 to 1999.  Jeff Nelson was one of the first campers in 1976 and became the Director in 1999.

(Glenn & Linda Miller are pictured here with 2 of their children, Jeff Nelson (navy t-shirt), and other camp counselors in the early 1980's)

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