Timber Lakes, owned and operated by the
Midwest District of the Missionary Church,
is available for use by groups and organizations whose purpose and practices
do not conflict with those of Timber Lakes. In keeping with our mission
provide a natural setting in which to experience Christ’s love”, we are
endeavoring to develop a high quality facility where children, youth,
adults, singles and families can enjoy the wonders of nature while
reestablishing relationships with God and one another.
Timber Lakes began in 1995. Timber
Lakes draws from a colorful history and stands
on the shoulders of the old time camp meeting which started in the 1930’s
for the Midwest District of the Missionary Church. The previous Midwest Camp
location was in Weeping Water, Nebraska where the town eventually grew
around the facilities. The old location became land locked and too small for
the growing attendance in the many camp meetings.
The current camp and retreat center is located in east-central Kansas near Kansas City. It used to be owned by the Girl Scouts of America, and was
built in 1963. The girl scouts built the pool, the 2 lakes, the dining hall,
open beam lodge meeting room, administrator’s home, shelter houses and
wooden floored tents they called chalets, which they slept in.
In 1995 the Midwest District of the Missionary Church purchased the
facility. From then to now they built a large shower house and motel by the
pool; improved the chalets to beautiful cottages and dorms with a/c, heat,
and bathrooms; brought in 2 new rural water mains; built a new waste water
system; brought in high voltage electric; expanded the natural gas pipeline;
built a new multipurpose building with gym; built a new pavilion; added a
water slide and improved the 66,000 gallon pool; painted and roofed the
existing facilities; developed over 200 acres of hiking trails and quaint
foot bridges; built public restrooms and a concession area with deck onto
the dining hall; and developed more lodging to house over 290 people.
The area is loaded with history!Timber Lakes has an historic stage coach
bridge, civil war history with a cannonball found in the excavations of the
motel, a western boundary line of an old Indian reservation, a colt 45
revolver found nearby, a cave where Jesse James and his band hid out nearby,
and carvings in the limestone cliffs from the 1800s.
A natural setting in
which to relax, reflect, and refresh.
Openings available for one-day to one-week camp rental