In 1940, the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists purchased MiVoden for $1,800. The property included 60 acres and 4900 feet of shoreline on beautiful Hayden Lake. The property previously had been a YWCA camp for 12 years before the conference purchased it. The name MiVoden comes from the 1940's era church youth program called "Missionary Volunteers". For the first few years the camp was referred to as our Missionary Volunteer Camp on Hayden Lake. Thus the name derives from the words "Missionary," "Volunteers," on "Hayden."
In 1987, 480 additional acres were purchased, so that the camp is almost totally surrounded by either Forest Service land or lake frontage. The new property is used for timber management, tree farming, hiking, riding trails, Ropes Challenge Course, Climbing Wall, an Equestrian Center and camping.
Property and Camp Facilities
In 1970, Camp MiVoden started a ten-year plan to upgrade or replace the existing facilities. Four dorms were built, stair-stepping up the hill with four levels so that each level overlooks the lake. Each dorm floor has a maximum capacity of 20. Each Dorm floor has five rooms and two restrooms,
Two dorms have four guest rooms on the top floor that have queen-size beds and shared restrooms. Camp capacity is 280 guests, with some additional capacity in outpost cabins, RV areas and year round staff housing. A large, beautiful dining room with a breathtaking view of the lake was built capable of accommodating 280 guests or campers. Additionally there is a heated indoor pool area, a hot tub, a large meeting room with digital presentation capabilities and smaller break out rooms.
Camp Programs and Special Features
With the 540 total camp acres and the Forest Service land, hiking, horseback, and backpacking options are endless. The summer program offers mutiple options of classes, recreational activities, uplifting campfires and Camp Councils, Cream of the Crop Staff, and a many opportunities to start life-long friendships.
We also have a new high and low ropes challenge course and a new 40 foot climbing tower. MiVoden hosts five weeks of children's camps, a Blind Camp, four Family Camps, and a national Singles' Camp. Also the camp is used for retreats, outdoor schools, and training events during the year by the Upper Columbia Conference and other community organizations.
Mivoden's Mission statement is as follows:
"Our mission is to connect people with Jesus through Camp MiVoden's unique outdoor setting, positive recreation, personal relationships, and facilities that reflect the creativity and excellence of Christ."
Camp MiVoden has been of service over the years in many ways and today it continues that tradition of service. Although the needs of our communities have changed over the years the focus of our mission remains the same:
• Enriching the lives of youth through outdoor recreation.
• Supporting the ministries of local churches.
• Providing a valuable resource to the communities of our region - especially non-profits and public agencies.