St. columba’s Camp

 St. Columba Episcopal Camp & Retreat Center has been a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, a 501(c)3 organization, since the 1970s. St. Columba’s mission is to be a natural sanctuary providing hospitality and opportunities for growth through camps, conferences, retreats, and events.

St. Columba serves over 7000 people each year who come for overnight group retreats, family reunions, church gatherings and youth events. Located in a secluded, yet convenient, corner of Northeast Memphis, St. Columba features 140 acres of woods, creeks, fields and a four-acre stream fed lake.

St. Columba aims to provide a beautiful and natural setting for adults and children to grow relationships with each other, the natural world and their spirit by serving over 200 groups each year from churches, schools, nonprofits and families.

Also serving more than 900 Mid-South children each summer through Mud Camp, Overnight Outreach Camp and Camp Able, St. Columba strives to nurture children’s potential in a population that accurately reflect the diversity of our city and surrounding communities. 

Mud Camp serves elementary school children from all over Memphis, Overnight Outreach Camp primarily serves inner city children who lack the means to attend day camp and Camp Able serves those with Down syndrome, autism, ADHD and more.


St. Columba’s mission of providing hospitality and opportunities for growth in a natural setting serves as an instrument of healing in our broken world. As guests visit our natural sanctuary they are able to reconnect with what matters, while disconnecting from the distractions of the modern world. We support communities (churches, nonprofits, schools etc.) who come to us seeking a quiet space to create stronger bonds and better relationships. We also create opportunities for personal growth and self-awareness through our high adventure and team building courses.

Through our camps, we create a safe and welcoming space where children can be a fully present member of a youth community as well as commune with nature, learn more about themselves and make new friends. Camp Able, in particular, gives campers with a variety of challenges the gift of a week spent in a community celebrating diversity and God’s love.  This week of complete love and acceptance helps sustain them and their families throughout the year.