ARP Events

Bonclarken is pleased to host the following ARP events in 2021. These events are not limited to ARP Church members only. Feel free to contact the person listed should you be interested in attending.


Camp Bonclarken offers a unique experience for boys and girls who have completed grades 2-8. Under the leadership of Camp Directors Trip McGill and Lynn Grimsley, the campers learn to grow “in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52.

2021 Bonclarken Camps Flyer

Bonclarken Camps Registration

2021 Dates Camp Bonclarken 1
Camp Bonclarken 2
July 18-23, 2021
July 25-30, 2021
Fees Overnight Campers
Day-Only Campers
Registration Online Camp Information
2021 Registration begins Monday, January 4, 2021.
For more information on Bonclarken camps, please contact us at 828.692.2223.
Deadline Thursday, April 15, 2021


Camp Joy is a Christian Education Ministries event planned especially for adults with mental handicaps. Campers, each accompanied by a special friend, have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities including worship, Bible study, and recreation.

All sessions of Camp Joy overnight camps have been cancelled for 2021. Please click on the update link below for more information.

Camp Joy North Carolina 2021 COVID-19 Update


Family Bible Conference is a Christian Education Ministries event for the entire family. Powerful Bible teaching, helpful seminars, and family activities highlight this great week. Schedule includes time for worship, relaxation, music, and fun. To get more info please click on the Christian Education Ministries link.

2021 Dates July 26-29, 2021
Housing Register for FBC Housing Online
Deadlines Monday, February 1, 2021 @ 8am– the earliest date online housing reservation requests will be accepted.
Contact Amanda Carnley
Bonclarken Customer Service
(t) 828.692.2223


Horizon, is the senior high conference led by Christian Education Ministries. Horizon is a week-long opportunity for spiritual growth and development, fellowship, and teaching on pertinent information from God’s Word. The goal of this conference is to send young people out into their world, spiritually nurtured, fed and equipped to live out their faith and share it with those around them.

2022 Dates June 20-25, 2022
Got Questions? Contact: Brent Turner


Music Conference is a wonderful opportunity for all ages to enjoy a great time of fellowship, music, and fun!

2021 Dates July 11-16, 2021
2021 Information 2021 Music Conference Bulletin Insert (5.5″ x 8.5″)
2021 Music Conference Poster (8.5″ x 11″)
2021 Music Conference Registration Booklet
Registration Group & Participant Registration begins Thursday, April 1, 2021 @ 8am!
Housing registration will begin on Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 8am
Register for Music Conference Online
For help with registration, please contact
2020 Information 2020 Bonclarken Virtual Music Conference Resources
Registration and password required. Please contact Trip McGill for more information.


Music/Drama Camp is a great opportunity for boys and girls who have completed grades 2-8 to have lots of fun learning about production, set design, costuming, and program design in preparation for a musical production.

2021 Bonclarken Camps Flyer

2021 Dates July 4-9, 2021
Fees Overnight Campers
Day-Only Campers


Online Camp Information & Registration


Each year the Catawba, First, and Second Presbyteries hold high school and middle school retreats during the spring and fall. The events are excellent opportunities for youth to grow in their faith and enjoy Bonclarken.

Fall 2021
Senior High
Catawba Middle
First, Second & Grace Middle
September 24-26, 2021
November 5-7, 2021
November 12-14, 2021
Registration First, Second & Grace Presbyteries Middle School Retreat
Seth Gurley
First & Second Presbyteries Middle School Retreat Information
Catawba Presbytery Middle School Retreat
Jonathan Williams
Catawba Presbytery Middle School Retreat Information
Senior High Retreat – First, Second, Grace & Catawba Presbyteries
Josh Hjemvick
Senior High Presbyteries Retreat Information


Quest is the middle school conference led by Christian Education Ministries, and is held at Bonclarken during the month of June. It is always a time of high energy and fun combined with an exciting presentation of God’s Holy Word and how it applies to daily life.

2022 Dates June 13-18, 2022
Got Questions? Contact: Brent Turner


Our 2021 fall program will involve a trip to the Nantahala Gorge on The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Enjoy breath-taking scenery while chugging through Western North Carolina’s diverse setting on this round trip excursion to the Nantahala Gorge and travel over the historic Fontana Trestle across Fontana Lake.

2021 Dates October 11-13, 2021


The 218th Meeting of the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

2022 Dates June 7-9, 2022


Bonclarken’s annual Volunteer Work Week is a great time of fellowship, fun, and work as volunteers are housed and fed free of charge in exchange for their labor as the grounds are prepared for the upcoming summer season. We are condensing the week to just three days, beginning Monday with breakfast and ending with lunch on Wednesday. We will mostly be focusing on work projects where you can keep socially distant from each other.

2021 Dates April 18-21, 2021
Information For more information, contact Michael Dill, Bonclarken, 828.692.2223
Registration Registration Form


2021 Dates

March 12-13 Executive Committee and Executive Board
July 25-26 Executive Committee, Board Orientation, and Executive Board
July 26 Annual Meeting
October 1-2 Executive Committee and Executive Board