In 1955, members of the First Christian (DOC) churches in the central and northwest areas of Oklahoma came together and organized land, resources and facilities for the beginning of what was then Central Oklahoma Christian Camp. Starting with 40 acres, a pond, and tent camping only, it served as a church camp for youth.
The 1960’s brought the facility from the days of living in tents and covered wagon Hogans to wooden summer cabins and year-round concrete block cottages, while swimming was moved from the lake to a newly constructed pool. Additional land was procured and more camp events began to arise.
In the late 1970’s, then Central Oklahoma Christian Camp began hosting camps for persons with special needs. This shift in camping led to the birth of Make Promises Happen in the early 1980’s. Make Promises Happen (MPH) is a program of Central Oklahoma Camp that serves individuals, ages 6 and older, with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. MPH later expanded to include youth who are “at risk”. Over the years, MPH has grown into a premier camping program locally, statewide, and regionally. It is now one of the largest in the nation that serves all ages 6 and older with all types of special needs and includes off-site excursions.
In 2016, as a public 501(c)3 not-for-profit youth camp, Central Oklahoma Christian Camp was re-branded to Central Oklahoma Camp and Conference Center in order to better serve the more than 30 different non-profits, religious assemblies, leadership and civic organizations, and community partners that call Central Oklahoma Camp their home away from home.
60 years later, Central Oklahoma Camp and Conference Center has grown to nearly 315 acres, 4 ponds, with lodging, recreational areas, and conference facilities for 200+ people. Central Oklahoma Camp is proud to partner with many diverse organizations and is extremely grateful to the many generous people throughout the state that have contributed time, talent and resources to help build COCCC. With this support, COCCC will continue to “Change Lives One Camp at a Time!”