About Us


Welcome to Camp Norwesca and Retreat Center. For over 60 years, Camp Norwesca has been providing summer camp programs for Nebraska youth under the direction and supervision of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. Church camping is a vital part of the ministry for the Great Plains Conference. Our camp has an enviable record as a well run camp, were campers have had a safe and happy camping experience. The influence it has on our children, youth, and adults will continue to increase as we continue to offer a quality Christian experience here at Camp Norwesca.


Camp Norwesca was established as a camp for Christian education in 1954, and covers approximately 40 acres bordered by the Chadron State Park to the north and the Nebraska National Forest on the other three sides. The late Dr. C.M. Pierce of Chadron is credited with establishing the camp, but the name was developed by Mabel Kendrick, using the first few letters of each word –North WESt CAmp— to signify that it is the camp of the Northwest District of the United Methodist Church. The first primitive camp was held in 1954, with tents, cold water, and cooking fires. In 1955, the lodge and bathhouse were built. The lodge houses a dining room, recreation area with a ping pong table, air hokey table, carpet ball, and a large fireplace with a comfortable seating area which still serves many Norwesca guests. The Dorm and Office area were built on to the lodge in 1957, along with 6 cabins. An additional four cabins were added along with a central bathhouse. In 2012, a devastating wildfire struck Camp Norwesca with 32 of 40 acres suffering burn damage. This fire also destroyed 7 of the 10 cabins and the shower house. Since then we have added 2 new cabins. Summer camps and retreat groups still continue to run during this period of rebuilding.