Camp Penuel East
is our facility in Eldred, PA - Camp Penuel Central (our
headquarters) in Ironton, MO - Camp Penuel Costa Rica in
Years of sponsored camp
All of our camps
offer a sponsored program for kids ages 7-11. Which allows us
the ability to not have to charge kids to attend our summer
Kids that have attended
So many children
have attended our sponsored camps over the years. Every child
has been given the opportunity to hear the message of the
Gospel of Jesus.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Pastors Scott & Michelle Waterman
Directors of Camp Penuel East
Joy & Larry Booth
President & Director of Camp Penuel
Joy is the President and daughter of the founder of Camp
Penuel. Together with her husband Larry they run Camp
Penuel Central our headquarters camp in Ironton, Missouri.
Every year they introduce hundreds of children to Jesus.
Paul & Thelma Bernhagen
Directors of Camp Penuel Costa Rica
Since 1999 Paul and Thelma have been the directors of
Camp Penuel Costa Rica. They are reaching out to the
entire region around Esparza and they are continually
winning souls for Christ.
Founder of Camp Penuel
Thousands of children know the Lord because Harry said
yes to God and started a free Christian camp. Harry was
faithful in his assignment that the Lord asked him to
perform. Harry passed away in 2011, but his legacy will
live on forever.
The History of Camp Penuel
Camp Penuel was started in Ironton, Missouri in 1973 and
recognized as a 501(c) 3 charity making gifts to us tax
deductible. We are a nondenominational sponsored Christian
camp for children. We are governed by a Board of Directors
under the leadership of our President Joy Booth. Camp
Penuel’s headquarters and first camp is located in Ironton,
Missouri on Lake Killarney. This camp welcomes children from
the St. Louis Metro Area, all Missouri, Illinois, Kansas,
Tennessee, and Oklahoma. Larry and Joy Booth lead this camp.
Our mission is to seek and to save the lost. There are
so many children waiting to hear the message of the
Gospel, and Camp Penuel will not stop until we have
reached them all.
Camp Penuel East was established in 1994; we are located
in Eldred, Pennsylvania we reach out to our local area and
also Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. Scott & Michelle Waterman lead this camp. Camp Penuel Costa Rica was
established in January 2003. The land was dedicated by
Penuel in Esparaza, Costa Rica. Paul and Thelma Bernhagen
lead this camp. Not only Costa Rican children benefit from
the camp, it also works to reach out to other countries in
Our Founder Harry Douma
Camp Penuel was founded by a humble Pastor named Harry
Douma. In 1973 Harry said yes to God and thousands of
children's lives have been impacted by his mission. In 2011
Harry finished his work here on Earth and went home to be
with the Lord. Harry is survived by his wife Carole and his
three children and many grandchildren. Harry and Carole's
daughter Joy Booth is the current President of Camp Penuel.
The legacy that Harry left behind will continue on forever.
God helped Harry begin the work at Camp Penuel and God will
continue to sustain it in his absence.