History


History

On September 19, 1930, Kathryn Fingado-O’Neil, wife of Charles I. O’Neil, generously donated forty acres on the west shore of Flathead Lake to Kalispell First Presbyterian Church. This donation made it possible to begin serving the Flathead Valley youth through a summer conference.  

The principal figures in the establishment of the camp were Rev. Frank B. Hillis and C. D. O’Neil. Rev. Hillis was a skilled carpenter and Mr. O’Neil owned a lumber mill. Together they helped build the first structures on the site. It was a primitive arrangement, but fun was had by all where campers would swim, play ball games and be discipled by church leaders. It is appropriate to say that Glacier Camp was created out of the faith and commitment of these two mutually supportive men who inspired Mrs. Kathryn Fingado-O’Neil to donate the initial forty acres of land on which to build this beautiful camp.

This camp is here because of people like Mrs. Fingado-O’Neil. The people who have gone before us to make this a place that fosters positive life changes are the reason we're here today. We invite you to be a part of the powerful story of God's Kingdom unfolding here at Glacier Camp...one relationship at a time.