What is Falls Creek
Falls Creek is about young people! Nestled in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains of southern Oklahoma, Falls Creek has become the largest religious youth encampment in the world. More than 50,000 young people will attend its eight weeks of encampment every summer.
What happens there is the work of God! Six thousand, five hundred and ninety-five young people made decisions for Christ at Falls Creek in 2012. Of that number, 2,469 young people made professions of faith and 1,277 others made decisions of special service. This is only the continuation to what God has been doing at Falls Creek since its beginning in the summer of 1917.
Over the years, thousands have come to know Christ as personal Savior and thousands of others have answered God’s call to full-time Christian service. Recent surveys reveal that 35% of Oklahoma pastors, evangelists and church staff members were saved or called to ministry at Falls Creek. Of Southern Baptist missionaries with Oklahoma ties, 21% received the call to missions at Falls Creek.
However, Falls Creek is more than eight weeks in the summer! It is a year-round conference center. Nearly as many people will participate in conferences and retreats at Falls Creek during other times in the year as attend the eight weeks of youth encampments. Last year, almost 42,000 people attended events such as the men’s and women’s retreats, the Baptist Collegiate Ministries weekend and the State Bible Conference.
Each August, Falls Creek hosts Native American Week, bringing together approximately 3,000 Native Americans from all over the United States and Canada. Children’s Camp is also an annual event in June of each year.
In addition to these conferences and retreats, many local church groups use Falls Creek facilities on the weekends for various types of meetings.