The vision for Camp Agape Oregon was inherited from a group of dedicated men and women in Hawaii, who after years of working with incarcerated individuals, felt the call to minister to the families left behind. Since 2005 Camp Agape Hawaii, under the leadership of Pastor Roy Yamamoto, has been providing this unique opportunity tailored to the hearts and needs of children who have a parent in prison.
In the summer of 2011, Andy Papendieck, a minister to incarcerated men in Oregon, took a small team to witness Camp Agape Hawaii first hand. This team caught the vision and in 2012 God blessed over 100 kids and 100 volunteers with the opportunity to be a part of the very first Camp Agape Oregon!
Since then, we have held five camps in Eugene and one camp in Salem, starting in 2016.
Our heart for this ministry is that camp be a starting point for meaningful follow up year round with the families who attend. With this goal in mind, we have ventured out and developed various programs that now fall under Agape Families here in Oregon, and the Agape Youth Camps will now focus geographically on the areas where youth are currently living. Since 2012 the Agape Youth Camp has grown in Lane County and since 2016 we have been able to host the camping program in Salem as well. Our hope is to see continued growth into new cities and areas across the state of Oregon and beyond as we serve the youth and offer sustainable meaningful relationships throughout the year.