Our Unique Treasure
Galilee Episcopal Camp and Retreat Center
Galilee Episcopal Camp and Retreat Center is a treasure close to the hearts of many Nevadans and has served generations of Nevada families for 100 years.
The original Galilee property in Stateline, Nevada was donated to the Diocese in 1920 and served clergy, families, and children for the next 25 years. In 1945 Stateline was becoming busier with casinos and Bishop Lewis had the foresight to move the camp to its current location in Glenbrook, which had been an old fishing camp. The first building constructed on the newly purchased property was St. John’s in the Wilderness camp chapel. Using the roof timbers, pews, Gothic windows, and anterooms of the original building located in Goldfield, Nevada, the sanctuary was completed in 1948. Since the 1960s, the building has also served a congregation and is a parish.
In the last 20 years, Galilee has seen rapid growth with improved facilities and additional programming. In addition to the thriving summer camping program, Galilee has hosted the Great Basin Outdoor School since 2004. This program provides week-long residential science camp experiences for 5th and 6th graders from local schools. Today, Galilee accommodates over 70 different retreats throughout the year for groups ranging in size from 10 to 80 people. Many Episcopal parishes hold retreats at Galilee and most congregations send campers during the summer. Nearly all of the parishes in the Diocese donate to the Dave Mussatti Campership Fund for children whose families cannot afford the full cost.
As we look to the future, we anticipate continued growth for both the retreat center and summer camp program. In 2018, a successful capital campaign was held to provide funds for a major renovation and expansion of the lower dormitory. This project has enabled Galilee to provide Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible lodging for the first time, improve the comfort and privacy in the bathrooms, and increase meeting space. All of this helps Galilee to accommodate more groups on the property.
Since March of this year, the Galilee staff and Board of Trustees have worked closely together to weather the storm of the pandemic. When it became apparent that offering our traditional youth residential camping program would not be possible, we quickly switched to a series of Family Camp retreat weekends that extended from late June to early November. These programs were highly successful and families were thankful to be able to spend time at Galilee in a safe manner. With the spring closure and the fall and winter reduced usage, Galilee is projecting a loss of 90% of the retreat center income although, with the arrival of a Paycheck Protection Plan grant in April and generous support from Galilee’s many donors, Galilee is in stable financial condition through next spring. We hope for a return to our typical retreat schedule in the spring of 2021 and a full summer camping program.
As we plan for our 100th birthday celebrations in 2021, we anticipate starting a more ambitious capital campaign to fund a new dining hall and welcome center. This project will help ensure Galilee’s success for generations to come.
For more information, visit www.galileetahoe.org.
Stuart Campbell, Executive Director