From Humble Beginnings

Original Location

Tallgrass started as an idea several decades back as churches of Christ in eastern Kansas and the greater Kansas City area rented campgrounds and conducted their camps religiously, faithfully, wanting our own place to do our “thing.” Tallgrass became a goal of several visionary folks in 2002, members of several congregations who decided to “do something about it,” and formed a board of directors to start the planning and fund raising process. Ground was broken in 2005. The lodge was completed enough to have our first camp sessions in 2009.

The theme of Tallgrass is “that you may know him better!” That comes from Ephesians 1: 

Ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Eph. 1:15-19)

We look forward to continuing to serve our youth and community!



To provide a camping experience that helps us know God better.

Ephesians 1: 16-17, “ I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better”.



To provide a safe, healthy, exciting and challenging wilderness environment to learn how to be disciples of Christ and leaders in the Church.

The Space

Main Building and Recreation

Main Building 2
Dinner Bell


The main room upstairs holds 300, has a beautiful stone fireplace and wonderful acoustics for singing. 

The shiny wood floor of the dining area upstairs seats 150, and boy is it loud when it’s full of happy diners. 

The kitchen comes fully equipped with all the appliances, cooking utensils and storage needed along with a dishwasher that saves a lot of trouble and makes clean up easy as pie. 

A beautiful wood staircase leads down to an activity room that stays busy throughout camp.

Four “cabins” are downstairs, two for boys, two for girls, and there are five more just outside of the main lodge. Each cabin holds 12, which allows for a camp of about 100 currently. Between the indoor cabins are bathhouses for boys and one for girls, accessible from either end, inside or out.

For recreation, there’s a basketball court and a softball diamond. Behind the boy’s cabins is an amphitheater that seats the whole camp. On the North of the lodge, is a small pond for fishing. By the pond is a small open air pavilion with a fireplace. Other features of the camp include:

  • 2 tetherball poles,
  • Pond with 4 pedal boats and 9 kayaks,
  • Hiking trails.
  • The patio has 4 picnic tables.
  • Foosball, ping pong and pool tables are located in the rec room, lower level of the lodge
  • 9 station disc golf,
  • 28’ GaGa Pit,
Additionally, there is a separate staff cabin that accommodates 16 with 2 showers, refrigerator, and a microwave.