West River Rodeo Bible Camp was organized for the sole purpose of introducing youth and young adults to Jesus Christ, to strengthen the faith of those already born again, to introduce basic rodeo and horsemanship skills and to provide young people a chance to put their skills into practice in an actual rodeo competition.
The inaugural camp was held June 23 to June 26, 2014 at the Morton County Fairgrounds in New Salem, ND.
Our first ever junior high camp was held in 2015 with a record attendance.
The 2016 camp moved to a new location: Beards Arena, south of Menoken, North Dakota.
West River Rodeo Bible Camp is affiliated with Rodeo Bible Camps of America.
WHAT WE BELIEVE …
Water baptism is an act of obedience that follows conversion to portray symbolically the washing away of our sins. Once we are “born again”, the Lord instructs us to be baptized in water as an act of obedience to symbolize what has happened to us spiritually. West River Rodeo Bible Camp considers immersion baptism as the most Biblically accurate form of water baptism. During Rodeo Bible Camp, we will offer Campers (and adults) the option to open their hearts to accept and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We will also provide the opportunity for water immersion baptism.
West River Rodeo Bible Camp DOES NOT condemn being baptized by infusion (pouring or sprinkling). We believe immersion baptism is the most Biblically accurate method of baptism; however, it is NOT the only way for a believer to be baptized. Practical difficulties (and common sense) must be considered. If an individual has a physical disability or medical condition that precludes immersion baptism or if the environment is not conducive to immersion baptism (think January in North Dakota), then use anther method.
West River Rodeo Bible Camp DOES NOT condemn infant baptism. Defenders of infant baptism have attempted to trace the practice to the New Testament era, but general acknowledge that no unambiguous evidence exists that the practice existed prior to the 2nd century. No evidence exists in the Bible or early Christian literature that infant baptism was practiced by the apostles.
Infant baptism is a tradition started by the Roman Catholic Church, and continued in many Christian denominations today. The baptism of a newborn was initiated during a time when the infant mortality rate was exceedingly high. Based on Roman Catholic Doctrine, and their interpretation of Original Sin, unless a person received the Sacrament of Baptism, they were (are) unable to enter the Lord’s presence (i.e. go to heaven). Thus, the earlier you baptized an infant that had a high mortality rate, the better the chance for the the deceased to “get to go to heaven”. Also, most churches that practice infant baptism were heavily intertwined with the state in medieval and Reformation-era Europe. In many instances, citizens of a nation were required under penalty of law to belong to the state church. Infant baptism marked the infant as a citizen of the nation and a loyal subject of the reigning political order as much as it marked the infant as a Christian.