The Salvation Army’s Three Trails Camp & Retreat Center is a fresh air camp established in 1924 by The Salvation Army. Three Trails shares in the long history of Salvation Army camping, providing a safe environment for campers to escape from everyday activities to have fun, learn new skills, and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
The primary purpose of Three Trails has been serving children from Kansas and Western Missouri during the summer months, through our residential camping program. In over ninety years of operation, tens of thousands of children have been given the opportunity to come to Three Trails. As an outgrowth of this tradition, we have developed a wonderful retreat center to help support our mission.
Located only a few miles outside of downtown Kansas City, Three Trails is a 40-acre campus that is an oasis in the city. Three Trails combines spacious accommodations with the beauty and serenity of nature to offer an affordable experience for our guests facilitating a church retreat, conference and business meeting, spiritual retreat or team building adventure. We offer our guests clean facilities that are well maintained and excellent service. We are committed to serving the needs of our guests and would consider it a privilege should you decide to use our facilities.
With a location that is close to home, accommodations that are up-to-date and flexible, and a focus on the guests’ experience, Three Trails is the retreat destination of choice for hundreds of groups each year.
Purpose, Mission & Values
Retreat Center Statement of PurposeIn order to support our summer ministry, we operate as a retreat center from August-May. We welcome guests to come enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature, warm hospitality of staff and clean accommodations. Three Trails provides opportunities for guests to experience God in new and intimate ways.
Summer Camp Statement of PurposeThe primary purpose of Three Trails summer camp program is to provide a safe environment where individuals can learn about God and His creation, develop healthy relationships, gain new skills, and have fun.
Three Trails Camp and Retreat Center Mission StatementTo provide a place where people can experience God in new, personal and intimate ways, so they can serve Him more effectively in the world.
To create an awareness of God and His everlasting love. Encouraging a life long personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, that embraces everything that He has to offer.
To give youth and adults an educational, fun-filled, healthy, inspirational and safe experience while allowing each person to establish limits and responsibility for the safety and welfare of all.
To help develop an understanding, appreciation, and sense of stewardship for the outdoors, for the natural environment, and for all living creatures.
To help individuals grow in understanding themselves and each other. We desire children to experience relationships with staff as caring adults and offer opportunities for people of different cultures to develop compassion and love for each other.
To assist in developing an appreciation of the wonder and joy of the miracles of everyday living and to teach creative self-expression through physical activity, play, song, thought, work, worship and the development of new skills.