BCBA was founded by Christian youth for Christian youth. On July 12-14, 1898, the Baptist Young People’s Union (BYPU) of Haskell, Albany, Anson, and Abilene met in a beautiful pecan grove on the Clear Fork for a season of physical and spiritual refreshing. During the days of this first meeting, it was voted to effect a permanent organization under the name of West Texas Baptist Union. Later the name would change to Lueders Baptist Encampment, and in 1973 would again change to Big Country Baptist Assembly. With over 120 consecutive annual Christian Youth Camps documented with newspaper clippings, photos, and even a Baptist seminary history text book, many believe that BCBA is the oldest continuing Christian Youth Camp in the world. Some have speculated that the very phrase “Youth Camp” may have been coined here while the BYPU was promoting those earliest camps. Since our founding we have strived to be a place of continued spiritual refreshing, a place where the hope of Christ is shared to people of all ages and all walks of life.
Big Country Baptist Assembly is a facility that exists for the purpose of providing a place where the associations, churches, and other organizations can empower kingdom growth by doing evangelism and discipleship in the name of Jesus Christ. Our camper’s connection with Jesus Christ is our #1 focus. The question we always ask ourselves is: “What can we do to help our area churches reach more people for Christ?” BCBA seeks to answer this question by providing an environment in its facilities and activities that encourages development in spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical areas in our camper’s lives. We do this by providing quality food and services, eliminating distractions, and creating special and comfortable places to encounter Jesus. We strive to create an atmosphere that’s most conducive to the moving of the Holy Spirit.
Leadership and teamwork are at the heart of BCBA’s past successes and future achievements. Your group leaders and our BCBA staff will become one united team during your event. Every group that attends BCBA is prayed for by our staff. We understand that if your folks don’t hear from God during your stay, then all of the time and money spent towards this event has been wasted. It is our desire to be deliberate and intentional in the service we provide, to be a demonstration of Christ’s love and service to us.