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Bellevue, Washington

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(425) 746-9110
4114 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Day Camp. High School Leadership

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Christian.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Exciting! Adventurous! Fun! Wonderful! Life changing! Since 1919, children of all ages have found SAMBICA to be a safe, joy-filled place. Caring relationships, water activities, and flat-out-fun combine to create life long memories and foster the development of faith. Camp options are available for youth entering 1st to 12th grade.

Soccer, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more. High School Leadership Program.

CAMP LOCATION: SAMBICA is conveniently located just 10 minutes southeast of Bellevue, WA and 20 minutes east of Seattle on the shores of Lake Sammamish. Please visit our website for lots of camp photos and videos.

CAMP FACILITIES: Situated on 9 acres in between Bellevue and Issaquah, SAMBICA has 5 stand alone cabins, 2 buildings with dorm-style "cabins", and several smaller cabins and rooms. There is also a large dining hall, an amphitheatre style meeting space, high and low challenge courses, two large campfire locations, a large games field, a basketball court, an indoor play space, a camp store, and a spacious lake waterfront with swimming area, sand volley ball, water toys, boats, kayaks, and canoes.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: These are only a few of the many words used to describe a SAMBICA camp experience. Since 1919, children of all ages have found SAMBICA’s beautiful location on Lake Sammamish to be a safe, joy-filled place. Caring relationships, water activities and flat-out-fun combine to create life long memories and foster the development of faith. A variety of camp options are available for youth entering 2nd to 12th grade.

SAMBICA offers day camps for kids entering grades 2 - 9, overnight camps for kids entering grades 4 - 9, and a high school leadership program for kids entering grades 9 - 12.


Did you love attending SAMBICA as a camper? Are you looking for a way to make your summer matter? Come be part of SAMBICA’s High School Program while having the camp experience of a lifetime.

Who is this program for?

All students entering 9th-12th grade are welcome. You do not have to be a previous SAMBICA camper to attend.

What does the program consist of?

This overnight program consists of 3 different weeks – Adventure, Serve, and Lead. If you are unable to attend all 3 weeks consecutively, you may register for weeks that fit your schedule (but must still be in the Adventure – Serve – Lead in this sequence). Once you have completed the sequence, you may register for any other available weeks.

Adventure Week: Step out into the world, unplugged and off camp. Start the program exploring the foundations of the Christian Faith while on an adventure of a lifetime.

Serve Week: Back on camp for a behind the scenes look. Serve in areas of camp that most people may not see. Learn to serve as Christ served.

Lead Week: Building off the first two weeks of the program, students get a chance to explore their own gifts and talents from God. Learning how to use them as leaders in the community of camp.

Mentoring: Students are partnered with a college-age leader while in their program. This is a chance to explore the Bible deeper, build a strong relationship, and ask questions.

Community: Students gather from all of over the Greater Seattle area and build life-long friendships. Each evening will consist of intentional time to create shared experiences.

Community Service Hours: Each student will earn community service hours based off their time in the program. Service weeks will consist of 30 hours and Lead weeks will be up to 40. A certificate will be mailed at the end of the summer to each student for their records. All paperwork needed from school is the responsibility of the student.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Complete a scholarship application here: Our Camp Website Link:

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Visit our website for details of Camp SAM (Wed after school program) as well as our break camps and youth events at: Our Camp Website Link: OR Our Camp Website Link:

OTHER CAMP INFO: SAMBICA, (the Sammamish Bible Camp Association, historically) began as a youth Bible Conference in 1919. Founded by members of the Swedish Tabernacle Church, SAMBICA is now a not-for-profit, non-denominational Christian camp and event center.

Over the last 98 years, SAMBICA has worked hard to achieve the current level of high quality programs that benefit our campers and the surrounding community. SAMBICA is no longer a remote camp nestled in the woods; it is now immersed in suburbia. SAMBICA’s 30+ buildings are spread over 9 acres on the shores of Lake Sammamish in Bellevue, Washington.

Today, SAMBICA offers youth summer camps and retreat ministries. SAMBICA provides both overnight camps, day camps, and a high school leadership program (ELITE) during the summer months. Approximately 120 staff members are hired each summer to run the camp operations in roles such as counselors, lifeguards, boat drivers, and kitchen staff. Over 2,300 children attend SAMBICA’s summer programs each year.

Get up-to-date information on sessions, dates and fees at: Our Camp Website Link:

We hire approximately 120 summer team members each year. For up-to-date openings visit: Our Camp Website Link:

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