Our Primary Mission: “Loving Kid’s to Christ”

Located just 20 minutes south of Peoria, Camp Kearney is 155 acres of God’s beautiful creation. Founded over 50 years ago, Camp Kearney is the result of a vision given to long-time South Side Mission worker Margaret Kearney. Her vision to provide a Christ-centered camping experience for children of South Side Mission became a reality through the hard work and generosity of many people. Over the years Camp Kearney has expanded its ministry and now offers a free week-long summer camp experience to around 400 children from inner-city Peoria and Rural Central Illinois each summer. An additional 600 children visit Camp Kearney each summer through our day camp program. Click on this link to learn more about our Summer Camp Programs.

Our Other Ministries

When our summer camp program is not in full swing, Camp Kearney is available to church groups, families, or other organizations for overnight retreats, picnics, day outings, volunteer work projects, or adventure activities. It is through these events that Camp Kearney is able share God’s blessing with those outside our primary mission field. If you are interested is seeing how we might be able to accommodate your group, click on one of these links to learn more about Rental Information or Volunteers.

Our Facilities
  • 155 acres of forests, prairie, streams, & 4 lakes.
  • Family Retreat Center, 9 cabins, & a real Caboose.
  • Main Lodge with kitchen,dining hall, game room, and shower house.
  • Main Indoor Chapel
  • Picnic Shelter
  • High Ropes Course, Zip-line, & Climbing Walls
  • In-ground swimming pool
  • Athletic field, basketball court, playground, & volleyball courts.
  • Over 5 miles of hiking trails.

We are proud of our staff and look forward to giving you the opportunity to meet them. If you would like to have one of our staff come and speak to your group about our ministry, please feel free to contact us at 309-389-5375 or email us at campkearney@southsidemission.org

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Melanie & Paul Mulholland – We began our journey of service together over 28 years ago having met while working at a summer camp that ministers to inner-city youth.  It was there we accecpted our life-long calling to urban ministry and working with children and youth. We have been blessed with two wonderful children and over the years God has given our family many opportunities to serve together.  Paul has served since 2009 as Camp Director while Melanie joined him in 2011 as Program Director – “Loving Kids to Christ” through the Camp Kearney ministry.