IdRaHaJe is established for the purpose of winning souls to Jesus Christ through the spreading of the Gospel, the edifying (building up) of the believers through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, and the evangelizing of campers through witnessing and missions. The method of reaching these goals or purposes shall include all areas of service and worship that are in agreement with the principles in God's Word, the Holy Bible, until Jesus comes.
Located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains just outside Bailey, CO, IdRaHaJe ("I'd Rather Have Jesus") is a 262-acre Christian camp providing outdoor recreational and educational opportunities to over 6,000 individuals each year, and over 250,000 campers and guests over its 72-year history. "Uncle" Paul and "Aunt" Mary Eiselstein, church planters with the ASSU (American Sunday School Union), founded the Camp in 1948 with the goal of introducing children to the person and work of Jesus Christ. Since its founding, IdRaHaJe has grown steadily in personnel, programs, and infrastructure. IdRaHaJe now serves over 3,000 campers each summer.
IdRaHaJe offers five separate camps by theme and age group, each a self-sustaining community replete with its own lodging and dining facilities: Pioneer Camp (ages 6-8); Mountain Village (ages 7-9); Wilderness Ridge (ages 9-12); Aspen View (ages 11-14); Lodge (ages 14-17). Narrow Way Expeditions is an additional program for adventure lovers ages 12-17, offering overnight trips including rock climbing, rafting, mountain biking, backpacking, and hiking.
IdRaHaJe also offers year-round retreat groups as well as a popular Mountain Lab School where public, private, and charter schools enjoy multi-day, immersive, hands-on educational experiences in learning outdoor ecologies and survival skills.
Now entering its 73rd year, IdRaHaJe is excited to continue to offer quality programming that points campers and guests to Jesus Christ.
"Idrahaje is a bright light in a world of uncertainty. The counselors reflect the goodness of Jesus in fun but meaningful ways. It helps to center our kids away from home, in a safe camp, that reinforces the Bible. There is no better camp and money well spent for our child's eternity." - Camper parent