Camp Loughridge, located in southwest Tulsa, has a summer camp program rich in history and tradition. Tulsa’s first YWCA camp, then known as Camp Parthenia, began offering summer camps here more than 80 years ago. In 1959, First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa acquired the Camp, and changed its name to Camp Loughridge, in memory of the Reverend Robert M. Loughridge, a pioneer missionary to the Creek Indian Nation. In 1995 Camp Loughridge was chartered as an Oklahoma not-for-profit corporation. This corporation now maintains and operates the 186-acre camp with a full-time, year- round staff.
The camp serves the greater Tulsa area in three primary areas: Summer Camp programs for children, Outdoor Classroom programs in spring and fall, and year-round facility rental for groups and organizations. The summer camp programs features several weeks of day camp that provides a Christ-centered camping experience for nearly 1200 children from throughout the Tulsa area. Scholarships are provided for Tulsa’s economically disadvantaged children, and, for many of them, it is their first experience with a wide variety of outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, swimming, and learning about nature.
Although our history includes a rich heritage through First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa, we were reorganized as an Independent 501 (c) 3 ministry in 1995. We intentionally pursued this strategy to be able to reach out to the broader Christian community in Tulsa.