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History of Yellowstone Alliance Adventures

Yellowstone Alliance Adventures began in the mind of Rev. Harold Erickson who at the time was the pastor of the Belgrade Alliance Church. In the late 1950’s Harold had a great desire for a camp setting where he could take the families of his congregation for a few days. In the first few years, the camp bounced between location that could be borrowed for the days needed.

Early on it was clear that a permanent location would be desirable and the idea was shared. Dr. Richard Nollmeyer, a practicing physician in Bozeman and member of the Belgrade Church, was quick to pick up on the vision and made some property available. It was 1961 when our Lord laid it upon the heart of Doc Nollmeyer and his wife to donate 80 acres of land to the Rocky Mountain District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and its Central Montana Camping Zone. Finally, the vision for Yellowstone Bible Camp found its permanent home.

The idea immediately proved its worth when summer youth camps for the children of Alliance churches began filling8plex+firepit up and families flocked to summer outings. Workers came from far and wide to assist in the building of the new district camp. Gradually, but with a certainty of God’s leading, Yellowstone Bible Camp began to take form.

As the word about the camp spread, various churches and Christian organizations began to inquire about renting the facilities. The idea to start developing the facilities into a retreat center seemed to be a good direction to move in and soon, after much prayer and discussion, the Rocky Mountain Conference Center was born.

The two organizations functioned separately until 1995 when the two boards came together, under the direction of Rev. Jim Stumbo, and decided to unite the two ministries into one. A search was conducted for one person who would manage both simultaneously. On July 15, 1995, Jim Hawthorne, together with his wife Andrea and daughter Jessica, arrived at our camp, and Jim became the first director of YBC/RMCC.

One of the initial hurdles was how to overcome the distinction of the two separate ministries. This process was not an easy one to work through as both had become well established. It was during the November Board meeting of 1996 when all deliberations came to an end as a new name for our organization was adopted. Now Yellowstone Bible Camp and the Rocky Mountain Conference Center were formally united into what is currently known as Yellowstone Alliance Adventures.


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Full Time Employment Openings

Yellowstone Alliance Adventures offers a great working environment for people interested in full time camping ministry. Please click on the job description to learn more about our current full time openings. If you are interested in being considered for employment, please send your resume and a cover letter stating why you would like to work at YAA and …

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Meet Our Staff

           Jim Hawthorne: Executive Director                                          Richard Bennett: Business Director          Andrea Hawthorne: Food Service Manager   Mark Oettinger: Building, Grounds & Equipment Manager Jill Oettinger: Administrative & Finances …

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Summer Employment Opportunities

Do your summer plans include . . . MONTANA? – Spend a summer in Big Sky Country. GROWING SPIRITUALLY? – Make God’s Word practical every day.    LASTING FRIENDSHIPS? – Being on camp staff is being part of a big family LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT? – As we examine and apply the life of Joshua. If so you should consider the …

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Yellowstone Alliance Adventures invites you to visit others working to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.   CCCA – Christian Camp and Conference Association       RMD – Rocky Mountain District of the C&MA     C&MA – Christian and Missionary Alliance National office     If your ministry is interested in linking to …

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Newsletters / Publications

Canyon Echo Shout Out Year End Fundraising Letter – November 2015 Canyon Echo – Fall 2015 Spring Fundraising Letter – 2015 Canyon Echo – Spring 2015 Year End Fundraising Letter – November 2014 Canyon Echo – Fall 2014 Canyon Echo – Spring 2014 Canyon Echo – A Brief Shout Out! Fall 2013 Canyon Echo – Spring 2013 …

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Contact us

Contact Us at: Address: Yellowstone Alliance Adventures 13707 Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Bozeman, MT 59718 Phone: Office: (406) 763-4727 Fax: (406) 763-4720 E-mail: Office E-mail Camper E-mail Join our mailing list  

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Our year long training program for those students who have graduated high school or have spent greater than one year out of high school. During your time at YAA you will have required study, acts of service, spiritual retreats, and learn more about yourself and who God has called you to be. Please contact our …

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Map to Yellowstone Alliance Adventures: Google Map link: 13707 Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Bozeman, MT 59718 Or Click map below to enlarge and print in a new window.  

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