A Christian Music, Fellowship, Games & Camping Adventure!


The New London Reservoir Campground & Amphitheater
 "Home of the Revelation Retreat 2019"

The home site for the retreat is located at the fantastic New London Reservoir Campground. This campground is owned and operated by the Village of New London. The campground is located on the west side of the village at 2495 Euclid Road and is bordered on its south and west sides by the beautiful 220 acre New London Reservoir. The reservoir accommodates many water recreational activities such as swimming with a sand beach, inflatable water slide & log roll, wind surfing, kayak, paddle board, paddle boat & pontoon rentals and fishing. This campground is a family campground with modern and clean restrooms and showers, a laundry room, four pavilions, a beach bathhouse, playgrounds, volleyball & basketball courts, 18 hole putt-putt golf course, horseshoe pits, campfire rings, a camp store and plenty of shade trees. The campground is also a safe facility due to it being patrolled regularly by the New London Police Department. This campground offers a variety of camp site options including primitive, water & electric, and full hook-ups. They also have available two large 6-person cabins that can be rented by contacting the campground office. A unique facility located on the southern part of the property adjacent to the campground and the reservoir is the open-air concert amphitheater. It will be the site for all our band performances, the evening keynote speakers and our afternoon Purity Revival. The phone number for the campground office is 419-929-8609. Each overnight and full weekend retreat registration includes FREE primitive camping at this campground as well as full access to all the daytime activities, seminars and the evening entertainment at the amphitheater! Please remember to bring a flashlight and folding chairs with you to all seminars, artist spotlight sessions and evening concerts.

Revelation Retreat 2019 Attendance Basic Guidelines

Some basic guidelines and rules for the Revelation Retreat and the New London Reservoir Campground & Amphitheater are as follows: 1) Adult campers must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license with photo identification to reserve and secure a New London Reservoir Campground campsite, 2) All overnight campers under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult while attending the retreat, 3) All day-only campers under the age of 18 will be assigned to a specific retreat team that will be headed by an adult team coach who will guide, direct and monitor the day campers assigned to them. All day campers will be expected to follow the reasonable directives from their assigned team coach and retreat staff while attending the retreat, 4) All retreat campers should practice the Golden Rule while in attendence to ensure Christian behavior: "Do to others as you would like them to do to you." Luke 6:31 NLT, 5) All retreat campers should use respectable language and dress modestly while attending the retreat, 6) All retreat campers under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent, guardian or responsible adult while swimming in the New London Reservoir accessed at the campground beach and all swimmers in the reservoir swim at their own risk, 7) All retreat attendees are provided an official Revelation Retreat wristband upon registering and checking into the retreat. The Revelation Retreat wristband must be worn at all times while attending the retreat, 8) the Revelation Retreat campers curfew is 12:00 A.M. midnight when we ask that all retreat attendees should restrict themselves to their respective campsites with the exception of use of restroom facilities, 9) although the campground observes a normal quiet time of 10:00 P.M., the Revelation Retreat camping quiet time after all the evening concert activities are completed is from 12:00 A.M. midnight to 8:30 A.M. in the morning, 10) all retreat attendees are personally responsible for all rental fees they incur for use of campground facilities like rental cabins, campground recreation games like the 18 hole putt-putt golf and water recreation equipment like the kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats and pontoons, 11) although pets are allowed in the campground and owners must follow New London Reservoir Campground rules concerning them while camping, the pets are not allowed in the amphitheater during the evening concerts with the exception of seeing-eye dogs (Note: we reserve the right upon any disruption or interference of the concert artist's or speaker's performance, it will necessitate the removal of whatever or whoever is causing the disruption or the interference of the concert performance), 12) all campsite active & live campfires should be attended to and directly supervised at all times by that campsite's campers, 13) please practice the motto of "leave it as you found it" in the use of your campsite, 14) all portable canopies or personal cabanas must be erected & placed only along the outer most east and west sides or at the upper most top of the amphitheater seating area, 15) no unauthorized vehicles including privately owned cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, mopeds, ATV's, golf carts or recreational vehicles are allowed on nor may be parked on amphitheater grounds (concert attendees must walk on designated walkway to & from amphitheater for retreat events), and, lastly, 16) all retreat attendees should follow all New London Reservoir Campground & Amphitheater rules and regulations as well as abide by the Revelation Retreat applicable standards of Biblical morality & ethics as well as usual, customary, and reasonable standards for health & safety while attending the Revelation Retreat. Although these basic retreat guidelines and rules are not all inclusive, they do set some basic and fundamental expectations for retreat attendees.

New London Reservoir Campground & Amphitheater Photos

What Should You Bring With You For Camping?


The first items on my list are what I call "Essentials." It's possible I might not need one of these items on a particular trip, but if I do (and chances are, I will), I'll have it. These are important things every camper will probably need sooner or later, including:

  • Lawn chairs, folding chairs, tarps, lawn blankets (bring your own chair seating to the amphitheater)
  • Cash or personal checks
  • Required camping retreat paperwork (retreat registration, EMA Form, iTicket tickets, release form, etc.) We will issue your retreat wristbands when you arrive at the retreat registration booth. Wear your retreat wristband at all times while attending the Revelation Retreat.
  • Required licenses and permits (for camping, hunting, fishing, etc.)
  • Waterproof matches and butane lighter
  • Multi-tool and/or Swiss army knife
  • Toilet paper and paper products
  • Flashlight, spare batteries and bulb
  • Maps and compass or GPS
  • Rain gear and/or umbrella
  • Extra clothing
  • Insect Repellent
Personal Items

In this category, I include clothing, toiletries and other items each person in the group should bring. Everyone should pack the necessary number of items needed for the duration of the trip. The exact items will vary according to individual needs, time of year and other factors, but here are the items on my list:


  • Pants, shorts
  • Shirts
  • Underclothes
  • Shoes/boots, flip-flops, sandals
  • Socks
  • Belt
  • Jacket, coat, sweatshirts, sweatpants, pullovers
  • Hat, cap, toboggan
  • Gloves
  • Swimwear
  • Nightwear


  • Toothbrush, paste
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • Mirror
  • Comb, brush
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloth, towels
  • Shaver and/or razor


  • Extra prescription glasses/contacts
  • Necessary prescription medication (we cannot hold for or dispense to retreat campers)
  • Watch, alarm clock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen, lip balm

Camping Gear

If you're staying in a trailer or RV, you may not need to worry about many of the items listed below. But we are assuming you're going to be tent camping. That being the case, some items you may want to bring include:

  • Tent, tent fly, poles, stakes and ropes (set up the tent before leaving to be sure everything is there and you know how to put it up)
  • Hammer or hatchet (for driving tent stakes; keep it in the tent bag)
  • Ground cloth (to go under the tent and keep it clean and dry)
  • Ground pads, mattresses (air mattresses) and/or cots
  • Pillows
  • Tarp (has many uses)
  • Lantern(s) (including fuel, mantles, funnel, batteries as necessary) and flashlights
  • Lawn chairs, folding chairs, stools, tables
  • Extension cords (for camps with electric hookups)
  • Beverage/water jugs (very important!!!)
  • Camping shower (optional)
  • Ax and/or hatchet, hammer and shovel
  • Broom
  • Small wagon


Plan your meals before leaving home, and make a list of all food items you'll need using your menus as a guide. Some campers like to have elaborate outdoor meals, while others prefer not to cook at all. Either way, here's a list to help you remember some of what you might need:

  • Meats (hamburger, hot dogs, steaks, bacon, sausage, chicken, turkey, fish, etc.)
  • Dairy products (milk, cheese, etc.)
  • Eggs
  • Bread, buns, biscuits, crackers
  • Vegetables (potatoes, beans, corn, tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc.)
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish, salad dressings, syrup, BBQ sauce, etc.)
  • Drinks (bottled water, coffee, tea, sodas, Kool-aid, juice, etc.)
  • Staples (flour, corn meal, sugar, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, butter, cooking oil, etc.)
  • Snack foods, dessert ingredients

Cooking, Food Service and Cleanup

The items you'll need for preparing meals, serving them and cleaning up will once again vary greatly according to your own preferences. Here are some to consider for your list:

  • Camp stove, fuel
  • Charcoal & lighter fluid
  • Firewood
  • Grill, cooking grate
  • Reflector oven
  • Skillet, pots and pans
  • Carving/cutting knives
  • Spatula, tongs, serving fork and spoon
  • Can opener
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plates, cups, bowls
  • Plastic and/or metal flatware (forks, spoons, knives)
  • Scouring pads, detergent
  • Plastic zip-loc bags
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper towels, dish towels
  • Oven mitt, pot holder

Basic Emergency Gear

"Plan for the worse and hope for the best." That old saying has merit when you're camping. Always be prepared just in case something unexpected happens by having on hand a tool kit that includes a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers and wrenches; a repair kit that contains such things as duct tape, wire, nylon twine, superglue and rope; and a first aid kit that includes all or some of the following basic items:

  • Band-Aids
  • Gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Tweezers
  • Needle
  • Moleskin
  • Antacid
  • Ace bandage
  • Bandages
  • Sunburn relief
  • Thermometer
  • Sting kill swabs
  • Scissors
  • Cortisone (anti-itch) cream
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Antihistamine such as Benadryl


Finally, you should consider what items will keep you comfortable and amused on your camping trip. If you're car camping and have the space, you can make your campsite luxurious with such items as hanging camp lights, a hammock and electric generators. Books, a radio, playing cards, your journal, board games, musical instruments and electronics chargers all add to a cozy domestic camping style.

What extracurricular activities will be part of your camping trip? List what you'll need: camera and film, field guides, binoculars, fishing tackle, hunting gear, bikes, kayaks. If you're leaving the campsite during the day, add a day pack or fanny pack to your list.

*List compiled by Keith Sutton

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