Nosoca Pines RANCH
Nosoca Pines Ranch (NPR) was purchased in 1971 and operates as a year-round retreat center. NPR is dedicated to providing a place where members of the Carolina Conference, as well as other groups, may come to know God. Located in Liberty Hill, S.C., on 200 beautiful acres by the shores of Lake Wateree, NPR provides housing, food service, meeting areas and activities for groups up to 300, with camping for up to 1,000. Activities offered include the following: swimming, canoeing, pontoon boat rides, horse rides, hayrides, hiking, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, carriage rides, water-skiing, tubing, wakeboarding and frisbee golf.
About 80 percent of the year-round business consists of groups from the Carolina Conference and about 10 percent from the Southern Union and the other conferences in the Southern Union. Some of these events are as follows: Pathfinder Council, couples’ retreats, Pathfinder Work Bee, Sabbath School workshops, community services retreats, elders retreats, academy class trips, Master Guide campouts, literature evangelist retreats, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leadership Conference, retiree retreats, men’s retreats, women’s retreats, pastoral spouses’ retreats, and Outdoor Education. Many of these retreats are offered in Spanish as well.
The goal of the NPR summer camp program is to show Christ to kids. We accomplish this by hiring about 75 summer staff who are unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. These staff spend a week connecting with campers by using exciting activities, worships and programs that intentionally show them that you can take Jesus with you in everything you do. At the end of each week, a decision for Christ is called for and virtually every camper either dedicates or rededicates their lives to Jesus.
NPR has seen continued growth over the last five years, with 2017, 2018 and 2019 at full capacity. The summer camp program scheduled for 2020 had to be canceled because of COVID-19, but an online camp program was created and is available free on Nosoca’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts.
Rick and Helen Faber have managed NPR and run the summer camp program since October 2003.