We are called "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." All are welcome to enjoy this sacred space.


We are committed to providing quality experiences and a safe environment. Lazy W Ranch Camp’s American Camp Association accreditation means that it annually undergoes a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation and program with a keen eye for safety and quality.

Who We Are
Where is that special place where you encounter God?

For us, we believe it’s Lazy W Ranch Camp. Since the summer of 1954, we have been creating amazing, Christ-centered experiences for children and youth. We are a year-round camp and retreat center in the Cleveland National Forest, outside of San Juan Capistrano, California. Our 160 acre site operates a residential summer camp, specialized weekend retreats, and hosts groups from all over Southern California.  Come find God in the natural beauty and experience the growth and joy that comes from living in Christian community. 

Our Setting

Nestled beneath the slopes of the Santa Ana Mountains 14 miles

east of San Juan Capistrano, Lazy W Ranch Camp is a special

place where the Hot Springs Canyon creek fills the canyon with the sound of flowing water during the year while surrounded by towering mountains.  With an abundance of plant and wildlife communities, Lazy W Ranch is a natural place to explore God’s creation and experience God’s love in a caring community. Lazy W Ranch Camp’s camping programs include events for children, youth and adults.

Please Note: 

Lazy W Ranch is not wheelchair accessible.

Use or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited. Any smoking is extremely limited due to fire danger.

Lazy W Ranch is an ACA-accredited camp and ministry privately owned and operated by

the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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