Our mission is simply

That every camper will have an undeniable encounter with Christ.


Our mission
is simply

That every camper will have an undeniable encounter with Christ.


Located on 198 wooded acres on the picturesque Pend Oreille River, we are a full-service, all-season Christian Camp and Retreat Center, as well as a rental facility specializing in meeting the unique needs of church groups & non-profits. Bear Paw Camp has been serving northeast Washington and north Idaho area for over 40 years, providing a pristine location and opportunities to foster relationships based on Faith and Trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Tailor a camping experience for your church that Is safe, comfortable, and effective. At Bear Paw you will enjoy:

  • An outdoor setting
  • Excellent facilities
  • Outstanding food
  • Professional camp support & planning


Bear Paw Camp was originally founded as a boy scout survival camp in 1965. It remained a survival camp until it was bought by Bob and Nancy Suoboda as a Christian camp and retreat Center in 1992 and has faithfully operated as one since then.


We love Jesus and People by partnering with local and regional ministries to provide a unique camp experience set in God’s beautiful creation, away from the world’s distractions.  We offer a variety of trust activities that could build people’s relationships. 

Bear Paw is where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed so that every camper may have an undeniable encounter with Christ.


Jason McQuinn

Owner & Camp Director

Jason has been the owner of Bear Paw Camp since September of 2018. His God given vision of Bear Paw Camp has shaped the atmosphere of the camp’s mission statement that “every camper has an undeniable encounter with Christ”. Jason has a passion for youth finding relationships with Jesus and has a heart for equipping God’s people by offering training and encouragement in a camp setting. If you want to hear a radical story of how Jason got the camp click below:

Dr. Beth McQuinn

Co-Founder & Director of Bear Paw Camp

Dr. Beth works for the Camas Center Clinic on the Kalispel Reservation as their naturopathic physician. She spends time at camp encouraging youth, being camp medic, or cleaning the bathrooms between her work and raising 3 bustling kiddos. Her passion is to see people set on fire for Jesus and stepping into their God given authority.

Melissa Mcknight

Director of operations

With over 20 years of operations experience for big-name hospitality brands, Melissa’s passion is bringing her corporate skillset to Bear Paw Camp. Melissa stays busy overseeing operations, and creatively strategizing on social media all for God’s glory.

Mickey Brooks

Kitchen Director

Mickey has been on staff at Bear Paw Camp since the Fall of 2020. Mickey is a Jill of all trades directing the kitchen, hospitality, and even at times maintenance. Mickey is always happy to stop her busy schedule to minister and pray with our campers and assist Jesus through healing and prophecy.

Hannah Rowan

Director of Fun

Hannah came on staff as the Director of Fun in the Summer of 2022. She is a ball of energy that loves to laugh and have fun! She has an intense passion for worship so you will probably find her singing somewhere. The heart of her life is bringing people to Christ, watching people become saved and freed from all sickness, depression and anxiety. Hannah will be carrying this passion with her to Africa in 2024 to heal the sick, cast out demons and preach the Gospel with her dear friend Cyrah McKnight. 

Cyrah Mcknight

Camp Administrator

Cyrah came on staff at Bear Paw in January of 2022. Her role as Camp Administration means she gets to engage with people daily and she loves it! She works hard to make sure your camp experience is above and beyond your expectations. She has a passion for the youth and dreams of seeing all youth radically saved! Cyrah also intends to move to Africa in 2024 with her sweet friend Hannah Rowan to preach the gospel, heal the sick and cast out demons. 

Kyle Groom

Maintenance Director

Kyle has been on staff as our Maintenance Director since January of 2022. When not at work you will find him either building a car, climbing trees or hanging out with his amazing wife Maddie and their precious toddler JD! Kyle has a passion for building and eventually plan to build churches across the United States one day. 

Why Choose Bear Paw Camp