Fruitland Bible Camp was founded by Rev. Edwin Torgerson in 1943. While living in a small service station on a back country crossroad and pioneering a rural church, this man of vision laid the foundation for a camp and ministry that has endured and continues to impact lives far beyond his lifespan. Reverend Torgerson the Fruitland Bible Camp Meeting following what he felt was divine direction. Pastor Torgerson felt the need to call for fellowship with churches and believers of like faith in a place and time of spiritual inspiration, as a means to reach and meet the spiritual needs of the region. He was the leader of the early camps, yet quickly recruited other pastors and lay leaders of the region to work as a committee to lead and oversee the Camp Meeting. In early 1954 Rev. Torgerson accepted the pastorate in Malone, WA which is more than 400 miles away. So at that time he turned the camp over to capable leaders in the area. It was then that the property was transfered to Fruitland Camp Meeting Association.
Through the ensuing years the membership has approved many changes, including the purchase of 4 additional parcels of land, construction of 41 buildings and updating the name to Fruitland Bible Camp. Rev. Torgerson maintained a long term relationship with the camp through regular attendance over the years and often reminded all who would listen of the mission of the Camp Meeting, " Nothing is impossible when your dream comes from God ".
Over the years the Fruitland Bible Camp has grown and adapted from tents, teepees and scab lumber cabins to cottages, modern dorms, multi-family units, and a 40+ unit RV facility with hookups. The camp will celebrate its 70th Anniversary in 2013 with a classic Summer Camp Meeting including strong preaching, gospel music and great home-style meals. Families both young and old still come from miles around to stay for a few days or a whole week of Camp Meeting.
As the camp moves aggressively through the 21st century, camp leadership continues to have an unwavering commitment to the focus and mission of Rev. Torgerson’s legacy and original vision.