The property first became a camp in 1921. It was named Camp Tichora and built up by the Madison area Boy Scout Council. The Chicago Baptist Association purchased the property in 1958, establishing Fred A. Grow Memorial Camp through a gift from Fred’s wife, Maybelle and son, Brim. The property covers forty acres of forest, fields and wetlands and includes frontage on Green Lake to the north and Spring Lake to the south.
Camp Grow was used heavily in the 1960's and 1970’s by Chicago area churches. Camp management stayed consistent until the late 70's, relying on volunteers from churches for staffing, support and recruitment of campers. The camp then experienced a decline as urban churches lost membership and youth budgets were cut. Camp resources dropped along with camper attendance. Yearly management changes, facility neglect, and other factors led to minimal use. Pressure to sell the camp increased as land value around Green Lake skyrocketed.
In 1990, the camp alumni organized itself to promote facility improvements, program growth and new attendance, making a strong case for keeping the camp. In 1997, the Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) agreed to lease and manage Camp Grow Ministries through a twelve-member Board of Directors. A full-time director who lived year-round on the grounds was brought on to operate Camp Grow. Camp Grow was managed by one full-time director, seasonal staff and volunteers for the following fourteen years. In 2011, Camp Grow welcomed it's first full-time, mission-supported program director.
Camp currently operates under the leadership of one full-time director and a team of people who carry out the work of the ministry.
-taken and updated from the Fall 2013 edition of "The Harvester"
God has been faithful in every season of Camp Grow to reveal Himself through His word, His creation, and His people. Thousands of children, young adults and families have come to camp through the years and left with God's imprints on their heart. Many have begun or continued to Find God's Purpose for their Lives as a result of their time at Camp Grow.