History of CBLI

Central Bible Leadership Institute offers a place for Salvation Army people engaged in mission to rest, enjoy fellowship, and experience growth.

Since 1944 Salvation Army soldiers and officers have come to CBLI for meaningful and satisfying teaching, worship, fellowship, recreation, and personal refreshment at Wonderland Camp and Conference Center located in southern Wisconsin. CBLI’s purpose is to nurture and prepare Salvation Army people to serve the world through the Army’s mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination.

Families with children and individual adults, young adults, and teens enjoy a wide range of activities led by a team of Salvation Army leaders and guests selected from throughout North America. The Program Services section of Territorial Headquarters plans age specific adult, young adult, teen, and children tracks for Bible study, leadership training, and worship. At CBLI there are also many opportunities for all campers regardless of age to share in meals, recreation, fellowship, worship, and fun.

What happens at CBLI 2017?

Wonderland Camp and Conference Center becomes the setting for CBLI campers to receive personal and spiritual refreshment and an opportunity to strengthen their ability to serve in the Salvation Army. CBLI 2016 dates will be July 30 through August 7.

Throughout the afternoon campers will enjoy fellowship, recreation, and leisure time.  Each day CBLI draws to a close with evening programs featuring guests, performances, and presentations to inspire and challenge.  After evening programs teens and young adults regularly gather for additional events, often late into the night!

CBLI is affordable, and a wonderful way to spend vacation time in fellowship with friends and family, studying God's word and becoming spiritually and physically refreshed. The cost of accommodations, meals, child care, and most program material are included in the camper registration fee. Some corps and divisions offer scholarships to help with registration fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions?  You may want to know more about CBLI so that you can plan ahead, or to simply savor the anticipation.  Here are many of the frequently asked questions.

What should I be prepared for so I can participate in physical activities at CBLI?

Campers should be able to comfortably walk short distances and maneuver small hills at Wonderland Camp and Conference Center. CBLI campers will be out of doors daily as they move among various locations for workshops, meetings, fellowship, lodging, and meals. You will be well served by bringing an umbrella and insect repellent.

How will I know that I have been fully registered for CBLI?

You will be fully registered as a CBLI camper after all of the following forms have been completed and received by Pam Ricken at Territorial Headquarters:

  • Adult/Family Application Form
  • Camper Health/Medical Form
  • Adventure Program Liability Release Form (coming soon)

As soon as we receive all your forms we will be able to make housing assignments based on your request and availability of lodging choices. CBLI makes housing assignments based on what is best to maximize our available housing. We appreciate your prompt completion and sending of forms, thank you.

My child is coming with me to CBLI but has special needs.  What can I do to help CBLI staff prepare for my child?

The CBLI Youth staff wants your child to have a fun and safe CBLI experience. Here's how you can help:  parents with children who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for school are asked to provide that same information to Gerri Rajski of the Youth Department.

What is the deadline for CBLI registration?

The deadline for all CBLI campers to register is July 7, 2017. 

What does every CBLI camper need to bring to Wonderland Camp?

Every camper needs to bring

  • a Bible
  • insect repellent
  • appropriate clothing for recreation (swim suit, exercise, rain gear, etc) and Sunday worship
  • appropriate footwear for outdoors

Going to be at CBLI?  What will the evening programs feature?

We are thrilled that Linda Himes will be our main Bible teacher again this year. Those of you who have sat under her ministry know that she is a gifted teacher and eager to help all of us dig deep into the Word of God.

What to Bring:

  • Bible
  • Sleeping bag  and linens (twin beds), pillow ( if you don’t like the camp pillows)
  • Modest casual clothing: shorts, t-shirts, jeans, sweats, pajamas, etc.
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Summer uniform or a church outfit for the Sunday services
  • Sweatshirts or jacket for cool weather and rain gear ( there has been lots of rain this year)
  • Modest swimsuit and cover up (Girls: one piece only)
  • Towels 
  • Toiletry articles: soap, shampoo, deodorant,  toothpaste, toothbrush, wash cloth, cup, brush
  • Flashlight, Sunscreen, Bug spray ( mosquitoes are big and awful this year)
  • Optional—camera, personal sports equipment (fishing pole, baseball mitt, etc.

Do Not Bring:

  • CD/DVD players, iPod/MP3 players, knives, electronic games of any kind, fireworks, tobacco, firearms, alcohol, or animals
  • Cell phones are discouraged and are only to be used in designated areas.  Most phones will not have good reception.
  • Smoking is NOT permitted.  You will be sent home.
  • The staff reserves the right to search and seize campers’ items that are not allowed at camp

Camp Wonderland is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen, or damaged.  Please mark all clothing and equipment clearly with camper’s first & last name.  

All evening meetings will be streamed live at www.salvationarmymymedia.tv 

Other Important Information

Spending money:  

  • Our “Snack Shop” offers a wide variety of items for sale beyond the normal pop, candy and food.  
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other camp apparel can be purchased along with other camp souvenirs.  
  • Items like toothpaste, stamps, etc. will be made available at a nominal cost.
  • Money can be banked at camp to avoid the risk of losing it, and any remaining amount will be returned to the camper at the end of CBLI. 

Emergency Contact:  Call the office:  262-889-4305   Fax 1-262-889-4307 if you have an emergency message to be given to your camper.

IMPORTANT: Registration fees must be paid by camper prior to arrival at camp. Any unpaid fees upon arrival will be billed to the corps after the event. No monies will be accepted at camp

Download Schedule

Saturday July 30
7:15pm Worship
Fulton Hawk Sunday

July 31
10:30am Major Amy Reardon
7:15pm YA/Adult Track-Fish Sticks Comedy Monday

August 1
7:15p Dan Bremnes Concert

Tuesday, August 2
7:15pm Missions Night

Wednesday, August 3
7:15pm Taylor Mason (Comedian/Entertainer)

Thursday, August 4
7:15pm David Bowden (Poet/Spoken Word)

Friday, August 5
7:15pm Hymn Sing

Saturday, August 6
7:15pm CBLI Live (Awards)

Sunday, August 7
10:30am Worship - Colonels Jeffrey and Dorothy Smith