Central Bible Leadership Institute offers a place to 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 each day at CBLI?

Wonderland Camp and Conference Center located in southern Wisconsin again becomes the setting for CBLI campers to receive personal refreshment and opportunity to strengthen their  ability to serve in the Salvation Army.   CBLI 2013 dates will be July 27 through August 4.

Throughout the afternoon campers will enjoy fellowship, recreation, and leisure.  Each day at 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!

An affordable and rewarding time

Someone said that CBLI is vacation with a purpose.  CBLI is also affordable.  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 time does registration begin on Saturday, July 27th?

Check-in on Saturday will start at 12:30pm.

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

If completed forms have not been received by July 8, your registration may be offered to another camper. 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 on a first-come-first-served basis. 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 Tracks wants to assist your child in a fun and safe CBLI experience. 

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.   From time to time we also contact parents if we need additional information.

What is the deadline for CBLI registration?

The deadline for all CBLI campers to register will be either July 8, 2013 or when housing is full whichever comes first.  This deadline applies to all adults, young adults, teens, and families.  If housing is full you may choose to be placed on a waiting list for registration as cancellations are made by registered campers.   Remember:  the July 8/housing-is-full deadline applies for all tracks.

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

Who’s going to be at CBLI?  What will the evening programs feature?

You can find bios and photos of special guests, and information about the evening and Sunday programs at http://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/usc/cbli_program_guest_information


Special Guests Include:

Sara Groves

Shane Claiborne

View All Special Guests & Evening Programs

Registration for CBLI 2013 is now closed.