About Our Camp

At any other time of year, Portsmouth Camp, located along Hedley St. in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is a quiet, reflective place, but it takes on a different character for the 10 days of its encampment in August. The tabernacle comes alive with singing, preaching and worship. Campers fill the retreat center and tent and RV sites. For 10 days the cry "It's campmeeting time!" comes alive, and a new year of holiness encampment begins.

Mission Statement: "To lift up Christ, to know Christ, to love Christ." This statement of mission reveals the heart of the vision of the Portsmouth Camp Meeting Association. Everything Portsmouth Camp Meeting is about is centered on those words about Jesus Christ, the Messiah who saves and sanctifies.

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Portsmouth Camp Meeting Association

President Bob Johnson

The Portsmouth Camp Meeting Association invites you to participate in its annual encampment. Click the image above for more information.


Cell: (508) 864-6347

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The annual encampment held the first full week of August is the highlight of the camping year. Click on the image above for more information.

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History and Mission

Who we are, and what we do!

Porstmouth Camp Meeting is a non-denominational holiness camp located on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island. The primary purpose of the Camp is to promote holiness in life and society. Click on the picture above for more information.

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Camp Grounds

7 Acres on Aquidneck Island

Portsmouth Camp is located on 7 acres of rolling hill on Aquicneck Island. It is close to many of the areas highlights, such as the Newport beaches, Newport mansions, the Cliff Walk, and much, much more. For more information click on the picture above.

Our History

Portsmouth Camp Meeting was established in 1891. Its goal has been the preaching of holiness on Aquidneck Island and beyond.

In 1891 Seth Rees, pastor of the Friends church, had a vision of a grand camp meeting just south of the church on the sloping hill down towards Narragansett Bay. On this page you will be able to discover more information about him, Portsmouth Camp Meeting, and the Holiness Camp Meeting movement.

  • History of the 19th century Camp Meeting Movement
  • History of Seth Rees
  • History of Portsmouth Camp Meeting
  • History of the religious life of the 19th century.


I found the Lord at Portsmouth Camp. It is a great place to come back to God.


I look forward to attending Portsmouth Camp every year. I cant to be in the meetings and the Bible study.


It it wasn't for Portsmouth Camp I don't know where I would be spiritually, today.


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