Who owns and manages Sound View?

Sound View Camp and Retreat Center is owned and managed by the Presbytery of Olympia a part of the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Do you have to be Presbyterian to come to summer camp or rent facilities at Sound View?

No!  Sound View is open to everyone.


Do you have to be a non-profit to rent facilities from Sound View?

The short answer is no but we're also limited to how often we can rent to certain types of groups.  Sound View is a property tax-exempt organization and as such has limitations on how often we can rent to groups that are not considered property tax exempt in the state of Washington.  Please contact us as we're happy to talk to you about your groups specific situation.


Is Sound View a member of any professional organizations?

Sound View's staff are members of the American Camp Association and the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association.


What is Sound View's Mission and Core Values?

Mission Statement

Sound View's mission is to be a place where people learn to put God's Kingdom first.

"God's Kingdom First" - Matthew 6:33

Core Values

As we interact with children, youth and adults, and as we make decisions regarding staff and facilities we will ensure that we are fulfilling this mission by prayerfully placing a strong emphasis on the following values:

We will love with God's love.

We believe that every person is created in God's image and is loved by God. Each person represents a different picture of who God is through his or her unique personality and talents. We will care for people's spiritual and physical needs and show them grace when they stumble.

1 John 4:7-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Genesis 1:27

We will build people up in Christ

We believe that through Christ every person can be set free to be who he or she truly is. We will encourage, train, and support one another as we become better apprentices to Christ. Throughout the process we will graciously hold one another to God's higher standards.

Ephesians 4:14-15; Proverbs 27:17

We will teach Biblical truths and principles.

We believe the Bible to be God's inspired truth. We will use Biblical strategies as we train and teach.

II Timothy 3:16-17

We will train up Christ-like leaders.

We believe that Christ is the perfect example of a servant leader. We will come alongside and train both current and potential leaders using His life as our model.

II Timothy 2:1-2

We will provide a space for people to meet with God.

We believe that God can be found anywhere, but is easier to connect with in places where the distractions of modern life are limited. We will develop our facilities and grounds in ways that encourage us to seek God in a natural setting.

Mark 1:35; Genesis 1:28-30


What is Sound View's refund policy?

Guest Group Cancellation and Deposit:

  • More than 120 days prior to event: full refund minus $50 admin fee
  • More than 90 days prior to event: half refund minus $50 admin fee
  • 90 days or less prior to event: No refund

When Signed up for a Sound View Event:

  • For summer events deposits are fully refundable until 35 days before the first summer program
  • For other events, deposits are fully refundable until 30 days before the scheduled event

What is Sound View's Privacy of Information Policy?


Information gathered

We may collect contact information (address, phone numbers, email), birthdates, and information for payments. Such financial information may include credit card numbers, checking account information or electronic transfer information.  For Sound View Camp purposes, we may collect medical/health information including prescriptions and diagnosis for campers. Medical and health information is kept on a strict need-to-know basis. We also take photographs of activities at the Camp and at Presbytery meetings.

Use of Information

Any personal information collected by Presbytery of Olympia on any of its sites will be kept strictly in-house. Presbytery will not sell or provide this information to third parties, except as stated in this policy.

We may use your information to contact you regarding activities of the Presbytery, and we may share it in any of the following ways: our mailing company (names and addresses only), Ultracamp (provides our registration software, collects all info), credit card processing company (contact and card information), e-check processing company, Sound Credit Union (information on checks), and specific vendors for certain activities, such as the rafting and parasail companies. Aggregated statistical information may also be shared with the Presbytery and the denomination for research purposes.

Photos of public Presbytery meetings may be posted on the website. Identifiable camper photos are not posted or shared without permission. No photos are sold or used for any commercial purpose other than promotion of Presbytery and Camp activities.

Children and Parents

Children and youth – If you are 18 years of age or younger, please be sure to ask your parents for permission before providing any information to us.

Parents – We hope that you and your children enjoy our web site. In communicating directly with minors over the Internet, we recognize the unique issues raised regarding the protection of your children’s privacy. The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU), a section of The Better Business Bureau, has issued guidelines for web sites gathering information from minors. Presbytery of Olympia and Sound View Camp intend to comply with the CARU guidelines in order to protect your children and their privacy. We recommend, however, that you caution your children on the importance of scrutinizing sources and checking with you before revealing any personal information.


The Olympia Presbytery and Sound View Camp websites may contain “links” to other sites. We make every effort to only link to sites that share our high standards of decency, fairness, and integrity. We try our best to ensure that these links are safe for kids and appropriate for our users in general. However, since we cannot guarantee the content of every site to which we are linked, kids should always check with an adult before linking to any new sites.

Use of Materials on this Web Site

Please remember that the trademarks, service marks, graphics, text, and other properties appearing within this web site are the property of the Presbytery. Research information provided for downloading by visitors to our site may be used for personal or non-commercial use only. Otherwise, properties may not be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted or distributed without the prior written consent of Presbytery of Olympia or Sound View Camp. Except as expressly provided above, nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring any license or right under any copyright or other intellectual property right.

Adopted by the Presbytery March 17, 2011