About Us

“Developing dynamic disciples for Christ, through relationships and adventure.”

Camp Piankatank was purchased by the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) in 1960, and had its first summer camp in 1961. We are located on the beautiful Piankatank River, in Middlesex County, VA. We started as a Royal Ambassador camp. Royal Ambassadors is a missions education program for boys. In 2001 Camp Piankatank changed focus to welcome both boys and girls from all backgrounds for an incredible Christian summer camp program. Summer camp continues to be the heart of our ministry. Throughout the rest of the year, we partner with non-profit organizations and churches to give them a location for amazing retreats and events.

We strive to show all of our campers and guests Christian hospitality and high adventure. We hope to have the opportunity to meet you soon on the shores of the Piankatank River!




1586 Stamper’s Bay Road

Hartfield, VA 23071

 Located in Middlesex County. Approximate travel distances:

Newport News- 1 hour drive

Richmond- 1.5 hour drive

Fredericksburg- 1 hour 45 minute drive




Steve and Niki Gourley have served as Directors at Camp Piankatank since 2006.  Steve is the Camp Director. Niki serves as Associate Director for Retreats and Food Service. They both have a long history at the camp and have a passion for camp ministry.  They understand the impact that camp can and does have on a child’s life, which is why they continue to serve here. The Gourleys have four children; Elijah, Yoseph, Lydia and Conrad.

Cal Hedeen serves as our Associate Director for Summer Camp and Programming. Cal has a degree from Toccoa Falls College in Outdoor Leadership and Education. He has worked at many Christian summer camps. He is passionate about sharing Christ through camp.  Cal and his family love camping, hiking, and biking together. One of Cal’s favorite scriptures is Psalm 77:10-14.