Famous alumni: Brandon Heath, musician

Award-winning contemporary Christian musician Brandon Heath first attended Malibu Club, a Young Life summer camp in British Columbia, when he was 16 in 1995 with his local Young Life club in Nashville.

“I’ve been back every summer since and I have a lifelong commitment to that place. I gave my life to Jesus on the ninth hole of the frisbee golf course,” Heath said in an interview on the Young Life website.

It seems weird that a summer camp would be called Malibu Club, but the property has an interesting history as a luxury resort for the rich and famous. Opened in 1945, it attracted big name stars like John Wayne, John F. Kennedy (when he was a senator), Barbara Stanwyck, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, but closed in 1950 when it was no longer turning a profit. Young Life acquired the property and had its first summer camp there in 1954 with nine campers.

Below is a summer camp-esque video for his song “The Light In Me.”

His latest album, Blue Mountain, was released on Oct. 9.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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