Wilderness was was created on September 14, 1964, by the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church to make a camping and retreat center in the northwest part of the state. On October 21, 2015, the camp was purchased by the Wilderness Camping and Retreat Association (WCRA) and was officially granted 501(c)3 status. Wilderness provides summer camp opportunities for children and youth and is available to groups of all sizes for retreats, camping, and recreational activities.