Summer assembly grounds for Christian followers were very popular in the 1930s. Most of the assemblies were established in the western portion of the state because of the natural surroundings. Christians met at these camps to exchange ideas and inspirations, seek additional religious training, and socialize. As of 1938 the following camps were established: Presbyterian's Montreat, Methodist's Lake Junaluska, Baptist's Ridgecrest, A. R. P.'s Bonclarken, Episcopalian's Lake Kanuga, Catholic's Hot Springs, Y.M.C.A. and Y.W.C.A.'s Blue Ridge, and Columbia Bible College's Ben Lippen.