USMA Chaplain: “May our religion be filled with gladness…”

Richard "Dick" Camp


Chaplain Richard “Dick” Camp grew up in New Jersey, an active and athletic youth, but also deeply religious. Having been recruited by Vince Lombardi to play football for West Point, he chose another path of service and went to Wheaton College for biblical studies. After graduation from Wheaton, he was recruited by the Chicago Bears, but instead chose the path of Pastor. Eventually, he made his way to West Point in 1973 when he accepted a job as a Civilian Chaplain. By 1979, he was the senior Chaplain on post, responsible for all aspects of religious education and services. He served in this position until he retired in 1996. In this interview, he talks about his early years, his experiences at West Point, and changes he observed at the Academy, including the admittance of women and the cheating scandal in 1976.


topics West Point History Faith and Religion Army Athletics Community Honor Spring 1976 Cheating Incident Women in Service
interviewer David Siry
date 16 October 2015


name Richard "Dick" Camp
institution Wheaton College
graduation year 1958
specialty USMA Chaplain
service dates 1973 1996