"My congregation and I took refuge here a few days ago. So far we've been blessed with safe haven but the slaver scouts have been getting uncomfortably close. But the Lord will preserve us."
―Charles Thompson
The Preacher's Camp is a concealed wastelander campsite in the Nevada Wasteland. It is hidden in a Pre-War underground maintenance bunker in the desert south of Alamo. The entrance to the bunker is accessed via a rusted corrugated iron service building. The generally rundown and rusted out nature of the surface building gives it the impression of being a place of little interest.

It is home to Christian preacher Charles Thompson and his congregation of escaped slaves. The location of the bunker is revealed by a short-range repeating radio broadcast in which a number of Bible verses are read out in a loop. The bunker can be found by tracking the radio broadcast to its source, a tactic nearby raiders have begun to exploit.

Inhabitants Edit

Moral Choice Edit

The Preacher's Camp presents a moral choice to John Reynolds. He is faced with the option of either helping the raiders find and break into the bunker or helping its residents against the raiders. If he helps the bunker residents John risks earning the wrath of the raiders but gains significant reputation among the local wastelanders. If he helps the raiders locate and breach the bunker he stands to gain significant reputation with the local raiders while earning the negative reputation with the local wastelanders.

This encounter impacts on John's mental health issues. In this case his guilt and self-hate which skews his view of the situation. His guilt causes him to believe that he'll only fail in whatever approach he takes and his self-hate impairs his decision making. The decision he makes directly relates to whether he chooses to confront his issues or whether he instead opts to run away from them.

Trivia Edit

  • The Preacher's Camp is one of several secret locations discovered by John Reynolds during the course of Ode To My Darlings. It serves as a moral choice for him as to whether he will rescue the inhabitants or abandon them to their fate. The campsite, and his response to it, also serves a much greater role in John's journey to coming to terms with the brutal deaths of his wife and daughter.
  • Charles explains that he placed the Biblically-inspired notes at several locations around Sinclair and the Alamo Ruins in the hopes of seeking help while avoiding discovery by the slavers. He used verses from the Holy Bible and Biblically-inspired messages in the belief that a wastelander with even the most basic Biblical understanding would be able to make sense of them while the slavers would be unable to. His theory was proven correct when Dale Wilkins understood the meaning of the notes and led John Reynolds to the hidden campsite.