In 1973 Rosebud was a sleepy little town slowly drifting into history.  Significant buildings like the CN train station had already been demolished and others were headed in that direction but a young group of Christians saw Rosebud and envisioned a refuge. They convinced the board of Crescent Heights Baptist Church in Calgary to purchase a number of buildings for use as a youth retreat, and so the Rosebud experience began.

Rosebud Centre of the Arts operated for 3 years under the direction of the church as a weekend retreat center and summer camping program.