Burnet-Klein Centennial Lodge Project

The Lake Okoboji U.M. Camp is known for its strong faith-based youth events, creative programming and beautiful scenery. Our vision is to expand the reach of LOUMC to include new spaces for youth and adults so that LOUMC can be a competitive year-round destination where lives are impacted through Christ.

This initiative will include retiring the Classrooms facility and two phases of construction on the North Campus property that include new lodging, meeting spaces, suite style rooms and worship areas.

The Classrooms Building, the oldest structure at LOUMC was built in the 1940’s and continues to host 60% of summer youth. This facility is a summer-only building that was never intended to be used for lodging. Continuing viability of LOUMC requires a replacement facility.

Phase 1

$2.6 million

Lodging: 96 beds in 8 dorm-style rooms, each room having a full restroom and locker area

Health Care: A professional area for all camp health needs
Program Space: Breakout space and meeting areas
Apartments: Lodging to house year-round and seasonal staff

Anticipated Cost – $2.6 Million

Phase 2

$1.6 Million

Suite-Style Lodging: 10 adult and family-friendly rooms

Worship: A worship space capable of accommodating up to 225 people
Multi-Purpose: Crafts, breakout space, meeting areas
Apartments: Retreat space for speakers and clergy

Anticipated Cost – $1.6 Million

Phase 3


Multi-Purpose gym area

Indoor pool and water areas

Anticipated Cost – not yet assessed


The leadership at Lake Okoboji has identified a list of needs and wants.
This includes the removal of the current Classrooms building and replacing what Classrooms is currently being used for.


120 Beds

  • 96 camper beds in 12 rooms (twin bunk beds)
  • Restroom and shower facilities in each room
24 Beds in 10 adult friendly/suite-style rooms

  • Queen/Queen, King, King/Twin bunks
  • Restroom and shower facilities in each room
  • Will be used for year-round adult retreat guests and summer staff lodging
Health Care Center

  • 9 beds, 1 Queen single, 4 twin bunk beds
3 Breakout Spaces

  • Worship/meeting area for up to 180 people.
  • Smaller Conference Room with space for up to 40 people
  • Multi-purpose area with room for 100 people
Apartment-style space for housing year-round staff

  • Currently year-round staff share space with summer staff
Additional parking

  • Current parking is not sufficient for the anticipated increase in usage


Indoor pool/locker room

  • Lake access has no restrooms available, a potential liability.
  • Lake swimming is more dangerous than pool swimming, requiring a higher degree of lifeguard (Waterfront) certification.
  • Indoor pool would make a more competitive year-round retreat space.
Fitness room

  • Helps make a more competitive year-round retreat space.
An additional 3 smaller breakout spaces

  • Accommodate up to 20 people
Indoor gym/multi-purpose space

  • Helps make a more competitive year-round retreat facility.
  • Provides an additional indoor programming area for youth year-round.
Small commercial kitchen

  • Allows for food service options.
  • Hospitality space (snack area) for retreat guests

Proposed Floor Plans

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