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Summer Camps in 2023

The Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp is ready for another fantastic summer. We are looking forward to morning wake up calls, afternoons at the Lake, evenings around the campfire, and everything in-between. For over a century, campers have been coming to Lake Okoboji UM Camp. We know this summer will be the best one yet!

Week-long campers ages 9-17 can experience the famous Adventure Camps, the biggest and best way to experience camp. Adventure Campers take part in the exciting Okoboji Journey Program each full day of camp. If you’re looking for a little something, extra make sure to check out the Adventure Camp Upgrades (Go-Karts, Amusement Park, Teen Week, and Aerial Park) that allow you to take your event to the next level.

For younger campers aged 6-9, Short Stacks camp is a huge hit! Two action packed days and nights at camp filled with classic camp activities. We also offer Day Camp events for a fun-filled day of activities and faith development.

You’ll find opportunities for the entire family at Okoboji, too! Guardian & Angel overnights are a long-standing and ever popular choice for our youngest campers to experience Okoboji with a special adult Guardian. The Okoboji Family Camp is for families of all ages and sizes to come together for an exciting two-night adventure that will create lifetime memories!

You won’t want to miss out on some of the exciting year-round events like the annual Sled Head Breakfast during the Okoboji Winter Games. Come get a taste of what camp is like, at our Neighbor Night Summer Kickoff, where we start the summer off in style.

Generations of youth and adults know that the Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp has been a place set apart to make new friends, learn new skills, develop self-confidence, and grow together in faith while amongst caring, Christian staff. Come see for yourself why Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp is the place to be this summer!


Register For Summer Camp 2023

Adventure Camps
Upgrades
Teen Leadership Trainings
Short Stacks
Day Camps
Family Camps
Affiliate Camps
Special Events
Journeys
Adventure Camps

ADVENTURE CAMPS

Say goodbye to the school blues and hello to summer adventure! At Adventure Camps, campers can choose from a variety of activities for morning Journeys like these camp favorites: archery, canoeing, crafts, or climbing. Let’s not forget the fun spent at the waterfront – swimming and playing in the sand. Each day is full of faith formation, songs, and connection with friends. We finish out each day with a themed Evening Camp Activity and campfire. Not seeing a special theme this year? No need to worry! Camp will be sharing hints and sneak peaks throughout the school year on social media. So, keep your eyes peeled for what LOUMC has in store! Drop off from 3-4pm, pick up at 10:30am.

Adventure 1  |  3:00-4:00P – 10:30A

Event Name Dates Price
Adventure 1 June 19-24 $510
Adventure 1: w/Go-Karts* June 19-24 $545

Adventure 2  |  3:00-4:00P – 10:30A

Event Name Dates Price
Adventure 2 June 26-July 1 $510
Adventure 2:  w/Aerial Park* June 26-July 1 $545

Adventure 3  |  3:00-4:00P – 10:30A

Event Name Dates Price
Adventure 3 July 10-15 $510
Adventure 3: w/Go-Karts* July 10-15 $545
Adventure 3: w/Amusement Park* July 10-15 $580

Adventure 4  |  3:00-4:00P – 10:30A

Event Name Dates Price
Adventure 4 July 17-22 $510
Adventure 4:  w/Aerial Park*(Ages 11-17) July 17-22 $545
Adventure 4:  w/Teen Week*(Ages 13-17) July 17-22 $555

Adventure 5  |  3:00-4:00P – 10:30A

Event Name Dates Price
Adventure 5 July 24-29 $510

Adventure 6  |  3:00-4:00P – 10:30A

Event Name Dates Price
Adventure 6 July 31 – August 5 $510
Adventure 6  w/Go-Karts* July 31 – August 5 $545

Upgrades

ARE YOU READY TO STEP IT UP A NOTCH?

These super-charged additions will take your Adventure Camp to the next level! Available for an additional fee, campers who choose an upgrade will have access to specialty activities beyond normal camp programming. Adventure Upgrade events/costs are marked with an *. Additional upgrade fee applies to original cost of the event. Example: Adventure 1 w/ Go-Karts is $545 ($510+$35 for the upgrade).

GO-KARTS  |  $35

Buckle up, this extra is all about speed! Every full day of your Adventure Camp you’ll put the pedal to the metal during Journey time on the famous Okoboji Go-Kart Track. Get ready to travel up and down hills, around sharp turns and through the open prairie. Are you ready to roll? (Available Adventure Sessions 1,3,6)

AERIAL ADVENTURE PARK  |  $35

Experience the excitement of the 40 foot tall Aerial Adventure Course right here at the Lake Okoboji U.M. Camp! During Journey times you will climb high into the air and work your way across this state of the art 13 element course. Come see why this is truly the most high flying Upgrade around. Register quickly, limited space available! (Available Adventure Sessions 2,4)

TEEN WEEK  |  $40

Hey Teens, this Upgrade is just for you! Have extra beach time, hit up the Nutty Bar Stand and even your own personal pizza party. The best part? Getting to see your favorite camp friends year after year, and making new ones, too! (Available Adventure 4)

AMUSEMENT PARK  |  $70

Roller coasters, waterslides and so much more, make this the most extreme Upgrade! You’ll visit Arnold’s Park for an afternoon of excitement, on thrill rides, like the Tilt-A-Whirl or Roller coaster, or relaxing rides like the Farris wheel or Log Ride. We end the week at King’s Pointe Waterpark where you can race down the waterslides, or relax on the lazy river. Be sure to register quickly, limited space is available! (Available Adventure 3)

Teen Leadership Trainings

LEADERS IN TRAINING  |  AGES 14-15  |  SEE TIMES BELOW

Leaders in Training (LIT) welcomes emerging high school students to experience camp in a new way. With the support and mentorship of the camp team, LITs will have a week full of service, faith, and fun. We will take the LITs behind the scenes of camp to help in the kitchen and with programs to develop teamwork, time management, and communication. LITs will dig deeper into faith formation with a special devotion all their own to learn more about their relationship with God. And yet, camp is still camp – our LITs will be able to enjoy many of the camp activities that they have come to love over the years! Join us this week to experience camp in a way that you have never experienced it before! Drop off from 3-4pm, pick up at 10:30am. Contact Camp Staff for more details- Contact Camp Staff for more details- Program@okobojicamp.com

Event Name Dates Price
Leaders in Training June 19-24 $510

JUNIOR LEADERS | AGES 16-17

Junior Leaders (JL) is a more comprehensive “J-Staff” training. The JL program provides experiences for leadership development, skill and confidence building, and faith connection to help prepare them for future opportunities. JLs will train on camper development, leading activities, camp safety, and what it means to be a leader at camp. JLs, once having completed this training, are invited to come back to camp as volunteers to assist the camp team with campers, programs, and other areas around camp. This is a great opportunity for volunteer hours or a reference and resume builder. Contact Camp Staff for more details- Program@okobojicamp.com

Event Name Dates Price
Junior Leaders June 19-24 $265

Short Stacks

SHORT STACKS – SYMPHONY OF THE SENSES  |  AGES 6-9  |  SEE TIMES BELOW

It’s time to experience everything camp has to offer our Short Stacks! Look at cool insects, trees, and maybe even fish. Smell the fresh breezes and pretty flowers. Listen to the wild creatures and sounds of laughter of new friends. Taste the yummy s’more and feel the adrenaline of hitting a bullseye or canoeing on the lake. Use all those senses to have the best three days at LOUMC! Don’t forget to invite a friend! Mon. – Wed. events drop off at 2pm, pick up at 2pm. Thurs. – Sat. events drop off at 11am, pick up at 11am.

Event Name Dates Price
Short Stacks 1 (2p-2p) June 19-21 $250
Short Stacks 2 (2p-2p) June 26-28 $250
Short Stacks 3 (11a-11a) July 6-8 $250
Short Stacks 4 (2p-2p) July 24-26 $250
Short Stacks 5 (2p-2p) July 31-Aug 2 $250

Day Camps

DAY CAMPS  |  AGES 4-6  |  10A – 7P

Lil’ Explorers Day Camp: A special day for our youngest campers. Come to camp, take a wagon ride, play games, hear a Bible story, make a craft, and much more! Our caring staff can’t wait to spend the day with you! Drop off at 10am, pick up at 7pm.

Okoboji Explorers Day Camp: Make new friends, hear a Bible story, and experience a wide variety of programs. You’ll be surprised how much fun we can pack into just one day. Drop off 10am, pick up 7pm.

Event Name Ages Dates Price
Lil’ Explorers 1 4-6 June 22 $90
Lil’ Explorers 2 4-6 Aug 4 $90
Okoboji Explorers Day Camp 4-12 July 5 $90

Family Camps

GUARDIAN & ANGEL CAMPS  |  AGES 4-6 W/ADULT  |  11A – 10:30A

Bring a special person in your life to camp this summer! Okoboji’s Guardian & Angel camps provide an opportunity for young campers to come to camp with their favorite adult family member or friend. You will spend the whole day together as you swim in the lake, ride a canoe, shoot archery, hear Bible Stories, ride the go-karts and have a campfire complete with roasted marshmallows!

Event Name Dates Price
Angel 1 (Youth) Jun 23-24 $115/person
Guardian 1 (Adult) Jun 23-24 $115/person
Angel 2 (Youth) July 28-29 $115/person
Guardian 2 (Adult) July 28-29 $115/person

OKOBOJI FAMILY CAMP  |  6-12 W/ ADULT (REQUIRES 1 ADULT)  |  11:00A – 11:00A

Experience the excitement of camp with your whole family! Enjoy games, campfires, swimming, go-karts, and archery. Programming times for the whole family make this a fun-filled adventure that will help bring your family closer together. Adults, don’t forget to register yourselves! Arrive at 11am, depart at 11am.

Event Name Dates Price
Family Camp 1 (Youth) July 6-8 $150/person
Family Camp 1 (Adult) July 6-8 $150/person

Affiliate Camps

BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE ADVENTURE  |  AGES 14+  |  JULY 8-13

Experience true wilderness camping in the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota. Enjoy canoeing, hiking, swimming, and fishing. Fee covers all expenses including travel, camping equipment, and food. For more information, please contact the trip leaders Ed Frank, ed.frank@iaumc.net, 712-577-3605 or Hannah Kendrick, hannahfinehout@gmail.com.

Event Name Dates Price
Boundary Waters Canoe Adventure June July 8-13 $510

Special Events

WINTER GAMES SLED HEAD BREAKFAST  |  JANUARY 28  |  8:00 – 11:00AM  |  FREE

While you are in the Iowa Great Lakes celebrating the Okoboji Winter Games, swing by camp on Saturday morning for the Annual Sled Head Breakfast! We’ll be cooking up some delicious tasting breakfast for this big winter event. Come and go as you please – find out why camp is the place to be, even with snow on the ground!

NEIGHBOR NIGHT & SUMMER KICKOFF  |  ALL AGES  |  JUNE 9  |  5-8PM  |  FREE

Help kick off this summer of ministry at camp by joining us for our annual open house. Celebrate along with us as we begin our summer season with a grill out, wagon rides, camp tours, campfire with s’mores, and great fellowship. It’s a terrific way to kick off another summer at the Lake Okoboji U.M. Camp!

Journeys

JOURNEY SELECTIONS

Adventure Campers get to experience more activities and programs compared to other events.  Some of these Journeys would be: canoeing, archery, climbing tower/zip line, crafts and sports.  We are currently working on the Journey list for this coming summer so check back later this spring to see what we have going on this summer.

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