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Campers need your help! Come to camp for a day in the spring, take on a few projects, make some new friends and help get the camp ready for summer ministry! It takes the work of many to help this ministry thrive. If you have the desire to serve through service and missions…WE NEED YOU! Perfect for youth groups, men’s and women’s groups or families. Projects for all skill levels, ages and group sizes. Overnight accommodations available – call camp to reserve some space. Lunch, materials and supervision of projects provided. Call for more information.



Event Name Event # Dates/Times Price
Camp Work Day  Schedule with Director Free
Your help is needed – make a BIG difference!
More Information
An Okoboji camping experience has been part of countless people’s faith stories beginning in 1915. Camp Ambassadors work within their local churches to continue the tradition of sharing the mission and ministry of an Okoboji camping experience!

  • Camp Ambassadors share camping and retreat opportunities with children, youth and families in their local churches and communities, as well as other ways to become involved in this life-changing ministry!

  • Camp Ambassadors act as the spokesperson for Okoboji camp within their church. They are the conduit for information to flow between Okoboji and their local churches. Ambassadors work closely with their pastor, Christian education staff, church families and Okoboji Camp to help make sure families stay in-tune with camping opportunities throughout the year but primarily in the spring. Camp Ambassadors work within their local churches to continue the tradition of sharing the mission and ministry of an Okoboji camping experience!

  • Our goal is to provide you with information and resources to make sharing about life-changing camp opportunities easy even FUN!

  • Each United Methodist Church in NW Iowa will receive an Ambassador’s Packet which includes: a 2021 Camp Ambassador’s Guide, catalogs, brochures, and NEW IOWA UM CAMPS VIDEO! To request additional copies, please contact us at camp.

Lake Okoboji U.M. Camp Staff are available to visit your church or youth group and share how camping changes lives. Our courteous and professional staff are available to travel to you in order to speak, lead music/games and share about opportunities within Iowa United Methodist Camping. Would you like to schedule a visit? Contact us to schedule an appointment!

Donate to Camp

Our camp would not be as great as it is without amazing people like you giving to the mission of the camp. Thank you in advance for your support.If you are in need of a receipt for tax purposes, please let us know.

Here are a few ways you can give today to Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp

o Mail a donation to the camp

o Make a donation online-Click on “Monetary Donation” button above

o Visit our Amazon Wish List and make a purchase-Click on “Amazon Wish List” button above

o Help complete a project on our Mission Project list-Click on “Mission Project List” button above (geared for Scouts looking to complete their Eagle Scout or Gold Project awards)

Our Wishlist

o Truckload of road gravel – $125 per load

o New recreation equipment

o Chainsaws – $500

o Pressure Washer – $400

o Mower Replacement – $12,000

o Climbing ropes & gear – $1000

o Bubble Soccer – $2000

o Craft supplies

o Office supplies

o Re-tile a bathroom in New Hope – $5000 x4

o New 10 burner commercial gas stove – $4000/p>

o New bunks in Grantham & Wittstruck Cabins – $8000

Specialty Areas Where Your Help Is Needed:


  • Electrical Work: inspection of all facilities, repairs/upgrades, lots of misc.
  • Auto Mechanics: inspect vehicles following set guidelines, change oil
  • Interior Cabin Painting: painting inside Classrooms and New Hope Retreat Center
  • Yard Work: thatching/aerating playfields (camp does not own equipment), pruning, spring fertilizer application
  • Small Engine Repairs: tune up 8 go-karts, weed-eaters, mowers, chainsaws, leaf blowers, golf carts
  • Interior Work: plumbing, carpentry, lots of misc.
  • Exterior Work: Door repairs, window screen repair, minor roof repairs
  • Facilities Walk-Through: Help inspect all facilities, suggest repairs/upgrades, help prioritize maintenance