Camp News

$$ Camp Scholarships Available $$

Many Ways To Send Your Child To Camp. . . For Less $

Don't let funds prevent an awesome summer!  5 quick and easy ways to help reduce the cost of your childs camp experience. Contact the Camp Office or your Church Office for information on each of these sources  
1. IDW Scholarships for youth of district congregations: To apply, goto  click on "Resources"   Click on "Forms and Links"   Click on "Youth Event Financial Aid"  Download and complete.  2. Camp Auxiliary: Offers 6 full scholarships to Cubs Week. Deadline to apply is April 18.  3. Your Congregation: Many provide funds for members of their congregation  4. Camp Okoboji: Several donors give funds to help send kids to camp. 5. Minneboji Youth Camp: Contact Rev. Dave Otten at

Information Updates Needed!

Abandoned land lines, missing email addresses, no cell phone numbers listed, moved, family changes.  We need to upadate our information on our camp friends.  Please e-mail us your key contact information. Thanks!

Youth Have Fun Learning More About Jesus at the Lake

The last three weeks of July 2016 were full of fun and learning about Jesus at Junior High Week, Concordia Cub Week, and Youth Week. In order to see some of the fun and learning the campers were able to experience, visit the following links (for photos) and (for videos).

Operation Barnabas

On Memorial Day Weekend Camp Okoboji is hosting a Family Event by the Iowa National Guard Chaplains.  There will be more information coming soon on this weekend.

If you are interested in making cash donations to this project you may do so by sending a check marked OPERATION BARNABAS to

Iowa District West

409 Kenyon RD, Suite B

Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Please contact Lori Gamble at 712-337-3325 for more information about all of these opportunities.

Music Invitation!

Calling all choirs (Church / Schools) & Music Ministry Groups & Musical Talent!  Camp Okoboji has a strong tradition of Sunday Morning Worship Services. We want to further enhance our 2017 schedule by inviting special musical guests from across Iowa.  Join us for the day!  Sunday Morning Worship 9:45am  Consider a special presentation following worship. Enjoy the camp with a picnic lunch, swim, canoe, fish etc.  Worship Calendar: Basically runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Call if you have a specific date in mind.

New Lending Library Boxes at Camp Okoboji

After a few years of sitting on the to-do list, Camp Okoboji welcomes one its newest additions, Lending Libraries. A few years back, summer staff member, Sarah Rutt, brought an interesting idea to Executive Director, Doug Kading, and finally, this year, 2016, Youth Week took on the task of bringing this fun idea to life. Youth Week campers painted and filled small chests with various books including devotional and story books and placed them around the camp for everyone to enjoy. The Lending Library boxes are located in the Christian Life Center entry, Ginny DeWall Dining Hall, Refuge Chapel, Joppa Hall, Bethel Retreat Center, Public Laundry House, and Hauck. Feel free to take a book and leave a book; there are many good ones to choose from.

New Wood Duck Houses

Sixteen year old, Timothy Frostestad, has been working to become an Eagle Scout since he first joined the scouts. He is a junior in high school from Spirit Lake, Iowa. Frostestad, a member of Boy Scout Troop 152, stated, “I like being a scout because it teaches you many valuable skills one will need to know for their future such as: first aid, fire safety, lifesaving skills, swimming skills, and many more.” To earn his Eagle Scout ranking, he chose to build wood duck houses for Camp Okoboji because he enjoys wildlife and heard that camp needed some built. After gathering the proper supplies, tools, and safety equipment, he built the houses and hung them on the trees. He is happy that “Camp Okoboji gets to enjoy watching duck houses in action,” and he gets to teach others about wood ducks. Frostestad is excited to earn an Eagle Scout rank, and Camp Okoboji thanks him for his work and contribution to camp.

Take Action With A Thrivent Action Team!

Camp Okoboji is looking for Thrivent members willing be a Team Leader for a Camp Action Team.  There are so many ways that Action Teams can positively impact Camp Okoboji. We can help with the entire process; from applying to planning to conducting and reporting. Contact the camp 712-337-3325   Thank You!  Ideas Include: camp projects, support one of several retreats, support one of many summer programs, omelet brunch sponsors, mailings, special events, share an idea! We would like to see 50 Action Team Sponsors this year! 


Discover Center Dedication scheduled for Sunday, May 28, 4:00pm
IDW President Rev. Dr. Steve Turner will officiate.
Open House and Meal to follow.  Please RSVP   712-337-3325
A Future Vision for the next Generation of Campers and Guests. The DISCOVER CAMPaign OKOBOJI goal is to replace the Hauck and Crafts buildings with a single facility called 'Discover'. The over-all goal of the campain is to raise $2,800,000. The campaign was unveiled at Camp Okoboji's Annual Meeting in April 2015. To date, the first $1,400,000 phase one goal has been raised.

A second $250,000 Matching Gift Challenge was announced this summer. We are within $40,000 of meeting that goal! 

YOUR participation is still needed. Gifts and pledges can be made payable to: DISCOVER CAMPaign OKOBOJI and sent to camp. Newsletter for updates!

Congregations are being asked to support the campaign while work continues to involve individuals and families.  Several congregations have already stepped forward with 'pledges' ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 over the next three years! What a Blessing! 

Congregation 'Ambassadors' are church members willing to help Camp Okoboji share the campaign within their congregation.  If you are interested in serving, Ambassador information can be down-loaded or mailed.

New Adventure Camp challenges boundaries

Adventure Camp will be welcoming 7th – 12th graders from across Iowa.

Attracting all scraped knees, underused bicycles, and general thrill-seeking kids, Adventure Camp brings something a little different to campers who want more than kickball during recreation. Biking, zip lining and archery will be some of the sports on this coming week’s agenda for the campers seeking to go beyond softball games.

“Archery in a Christian environment,” 

Camp Okoboji has also hosted a bike camp in the past, which returned as a component of Adventure Camp.

The camp is surrounded by the greater Okoboji bike trails and has personal watercraft like canoes available, which will be used by campers. A neighboring camp down the road has zip lining and wall climbing facilities, which they are allowing Okoboji campers to use. And the welcoming camp experience Okoboji LCMS is well known for fostering will also be present.

“There are also Bible study, music, campfire devotions, your ‘camp stuff’” 

Chapel Gets Stain Glass Windows

Four (4) Stain Glass windows were recently installed in the Refuge Chapel.  They were designed and created by Bogenrief Studios in Sutherland IA.  They are a moving and colorful addition to the Chapel and serve as visual reminders of our Faith and Salvation in Christ Jesus.  Several more windows await sponsors. Call the camp office to inquire.