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Faith Formation: Camps and Retreat Centers

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Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of Camps, Retreat Centers, and VBS. Here you'll find:

  • Local and Regional Camp and Retreat spaces
  • VBC (Vacation Bible Camp) and VBS for children
  • Camps for Tweens & Teens
  • All-Ages Summer Activity Suggestions & Resources

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Camps & Retreat Centers

Camp Ajawah Welcomes Campers!

Are you looking for a wholesome and traditional summer overnight camp for youth ages 7-16?

Consider Camp Ajawah, nestled on Linwood Lake, 40 minutes north of the Twin Cities! Camp Ajawah has operated under the guidance of Westminster Presbyterian Church for over 85 years and has stood the test of time. 

Over the years, Ajawah has remained committed to a rustic camp experience, emphasizing outdoor activities and personal connection. We believe that the best way to have fun in the summer is to put away the screen, put on some shoes, and head out into the sunshine with friends. Activities and adventure always await!

PictureGreen Lake Lutheran Ministries exists as a partnership of camps, communities, and congregations sharing the ​life-changing love of Jesus in vibrant settings in community and creation.

Since 1993, One Heartland has been creating life-changing camp experiences for youth facing social isolation, intolerance or serious health challenges. Our camps provide a welcoming, bully-free environment where children, youth and young adults can feel completely accepted for who they are—often for the first time in their lives.

The Naming Project

The Naming Project creates places of safety for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities where faith is shared and healthy life-giving community is modeled.

The Naming Project camps provide a safe and sacred space where youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities are named and claimed by a loving God; can explore and share faith; experience healthy and life-giving community; reach out to others; and advocate for systemic change in church and society.

Themes and dates vary each year. Camps are provided in summer and are specific to adults or youth.

ARC Retreat Community - Connecting retreat to daily life while fulfilling  inner spirit with community.

ARC Retreat Community offers a wide range of in-person and online individual, family-friendly, and group retreat opportunities. Find their full summer schedule here.

At Clearwater Forest each session of camp for children, youth, adults and families is rich in a variety of activities, fresh air, engaging worship, and connection-building. Leadership opportunities abound for all ages – from choosing daily activities, participating in planning and leading worship, to leading a cabin or quest group through the various daily activities. Register here.

Lake Koronis Conference & Retreat Center offers a beautiful lakeside setting for group retreats of up to 200 guests in Oct.-April and 300+ guests in May-September.

For information on packages, click here

For availability and additional facility information, submit your inquiry by clicking here.

Lakeshore Center at Okoboji is located in a secluded setting of 55 acres on the west shore of West Lake Okoboji, with 600 feet of sand beach, complete with a canopy of large oak trees. It is an ideal location for family reunions, church retreats, youth group events, choir retreats, church leadership retreats, quilting retreats, summer camp, business meetings, and much more! 

Call 712-337-3313 or email here.







Northern Pines Camp offers a unique environment for meetings, conferences, retreats or special events.
Several packages are designed to meet the needs of specific interests and events. For information on our packages, click here
For availability and additional facility information, submit your inquiry by clicking here. If you prefer, you may call us at 218-732-4713 or email us