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Faith Formation: Camps, Retreat Centers, Summer, & VBS

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech


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
  • VBS and camps 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.

Virtual and At-Home VBS & Day Camps

Compassion Camp: Changing the World with Lovingkindness - Illustrated Ministry; get the pdf here; join the Facebook group here; listen to original sing-along songs here or watch here.

Prayers for Compassion Coloring Pages: Volume 2

Prayers for Compassion Coloring Pages: Volume 2 includes five beautifully illustrated prayers from Compassion Camp. You can also pick up Volume 1 here.

Creative Arts Camp, Journey Together, Good Stewards Together, and ReNew

Sparkhouse offers multiple summer programming resources:

ReNew and Creative Arts Camp are both for children and are structured in the traditional five-day VBS style.

Journey Together and Good Stewards Together are both intergenerational and have a default structure of one event per week throughout the summer, though they can be adapted for other time frames.


"River of Life" inspires learning about our role in God's call in the world, highlighting ELCA World Hunger partners in global clean water projects. The five-day program includes:

  • large-group gatherings
  • small-group activities
  • games
  • crafts
  • snack ideas

A guide to adapting the program for home use will be available.

Who Is My Neighbor? - MennoMedia’s 2019 VBS curriculum


St. Christopher's Episcopal Church offers their Summer 2021 VBS: God's Backyard Bible Camp for others to use. Thanks, Marion Hunner!


Growing Green Hearts offers multiple curricula combining faith & science to encourage creation care and youth leadership.


VBS 2013 Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God's World Comes Together - Starter Kit

Cokesbury's 2013 Everywhere Fun Fair is touted as "very adaptable" by UMC leaders.

Building Faith offers VBS Reviews: About the Publishers and their VBS Top Picks to help leaders discern which VBS is best for their context.

Clergy Stuff

Clergy Stuff offers resources for Narrative and Revised Common Lectionaries, including confirmation, worship, preaching, children's stories, and VBS.

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Faith Alive 5-session Summer Units series (for kindergarten through grade 6) contain everything needed: song lyrics and music, reproducible pages, complete session plans, and more.

Series includes:

Virtual and At-Home Camps for Tweens & Teens

Luther Crest

Bold Transformational Faith

A partnership to bring faith formation tools and resources â€‹from CAMP to your CONGREGATION

Judicatory Resources

Plan Middle School & High School retreats and Family Canoe Trips with the MN Conference UCC's Outdoor Ministry.

MN Annual Conference's Camp Minnesota offers lots of opportunities for ages 6-18 and include an option for kids and grandparents.

ECMN Youth

The Episcopal Church in MN has 6 Summer Camps for young people.

All Ages Summer Activities & Resources

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Looking for shorter-term curriculum for summer?

T.B.D.: Think. Believe. Do. helps teens explore what they believe and why they believe it, enabling them to build a robust theological toolkit. Each topic stands alone and comes with four sessions' worth of material, making it easy to use on a retreat, at camp, or on weekday evenings during the summer. The facilitator guides help leaders create space for youth to build faith, learn, and grow together. 

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness have a new website where you can find:

Sparkhouse offers several Vacation Bible School options for kids and intergenerational summer events. Choose from four arts-based options in Creative Arts Camp or the environmentally focused VBS ReNew. Bring your entire congregation together for intergenerational events with Journey Togetherand Good Stewards Together. Learn more.

Young adults interested in working at a faith-based summer camp can use this app - available on Apple and Google Play app stores. Scroll for camp profiles to find a best fit; share info and resume to enter an application/hiring process.
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Camps & Retreat Centers

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