Camp Schedule - 2017
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Thanks so much for putting me in this camp. It was the best thing ever!!
I'm coming back, no exceptions.
The 2017 summer theme is... drum roll please...
We are gearing up for a very exciting summer! This year we are excited to explore the different ways that God uses water to heal both physically and spiritually. As I’m sure some of you have guessed, the summer theme is WaterWorks! Throughout the week we will be diving into stories from Genesis, Mark, John and Psalms.
What better way to start the week than at the beginning? We will explore how God created the world, focusing on water and how we can care for creation. The next set of stories follows the stories of Jesus as he’s baptized, as he talks to the woman at the well, and as he heals a blind man. The week is summed up with Psalm 23, which reminds us of the theme verse, that he refreshes our soul, and that he is with us in the darkest of times.
Even though summer is a little over two months away, it seems like it’s right around the corner! We can’t wait for all the smiles and laughs that summer will bring. As we are gearing up for summer here at the office, we would like you to gear up as well! We will be sending a packing list in an email shortly so you know what to bring in order that you have the Best Week Ever!!
Bible studies and worships are a part of every week at Lakeside!
Isaiah 43:2 - "When you pass through the warers, I will be with you"
*Using the LOM (Lutheran Outdoor Ministries) Curriculum: The Water of Life
Lakeside's Summer Camp program is designed for kids of all ages (and adults too!) to explore, discover, learn, and grow. We are open to the public, regardless of religious background, race, sexual orientation, gender, etc.
We have 6 weeks of overnight camp for children in grades 1-12, 6 weeks of on-site day camps for children in grades K-8, off-site day camps around Iowa at congregations, 1 week of on-site day camp for children ages 3, 4, & 5 years old (Pre-K), 1 week of camp for special needs adults, 1 week for family campers, and 2 weeks for adults of all ages.
We've heard countless stories from parents, adults, friends, and family of people returning changed from camp. The effect that camp has on its campers is something that is not attainable elsewhere. We encourage you to visit camp and become part of our intentional Christian community.
Lakeside gives your camper the chance to simply be a kid. We offer campers a wide array of activities and a loving staff to accept them. Kids these days always seem to be overbooked - we give them the chance to relax and have fun, the chance to choose what they want to do, the chance to be themselves.
At Lakeside, our mission is to provide a welcoming environment for everyone to come. We hire staff that are responsible and mature to teach your campers about themselves, about their faith, and life lessons. *Camp improves the life of children. Camp makes children healthy and active. Camp gives children a place to grow into a caring, considerate, contributing, successful member of society. Camp helps children identify themselves positively, grow in independence, gain confidence and leadership skills, make friends, feel secure, interact positively with peers, become aware of the environment, explore nature, feel adventurous, grow in their values, make decisions on their own, and grow in their faith.
Camp provides kids with a place to disconnect from all of the outside noise -these days kids are so crowded by school, sports, homework, video games, cell phones, Facebook - they need a break. Here at camp we give them space to unplug and find out what life can be like away from the noise. It's a place for campers to be welcomed by people who know their name and care – where they can build trusting and positive relationships with Christian role models. It's a great way to gain confidence, take on adventure, and maybe even be transformed.
Not only is the experience wonderful every week, Lakeside offers lots of new and exciting programs that can get your kids pumped and ready. With exciting programs like Night Owls, Treehouses, Top-Chef, Flipped, Sailing, Music & Stuff (MAS), Family Camp, & LEGO Robotics – you know that you and your camper will never get bored. We also offer many programs that assist campers in learning a skill such as Short Timers & Juniors Reading Camp, Wavebreakers Leadership Training, Junior Lifeguarding, and Confirmation. Fun weekly themes provide each camper with a little bit more of a choice of what they are interested in, some of these include: Lakestock, Sunken Treasure, Lakeside’s Got Talent, Around the World, and more! The variety of camps and themes offered assures you that the camp experience will be new and exciting every year, while still maintaining the Lakeside Traditions that you have grown to love.
Give your child the chance to grow.
The chance to experience something new.
The chance to make new friends and have fun in a faith-filled and safety-conscious environment.
Let them learn life skills such as confidence and independence
Give them a chance to spread their wings.
Give them the best week ever.
Give them the gift of camp.
I just want to say thank-you from my entire family. The two Foster boys that we have are both orphans and have had a tough life for such a tender age. This gave them an opportunity to be children again, without an adult always saying “no” and being able to enjoy the outdoors and lake. We live in town and there isn’t much for the boys to do, but at camp, they got to be boys. They also got to hang with positive mentors and make a connection through the teaching with religion. They still talk about certain staff members and the nicknames everyone got while there. This is a lifetime experience for the boys, one that they will remember all their lives. It is a warm feeling knowing that they could escape from their pasts for a few days and bond with other children. Thank-you for giving us and them the wonderful gift of camp. You have done an outstanding job finding staff that can mentor, guide, and lead children in a positive way.
Camp was cool beans!
I really LOVE it. It is the number one priority on my kids’ list of summer activities.
- Camper's Parent
*Some facts taken from ACA research & followingtolead.com
Join us for the 5th Annual Lutheran Lakeside Acadamy Movie Awards! Each cabin will create a movie to be shown at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony on Thursday Night. A banquet will procede the event. Who knows, you may even win a LLAMA AWARD!
There are so many holidays each year that we don't get to celebrate at camp... Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter, Christmas, etc.! Join us as we bring some random holidays in for an awesome week! We'll have giant camp-wide Easter egg scavenger hunts, decorate our cabins for some trick-or-treating, and end the week with Santa's Christmas Carnival! Don't forget your Halloween costumes, ugly Christmas sweaters, and Thanksgiving appetites!
Around the World
End the week with a giant scavenger hunt around camp! You'll travel to different countries and complete different silly tasks - let's see who can get the most stamps in their passport!
Are you ready for a hoedown? Dress up in some western garb, grab some friends, and learn some awesome square dancing moves at the Thursday evening events! Bring along your cowboy and cowgirl hats and boots if you'd like!
Lakeside's Got Talent
This week will be a one filled with the most talented of people! We'll show off our moves at dance contests, sing our hearts out at worship, and have our own Lakeside's Got Talent Talent Show on Thursday Night!
USA! USA! USA!
Come join us for a fun-filled week of wag-waving, fireworks-blazing fun! Not only will we showing off our red, white and blue but we will also get a chance to see firework from out beach! You’ll even be able to ride in our ‘murica mobile (tractor trailer) for the week!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a board game? Well wait no longer! This week you will be able to experience a camp-wide version of the classic board game clue! Join us to find out who did it, with what and where!
**Much, much safer than Jumanji**
**Description to be coming shortly**