Traditional Family Camp Information
July 9th - 14th
Lakeside Traditional Family Camp gives you a relaxing week to get away from the rigors of life. Whether you are a family of ten or just one you are welcomed into the Lakeside family. Everyone has a family here. In the morning, adults have the opportunity to hear a special guest speaker lead a faith nurturing presentation. Children and youth have a morning of Bible study, worship, games, and fun led by Lakeside summer staff. Your little ones (age 3, 4, and 5) will join in on a very special Day Camp made just for them - God's Little Sprouts. Afternoons are filled with boat rides, tubing, sailing, swimming in the pool, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, crafting, tie-dying, hiking, biking, roller skating, volleyball, and rest. In the evening, group activities for campers of all ages and campfire worships with S'mores conclude the night. Stay for three days or the whole week. Lakeside is here for you!
We Welcome Pastor Mike and Sue Blair as our 2017 Family Camp Speakers
Generation to Generation
Our theme, Generation to Generation, will engage creativity, humor, storytelling, music and spiritual practices to explore new ways of telling Biblical stories and sharing our faith stories. Psalm 79 sings, “from generation to generation we will recount your praise .” Sue and Mike invite participants to bring imagination, insight, prayer and playfulness to the Psalmist’s call of sharing faith from generation to generation.
Sue and Mike have shared stories of healing and renewal through offerings of music, storytelling and creative arts at congregations, camps, conferences, retreats and coffeehouses. Their first CD, Ever Singing, released June 2016, features original songs inspired by the joys, struggles and sustaining graces of life together. Sue’s vocation includes using her gifts as an educator, artist and musician. Mike has served as campus pastor at Luther College since 1991. Mike enjoys integrating folk music, blues, song writing, poetry slams and classical guitar with the arts of ministry.
Sue and Mike will celebrate their 37th anniversary in 2017. They are parents of a daughter, Kate, and a son, Ben. You can learn more about their music and stories at eversinging.com.
How do we register?
Register ONLINE now by clicking HERE!
If you have any questions about Family Camp please contact our
Minister of Cross Generationsl Faith Formation
What will we do in the morning?
In the morning, the adults at camp will split up from the children. Adults will have a speaker to help them delve deeper into their faith. Children go off with Lakeside Camp Staff for a morning of fun! Children camper mornings are more structured. A sample schedule of your child's morning:
9 - Arrival and Group Games
9:20 - Bible Study
9:35 - Rotation 1
10:05 - Snacks and Silly Songs
10:25 - Faith in Action
10:45 - Rotation 2
11:15 - Group Games
11:40 - Closing Worship
Rotations include sections on crafts and outdoor explore (which involves activities around camp such as Ropes Course, Canoeing, Boat Riding, and More!)
Children are split up according to age, but changes can be made by request.
Parents are encouraged to join their children for Closing worship at 11:40.
What activities and games will we get to do in the afternoon and evening?
Lutheran Lakeside Camp is filled with activities to do - there's no way you'll have enough time to do them all in only one week, but you can sure try!
Our afternoon schedule is made with freedom in mind. This is your vacation and we want it to be perfect! Therefore, each afternoon and evening is filled with free time. In times that we do have scheduled events, you are always welcome to come and go as you please. A sample schedule:
12 - Lunch & Silly Songs
1 - Siesta (Rest Time)
2 - Free Time (go do the activities you want to do around camp!)
5:30 - Dinner
6:30 - ACA (Group game or activity based on theme)
8 - Worship at the campfire ring (with s'mores?)
8:45 - Snacks, Games, and Fellowship Time
Some of the activities and games you'll get to experience include:
40' Rock Climbing Tower, Zip Line, Adventure Forest Low Ropes Course, 1000's Mine Obstacle Course, Crafting, Sailing, Tie-Dying, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Canoeing, Archery, Indoor Wall Rock Climbing, Fishing, Swimming, Roller Skating, Biking, Tubing, Speed Boat Rides, Pontoon Rides, GaGa Ball, Quidditch, Basketball, Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge, Exploding Enchiladas, Tag, Boofers, Capture the Flag, Volleyball, Counselor Hunt, Farmer Brown, Blob Tag, Around the World Soccer, Eliminator, Pit Fall, Shh, Around the Chapel, Raccoon Circles, 4-Way Soccer, 9-Way Kickball, Parachute Games, Carpet Ball, Pine Cone Golf, Water Challenge Games, Mind Games, and so much more!
*Remember that age restrictions still apply at necessary areas of camp for safety reasons. Click HERE for a list of activities by age.
What does it cost?
|FAMILY CAMP|| Adult
| Ages 3-8
| Ages 3-8
*No other discounts apply
Arrival and Departure Information
On Sunday afternoon during your scheduled week of camp, please arrive no earlier than 2pm and no later than 4:30pm for the registration process. Registration runs from 2-4:30pm. If you cannot make it during these times, just let us know ahead of time or give us a call and we'll make sure your family gets taken care of!
The registration process is held at our Dining Hall - located at the second entrance of camp. The building is air conditioned and accessible to all.
You'll be greeted by many friendly staff who will help you by giving you a map of camp, marked with where you are staying, and guiding you toward your 'home' for the week. A staff member will be provided for you to help carry your luggage, unpack, or find your way around if you are interested in this. They can also help by watching the kids while you get set up.
If you finish unpacking early, you're more than welcome to jump into the pool for a swim or come back to the Dining Hall where games and fellowship will be held.
We can't wait to see you!
Departure on Tuesday nights or Fridays
|Tuesday||You are welcome to leave at any time during the evening. We invite you to join us through campfire if you would like, but you are welcome to leave before if necessary.|
|Friday||We will run our morning on Friday according to the usual schedule, followed by our final closing worship. Lunch will conclude the day so that you are sent on your way with a hearty meal.|
We invite you to join us in a long-standing camp tradition before you leave. Each year we gather around the bell circle at the center of camp, hold hands, and sing "Shalom." As each person leaves, they are welcome to ring the bell as many times as they like to signify becoming a part of the Lutheran Lakeside Camp Family. We can't wait to invite you in!
What should we bring or not bring?
What to bring – Health Form & Remaining Balance, Pen, Paper, Bible, Sleeping Bag (Or twin sized sheets and blankets), Pillow, Bath/Beach towels, Sunscreen, Soap, Shampoo, Toothbrush & Toothpaste, Personal Toiletries, MODEST Swimwear (no bikinis, one-piece ONLY), Modest shorts and shirts, Jeans, Underwear, Socks, Closed-toed Shoes (NO Flip-Flops at camp other than as shower shoes), Sandals with Straps across the Heel (NO Flip-Flops), Jacket, Rain poncho, Laundry Bag, Flashlight, Insect Repellent, Water Bottle, Spending Money for Canteen & Crafts (Optional), Disposable Camera (optional), Any Sporting Equipment (ball glove, fishing gear, etc), Guitar (Optional) Sunglasses/Goggles (Optional)
What not to bring – TV, Flip-Flops or Sandals without Straps across the Heel (unless being used as shower shoes only), Pets, CD Player, E-Readers (Kindles, Nooks, Ipads, etc), Curling Iron, Hair Dryer, Ipod, MP3 Player, Electronic Toys, Beepers, Weapons, Knives, Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco, Fireworks, EXPENSIVE or FRAGILE items (clothing, jewelry, electronics, or otherwise), like-items.
If brought to camp these items will be kept in the vault for security and safety issues. Lakeside is not responsible for lost, stolen, or broken items. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at any time at 712-336-2109
Please mark all belongings with names or initials. Lost & Found will be donated to Good Will after 30 days if not claimed.
Where will we sleep?
You get to choose where you would like to sleep at Lakeside during your stay for family camp. We have facilities ranging from rustic cabins and treehouses (with or without electricity and running water), to tent or RV sites, to our Lodge (high-quality rustic stay with shared bathrooms and beautiful living space with fireplace and comfortable lounge furniture), to our NEW Retreat Centers (high-quality, hotel style rooms each with private bathroom and gathering rooms with comfortable lounge furniture). You get to pick!