Special Needs Camp Information
Sunday, July 2nd at 2pm - Tuesday, July 5 at 9am
Lakeside Special Needs Camp is an amazing week designed for adults who struggle with emotional, social, and physical challenges. Campers get to experience the great outdoors of Lakeside while boat riding, hiking, going on trailer rides, swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, or climbing on the ropes course! Lakeside's staff members love serving all campers in crafting, worship, tie-dying, s'more making, campfire building, and game playing! It's a great place to spend quality time making friends and having fun.
This is truly a vacation for our campers and we love to make sure that it's the BEST WEEK EVER.
Are there any requirements?
Lakeside requires that all campers ambulatory and continent. Campers do not need to be able to self-medicate as RN nurses assist campers on a daily basis and are on-site 24/7 during the campers' stay.
How do we register?
Our Adult Special Needs Camp is currently full for the Summer of 2017!
What do we get to do?
A sample schedule of your day:
8:30 - Breakfast & Silly Songs
9:45 - Bible Study
10:15 - Morning Choice Time
11:30 - JAM Time
12 - Lunch
1 - Siesta / Hiking / Games
2:15 - Afternoon Worship
2:45 Afternoon Choice Time
4:45 Group Games
5:30 - Dinner
6:30 - ACA
7:15 - Canteen Time
8:15 - Campfire Worship
9:30 Lights Out
Bible Study - Campers are split between boys and girls for Bible study time. We go through the lesson of the day and do some sort of activity that pertains.
Choice Times - Choice time activities include things such as Boat Rides, Swimming, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Crafting, Tie-Dying, Ropes Course, and more!
JAM Time - A great time to come together with music, dramas, and more!
Group Games - These include parachute games, counselor hunt, and more!
ACA - These include events such as the Talent Show, Bingo, Christ Hike, and the Annual Lakeside Award Show & Dance.
What activities and games will we get to do?
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!
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?
$350 per camper
Are there any discounts or camperships?
Early Bird Discount: Hurry up and register early and we'll give you a deal! If you register by March 1, receive $50 off of your registration fee!
What about registration information?
On Sunday afternoon during your scheduled week of camp, please arrive no earlier than 2pm and no later than 4pm for the registration process. Registration runs from 2-4pm. 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 camper 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.
As you arrive, please be sure to have the necessary required forms with you if they have not been turned in already (if you're not sure which forms to bring, see the information below). Please make sure you also have your Canteen Money, Pick-Up Authorization Form, Health Update Form, all Medications, and if necessary, funds to pay the balance of your week at camp.
Your first stop during the registration process will be a visit with our registrar, Marcy. She will want your Pick-Up Authorization & Registration Forms. She will also check your balance and collect payments toward this.
You will then visit our Nurses for the week. The nurses will talk with you and your camper to see about any health concerns (special treatments, allergies, medications, etc) and to see how the camper is feeling. They will require you to turn in any medications to them (including over the counter meds). The only medications your camper may keep are Inhalers (for asthma or respiratory issues) and EpiPens (for severe allergies). You must alert them to any conditions your camper may have as we start the week.
You will then visit with an Assistant Program Director in charge of the canteen to deposit any money for snacks, apparel/gear/merchandise, and crafts throughout the week.
Finally, you will visit with Cassie Jahn, our Program Director, who will lead your camper away with a staff member to introduce them to camp adn show them their assigned cabin-group.
After your camper is introduced to a staff member, parents are free to leave as they desire. Campers play games until the camp orientation begins. Tours for parents and guardians are offered by Ranger Gary "Z" Zeman during this time and parents are encouraged to stick around for these.
We can't wait to see you! Let us know if you have any questions or concerns
How does Pick-Up on Thursday work?
Pick-Up for Adult Special Needs Campers is at 9am on Thursday. When you arrive, campers will have already received their full canteen refund and any medications left from the week. Luggage will be brought from the cabins back to the Dining Hall where Pick-Up will occur. This is the same place that you brought your camper for Registration on Sunday.
You are required to check out your camper with the designated check-out person upon arrival. We can send no camper home without the signature of the person taking them. Pick-Up authorizations from the beginning of the week must state who is picking the camper up. That person must come with Photo ID ready. It will be required for pick-up, no exceptions. This rule is designed to keep our campers safe.
What forms do I need?
In order for any person to participate in programs at Lutheran Lakeside Camp, and ensure the safety of all who attend, we must receive the following forms:Lakeside Registration Form, Lakeside Health Form, Lakeside Pick-Up Authorization Form
Click HERE for paper forms that you can either mail in or drop off at Lakeside:
Lutheran Lakeside Camp
2491 170th St
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
(You may also drop in to our office at this address and pick up forms to register!)
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 – CELL PHONES, 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.