Camp SJ is an opportunity to gather with NE MN Synod congregations to be in community to play together, build relationships, and be deeply rooted in Christ Jesus as we process the year we experienced, naming our grief and being reminded of the hope we have in Christ. Camp Onomia, Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry and Luther Crest Bible Camp are partnering with the NE MN Synod to offer this 3-day retreat at an affordable rate so high school youth and their adult leaders can be together safely.
Dates: June 27-29, 2021. Cost: $100 per person. Ages: Youth in grades 8-12 in fall 2020. Adult leaders must be at least 21 years old at time of event.
Camp SJ Update (12/8/20): Due to the complexity and frequent shifts of COVID-19 safety protocols and restrictions, the Synod has asked our outdoor ministry partners to take on the primary leadership for Camp SJ. They are best equipped and positioned to make Camp SJ safe and meaningful. Camps will be responsible for registration, communicating with participants, program structure and safety protocols. The Synod will provide the curriculum content – videos and discussion guides for youth and adult small groups that will be based on the Synod Journey “Deeply Rooted” curriculum.
Please Note: The Camps are still developing their webpages with Camp SJ specific information. Until those are ready, the links above will take you to their home pages for more information on each camp.
Who is this for? Camp SJ is open to youth currently in grades 8-12 and their adult leaders. Adults from your congregation are full participants, and serve as the leaders for your congregation group so relationships continue when you return home. Congregations are expected to provide one adult for every seven youth. If you are not able to provide enough adults, or adults of each gender to be housed with your youth, congregations can work with the camps to provide counselors to serve as adult leaders for $100 each (the same cost as bringing an adult leader).
What will the program include? Youth and adults will have time to be together, laugh, play, worship, tend to your mental wellbeing, and be deeply rooted in Christ Jesus. The NE MN Synod Journey and Mental Health teams will provide curriculum for small group sessions, utilizing video presentations and discussion guides. Youth small groups will be led by camp counselors, adult small groups will be led by seasoned program staff or adults from the synod. Each camp will develop its own schedule to offer group builders, games, small group Bible studies for youth and adults, campfires, free time options, worship and more.
What will safety protocols be for COVID-19, and how sure are we that Camp SJ will happen? We have learned this year that nothing is guaranteed. But our camps are working diligently to provide safety protocols that will keep campers safe and allow camp to happen wherever we are at with vaccines and infection rates. Please visit the website of your preferred camp to learn more about their specific COVID-19 safety protocols.
What is the cost and what is included?
The registration fee is $100 per person, including adults. Deposit amounts and cancellation policies vary by camp. Please visit the website of the camp you wish to attend for more details.
The registration fee includes 6 meals (Sunday dinner – Tuesday lunch), housing and program.
How do we register? Registration will open March 15 and close April 15, or when camps fill, whichever comes first.
Choose the camp you wish to attend.
When registration opens, there will be a link for each camp. Click on the link for the camp you wish to register at to fill out the registration form and deposit for that camp.
Register as a congregation group. You will have the opportunity to make additions at a later time, as space allows.
It is expected that each congregation bring one adult for every 7 youth. If you are not able to provide enough adults, or adults of each gender to be housed with your youth, congregations can work with the camps to provide counselors to serve as adult leaders for $100 each (the same cost as bringing an adult leader).
What if we’re interested, but June 27-29 doesn’t work for us? The camps would be more than happy to work with you to find another date and create a schedule that fits your needs!
Who do we contact if we have questions? Contact the camp you are interested in attending to find out more details: Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry: Brett Amundson, email@example.com or 218-666-5465 Camp Onomia: Jim Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-532-3767 Luther Crest Bible Camp: Paige Meier, email@example.com or 320-846-2431
Extended stay options! As long as you’re at camp with your youth – extend your stay! Each camp offers a variety of options - create your own retreat, take part in high adventure opportunities and more! Contact the camp directly to develop your experience! It is helpful to begin your planning in January to reserve space and make sure options like BWCA trips are available. Click here for examples of possible extended stay options!