When you support Lutheran Lakeside Camp, you are investing
in the next generation of the church.

General Gifts

You can send a check to the office, call with your direct deposit information, or go online and make online donations from a card or bank account. These can be one-time gifts or reoccurring monthly gifts.

Venmo @Lutheran-LakesideCamp

Venmo is a fast and easy way to give, straight from your phone. Download the app and consider giving to help make camp happen! Venmo@lutheranlakesidecamp

Designated Gifts

You can give a gift that you want to use on a specific project or purchase. If there is a part of camp you care deeply for, just let us know, and we’ll put your gift towards improving, maintaining, or creating that part! Some designated gifts have been for sailing needs, craft projects, building repairs, bikes, and other camper activities.

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Thrivent members get Choice Dollars that they can designate to a non-profit of their choice. We make good use of these dollars when we receive them by helping support program or property needs. Log in to your Thrivent account and designate your dollars today. 

Thrivent Action Team Cards

Every Thrivent member can get 1-2 action cards a year that are worth $250 each. These cards can be used for collecting items to donate to camp, fundraisers to help off-set the cost for campers, service days at camp, and even to support a day of camp. If you would like to use your Thrivent Action Card for Lakeside, our office can help you with the process. Just give us a call. For more information, visit

Action cards in 2021 provided first aid supplies, staff shirts, youth kayaks, life jackets, craft supplies, paint, kitchen supplies, new lights and beds for retreat buildings, and much more!  

Your Thrivent Card could help purchase discs for the disc golf course, fishing equipment, life jackets, stamps, office supplies, and any other wish list item you can dream of.

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In-Kind Gifts

We always need items at camp to help campers experience the BEST WEEK EVER. These items include things like first aid kits, bug spray, sunscreen, life jackets, sports balls, face shields, and contactless thermometers. We are also searching for a used truck to use around camp. 

Check out how to get involved.  Other in kind gifts are quilts for our retreat spaces, artwork for around camp, or sharing your specialty with us like helping train staff to sail, or whatever your specialty might be.

Legacy Giving

Remember Lakeside in your will or estate plan to make sure the ministry you cared about in life will be taken care of long after. Mike Klinefelter of the ELCA Planned Giving has helped many individuals arrange their estates. 

You can contact him at

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Our wish list

Lutheran Lakeside is always in need of items to provide quality programming to our campers.  If you feel called to help Lakeside develop leaders in the church please look at the wish list below or click the donation button and give to this wonderful ministry.

You can purchase the items and send it to camp or send a designated donation to cover the cost of the items you’d like to give, or donate a slightly used item that you have and no longer need. 

Our wish list is also on Amazon and items can be shipped directly to us. Use Amazon Smile to make the most of your gift. Click below to see our Amazon Wish List!

Smaller Items

  • Postage stamps
  • Sports balls- Volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, kick balls, footballs, dodge balls
  • Flashlights/ headlamps
  • First aid kits and supplies
  • Sleeping bags
  • Night Lights
  • Hammocks
  • Craft supplies: Paints, glue, leather bracelets or leather cord, small canvas boards, and paint brushes. 
  • Pool toys like goggles, diving toys, floaties, and balls. 
  • Batteries- Double A and Triple A for all the flashlights 
  • Sand Toys
  • Glow Sticks and Glow in the Dark Paint
  • Twin and Full sized Mattress Covers

Medium Item

  • Youth Bikes
  • Adjustable Roller Skates Youth Sizes
  • Twin and full size quilts
  • Trees
  • Benches
  • Giant Games for Yard: Jinga, Connect 4, Dice
  • Mattresses
  • Sun Sails
  • Shade Umbrella
  • Paddle Boards
  • Life Guarding supplies
  • Signage around camp

Larger Items

  • 4 passenger hauler ATV
  • Used Van or Car
  • DR Trimmer Mower ($500)
  • Metal Double Bed Frame
  • Ping Pong and Foosball Tables
  • Carpet Ball tables
  • Oversized Adirondack Chair for photo station

Sponsor a CAMPER!

Sponsor a CAMPER! Every child deserves to experience the BEST WEEK EVER. A week at camp provides unique opportunities that build confidence, life skills, problem solving, teamwork, communication, faith formation, and more. Unfortunately, not every child can afford a week at camp. The true cost of camp is $982 per camper each week, through our donors and other income we can give every camper over $400 off their week to make it more affordable. 

If you want to help sponsor the remaining amount to make sure EVERY child can attend camp, please make a donation today and select camp scholarship before completing your donation and we’ll make sure to apply it to a camper who needs financial assistance to have the BEST WEEK EVER! Any camper who contacts the office, seeking assistance, gets a scholarship to attend, and you can make sure we never have to limit who we help.  

Sponsor a Summer Staff!

Working at camp is the hardest and most rewarding job a young adult can take on. They work hard and provide quality programming and care for campers for 5 straight days and nights. 76% of church leaders in America say they experience outdoor ministry before taking their call. We have several past staff in seminary right now! 

We don’t want, working at camp, to mean, making a sacrifice though, so we have decided to pay staff a living wage. This means we will attract more quality staff, they will be enticed to work more years, and while I don’t believe we could ever pay them enough it will be closer to what they deserve. Your donation to support higher wages for summer staff will allow us to continue rewarding young adults for the priceless ministry they are providing. 


Regardless of what other contributions you can provide, we hope you’ll consider keeping our staff, ministry partners, guests, campers, and overall ministry in your prayers.