Best. Week. Ever.

Every activity at camp is designed and facilitated in a way to help campers have the BEST WEEK EVER!
At Lutheran Lakeside, our campers enjoy time in a welcoming community that embraces them for who they are. Campers are given unique opportunities to try new things, challenge themselves, enjoy creation, make friends, and grow in their faith. Every activity at camp is designed and facilitated in a way to help campers have the BEST WEEK EVER! Summer camps have the ability to build confidence, develop life skills, create bonds, and have a life long impact by offering the following amenities & activities: ​
  • Waterfront

  • Boating

  • Canoeing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

  • Sailing

  • Fishing

  • Swimming Pool

  • Human Foosball/9 Square/Gaga Ball

  • Prayer

  • Rock Climbing

  • Zip Lining (6th Grade and Up)

  • Low Ropes Challenge Course

  • Archery

  • Escape Room

  • Nature Trails/Hiking

  • Prayer Labyrinth

  • Biking

  • Bible Study

  • Roller Skating

  • Carpet Ball/Ping Pong/Foosball

  • Crafts

  • Tie Dye

  • Bonfires/Smores

  • Campfire Worship

  • Large Group Games

  • Canteen

  • Devotionals

summer camps

God's Little Sprouts

3-5 Years Old

June 26-29 | July 11-14

God’s Little Sprouts is a morning day camp for preschool-aged campers. Sprouts spend their mornings enjoying games, nature, crafts, adventures, stories, and making friends with other young campers. God’s Little Sprouts runs Monday through Thursday from 9 am to noon.

*Parent’s are invited to stay at no cost. 


On-Site Day Camp

K-5th Grade

June 11-15 | June 18-22 | June 25-29

July 9-13 | July 16-20 | July 23-27

July 30-Aug. 3

Our onsite day camp is great for elementary-aged kids who aren’t ready to spend a night away from home but love adventure. Each week will have a theme. During the morning they will have specialized activities within that theme. Themes included Adventures, Nature, Music, Cooking, Arts and Crafts, Water, Science.  Afternoons are full of friends, games, and adventures. 


Day camp runs Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5:15 pm. Breakfast and Lunch included.

Come for 1 week or all 7.


Camp at a Glance

Youth Groups PK-5th

July 11 

This is a new opportunity for youth groups!  Come to camp with your kids and adults and get to experience a day of camp. Enjoy swimming, archery, climbing, games, and end with a campfire worship and S’mores. Campers will build relationships together, gain confidence to return as a camper on their own, and will have a TON of FUN! 


*1 adult to 6 youth ratio required. Adults attend for free.  

Lunch and supper included. 

Arrive 11am leave 8pm. Times can be flexible based on group’s needs. 


Little Lakers

1st-3rd Grade

July 9-12

Little Lakers jam all the fun of a full week of camp into a half week. It is the perfect opportunity to experience camp, but not a whole week away from home. 

Campers come Sunday between 2 and 4. Then they get picked up on Tuesday at 6:15pm. 


Juniors Camp

3rd-5th Grade

June 11-16 |

July 9-14 | July 16-21 | July 23-28 |      July 30- Aug. 4

Junior campers have unique opportunities to challenge themselves, build confidence and independence while learning important skills like team building, communication, problem solving, and relying on God. This week at camp really empowers youth to know they are capable of ANYTHING! 



3rd-5th Grade

June 18-23

Wilderness Camp is a great opportunity for outdoor explorers!  Wilderness campers get to cook over a campfire and stay in treehouses. Our treehouses (three cabins on stilts) are off the grid, hidden back in the trees and trails of the Monson Woods.  Campers will work on shelter building, animal tracking, identifying wild edibles, exploring and more!  

*These campers sleep in the tree houses but are still a part of the camp schedule seeing and interacting with other campers throughout the day.


Confirmation Camp

6th-8th Grade

June 11-16 | July 16-21 

July 23-28 | July 30-Aug 4

Confirmation camp gives confirmation students the opportunity to explore their faith alongside peers, youth directors, and pastors. Pastors and youth leaders have an interactive role during the week and experience parts of camp alongside the campers. This week allows connections to be made between students and church leaders while also developing faith formation that extends back to confirmation in the church setting. The exciting activities of camp mixed with confirmation is a powerful teaching tool. 

*Campers can come with or without a confirmation leader. 


Junior High Camp

6th-8th Grade

June 11-16 | July 16-21

July 23-28 | July 30-Aug 4

Camp is a great way to spend a week of summer unplugging, destressing, and connecting with peers, and role models. Junior High Camp has opportunities for campers to challenge themselves, try new things, have fun, make friends, and learn important life skills.

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Wilderness XL

6th-8th Grade

July 9-14

Do you love the outdoors?  Wilderness XL adds the adventure of tent-camping, tree houses, outdoor cooking, fishing, shelter making, fire building, hiking, environmental education, hammocking, and an off-site canoe trip to all the other exciting opportunities at camp. 


Night Owls

8th-10th Grade

July 9-14

Staying up late. Sleeping in. Night hikes. Late-night meals. Campfires. S’mores. Star-gazing. Midnight movies. What’s not to love? Plus, Night Owls still get to join in on the afternoon and evening activities like kayaking, rock climbing, worship, sailing, ziplining, bible study, and swimming! 

*Campers stay up past midnight and get to sleep until lunch. 


Leadership Camp

9th-12th Grade

June 11-16 + 2 weeks of your choice to return and use the skills you learned!

Leadership Camp is an opportunity for high school students to learn about themselves, leadership, working at camp, and God. During the first week of camp, Leadership campers will participate in sessions taken straight from summer staff training, and they will have the opportunity to step up as a leader in worship, group games, and be a mentor for younger campers. Leadership campers will be presented with a certificate of leadership at the completion of the week. Campers who earn this certificate will be invited back for a second and/or third week of camp as a junior counselor.  They are able to use their newly developed leadership skills to assist counselors and support staff in leading younger campers. This camp is particularly great for high school students who have a passion for camp and/or an interest in working at a camp or with youth once they are old enough. The volunteer week can also count towards service hours for honors programs at school. 


Sailing Camp

9th-12th Grade

July 23-28

Maybe you had the opportunity to ride a sailboat during a previous week at Lakeside. Maybe you have no sailing experience. Maybe you’re an expert sailor. If you have a passion for the water, sailing camp is for you! In addition to all the camp classics, you will spend around 3 hours every day sailing under the direction of our Waterfront Coordinator. Not only will you get to ride a sailboat, you will get hands-on-experience in setting up and putting away sails, feeling the direction of the winds, and ultimately, sailing your own boat! 


Senior High Adventures

9th-12th Grade

July 16-21 

This will be Lakeside’s first year offering this Senior High Adventure camp. This is a great opportunity for high school students to unplug and connect with peers, creation, and find out what they are capable of.


Family Camp

All Ages

June 25-30

Camp isn’t just for kids! Camp is for everyone: moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandbabies, and siblings too! Family Camp is the perfect family vacation, where there is something for everyone: worship, sailing, swimming, ziplining, crafting, and more!

Mornings are spent in age specific groups. Adults have a faith based presentation followed by adult camp activities like sailing, boating, biking, painting, hiking, and more. Youth go with counselors to do bible study, activities, and more. 

The afternoon is a time for families to be together doing camp activities or going into town for fun. 

Evenings are time for the entire community to come together. We have large group games, activities, fellowship and worship. 

There is a variety of housing options from bringing your own RV, to rustic cabins, to our modern facilities. 

“My favorite part of family camp is that I don’t have to cook for anyone” Marsha Bergstrom family camper

$ based on housing

Week of Wellness

Pastors and Families

June 25-30

The week of wellness is a great time for pastors and their families to get away. During the mornings the adults will have sessions led by the Western Iowa Synod while the kids get to do activities with the counselors.

In the afternoon families will have much needed time together to explore camp and Okoboji. 

In the evening we have large group games, fellowship, and worship. 

There is a variety of housing options from bringing your own RV, to rustic cabins, to our modern facilities.


*Pastors can attend the morning session as a commuter.  

$ sponsored by WIS

Celebration Camp

Adults with varying abilities

July 2-5

Celebration Camp is a half-week of camp for adults with intellectual disabilities. It is Lakeside’s mission to be a place of belonging for all people to find joy and purpose in God’s creation. All people, including people with intellectual disabilities, have different and unique abilities. These campers are people that God has given different and unique abilities to. At camp, we believe those are abilities worth celebrating. Come celebrate with us! Campers are housed in modern facilities. 


Campers must be ambulatory and continent.


Mission Trips

Groups of adults and/or high school students are invited to the best service week ever! Enjoy comfortable housing, delicious meals, activities, worship, and down time in the local area. This week will provide not only much needed service to Lakeside, but will build community and connection among your group. We have service projects for all ages and abilities. Your group will coordinate with our staff to pick the right project(s) for your time at Lakeside. 

June 11-16 | June 18-23 | July 9-14 

July 16-21 | July 23-28 | July 30-Aug 4

Please register as Volunteer/Mission Group under camp registration. 


We welcome parents, grandparents, family friends or others to attend camp for the week. Maybe you don’t want your camper to be alone so you or someone they know comes with. Maybe Grandma/Grandpa have the week and want to experience camp with their grandchild, maybe your camper has exceptional medical needs and you’d feel better being close. Whatever the reason is, you are welcome. 

We have many opportunities for individuals to get involved. It is important that campers still have their own space and opportunities so they can have the best possible camp experience. Adults stay in separate housing than campers. Adults enjoy meals and worship with the campers. Adults are given the camper’s schedule so you can witness them at the zip line or waterfront. We enjoy finding ways for the adults to have their own unique camp experience. After conversations we can find the best way for you to utilize your time.

Adults in the past have assisted in the kitchen, mowing, painting, office work, leading crafts, landscaping, and helping lead other activities. We only ask adults to do what they are comfortable with. If they will be leading activities with campers we do require a background check. You would register as a volunteer for the same week as your camper. You’d be housed in a modern facility with AC/Bedding/WIFI. 


Below, you can find links to all of the resources needed when planning your Best. Week. Ever!