Salem Lutheran Church, Mahtowa · Home of the Holy Hootenanners
Mission: Energetic Christian community of all ages called to love, accept, and grow through Discipleship
Our vision at Salem Lutheran is to be a stable foundation and vibrant hub for disciples new and old.
SUMMER BIBLE CAMP
Summer Camp Registrations are happening NOW!
Sending your child to Bible Camp this summer will be thebest gift of faith that you can offer them. Faith grows by leaps and bounds at summer Bible camps! If you or your child has not experienced a week of summer Bible camp before, its time to get your child signed up!! There is nothing better than running around with HOLY PLAY loving Jesus with wonderful young adult faith role models for a week outdoors!
The kids stay in cabins, eat in the dining hall, and spend their days with high-energy and engaging worships, Bible studies led by college-age counselors, playing games, fun activities, water time, crafts, hikes and evening campfires. There is something for everyone to love at camp - from the time outdoors, to quiet activities, to high energy activities.
Salem is a member congregation of Camp Vermilion of Voyagers Lutheran Ministry (VLM). At Camp Vermilion our kids get immersed in Lutheran theology and Lutheran worship throughout the week, solidifying what they are experiencing and learning every day at Salem and in our families.
Register before April 1 for an early-bird discount! Talk to Pastor Beth before you register. If we can partner new campers with returning campers, we can get an additional discount for some!
The cost of campshould notbe the reason your child does not experience a week of HOLY PLAY at Bible Camp. If sending your child/ren to camp is a financial stressor on your family, Camp Vermilion/VLM offerscamp scholarships for anyone whose family needs the financial support for making camp happen. Camp Vermilion/VLM will cover the difference between what your family can pay and the cost of camp. Payment plans also available if that is easier on your family's finances. Follow this link to download and fill out the form for a scholarship.
If you are not sending a child to camp but would like to support one who is, talk to Pastor Beth about giving a special offering towards the cost of camp.
Salem is encouraging our Junior High and High School kids to sign up for the same week so we can all go together! July 23-28for Explorers (completed grades 7-9); or Sojourners (completed grades 9-12). You're welcome to invite friends from outside of church to go with us too!
(But if you can't go this week, or you want to participate in another program DO IT!!)
Whether you are coming for one day or an entire week, our programs provide elementary campers with a Christ-centered and fun camp experience. Campers will have a chance to meet new friends and grow in their faith as they enjoy time in God’s Great Northwoods!
Our Elementary programs start and end each day in prayer and worship. In between there is time for playing in the lake, games, creative arts, exploring nature and sharing with your cabin group. Not sure about camp? Try one of our shorter programs. Can’t wait to experience all that camp has to offer? Join us for an entire week. Whatever your interest, we have something for you!.
Venturers (completed grades 2-4) June18-20, July 16-18, July 23-25, July 25-27 The fun of a full week packed into three days. You'll stay in a cabin with six friends and a VLM counselor and each day is filled with new adventures. Come ready to learn, sing, swim, run, and laugh! Learn more.
Seekers (completed grades 3-4)June 18-23, June 25-30, July 9-14, July 16-21 A week-long program filled with life-long memories. You'll make new friends as you grow in faith, learn teamwork, laugh around the campfire, and enjoy God's creation. This will be the first of many years of camp fun! Learn more.
Trekkers (completed grades 5-6) June 18-23, July 9-14, July 16-21, July 30-August 4 New challenges await! Experience cooking over the fire, try out your canoe skills, and enjoy a day away from the regular routine as you explore new areas of camp. It's all you love about camp taken to a new level. Learn more.
Canoe Camp (completed grades 5-6)July 16 - 21 Whether you want to learn the basics or build on your skills, Canoe Camp will get you on the water and out in the woods! You'll go home knowing how to set up a campsite and how to portage a canoe as well as some basic navigation skills. Each day includes a few hours of canoe skills- the different strokes to use, how to handle the canoe both in and out off the water, how to get back in a swamped canoe - as well many of your camp favorite activities. Click to learn more about Canoe Camp.
Junior High Programs
Are you ready shake up to your traditional camping experience? Check out our options for Junior High campers! These programs will take what you love about camp and bring it to the next level. You’ll be stretched to try something new, experience creation in a new way and learn more about yourself and fellow campers. Our programs include daily opportunities for study, worship, campfire, games, swimming, creative arts and building new friendships. Don’t miss out on the best week of your summer – we can’t wait to see you!
Explorers (completedgrades 7-9) July 9-14, July 16-21, July 23-28, July 30-August 4Canoeing, camping, community building, and cooking over the fire await you as an Explorer camper! As you enjoy all that camp offers - worship, swimming,creativity, learning, games - you'll also experience beauty of the northwoods anew! Learn more.
Canoe Camp (completed grades 7-8) June 25-30 Whether you want to learn the basics or build on your skills, Canoe Camp will get you on the water and out in the woods. You'll go home knowing how to set up a campsite, how to portage a canoe, and some basic navigation skills. Each day includes a few hours of canoe skills as well as many of your favorite camp activities.Click to learn more about Canoe Camp.
Senior High Programs
Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry offers a wide variety of options for Senior High youth. Enjoy a more traditional week at camp or challenge yourself to try something new. Our programs provide you with opportunities for leadership development and adventure while also challenging you to live out your faith in the world. All of our programs will guide you in digging a little deeper into your faith and send you home with a renewed passion for your life of faith. Join us this summer!
Sojourners (completed grades 9-12) July 23-28You love camp - friendships, worship, Grovers, games, laughter, campfire! This week has all of that plus a more challenging overnight experience, opportunities for leadership, and time for deep conversations about faith. Learn more.
L.O.S.T. Leadership, Outdoor Education, Service and Theology. (completed grades 10-12) June 18-30Love camp but ready for something totally different? Bring out the leader in you as you dig deeper into theology, service and creation. This program include a week at both camps plus a short trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. You'll leave with a new appreciation for camp and a better understanding of yourself. The LOST program is also a prerequisite for our Staff-in-Training program. Contact Gretchen to learn more.
Staff-in-Training (completed grades 11 & 12) Looking for a new challenge in your VLM camp experience? Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Camp Counselor? Then our Staff-in-Training program might be for you. Participants in our SIT program will spend two weeks serving as a Jr. Counselor with one of our staff. You’ll discover for yourself all that is involved in passing on the faith to younger campers while you learn a bit more about yourself and the gifts you have been given. Staff-in-Training serve at both Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion. **Participating in the L.O.S.T. program is a prerequisite for the Staff-in-Training program** Questions? Email Gretchen or call 218-780-4116
Canoe Camp (completed grades 9-12) July 9-14 Whether you want to learn the basics or build on your skills, Canoe Camp will get you on the water and out in the woods! The Sr. High program involves a three night trip to the Boundary Waters with two of our staff, including a trained Canoe Country guide. It's the best of both worlds - you will get time out in the boundary waters, while enjoying many of your camp favorite activities while on-site. Click to learn more about Canoe Camp.
Sunday July 30 - Friday, August 4, 2017, Sunday, August 6 - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Camp Hiawatha
Family Camp is spending time together in the beauty of the north woods. Each day includes opportunities for worship and Bible study, as well as swimming, canoeing , creating, games and simply spending time together as a family. Our hope is that your family will be renewed in your time at camp – as you share meals, worship, play and grow in your faith together.
Families are all shapes and sizes, so we welcome all to Family Camp – moms, dads, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren, individuals, friends, etc. We are pretty sure that after your Family Camp experience, you’ll discover that your family got a whole lot bigger! The program for the full week family camp is designed for a Sunday-Friday stay. We welcome and invite families to join us for all or part of the week as their schedule allows.
Hockey Camp (ages 9-14) June 11-17 Yes, you really can have it all! This is a Hockey camp and a Bible camp experience rolled into one! Players will have ice time each day, along with the learning, games, swimming, and worships that are part of the Camp Hiawatha experience. Our excelled coaches and fun staff will make ti a week of growing, faith, and new friends! Click to learn more about Hockey Camp
Friday, July 21 - Saturday, 22, 2017 at Camp Vermilion
Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry and Rural Living Environments of Babbitt, MN are partnering to offer a fun, Christ-centered camp experience for developmentally disabled campers. It is two nights and three days packed with everything camp has to offer – games, swimming, worship, campfire, Bible study, creative arts, and the chance to make new friends!
Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry and Rural Living Environments staff will work together to lead participants through each day’s activities, working to provide an appropriate, fun, and memorable experience. The camp also has a health care person available 24-hours a day, kitchen staff who prepare great meals, and certified lifeguards on the waterfront. Participants who need significant assistance with basic daily tasks need to have a caregiver attend with them. Contact the camp with questions – 800-331-5148. Cost: $190 per participant – includes lodging, meals and programming. $100 per accompanying caregivers
Day Camp: Entering Grades 1-3 July 5,6,7 Cost: $45/day Kiddie Day Camp gives campers an opportunity to enjoy some of the core elements of camp. Campers have the option to come to one, two or three days for swimming, field games, crafts, canteen, chapel, and other fun activities. Exploration of core faith lessons are weaved throughout each day.
Mini Camp: entering Grades 2-4 July 5-7 Cost: $175 Mini campers experience an overnight at camp for the first time. This camp adds campfires, night games and more to the fun of Day Camp. Devos and interactive chapels invite campers to connect with God.
Trailblazer Camp: Entering Grades 4-6 Trailblazer 1: June 20-24 Cost: $305 Trailblazer 2: July 9-13 Cost: $305 Trailblazer campers have opportunities to learn new skills and grow to new heights in their faith through fun and engaging interactive experiences.
Adventure Camp: Entering Grades 5-9 Adventure Camp 1: July 10-12 Cost: $150 Adventure Camp 2: July 17-19 Cost: $150 Week one is for entering grades 5-8. Week two is for entering grades 6-9. These camps give campers a rustic camping experience sleeping in tents, cooking over a fire, and more- across the lake at the Anderson Outpost. The small group setting allows campers to connect on a deeper level with each other and with God.
Junior High Camp: Entering Grades 7-9 July 23-28 Cost: $315 This camp is filled with awesome activities to help campers connect with old and new friends. There are also special opportunities for campers to spend time with God, away from the distractions and routine of everyday life. Each camp day includes time set aside to meet with God alone, as a cabin, and as a whole camp!
Junior/Senior High Camp: Entering Grades 7-Grad June 25-30 Cost: $315 This camp is filled with awesome activities to help campers connect with old and new friends. There are also special opportunities for campers to spend time with God, away from the distractions and routine of everyday life. Each camp day includes time set aside to meet with God alone, as a cabin, and as a whole camp!
Senior High Camp: Entering Grades 10-Grad July 30-August 4 $335 Senior High camp is the climax of the camping experience! Campers can look forward to a load of new activities. This week will also encourage and challenge campers in their relationship with Christ through engaging speakers and deep and relevant conversations!
MAD (music, art and drama) Camp: Entering Grades 8-Grad July 16-21 $335 This camp is designed to develop camper’s skills in areas of music, art, and drama, and equip them to use those skills in their churches and other settings for the glory of God. Campers will spend time each day learning how to use their gifts to connect with God. They will also share their gifts with the group to help others do the same.