Camp at the Course

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September 16, 2017 a the Vermilion Fairways in Cook, MN

Because when it comes to camp, even the serious golfer likes to have fun!


Camp at the Course in 2017 includes:

  • 18 holes of golf
  • catered dinner
  • drawing for a gas grill
  • connecting with camp friends
  • experiencing a little bit of camp on the golf course!

Your generous support and participation in this event provide a place for kids to explore God's great northwoods, develop lifelong friendships, and build confidence as they grow in the faith in Christ.


Schedule of events:

10:00 am    Check in and early lunch on the grill

11:00 am     Shotgun start (this is a 9 hole course played twice)

4:00 pm     Dinner, camp stories, and maybe even a campfire!

 

Event Fees: 

$60 - includes greens fee, dinner, and entry into gas grill drawing

$100 Business Sponsor - promotional marketing

$250 Tee Sponsor - one round of golf, tee flag, promotional marketing

$20 Gallery - a relaxing at the course, dinner, and entry into gas grill drawing

Golf cart is not included in any fees.  If cart is needed, please let us know!

 

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 8

Call 800-331-5148, email, or complete the online form at this link!

Summer Recap

Click here to view more photos from this amazing summer in God's great northwoods!

Click here to view more photos from this amazing summer in God's great northwoods!

What a summer! With camp coming to a close it has been a season to remember. Our summer community was blessed with many new staff members and 10 international staff, all ready for a summer full of adventure and fun.  We played many games, enjoyed hundreds of Grovers, and sang approximately 3000 songs (give or take a few thousand). We also learned a few new life skills through our different "Journeys". Campers learned how to do improv, cook over a fire they built, bake pies, make pottery, build shelters, and hone their canoeing skills, just to name a few.

Highlights at Hiawatha included Hockey Camp and two weeks of Family Camp, at Vermilion we expanded our Canoe Camp Program, welcomed the Rendezvous program back to Vermilion, and guided 28 boundary waters trips into the BWCAW.  Our Day Camps reached out to the communities and congregations that support VLM with countless songs and games with young campers.

All of these programs were possible thanks to the volunteers, Journey leaders, donors, counselors, guides, kitchen crews, and support teams that make camp happen. We thank everyone who gave time to: help drive canoe trips, make meals for day camp, mow the fields, help with healthcare, and all those that were there to lend a hand.  All the campers, groups and families had an experience that you can only have at camp; now we encourage them (and you!) to take the experience and invite others to share in the joy and laughter that is camp. Thanks for a great summer! 

 

-Grant Winter

Camp Vermilion Program Director

Grant@VLMcamps.org

Posé

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Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us.

Christ's Idea of Leadership

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the way?" But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all." - Mark 9:33-35

Part of VLM's mission is to provide opportunities for leadership development. As you may have experienced as a camper, staff member or retreat-goer, leadership development happens within a group, usually while doing a task, with follow up discussion and reflection.

Unlike camp, sometimes our culture shows leadership as powerful people squashing others. Once Jesus' disciples realized that Jesus was the Son of God, they thought they would be sitting pretty in glory and honor since they pictured the Holy One of God to be separate and "higher" than everyone else. The disciples expected powerful people like the emperor or local rulers to amass wealth and tell people what to do. But Jesus says, "whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all." Jesus teaches that being a leader does not mean controlling other people, but being their servant. Do you think Jesus lived as a servant of all? 

Holy One, help us see that true power is not found in squashing others, but in serving them. As you heal, feed and save people, strengthen us to be the kind of leaders that look to the needs of others. Amen.

Faithful travels everyone,
Pastor Lisa Buchanan

Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River

VLM Camp Pastor 2010-2011

*Reprinted from The Knapsack September 28, 2011

Water to Thrive

This summer our Mission Project benefited an organization called Water to Thrive in Austin, Texas. Water to Thrive is a faith-based non-profit dedicated to the mission of bringing clean, safe water to those who need it in rural Africa. The money that is donated allows for this organization to build wells. This summer campers, families, staff, and guests together raised $1,366.68 for Water to Thrive!

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Right now almost a billion people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water. That's nearly a billion men, women, and children who don't have clean water to drink, bathe, do their dishes and laundry - one BILLION people who are at risk of deadly disease every single day because they have no place to get water. The lack of clean water impacts everything. To learn more or to make a donation directly to Water to Thrive, visit watertothrive.org.

Posé

Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us.  

Every three years at my church when we read the parable with the different kinds of soils, (take a look at Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23) I find myself asking the question "Which kind of soil am I?"  Am I the hard packed soil?  So hard that no matter how good the seed is, it's just not sinking in?"  The honest answer?  Sometimes.  Or am I the thorny soil?  Soil that is so overgrown with the weeds of distractions, schedules, busyness that prayer and worship are the first to go?  Sometimes.  Or might I be the rocky soil?  Soil that at first glance looks kind of good, but if you scratch just below the surface you discover that there just isn't much depth.  And without depth, at the first signs of adversity my faith begins to whither.  Again - sometimes. Or am I that good soil?   Rich soil that surrounds the seed, starts the germination process, and yields thirty, sixty and even a hundredfold.  "Lord, am I like that?  Am I good soil?"  Sometimes.  Not as often as I'd like, but sometimes.

The honest answer is that depending on the circumstances, depending on the time of my life, I have been and I am all those types of soil.  The same is true of you.  And that's a truth that we might be disappointed about.  Something we need to confess again and again.  Maybe that's what we are to learn from the Parable of the soils.  Good stuff leading to good prayers. "Lord let my heart be good soil."

And yet, when Jesus explains the parable, He doesn't call it the parable of the different types of soil, but rather the parable of the Sower. And because parables are typically about God and the breaking in of God's kingdom, we can conclude that the Sower is God.  The Parable of the Sower is about who God is and what God does and how God goes about doing that which God does.  God spreads the Word seemingly willy nilly - even recklessly (according to our standards). God sows abundantly, and generously, not holding back, not discriminating between places a or people.. The seed of the word comes to us no matter what kind of soil our hearts may be at any particular moment. The word is being sown right now, even as you read this.  The word is sown when we or our kids go to camp.  The word is sown when we gather for worship. God is over-the-top generous in sowing the seed of the word. That's Good News!

And maybe that's the Good News you need to be reminded about today. Maybe that's the Good News you need to be looking for and anticipating as you go through your day.  Maybe that's the Good news you could be sharing with others.

Pastor David N. Anderson

VLM Board of Directors 2012-2018

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church Grand Rapids

 

Bluegrass Festival Raises...

The sixth annual Bluegrass Festival was another huge success! We welcomed more than 475 people and together raised more than $34,000. The day was sunny and hot, the major rain showers skipped right over camp, and everyone had a great time enjoying the wonderful music and delicious food. We thank the donors, volunteers, musicians, and guests who came together for this great day. Together we make camp happen!

Rubbaboo: Thursday-Water Revives

This summer we invite you to journey with our campers and staff by connecting to our Rubbaboo theme in each edition. "Rubbaboo" is a Voyageur term referring to the boiled-up mixture of flour and pemmican (meat) that sustained the Voyageurs each day along the fur trade. In camp, Rubbaboo is the sustaining nourishment of our day - Bible Study!

When we wander, God is right there to help us get back on track.  Each day we are given a new chance to realize that God's love and grace is with us always, reviving and renewing us.  There is no where we can go to get away from God.  We will explore Psalm 23, Psalm 51, and the story of the shepherd searching for a lost sheep as we discover that God uses water to revive and refresh us for God's work in the world.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
   for his name's sake.
Psalm 23:1-3

In-Camp Update

We have had so many amazing campers so far, and as we near the end of summer we get to welcome a different kind of camper to Hiawatha: family campers! The last 2 two weeks we are hosting camp lovers of all ages for our annual Family Camp.  The exciting part about these weeks is that they contain all of our favorite camp activities-games, campfire, bible study, music, great food-but they also give families a chance to reconnect and grow in their faith together.   Family camp looks a little more relaxed than other weeks. Sure, we still get the blood pumping by playing Scoop Noodle Challenge and by belting out the camp rouser each night at campfire, but there's also time for board games, time for saunas and time for sitting on the dock with a nice cup of coffee.

There's never a lack of fellowship time, and that gives families the chance to share their love of the Great North Woods with each other.  At any age, camp is a place to meet new people, share good conversation, and grow in your relationship with God. We're so excited for our family campers to share their stories and love of camp!

-Aaron Burnside

Camp Hiawatha Program Director

Aaron@VLMcamps.org

Canoe Country Update

Voyageurs Canoe Country has had a chilly but wonderful start to our program year! We had the pleasure of welcoming youth for a 2-night "almost Boundary Waters" trip through our Leadership, Outdoor Education, Service and Theology (L.O.S.T.) program. They spent time on Ojibway and Triangle lakes.

The week of June 24th-July 1st Canoe Country was in full swing. That Sunday, we sent three trips out from Trinity Lutheran Church- Long Lake, MN on Fall Lake, Moose Lake, and Snowbank Lake. These groups saw plenty of loons while paddling in the rain and learning about God's living water on the beautiful lakes of the Boundary Waters. The very next day we had the pleasure of sending two groups from First Lutheran Church-Albert Lea, MN into the Boundary Waters for their first time on the Little Indian Sioux and Moose rivers. The groups enjoyed decent weather as they paddled, portaged, fished and rested in God's Great Northwoods.

We were able to bring all of our groups together at the end of the week for a time of worship, as we reflected on our journeys together and the laughter and love that was experienced in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

We look forward to continuing to share the renewing presence of God in the wilderness this summer!

With Peace,

Katie Anderson

Voyageurs Canoe Country

Assistant Program Director

Canoe@VLMcamps.org

Rubbaboo: Wednesday-Water Saves and Shares

This summer we invite you to journey with our campers and staff by connecting to our Rubbaboo theme in each edition. "Rubbaboo" is a Voyageur term referring to the boiled-up mixture of flour and pemmican (meat) that sustained the Voyageurs each day along the fur trade. In camp, Rubbaboo is the sustaining nourishment of our day - Bible Study!  


In today's story, Jesus reaches across cultural boundaries to bring the message of living water to a Samaritan woman in a passage from the book of John.  Paul also spread God's message far and wide.  Like Paul we are called to share God's message with everyone - not just those we think should hear it. Today's theme was "Water Saves and Shares" which involved a lot of conversation about just how important water is to us in our everyday life. Some of the Rubaboo adventures today were Tarp Flip, Toxic Waste, Water Walk and All Aboard. During these adventures the campers had the opportunity, while doing their Water Walk, to learn about our Summer Mission Project called Water to Thrive. Water to Thrive is a faith-based non-profit that is dedicated to the mission of bringing clean, safe water to those who need it in rural Africa. Discussing our mission project led to great conversations about how valuable water is to us and how many things we use it for and don't realize.

Jesus said to her, 'Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.' John 4:13-15

Bluegrass baskets and auction items are arriving daily!

Get a sneak peak into some of the items available for this year's Bluegrass Festival by clicking here! Then come out July 29th from 1-7pm to put in your own bids. Check in to our Facebook album throughout the week as we continue to post items as we receive them!

There are also still Bluegrass raffle tickets available!

  • First Prize: 2017 Lund 1600 Fury Tiller Mercury 25 EFI Four Stroke with Power Trim/Tile and Shoreland'r Roller Trailer ($13,500 value)
  • Second Prize: A pair or Norco Storm 7.1 Mountain Bikes including helmets and water bottles ($1,300 value)
  • Third Prize: $500 Cash

Raffle tickets are $10 each. Simply call the Camp Office at (800) 331-5148 to purchase tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the event. Drawing will be held at 6:15pm the day of the festival. Need not be present to win. Must be 18 years or older to win a prize.

Thank you to the following businesses for sponsoring our prizes:

Aronson's Marine in Tower, Bauman Family Funeral Homes in Virginia, Galleria Bicycle in Hermantown, Rural Living Environments in Babbitt, Short Stop Convenience in Virginina, Sundell Eye Associates in Virginia

Posé

Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us.  

He Withdrew to the Mountain by Himself

When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world." When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. - John 6:14-15a

If someone came to you and said, "You're amazing! We're going to set you up in a posh house, give you tons of money and power just because of how amazing you are!" would you turn that down? The people who saw the miracles of Jesus came to believe in his power and authority. They thought about who the "highest" person was in their society and figured that Jesus should be that person - the king. Jesus had other plans though.

We hear that he didn't want anything to do with being an institutionalized authority. His mission was to bring the kingdom of God and so he goes away by himself and escapes the crowd. This story continues the gospel thread of "the least become the greatest" or "whoever wants to be great must be the servant of all." Jesus is challenging everyone's expectations about power. And he challenges our expectations about power today. Who do you consider great or who do you consider a strain on society? How do all of those people fit into the kingdom of God?  


Lord Jesus, you rule with compassion. Give us a glimpse of the kingdom you have intended where the least are the greatest, where power is for others and not over others and where everyone walks away from your banquet table filled with good things. Amen.

Faithful travels everyone,

Pastor Lisa Buchanan

Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River

VLM Camp Pastor 2010-2011

*Reprinted from The Knapsack July 26, 2012

Posé

Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us.

Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, 'It is written, "My house shall be called a house of prayer"; but you are making it a den of robbers.' -Matthew 21:12-13

I am a Minnesotan, born and raised in the Land of 10,000 lakes.  I loved water and learned how to swim from an early age.  It wasn't long until I could easily manipulate the water.  Increasingly confident in my ability and perhaps a little cocky, I felt I could handle any situation in water.  

That changed in 2011.  On my first canoe trip to the Boundary Waters, my guide took us out to stand on a ledge that juts out above a powerful waterfall. I stood there, amazed and afraid at what I saw.  The water above, clearly reflecting the towering pines, was visibly sucked downward. Held together by water tension, it tumbled like glass, disappearing into a white spray of chaos. In a deafening roar, thousands of gallons fell and crashed into the rocky ledge on which I was standing. Mist, sprayed upward by the air and rock, sprinkled the air and rock.  The outer ledge was slick; one wrong step could be devastating. For the first time, water was dangerous to me.

The falls disturbed me.  I sat on that ledge and pondered the immense power it held, in awe of the raw force.  Now that I understood more wholly, I had respect and humility for water I never had before. I trust that Jesus works in a similar fashion.  

I have specifically chosen Matthew 21:12-13 for one reason: Jesus as our Living Water. This water, that quenches our literal and spiritual thirst, doesn't always remain placid.  Sometimes, our Living Water needs to smash the merchandise to the ground, and roar at the crowd for us to listen.  His purpose is clear: to disturb the social conscience, in the temple and now, to injustice.

In a world where systems of oppression and injustice are woven into the fabric of every society, it is important for us to realize that Jesus was a social activist.  He came in different forms, fighting for the rights of those least welcome as well as preaching about it.  We ought to do the same.   

God's peace,

Kristy Rudberg

Volunteer with ELCA-Young Adults in Global Mission: Rwanda

Former canoe guide, counselor, and camper

In-Camp Update

This first half of the summer has been filled with games, songs, Grovers and faith formation. As we have been growing in our faith, we have also been learning new life skills. Through our different "Journeys" campers have learned how to do improv, cook over a fire they built, and hone their canoeing skills, to name a few. The weather has kept us on our toes, but our incredible staff have kept spirits high and energy levels up through all the unpredictable showers.

So far, between both sites, we have had 42 cabins filled with awesome campers, 9 exciting Day Camps, and 6 life-changing trips into the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness. We've got even more planned for the second half of the summer!

We couldn't do any of this without your support and prayers, and for that, we thank you.

Aaron Burnside

Camp Hiawatha Program Director

Hiawatha@VLMcamps.org

Rubbaboo: Tuesday-Water Heals and Transforms

This summer we invite you to journey with our campers and staff by connecting to our Rubbaboo theme in each edition. "Rubbaboo" is a Voyageur term referring to the boiled-up mixture of flour and pemmican (meat) that sustained the Voyageurs each day along the fur trade. In camp, Rubbaboo is the sustaining nourishment of our day - Bible Study!  

An encounter with God changes us.  Today's stories are about two men, a man born blind and the general Namaan, who encountered God's healing love and as a result, they were transformed. We don't have to be perfect, or even ready, for God's healing love to reach us.  Through God's love we are given a fresh start each day. In both of these stories, we experience Jesus' healing powers and the transformations of God's people.

But his servants approached and said to him, 'Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, "Wash, and be clean"?' So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean. 2 Kings 5:13-14

Going to Pieces...

VLM received this wonderful quilt from the "Going to Pieces Quilting Group".  Pictured here are VLM board members Sheila Davidson (Virginia), Tom Whittaker (Duluth), Keith Eggert (Hibbing), Mike Olson (Grand Rapids), Joel Abenth (VLM Executive Director), and Andy Mork (St Paul). 

VLM received this wonderful quilt from the "Going to Pieces Quilting Group". 

Pictured here are VLM board members Sheila Davidson (Virginia), Tom Whittaker (Duluth), Keith Eggert (Hibbing), Mike Olson (Grand Rapids), Joel Abenth (VLM Executive Director), and Andy Mork (St Paul). 

The donors have requested that this quilt be used by guests staying in Voyageur Lodge.  This beautiful piece will make someone's stay more cozy as they curl up underneath it for a good night's rest.  It will also help us set a color scheme for future quilts that we hope to receive.  If you are interested in donating a quilt for one or more of the beds in Voyageur Lodge, please contact Gretchen for measurements and details on our plan for how we hope to complete this space.

Quilts, shawls, baby blankets, and more can also be donated to the Bluegrass Festival Silent Auction.  Those donations should be received in the main office (2555 Vermilion Camp Rd Cook, MN 55723, VLM@VLMcamps.org,or 800-331-5148) by July 27.

In-Camp Update

Summer! Campers! The time we have all been waiting for. The staff jumped head first into Hockey Camp last week here at Camp Hiawatha, eager to put all of their skills to the test. The days have been full of games, swimming, crafts, delicious food and of course, hockey! The energy is high, the weather is a constant guessing game, and the campers are a joy and we are so glad that they are here. We are all excited to be part of this ministry, and we can't hardly wait to see what is in store for the rest of our summer in God's great northwoods!

Thank you for your continual prayers and support!

Lakyn Muilenburg

Assistant Program Director

Vermilion@VLMcamps.org

Rubbaboo: Monday - Water Creates and Connects

This summer we invite you to journey with our campers and staff by connecting to our Rubbaboo theme in each edition. "Rubbaboo" is a Voyageur term referring to the boiled-up mixture of flour and pemmican (meat) that sustained the Voyageurs each day along the fur trade. In camp, Rubbaboo is the sustaining nourishment of our day - Bible Study!  

Monday's theme is Creates and Connects, which revolves around the idea that in the beginning, before God created anything else, there was water. Everything came after water, everything came from water - land, animals and humans. Water connects all of creation to each other. Our scripture texts include the Creation Story, Moses getting water from a rock as the Israelite's wandered in the desert, and a passage from James that challenges us to put our faith into action by caring for those around us.

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and your brother Aaron, and command the rock before their eyes to yield its water. Thus you shall bring water out of the rock for them; thus you shall provide drink for the congregation and their livestock. Exodus 20:7-8

Bluegrass Raffle Prizes

  • First Prize: 2017 Lund 1600 Fury Tiller Mercury 25 EFI Four Stroke with Power Trim/Tile and Shoreland'r Roller Trailer ($13,500 value)
  • Second Prize: A pair of Norco Storm 7.1 Mountain Bikes including helmets and water bottles ($1,300 value)
  • Third Prize: $500 Cash

Raffle tickets are $10 each. Drawing will be held at 6:15pm July 29. Need not be present to win. Must be 18 years or older to win a prize.

Tickets are available by calling the VLM Office 800-331-5148, by stopping by either Camp Hiawatha or Camp Vermilion, or by visiting the following businesses and churches:

  • Bradley Interiors in Duluth
  • Cook Building Center in Cook
  • Country Store in Cook
  • Northstar Credit Union in Cook
  • Thrivent Miller Hill Office in Duluth
  • Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River
  • First Lutheran Church in Aitkin
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower
  • Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Virginia
  • St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids

If you, your church, or your business is interested in selling tickets, too, just call the Camp Office (800-331-5148) and we'll send you a set! Together we make ministry happen in God's great northwoods!

Thank you to the following businesses for sponsoring our prizes:
Aronson's Marine in Tower, Bauman Family Funeral Homes in Virginia, Galleria Bicycle in Hermantown, Rural Living Environments in Babbitt, Short Stop Convenience in Virginina, Sundell Eye Associates in Virginia