“Camper to Campers" is a project to increase the reach of the power of camp into the communities that surround VLM.  The outreach initiative is designed to work directly with the organization’s 83-member churches and Jacob’s Well, a ministry community in Minneapolis.  The project will reach out to the communities that surround VLM to grow the total number of on-site summer campers benefiting from the ministry to 1145 campers in the Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion on-site summer residential and day programs.

Sharing faith and inviting people into a faith dialogue is a key ingredient in the success of healthy communities. Parent to child, friend to friend, camper to camper, the invitation to camp changes lives. The “Camper to Campers” project will GATHER those campers, families, and communities that know the impact of camp, prepare them to INVITE others around them into the camp experience, and IGNITE them all with the power of camp and the spiritual gift of community,” said Joel Abenth, executive director of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry.

Bring-a-Friend in 2016 and get MORE of a discount!

For our week-long programs, we are doubling the normal Bring-a-Friend discount from $50 to $100 for friends who have never come to camp before. Eligible programs: Seekers, Trekkers, Explorers, Sojourners, Canoe Camp, Hockey Camp. In addition we are offering a Bring-a-friend discount of $50 for the Venturers program. For our Discoverers (one day, on-site program) we are extending a special invitation. Discoverer campers (who pay the full registration fee) can bring-a-friend (first-time camper) for just $10.

Remember to register by the Early Bird deadline of April 1st to get the best choice of available weeks.

Camper Raising Events:

VLM Camp Teams in Member congregations will also be encouraged to host “Camper Raising” events in their church this spring. These events will energize campers, encourage generosity and support a campership fund in the congregation. Funds will be matched as available through private donors and the Camper2Campers grant.

For more information on Camp Teams: Laura Anderson at Laura@VLMcamps.org (218) 666-5465

News Releases:  More news and C2C events will be posted here in upcoming weeks.

Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry receives grant funds - Thrivent Financial Foundation to help organization strengthen camper outreach

Links and Tools:

Thrivent members have many tools at their disposal to gather generous people.  Click here to learn more about Thrivent Action Teams and here for Thrivent Choice dollars.  Both programs are wonderful resources as you encourage generosity to get more kids to camp. Not a Thrivent member? Visit Thrivent for more information.   

The C2C camper goal for Summer 2016 is 1145 campersTo sign up your camper visit our program page here.