Summer Theme 2016

As followers of Jesus, we are challenged to live out his example in the world.  Sometimes this in the form of words, but more often it is through our actions and how we treat others.  This summer we'll be challenging our campers to explore and identify the specific things each of them can do to share God's message of love with others.  We'll look at how serving others can change us, and begin to realize how our attitude really does affect those around us.  It's not just about believing in God, it's about having a faith that matters.

Mission Project

As Christians we are called to live out our faith through word AND actions.  One way VLM invites campers to put their faith into action is by giving to our summer Mission Project.  The funds raised go to support various ministries, causes and needs both locally and globally.

For the summer of 2016 we hope to do a hands-on mission project with our campers.  Instead of giving money, we'll be giving of our time to complete tasks and projects at camp that will be shared with ministries in NE Minnesota.  More details can be found on this flyer.


Below are some of the words our campers will hear at Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion.

Polar Bear Swim – a short morning swim time, usually at 7:00 a.m.
Mai (my) – a time to set our focus for the day; it gives us direction as we begin each morning; also known as first word or morning devotion.
Kaper – morning chore or service done by cabin groups; Kapers include KP, litter sweep, cleaning bathrooms, and straightening up the chapel, sauna, or boathouse.
KP – kitchen pick-up or kitchen party; done by cabin groups after each meal and includes loading and unloading the dishwasher, wiping off tables, and sweeping and mopping the dining hall.
Pose (po-say) – a resting point and time to reflect and refocus on God before we continue our day; also known as morning worship.
Rubbaboo – a meal that gives energy, the “meat” of your day; also known as Bible study.
Siesta – quiet time that happens between lunch and Grovers.
Swamp Test – the intentional tipping of a canoe to learn how it feels and what to do when/if your canoe tips when out on the lake
Grover – an afternoon activity period, usually 45-60 minutes long; our afternoons often include 2-3 Grover periods.
Canteen – the camp store where campers can purchase clothes, souvenirs, and snacks.
Wattape (wa-ta-pay) – a Spruce root used by Ojibwa to stitch things together; also known as the evening devotions that tie our day together.

What do we do at camp?

While activities and times will vary depending on the program, a typical day might look like this:
7:00 – Polar Bear Swim
7:45 – Morning Mai
8:00 – Breakfast
8:30 – Kapers
9:15 – Pose
10:00 – Rubbabo
11:15 – Village Time
12:00 – Lunch
12:45 – Siesta
1:15 – Grovers – swimming, canoeing, creative arts, games, canteen
5:30 – Supper
6:15 – Cabin Time
6:45 – Large Group Game
8:15 – Canteen
9:00 – Campfire
10:15 – Lights Out