Summer Theme 2019 - Weaving JOY

Jesus calls us to follow him. Our lives are made more complete when we respond to this call and strive to follow the example Jesus set. But living out this call takes more than simply a relationship with Jesus; it requires a relationship with others, too. To live a faith-filled life, we need Jesus, Others, and ourselves (You). Woven together these three are stronger and supportive, like braided rope. When one of these strands is off, life can fray and faith can be weaker. But by Weaving JOY, we can see how each strand impacts the other and enables us to move from "going to church" to "being the church" in our communities and world. We look forward to exploring Jesus, Others, and You this summer, and sending campers home with a new sense of how to weave together these key strands of our faith journey.

Mission Project

Details on the 2019 Mission Project coming in the spring.


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