Summer Theme 2018 - Go and Do Likewise

Laws and rules are good things as they help us learn how to live with others. But sometimes those in charge of setting or enforcing the rules can go too far and cause the people who have to live under the rules to struggle and never quite be good enough.  Jesus came and challenged that thinking. God’s love was for everyone, not just those who lived “the right way”.

This summer we'll explore God's rules and how we can respond when we see society's rules preventing someone from experiencing God's love. How can we follow Jesus' examples of love and grace, and learn to love all of our neighbors.

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.

This summer we are supporting “The Outreach Program”. Their mission is to provide safe water, food, medical care, and education to those in need  in the US and abroad. Money collected this summer will support their meal program, which packages meals for local food banks. We hope to host an event in late summer/early fall where campers and families can actually package the meals that will stay in our communities. Learn more at


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