A week-long program for campers who have completed 3rd and 4th grades.
Welcome to your first week-long camp experience with Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry! A week of camp helps to teach independence and how to live in community while meeting new friends and creating fun memories!
The programs at Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion strive to build on each other, providing new experiences and opportunities every few years. The Seekers program is the first week-long program for younger campers. For those who participated in our Discoverer or Venturer program, having the chance to spend a whole week at camp is the next step for them. But we also get many first time campers as Seekers who can't wait to get in on all that a week of camp offers!
As the first week-long experience, the Seekers program provides campers with a basic summer camp experience. They learn to share space with others, they push their own comfort level by trying out new skills, such as canoeing or art, they learn to be a humble winner and gracious loser at games, and they become familiar with the flow of camp. Meals are enjoyed with the wider camp community in the dining hall, worship is experienced in new ways, and Bible studies help them explore their faith through questions and conversation.
Seeker campers live in a cabin with generally 6-7 cabin mates and one of our staff.
- Housing at Camp Hiawatha is in either Lindberg or Gloria Dei dorm. Each room/cabin has four bunk beds and an attached bathroom with sinks, toilet, and shower.
- Housing at Camp Vermilion in generally in the Border Lakes cabins, which is a close walk to our main bathhouse. Occasionally, if they are the oldest group in camp, Seekers at Camp Vermilion will stay in our Tree Tops cabins. This is a bit further from the bathhouse, but an outhouse is close by for middle of the night bathroom needs. Both Border Lakes and Tree Top cabins at Camp Vermilion have five bunk beds and a sink.
A general daily schedule for Seekers looks like this:
- 7:00 - Polar Bear Swim (an early morning jump in the lake; optional)
- 7:45 - Morning Mai (morning devotion time with other cabins)
- 8:00 - Breakfast
- 8:40 - Kapers (chores or tasks to help keep the camp clean and comfortable for all)
- 9:15 - Large group games
- 9:30 - Morning worship, also called Pose (po-say)
- 10:00 - Bible study with their cabin group; also called Rubbaboo
- 11:15 - Village game/activity with all cabins in the Seeker program
- 12:00 - lunch
- 12:45 - Siesta
- 1:15 - Afternoon Grovers - usually two or three activity periods with a variety of activities for campers to choose from; includes swimming, creative arts, field games, canoeing, learning a skill, nature activities, and more
- A trip to the canteen is usually part of the afternoon schedule
- 5:30 - Supper
- 6:15 - Cabin Time
- 6:45 - All Camp Game
- 8:15 - Canteen or snack; prepare for evening campfire
- 9:00 - Campfire - sometimes with entire camp community, sometimes with other Seeker cabins
- 9:45 - Prepare for bed
- 10:00 - Evening cabin devotions; also called Wattape
- 10:20 - Lights out
While each day will follow this basic flow, our staff will occasionally shake things up to provide a special activity or experience throughout the week. This might include a theme day, a special hike or activity in the afternoon, or other experiences that relate to the summer theme.
To help introduce the fun of outdoor living and camping, Seeker campers also have a few meals out of the dining hall. One day for lunch the kitchen will pack them a "trail lunch", which they will take to one of many gathering spots on the property to enjoy. This lunch usually includes some type of sandwich, fruit, chips, "trail mix", and cookie. For supper one evening, Seekers also get to enjoy roasting their own hot dogs over the fire. And of course no hot dog roast is complete without S'mores for dessert! Depending on the size of the group, both of these meals may be done as a whole group or divided by cabins into two groups. Often a few of our support staff will join groups on these meals, which is fun for both the campers and staff to meet and connect with more people.
In addition to meals in the dining hall, Seeker campers have the chance to interact with the other week-long campers during their time at camp. Each day there are opportunities for all program to gather in community - for morning worship, a game, evening campfire, or some afternoon activities. Sunday nights and Thursday nights are common all camp times, where the full community kicks off their week together, and then celebrates their community on Thursday.
We can't wait to spend a week with your Seeker camper and help them experience all that camp has to offer. If you have more questions about this program, please contact us!
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