A program for campers who have completed 9th-12th grades.
This is a program for campers who love camp and want to keep experiencing this community year after year! With so many options available to Senior High students, spending a week with these campers means a week with passionate, fun, and faith full young adults. Conversations are deeper, worships are more meaningful, and friendships last well beyond camp. A tight community is formed as Sojourner campers explore their faith, mentor younger campers, and experience new adventures at camp.
Part of the camp week for Sojourners includes many traditional camp activities - swimming, all camp games, worship, campfire, Bible study, creative arts, Grovers, and laughter around the meal table. Interaction with younger campers happen naturally during game, worship, and meal times - those times when the full camp community gathers. But our staff also work to develop worships, devotions, games, and conversation geared around the joys and struggles of being a high school student today. Counselors strive to foster a safe place for campers to share with their peers not only questions about faith, but also their questions about life.
Right in the middle of their week, Sojourners get a small taste of Boundary Waters camping. They learn to pack lightly and to work together to prepare for an off-site canoe trip. Meals are fashioned after those one might eat on a BWCAW trip, and the group leaves site for a campground on an island in Lake Vermilion. This overnight experience provides independence and challenge while bringing the group together. They canoe to the island, set up their campsite, cook their meals, and time together in conversation and worship. Breakfast, worship, Bible study, and lunch are enjoyed the next day before canoe back to the pick-up spot to return to camp. Then its time to sauna and clean up before jumping back into a more traditional camp schedule.
The Sojourner program only happens at Camp Vermilion. Housing is typically in our Tree Top cabins, with 8-9 campers in each counselor group. These cabins have 5 bunks and a sink, are a short hike to the bathhouse, and do have a near by outhouse. The Sojourner campers have also stayed in our Lakeside Village on occasion (including the Priest House and nearby cabins), but this is typically when the program numbers are quite small.
Some of our Sojourner campers do drive themselves to camp for the week. When this happens, we do collect car keys and hold on to them for the week, returning them before the closing program on Friday. Camper's cars are parked at the far end of our main parking area where year round staff are able to keep an eye on them during the week.
The Monday and Thursday schedule for this program is very similar to our other weeklong programs:
- 7:00 - Polar Bear Swim (optional)
- 7:45 - Morning Mai (devotions with other cabins)
- 8:00 - Breakfast
- 8:40 - Kapers (tasks or chores to help keep camp clean for everyone)
- 9:15 - Group games
- 9:30 - Worship; also known as Pose (po-say)
- 10:00 - Bible study; also known as Rubbabo
- 11:15 - Village activity
- 12:00 - Lunch
- 12:45 - Siesta
- 1:15 - Afternoon Grovers - includes swimming, canoeing, creative arts, games, nature activities, learning a new skill, and more. A trip to the canteen is also part of the afternoon schedule.
- 5:30 - Supper
- 6:15 - Cabin Time
- 6:45 - All Camp Activity
- 8:15 - Canteen/prepare for evening Campfire
- 9:15 - Campfire
- 10:15 - prepare for bed
- 10:30 - Cabin Devotions; also called Wattape
- 10:45 - Lights Out
This schedule is subject to change as our staff develop unique program opportunities for Sojourner campers. The overnight canoe trip may also be adjusted due to weather.
Whether your camper has been coming for years, or is experiencing Camp Vermilion for the first time, we look forward to sharing this week with them. We hope it is a life-changing, Christ-centered experience that will stay with them for years to come. Feel free to contact us with any questions on the Sojourner program.
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