Venturers

A program for campers who have completed 2nd - 4th grades.

This two night program is a great way to introduce your child to an overnight experience without committing to a full week of camp.  They will experience many of the same activities as a week-long program - daily worships and campfires, Bible study, large group/all-camp games, swimming, canoeing, creative arts, community living, and meeting new friends.

Registration takes place the afternoon of the first day (usually a Sunday or Wednesday, depending on the week) between 3:00-and 3:30.  This shortened registration times allows the campers to jump into their camp activities right away the first day.  The program ends with a parent program at 4:00pm on the last day.  This is a chance for the campers to share some of the songs they learned during their time at camp, as well as giving our staff a chance to share one more message with them before saying good-bye.  If the final day of Venturers overlaps with a Discoverer program we will often combine these closings and give each program a chance to share.  This is a great way for siblings in these two program to experience camp together, and for parents and/or grandparents to enjoy one closing for all their campers!

Depending on the week, Venturers may coincide with one of our week-long programs.  This allows Venturer campers to see and learn more about our week-long programs, and perhaps see an older sibling or even classmate throughout the day.  This will happen most often at mealtimes, as all of our overnight programs share the same gathering time and dining space.  Game times and waterfront are other aspects of the program where different ages may have the chance to play and interact together.

Venturer campers are housed in cabins with 4-5 other camper and one of our staff. 

  • At Camp Hiawatha the Venturer campers stay in either the Lindberg or Gloria Dei dorms, and occasionally have neighbors from another residential program.  These dorm rooms have bunk-beds as well as their own sink, shower, and toilet.
  • At Camp Vermilion, our Border Lakes cabins are typically reserved for younger campers.  These cabins are a bit bigger than the dorms at Hiawatha but do not have their own bathroom.  Our camper bathhouse is a short walk from the cabins, and have plenty of sinks, showers, and toilets.  For those up for a bit more adventure, and shorter walk, there is also an outhouse available near the Border Lakes cabins!  The path between the cabins and bathhouse is well-lit, just in case your camper has forgotten their flashlight.

In addition to packing in as much fun and learning as we can into three days, Venturers campers also get to have a hot dog roast during their stay.  This typically happens at supper on their second night.  Cabin groups, their counselor, and often a few additional support staff enjoy roasting their own hot dogs over the fire.  This meal include chips, fruit, and s'mores.  In case of rain, both of our camps have indoor fireplaces for this fun activity. (Our kitchen provides alternative menu items for camper who may have food allergies or dietary restrictions; contacting us about these prior to your child's time at camp is helpful for our kitchen staff.)

Going to the canteen, or camp store, is often a highlight for many of our campers.  A visit to the canteen for a snack is built into the cost of the Venturers program so these campers do not need spending money for their stay.  On the second day of the program, Venturers go as a cabin group and get to choose one food and one beverage item for their afternoon snack.  Drinking a root beer or eating an ice cream drumstick with your friends around a picnic table is the perfect chance for silly conversation and lots of laughter! (The canteen is also open during registration and closing for purchasing t-shirts, hats, water bottles, or other souvenirs.)

The one full day of the Venturer program typically looks like this:

  • 7:00 - Polar Bear Swim (early morning jump in the lake)
  • 7:45 - Morning Mai (devotion time as a group)
  • 8:00 - Breakfast
  • 8:40 - Kapers (chores or tasks to help keep camp picked-up
  • 9:10 - Game time
  • 9:25 - Morning Worship
  • 10:00 - Bible study
  • 11:00 - Large group activity
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 12:40 - Siesta
  • 1:15 - Afternoon Grovers (three activity periods where campers choose what they would like to do; includes games, swimming, creative arts, and more; a visit to the canteen also happens during this time)
  • 5:00 - Cabin Time
  • 5:30 -  Dinner - Hot Dog Roast
  • 6:15 - Large group/All-camp game
  • 7:30 - Evening snack and get ready for campfire
  • 8:20 - Campfire
  • 8:50 - Back to cabins to get ready for bed
  • 9:15 - Evening devotions in cabins
  • 9:30 - Lights out

The first evening and last day of the program follow similar schedules.  We do offer swimming for campers on the last day of the camp, so be prepared for your child to bring home a damp swimsuit!

We look forward to having you child as a Venturer camper this summer!  If you have any additional questions, please contact the main office.

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