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1203 Inwan St. Milford, IA 51351

Milford, IA 51351 Permit No. 23



Another great summer of ministry is fast approaching here at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps. Camp is a chance to retreat, to rest, to reconnect with family and friends, and to refocus our lives on our Lord. We work hard to make camp a safe environment for you to grow in your faith and to have tremendous amounts of FUN! You can expect programs which are founded on a strong belief in salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, the authority of the Bible, experiencing God through His creation, a daily walk with God, and a call to love our neighbors and be a light to our world. Our mission is, “To know Jesus Christ and to make Christ known to all,” and it drives all that we do. In Christ, Dan Antoine—Director of Programs

Perhaps you or someone you know has encountered God in a life-changing way at Ingham or Okoboji. Maybe your congregation is looking for a mission project or outreach opportunity. Or possibly you just really believe in the ministry that happens at Bible Camp. There are many ways YOU can help in the Kingdom work here at IOLBC. Here are some ideas. 1. 2. 3.

2017 Summer Theme is “Rooted” based on Colossians 2:6-7 4.

Pray for the camps. Pray that God would continue to provide for us, open doors for us, and empower us to do ministry. Invite others to experience God at camp. Your invitation could be used by God to change someone’s life. Volunteer at camp. God can use people with many different skills to further the ministry here: painters, carpenters, mechanics, electricians, lawn mowers, gardeners, leaf rakers, dish washers, speakers, camp medics, consultants, and many more. Contact the camp to find out how and when you might bless the camp by being a volunteer. Volunteer for a day, a week or the whole summer season! Give financially to the camp. This ministry depends on the generosity of believers to continue doing God’s work. There are many different ways to give: monthly donations, adopting a cabin, sponsoring a camper, estate giving, and many more. If you have any questions, please contact us to find out how your gifts to the camp will have an impact on eternity.

We can’t do what we do without your help and support. THANK YOU!

2016 Summer Staff

SUMMER EVENTS Ice Cream Social (Ingham) .......... June 4 Scandinavian Feast (Okoboji) ... August 4 Quilt Auction & 5K (Okoboji). ..... August 5 Golf Tournament (Okoboji) ...... August 19 Hog Roast (Ingham).. ................ August 27



Join us on July 2nd for an additional Worship Service at our Circle of Hope amphitheater. Service time is 8:00 AM.

For a map and directions to either of our two camps, please visit our website, enter our address into an online map service (i.e. MapQuest or Google Maps), or call and we will mail or e-mail you a map.

Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp 1203 Inwan St. Milford, IA 51351

Ingham Lake Bible Camp 2258 450th Ave. Wallingford, IA 51365

712-337-3306 712-337-3501 (Fax)

712-867-4170 712-867-4173 (Fax)

(Please send all forms to Attn: Registrar at our Milford address)




Marriage Celebration Retreat .Feb. 10-12 Crafting Retreat ........................... Mar. 3-5 Spring RECHARGES Sr. High (9-12th) .........March 31-Apr. 2 Jr. High (6-9th) .... April 7-9, April 21-23 Trailblazers (4-6th) .............. April 28-30

Okoboji Worship: Every Sunday at 9:30 A.M. followed by Chef Kevin’s brunch, Memorial Day through Labor Day!



New Chapel

Beyond Ministries “Beyond Ministries” has been formed to continue to nurture faith in the lives of campers even after their time at camp. Some of the resources now available include:

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Debt Reduction $800,000.00 of the debt has been paid down, preparing the way for even stronger future ministry.


Learn more and help us reach BEYOND by going to or contact Rod Quanbeck-Executive Director

Learn more about each camp as you read through the following pages. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us.



Still ahead, we look forward to building a new beach house family retreat center at Okoboji. Please pray with us for the added funds needed to make this possible. Approximately $500,000.00 more is needed to complete the BEYOND campaign and fund the new beach house. Please pray with us for God’s leading, provision, and timing.

Summer Kick-Off (K-6th) ...................... June 4 Trailblazers #1 (4-6th) ................... June 18-23 Pathfinders #1 (2-5th) ................... June 18-20 Camp-in-a-day # 1 (K-2nd) .............. June 21 Camp-in-a-day # 2 (K-2nd) .............. June 22 Trailblazers #2 (4-6th) ................... June 25-30 Pathfinders #2 (2-5th) ................... June 25-27 Trailblazers #3 (4-6th) ....................... July 9-14 Pathfinders #3 (2-5th) ....................... July 9-11 Camp-in-a-day # 3 (K-2nd) ............... July 12 Camp-in-a-day # 4 (K-2nd) ............... July 13 Trailblazers #4 (4-6th) ..................... July 16-21 Pathfinders #4 (2-5th) ..................... July 16-18 Junior High Camp (6-9th) .............. July 23-28 Outdoor Adv. Camp (7-12th) .. July 30-Aug 4 LiveWire Music Camp (7-12th) July 30-Aug 4


Looking Forward



Greater partnerships with parents and churches Take home discussions after youth camps Our website: Our IOLBC Beyond Ministries App Our blogs:


A new chapel is being constructed at Ingham Lake Bible Camp, expected to be in use this summer!


BEYOND is a capital campaign designed to do even more to make Christ known to all by raising $2M for program expansion, debt reduction and facility improvement. Because of wonderful support we have already accomplished a great deal through this campaign. Rejoice with us in the following milestones:

Elderversity ........................................ June 5-6 Confirmation/Jr. High (6-9th) ....... June 11-16 Family Camp #1 ........................... June 18-23 Speaker: Rev. Mark Vander Tuig Family Camp #2 ........................... June 25-30 Speaker: Rev. Jeremy Johnson Family Camp #3 ................................. July 2-7 Speaker: Rev. Brian Spahr Junior High Camp (6-9th) ................ July 9-14 NEW Senior High Camp (9-12th) ... July 16-21 Family Camp #4 ............................. July 23-28 Speaker: Rev. Paul Sorensen Family Camp #5 .................. July 30-August 4 Speakers: Rev. Grant & Rev. Nicole Woodley Family Camp #6 .......................... August 6-11 Speaker: Rev. Paul Cross

WHAT TO EXPECT All who come to Ingham Okoboji youth and family camps can look forward to engaging chapel services, comical skits, energetic praise and worship, stimulating Bible studies, delicious and healthy meals, Christ-centered fellowship, and an awesome summer staff. Added opportunities for fun activities could include:


(completed K, 1st, 2nd)

These one-day camps will give a great taste of what camp is like. Joining in with chapel times, meals, and free time, the campers will also enjoy special Bible studies and activities geared just for them! This camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., so you can either drop off your youngster for the day or if you are coming from a distance, feel free to spend the day with us while your children enjoy the camp experience.

Ingham Site: June 21 or 22, July 12 or 13


Ingham Site: June 18-20 June 25-27, July 9-11, July 16-18


Unless noted otherwise, check-in for overnight youth camps is from 4:00-5:00 on Sundays with a closing program on the final day (11:30 at Okoboji, 2:30 at Ingham). Family campers register from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sundays and conclude the week with lunch on Friday.


You can register in a couple of different ways! 1. Go to and register online...OR... 2. Fill out the enclosed registration form (make sure to fill out both sides) and mail it in along with your deposit. (Forms available online, by phone, or by e-mail)  QUESTIONS: Call 1-800-OKOBOJI or email  BOTH Ingham & Okoboji registrations & deposits should be sent to: Attn: Registrar, Ingham Okoboji 1203 Inwan St, Milford, IA 51351 Can’t make it to any of our scheduled programs? Call 1-800-OKOBOJI to schedule your own church retreats, family getaways, family reunions, or other events



Ingham Site: June 18-23, June 25-June 30, July 9-14, July 16-21



(completed 4th, 5th, 6th)

The Trailblazers camp experience at Ingham is designed to draw campers into a deeper faith relationship with their Savior. At a full week of camp, Trailblazers will have a blast with allcamp activities, engaging Bible studies, actionpacked Chapel times, and delicious food. Plus, there is plenty of time to swim, canoe, check out the game room, or play “Octoball” and “9-Square-In-The-Air.” So bring a friend and join us for Trailblazers camp!


Tubing Spikeball Basketball Canoeing Archery Crafts Sandcastles Four-square Ping-pong Soccer Carpet ball Football Pool table Fishing Foosball Boating Disc Golf Nine-square Ultimate Frisbee Bicycles

(completed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th)

As our youngest overnight camp, Pathfinders camp is designed to nurture childlike faith and introduce kids to a great Bible camp experience. Campers will love the atmosphere, the counselors, and the fun chapel times. They will stay two nights in a cabin with other campers their age and one of our trained summer counselors. They will also get a taste of exciting outdoor adventures like canoeing, swimming, and hiking! With age-appropriate Bible studies and exciting camp activities, Pathfinders will discover how God can use them even at a young age to impact the world around them. The closing program will be on Tuesday at 3:00.


Paintball Gaga Ball Volleyball Campfire Swimming Dodgeball Geocaching Batting Cage Hiking Camp Store


IOLBC strives to create and maintain a safe and caring environment that encourages opportun i ties for physical, emotional, and spiritual growth for each camper.

We are blessed wi th great counselors each year at who love the Lord and who love sharing that faith with youth and families. Our counselors are carefully selected through an application and interview process. This process includes screenings and reference checks. Counselors will also go through two weeks of staff training before summer camps begin.


CANCELLATION In case of cancellation for any reason prior to arrival at camp, all fees can be refunded, with the exception of the deposit.

Day Camp is an excellent way to invest in your kids and community. It also provides a taste for kids to see what they would experience if they came to camp at Ingham. The Day Camp theme this summer is “Rooted” based on Colossians 2:6-7. Kids will learn more about who Jesus is, how He came to love and serve others, and how we can be a part of doing the same. If you find an available week that works with your church’s schedule contact our day camp coordinator at or 1-800-OKOBOJI.

ROOMMATE REQUESTS We will do our best to place campers in cabins with their friends. However, campers should indicate on the registration form one friend they would like to room with.



Pastors and Youth Directors are invited to come with their youth at NO COST. Other adult sponsors are invited to come at a cost of $100 for the whole week.

Many churches believe in Bible camp ministry and provide financial assistance to help families send their kids to camp. IOLBC also offers camperships when local help cannot be secured or is not enough. No one will be turned away from camp for financial reasons. Please call or e-mail the registrar for more information.

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Do you know someone who would be a great camp counselor? Maybe you are that someone. Summer staff members at Ingham and Okoboji have a blast as they share the good news about Jesus with kids and families. If you know someone who would be a good fit, we would love it if you sent them our way. Staff application forms are available at





We need your help! For each week of youth camp, we schedule a volunteer medical professional (RN, EMT, etc.) on site to assist with camper medications, first-aid, and other health care. If you or someone you know could fulfill this role, we would be thankful. Your children would also be welcome to join us as campers for free during the week in which you volunteer. Please call us for available weeks or for more information.






We love to see kids and families come to camp and grow in faith, but we also have programs that extend beyond our camp into your community. Ingham Okoboji will staff your Day Camp with trained counselors who love kids and who are committed to Jesus Christ. Congregations and camp staff work together to share the Good News of Jesus through worship, music, skits, games, crafts, and Bible-based lessons. Campers interact in both large and small group settings to dig into the fun. Hands-on activities are used to enhance the week’s theme.


(completed 7-12th)

Come explore ways to use your musical gifts to worship God and lead others in worship. Workshops will be offered teaching basic guitar lessons, keyboard lessons, and drum lessons. Campers will learn several worship songs in chapel in order to bring them back to their church and help lead them in worship. Plus there will be many opportunities to sing at chapel and campfires, in addition to all the free time options. Private music instructor Ellen Hammond, along with her daughter Greta, will again be sharing their gifts and time to help lead the week. Please bring any instruments you’d like to practice. Keyboardists and drummers can use the equipment provided by the camp or bring their own. Camp will wrap up at 2:30 on Friday with a Celebration Concert.


Ingham Site: July 30-Aug. 4



Cost: $99 per person

ELDERVERSITY: “A Simple Way to Pray” Elderversity at Okoboji is a great chance for those 55 and older to be young at heart and enjoy camp. This two-day event provides opportunities to listen to an engaging speakers, get together with new and old friends, and meet our summer staff during their training time. Rev. John Rasmussen and Rev. Timothy Swenson will be speakers for this event. They will use the booklet "A Simple Way to Pray" which Luther wrote to his barber after a request from his barber (Booklet provided). They will alternate with biblical examples of prayer and work to connect what Luther writes with what the bible gives us.

Okoboji Site: June 5-6

Cost: $89/person ($69 commuter)

FALL 2017 RETREATS Fall Elderversity………………….Sept. 11-13 Travel Camp…………………….Sept. 24-30 (Mackinac Island, MI) Women’s Day Away………………...Oct. 21 4th-6th Grade Recharge.….......Oct. 20-22 6th-9th Grade Recharge………….Nov. 3-5 6th-9th Grade Recharge…..…..Nov. 10-12 9th-12th Grade Recharge…..…Nov. 17-19 Crafting Retreat……………….…Nov. 17-19



Hiking, Canoeing, and Camping! You will have an exciting chance to explore God’s creation first hand. Campers will spend the first evening at camp learning outdoor skills like setting up tents, cooking over fires, navigating in nature, and other useful skills. The group will then travel off site, portage the lakes, camp, and explore the beautiful state parks and public land, returning daily for lunch and afternoon activities. Bible Studies and campfires will be woven throughout the trips. Outdoor Adventure camp is limited to 20 boys and 20 girls, so sign up and send in your deposit early to reserve your spots! A joint closing program with the LiveWire Music Camp begins at 2:30 on Friday.

Okoboji Site: March 3-5


(completed 7-12th)

Get your creative juices flowing and come to camp for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and accomplishment! There will be plenty of space for you to spread out and let your ideas and talents take over. You may gain some creativity from other crafty retreaters! There will also be a time for devotions and an optional massage to help you relax and replenish your spirit. Registration cost includes food and lodging. Log on to for more information.






Okoboji Site: February 10-12


Held in conjunction with a Junior High camp, Confirmation Camp at Okoboji is designed for pastors, youth directors, and other confirmation leaders to lead their own teaching time, or have the camp staff lead our summer Bible Studies. Call in and reserve spots for your group, as this week can fill up fast.

Okoboji Site: June 11-16


(completed 9th- 12th)

JOHN 15:16

This year, campers will engage in dialogue about some of the central ideas of our Christian faith. The Alpha Youth series provides an opportunity for youth to understand the basics, gain a strong foundation in truth, and be able to communicate faith with others. Here are some highlights:

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Okoboji Site: July 16-21



When you build a strong faith foundation it’s a great step in becoming a leader in your youth group, church, and community. However, one of the most exciting parts of the new Senior High Camp is that after you go through the week as a camper for the first time, you can return as a leader for other first-time campers. This returning role will include specific leadership training, special Bible studies and discussions, surprise fun activities, and an opportunity to use your gifts and talents to serve in some capacity. Don’t wait, register today!




Join us this summer for an all new Senior High camp experience!

Recharges are weekend youth retreats PACKED with fun, fellowship, and growing in faith. Come discover the great God we serve, learn more about the Bible, and have a blast with others at camp. At these spring recharges, campers will gain knowledge and practical ways to share with others the life-giving message of Jesus Christ in a loving, non-threatening way. Find a weekend that fits your schedule and age and come to Okoboji. Register online, call the camp or visit our website to print off the registration form. See you soon for this action-packed high energy weekend! Recharge Rate: $89 ($5 first time discount and $5 online registration discounts available)

Mar. 31-Apr. 2 Sr. High (9-12th) April 7-9 Jr. High (6-9th) April 21-23 Jr. High (6-9th) April 28-30 Trailblazers (4-6th)

Okoboji Site: June 11-16, July 9-14 Ingham Site: July 23-28



Cost: $179/couple ($99 commuter)

Junior High Camp is a great place to meet new friends, discover more about what it means to be a Christian, and find out how the Almighty God wants to be in a relationship with YOU! There are hilarious skits, personal messages, and Bible Studies all centered on our theme. Besides that, you’ll have tons of FUN at the lake, playing games, and just hanging out. Whether you come by yourself, with a friend, or with your whole youth group, this will be a week you’ll never forget!


Whether you have “Just Married” painted on your car windows or you have just celebrated your 50th Anniversary, the annual Marriage Celebration Retreat is a getaway you’ll cherish forever. Come gather to enjoy, fellowship with other couples, an elegant evening, breakfast in bed, and sessions that will enhance your marriage. This year’s retreat, will be led by Scott and Wendy Rains. Over the week you’ll explore The New Rules for Marriage. Marriage has never been easy, and it may be more challenging now than ever. Why is that? What can be done to help? How can learning new tools for a marriage relationship impact EVERY relationship in a family?

(completed 6th-9th)

JUNE 18-23 –Mark Vander Tuig Mark Vander Tuig served congregations in Minnesota for ten years– in Montevideo and St. Cloud. In 1990, he and his family moved to Altoona, Iowa where he served Lutheran Church of the Cross until 2010. Mark is currently the Service Coordinator for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, and began this position in 2010. Mark and his wife Candice were married in 1974, have two daughters, who are now married: Laura (married to Mat) Lukens of Bloomington, Minnesota and Emily (married to Noah), and their son Joel of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Mark and Candice live in Altoona, Iowa. Join us for a family vacation your whole family will love—full of fun and excitement that will create lasting memories for years to come.


 Worship, pray, and grow together as a family  Delicious, nutritious meals—and we’ll do the cooking!!  Great activities planned for all ages throughout the week  Enjoy a vacation on beautiful West Lake Okoboji!!  Two Hours of Power—adults will dig deeper with the speaker while kids have Bible studies, games, snacks and crafts with their age groups


JULY 23-28 –Paul Sorensen Paul and his wife Carol have many connections with Ingham Okoboji, including getting engaged at the camp! After graduating from Luther Seminary, Paul served as a pastor for 28 years, and serves a new mission, Hope Church, in Phoenix, Arizona with a vision to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to new generations of new people in new places. He also serves as an Adjunct Faculty in the Schools of Theology and Business at Grand Canyon University. Paul has been married to Carol for 35 years, and enjoys hanging out with his three children David, Nathan, and April.

JULY 30– AUGUST 4 –Grant and Nicole Woodley Grant and Nicole both attended Duke Divinity, then Luther Seminary, serving rural congregations throughout their schooling with dreams of serving a small community. Grant took his first church call in Grimes, Iowa as an associate pastor. A few years later, Grant and Nicole sought out a church where they could serve as pastors together, which brought them to Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, where they served as teaching pastors for 3 years. They currently love serving as co-pastors for First Lutheran Church in Clarion and First Lutheran Church in Dows, and work as fourth generation farmers.

AUGUST 6-11 -Paul Cross Pastor and Bible teacher Paul Cross is a native of Vienna, Virginia. He is the senior pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. He has previously served congregations in TX, MN, WI, and WV. Paul has served on the faculty of The Master’s Institute in Roseville, MN, where he taught Inductive Bible Study Methods and Preaching. He is frequently a speaker and Bible teacher at churches, conferences, and Bible camps. Dr. Cross is husband to Rhonda and father to Stephen, Mark, Mary Cathryn, and Ian.

To register please call 1-800-OKOBOJI or print off a form at




Brian is the pastor of Come2Go Ministries in Fort Wayne, IN. Before leading Come2Go Ministries, Brian served a congregation in Charlotte, NC. Along with being a pastor, Brian is frequently invited to sing and speak at youth gatherings and camps around the country. He has recorded 4 independent CDs as both a solo artist and with the group Mudhouse. Brian graduated in 2008 from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.


At Family Camp, your family will be paired up with one of our amazing summer counselors, who will spend time with your family throughout the week. While they’ll stay separately, counselors will help lead your family in activities, devotions, and other areas of the camp schedule.

JULY 2-7 –Brian Spahr


Using our Family Camp registration form, you can select one of our summer cabins or lodge-style rooms that best fits your family’s needs. All accommodations are clean, safe, air-conditioned (except the Beach House), and have bathroom facilities within. Meal costs are based on age and can be determined by using the registration form as well. Chef Kevin prepares hearty menus with a well-balanced diet in mind. Please contact us regarding special dietary restrictions or allergies so we can accommodate you to the best of our ability. Meals included are supper on Sunday through lunch on Friday. Wednesday supper is on your own as Wednesday afternoons are free for families to enjoy the (scan to see a attractions of the wonderful OKOBOJI area. video about family camp)

Pastor Jeremy Johnson is the executive pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA. Along with being a member of Hope's pastoral team, Jeremy has been involved in leading Hope's young adult worship community and Hope's Alpha ministry. Prior to coming to Lutheran Church of Hope, Jeremy was on staff at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND doing youth and young adult ministry. Jeremy is a passionate communicator and teacher. Jeremy is married to his wife Briget and they have two young children - Trey and Jade.



JUNE 25-JUNE 30 –Jeremy Johnson

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