Friday, August 28, 2015

Our Well is Underway!

Dear 2015 Summer Campers and Staff, 

We just received the following information from Water to Thrive about the well that is being built in Africa because of your donations! 

Country:                       Ethiopia
Region:                        Tigray
District:                        Werei' Lekhe'
Site Name:                   Damariam May Asela
GPS:                           12.11074, 39.19067
Beneficiaries:                265+*

*This represents the number of beneficiaries that live within a one kilometer radius of the project. More typically, 3-4 times that number of beneficiaries will be using the project regularly.

In addition to providing clean, safe water to hundreds of people, your well will significantly reduce the amount of time women and children spend collecting water. Women will gain the time they need to take better care of their families and engage in income-generating activities. Children will have more time to go to school and be absent less often as water-related diseases become a thing of the past.

How cool is that?  We also were able to have a sign placed at the well site,  so we are placing this Bible verse there. 

"As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God." - Psalm 42:1

Thank you for helping with this project! 
All Things Through Jesus, 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thank You!

August 25th, the last day of camp, arrived too quickly.
Like summers of past this one flew by.
The full-time staff remains at camp, preparing for the upcoming seasons and continually looking towards next summer.  Camp is empty, but our hearts remain full. Inside each of us we wish to faithfully thank the 2015 Summer Staff for all they did, not only for us, but for your child and for the Kingdom of God.
Yet, how do we begin to say thank you?

How do we say thank you to 44 incredible individuals who served at Camp Luther this summer?
How do we thank our friends who became our family?
How do we thank them for enduring sleepless nights and exhausting days?
How do we thank them for their sacrifices?
How do we thank them for sharing their heart and love with those who crossed the bridge?  
How do we thank them for going above and beyond what was asked?
How do we thank them for being an example of hope?
How do we thank them for reminding us we are known and loved by God?
How do we thank them for caring for homesick campers and enduring the struggles of being a summer staff member?
How do we thank them for their forgiveness and grace?
How do we thank them for their constant encouragement?
How do we thank them for their patience, love, and understanding?

Please hear our love and gratefulness when we say thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you for your dedication to the Gospel and to the mission of camp.
Thank you for your sacrificial service.
Thank you for sharing the life, death, and resurrection with our world.
Thank you for your life changing love.
Thank you.

Continue to throw another log on.
Continue to seek Jesus.
We will forever remain a family.

Come home and see us soon.
We already miss you.

With much love,

Your family


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Help Camp with a Thrivent Action Team

Dear Friends! 

You can make a difference at Camp Luther! Gather a group of friends and pick a project to help camp this spring or summer and Thrivent will help!!!!

It's called the Thrivent Action Teams. You gather a group, pick a project or a fundraiser, and Thrivent provides a $250 bank card to cover project supplies, materials and other expenses. Just think of what we could do for the Camp Luther ministry together!

If you are a Thrivent Financial member you can request two Community Impact Cards annually.  If you're not a member you can become an associate member here.    

Here's how the process works:
  1. Select a project from the list below.
  2. Contact Camp Luther staff to discuss details, timing, costs, etc.
  3. Apply for $250 Community Impact Card a minimum of 21 days prior to the event. Apply here.
  4. Promote project and recruit an Action Team (no minimum size). Ideas from Thrivent
  5. Confirm group size, project, and date with Camp Luther staff.
  6. Receive Community Impact Card 10-14 days after approval. 
  7. Activate the card.
  8. Purchase project supplies and materials as requested by camp, keeping receipts, or send the Community Impact Card to your Camp Luther staff project leader to purchase supplies and materials.
  9. Conduct project and take photos. Record all participants as required by Thrivent.
  10. Celebrate your service with your congregation, Camp Luther, and Thrivent, by posting photos to the Camp Luther Facebook page, youth church newsletter, and community newspaper. 
It's that simple! You don't even have to turn in receipts.  It's an excellent way to help the ministry of Camp Luther and serve the Lord with your group or family.  Here's some projects we have in mind for this spring and summer. One Community Impact Card is allowed for each specific project.

Workbee Projects April 24-26 and May 15-17  (Learn More about Workbee Weekends)
  • Cottage Cleaning and Supplies
  • Construct new bed frames in Retreat Center Rooms
  • New shelving in a storage room
  • Replace light bulbs throughout camp facilities
  • Sponsor a Saturday morning or afternoon Workbee snack  THANK YOU!
  • Install new lighting on front entrance to camp sign
  • Install a new Waterfront buoy
  • Install new benches at Arrow Bowl devotional site  THANK YOU!
  • Haul leaves and needles, purchase rakes
  • Replace shed roof
  • Install two benches by Tubing Hill
  • Install new mattress covers at villages
Summer Projects at Camp Luther 
  • Plant flowers (early June)  THANK YOU!
  • New lines on Parking Lot  THANK YOU!
  • Construct activities for weekend camper carnival
  • Organize a special ice cream or pizza party for appreciation of the Camp Luther Summer Staff
  • Provide a meal for Camp Luther IMPACT campers during their service projects
  • Develop a prayer trail
  • Spruce up the tennis/paddle tennis courts with benches and equipment.
Keweenaw Base Camp Spring and Summer Projects (Learn more about KBC)
  • Construct a new devotion sites
  • Install challenge course equipment
  • Plant 500 trees 
  • Develop new walking and biking trails
Fundraising Ideas
  • Purchase supplies and hold a brat sale, spaghetti supper, or car wash in support of Every Kid to Camp or your church's camp scholarship program.
  • Hold a fundraiser to raise dollars for something on the Camp Luther Wish List.  
Have another idea? Please let us know! Please call our office and our staff will be glad to discuss your project with you.   Call 715-546-3647 or email  

It's everyone working together through God's grace that makes Camp Luther such an incredible experience that encourages thousands annually in their faith. Thank you for considering these opportunities to help.  We hope to see you this spring or summer!  If you aren't going to make it to camp, please consider an Action Team to bless your congregation or community. 

Blessings to you and your family this Holy Week.  May the love of our Risen Lord and Savior bring new hope and joy to you!
 Woody Sig 
Gary "Woody" Vought 
Director of Outdoor Ministry

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

KNOWN our 2015 Theme

K N O W N.

He knows me.

Our theme comes from John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

Like most themes, our theme is one in which we can talk about too much, but never enough.

At Camp Luther we often sing the song 'I Just Wanna Be A Sheep'. Like our theme, it can be sung too much, but never enough. As the song goes, “I just wanna be a sheep, ba-ba-ba-ba / I just wanna be a sheep, ba-ba-ba-ba . . .”, but when we sing this do we really mean we want to be a sheep?

I don't think so. 

Let's be honest, if we were going to choose to be an animal we wouldn't choose a sheep. We'd want to be a lion or an otter or a house cat or a T-Rex, but not a sheep. 
Definitely not a sheep.
What we are really exclaiming when we sing 'I Just Wanna Be A Sheep' is that we want to follow the One who is our Shepherd, the One who knows us.

When Jesus spoke the words found in John 10:27 He not only reminded us we are His, but also that we are lot like sheep.
Like sheep we can easily become confused, losing our way in this ever constant, ever changing world. We wander away from the truth, but it is the voice of truth and grace which calls us back.
Though our world is constantly changing, our God doesn't and His voice continues to call out to us. His hand remains outstretched, a sovereign hand of love and purpose for those who He knows: His people.

Jesus, the One who calls us is full of love and compassion. Yet, He didn't simply sit still knowing what His people needed, but took action and did something about our need. There on the cross He showed us we were fully known and loved by Him. Jesus knew the rotten side of us, yet still did something about it. He knew that we needed Him to come, live a perfect life, die, and rise again so that we may have life with Him.

Camp Luther has been intentional of sharing this hopeful truth since our beginning in 1946. Here we believe that those who spend time in God's Word and in His creation, while being surrounded and encouraged by a community of believers will see they are truly known and loved by Jesus. Our belief doesn't stop with us simply recognizing we are are known by God, but continues with taking His word to light the world, to make Him known.

As followers of Jesus we get to live our lives as a response to what Jesus did. No one ever said following Jesus would be easy, but we know it's worth it. Why else would Jesus, our Shepherd, call us to follow Him if He didn't know it was the best thing for those He loves? After all, we don't have to be a sheep to know Jesus, to follow Jesus, or to make Jesus known.

Valuing Family

It has been my pleasure since beginning full time ministry in the early 90’s to get to know many families and watch youngsters grow up to have families of their own. As you might imagine, some of these families saw their children become very active in their faith, while others became less involved with church as they became adults. The difference? Those parents who were more successful at passing on their own family values were those who were more successful at valuing their own family.

While no parenting style or method is 100% effective, research over the past 10 years or so has shown two things to be consistently true: (1) Approximately 65% of kids who are very active in Sunday school, youth group, church, etc. STOP attending when they are on their own. (2) Those that do re-main active as adults had parents who valued and taught the importance of faith in their home, beyond simply getting the kids to church activities. Single Parent, Traditional Family, Grandpar-ent; the configuration does not matter as much as spending time together and actually discussing faith during some of that family time.

So what do you as a parent, do teach your faith to your children? There are many resources available, and a few are listed below; but the main step is to have a plan. Be intentional about priori-tizing time as a family. The more time you have together, the more time you have to show and share your faith. The discus-sion, the material, the questions, and the answers will come naturally, but it starts with time. It starts with realizing your job is not to get them to church, but to teach them faith can help you and them in everyday life and being a part of a church to-gether helps to make that happen.
Family schedules vary, but find a regular time to share a verse or a devotion. In our house we all leave at about the same time, so we’re committed to all being at breakfast and simply sharing the “verse of the day” from an app or other reading plan. Sometimes it sparks conversation, sometimes not, but you can hardly go wrong starting your day with the Word! Maybe in your house it’s supper or bedtime, but set aside a time. Check out,, and Revolutionary Parenting ( - all resources to help parents talk about faith. Finding support and encouragement from other parents is another big step in the right direction.

Beyond consistent time in your daily life, plan extra family times together. It may be a vacation, a weekend (at camp?), or a walk around the neighborhood; a night at the ballgame or catch in the yard. Work within your schedule and budget but make time to be together. If you want to pass on your family values, then value your family.
(Camp Luther and your congregation also value your family. Talk with your pastor or church staff about family ministry in your congregation. Check out for information on our programs designed for family time together.)

Mike “Mutt” Rieck
Director of Guest Services