Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter Memories at Camp Luther

Before joining the staff team at Camp Luther, I didn’t have much experience with camp in the winter, but the one time I did will forever remain a favorite memory. 

It was my senior year of high school. Our small youth group loaded up my Aunt’s SUV (she was also our youth leader) to start on the four-hour drive to Camp Luther for the Sub Zero Youth Retreat. A few of us had been to camp in the summer, and for everyone else this was their first Camp Luther experience ever! Along with trying to get some homework done, our ride was filled with lots of laughs and licorice. We arrived, got settled in, and sang some favorite camp songs during devotions, before plunging into our first winter activity: night tubing! 

Enjoying camp's tubing runs at night

Saturday morning, we broke into small groups for Bible study and talked about who God is to us and who the Bible says he is. Later that morning everyone hit the ice for some broomball! It was Team Colby Cheese versus Team Cottage Cheese. Being new to the game of broomball, some of our group focused on staying upright as we slid our boots across the ice rink, while everyone else focused on scoring goals. I don’t remember which cheese won, but it was a blast regardless of the score! 

Snow shoeing through the forest

After some ping pong and lunch, our small group strapped on snowshoes and headed out on a grand adventure! We left trails on the frozen lake (and some may have participated in a snowball fight…) before trekking into the woods. Lots of hot chocolate was in order during free time before more winter fun continued with a large group game of snow angleball. 

Getting creative with keeping my feet dry

When we headed inside after a day of winter adventure, I realized my boots were not all that water-proof, and water had seeped all the way through them! I attempted to dry them out using the hand driers in the bathroom, but to no avail. I was determined not to miss another round of night tubing, however, so I wrapped my feet in plastic bags and back into the boots I went! (Clearly, I was an ingenious high schooler.)

When my friends and I get together, we still laugh at all the fun memories from this weekend in the Northwoods. 



Bring your youth group to Camp Luther this January to have a blast, build your faith, and make memories of your own! Our Big Chill, Deep Freeze, and Sub Zero Youth Retreats are community building, action-packed, and an awesome reminder for your students (and you!) of who you are in Jesus Christ. 

Each retreat weekend will include the same incredible activities, but is tailored for your group’s age. More information and registration forms are available online!

Big Chill (Middle School Youth)                                          January 13-15 

Deep Freeze (Middle and High School Youth)                   January 20-22 

Sub Zero (High School Youth)                                            January 27-28

Thursday, December 8, 2016

New Programs in Summer 2017!

We’re excited to be offering FOUR new programs at Camp Luther this summer!

Sailing Camp
This is a 5-night program for 6th-8th graders that teaches you how to sail over the course of the week. Under the instruction of an adult with extensive sailing experience, you’ll learn how to ride the wind and waves! Sailing Camp is a “Choose Your Own Adventure” camp, which means you’ll still be able to participate in many of your favorite youth camp activities (swimming, angleball, all-camp games, devotions, etc.), but each day you’ll also spend several hours practicing your sailing skills and having a blast on the water. Campers in this program should be comfortable in the water. 

This is a 5-night program for 7th-9th graders focused on adventure! Quest campers will participate in off-site adventure trips during the day, such as mountain biking, river canoeing, and high ropes challenges. Quest groups will return to Camp Luther in the evening to spend time relaxing and hanging out as a community. Campers may still participate in some traditional camp activities, but will spend most of their time embracing new experiences. Attendance is capped at 10 campers per session to create a close-knit community of adventurous Jesus followers!

Ignite at Keweenaw Base Camp
This is a 5-night program for 9th-12th graders that focuses on intentional, mission-oriented service in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan. If you want to serve the local community, get your hands dirty, and be challenged with what it means to love like Jesus, this is the program for you!

Venture at Keweenaw Base Camp
This is a 5-night program for 10th-12th graders that is recommended for those who have previously participated in The Edge or similar KBC program. Venture builds on The Edge with an overnight adventure trip and new challenge experiences, all with the same close-knit community feel and incredible staff who are ready to embrace the adventure alongside you. Get ready for more adventure, more challenge, more faith building, and more unforgettable memories!

We’ve also made some big changes to one of our already popular programs, IMPACT! 
In 2017, IMPACT will still be the outstanding 8-day program it has been in the past, but we are excited to be able to offer it every week of the summer! Campers will continue to develop their leadership, journey on an overnight adventure trip, and serve the community around them. Attendance is capped at 10 campers per session to create an even more close-knit group of lasting friends. 


With so many options, how do you keep them all straight and know which camp is the right fit for you? 

Looking for service? 
Ignite is totally focused on service and outreach, and IMPACT also has a strong service component!

Looking for adventure? 
Quest is adventure- focused, and based at Camp Luther. The Edge and Venture are full of adventure, and based out of the KBC. IMPACT has an overnight off-site adventure trip!

Looking for leadership development? 
IMPACT is focused on intentional leadership development for high school students!

For dates, pricing, and to register for any of Camp Luther’s summer programs, visit Registration opens December 15!

Friday, December 2, 2016

2016 Volunteers of the Year

Clay & Louise Reisler, Camp Luther's Volunteers of the Year
Congratulations to Clay and Louise Reisler, Camp Luther’s 2016 Volunteers of the Year!  “Gator” and “Weezy” met at Camp Luther in 1992 while serving on the Camp Luther Summer Staff.   That commitment to serving, which flows from their faith in Jesus Christ, has continued to be a part of their purpose and vision as a family.  

Last fall Clay and Louise agreed to serve as the chairs of the 70th Anniversary Alumni Staff Reunion. Their leadership was instrumental in the success of that event.  Consistent meetings and coordination took place with an alumni staff as part of a planning committee from areas all over the county. In previous years, the Reislers have organized Thrivent Service Teams to assist with maintenance projects, and were regular volunteers at our annual 5k trail run.  Louise has served on strategic planning committees in the past, and Clay is a member of the Camp Luther Advisory Council.

Clay and Louise’s commitment to serving extends beyond Camp Luther.  The Reislers are very active in their congregation, St. Paul Lutheran in Bonduel, and NEW Lutheran High School in Green Bay. Clay and Louise have two sons, Brock and Bennett, who are also active at camp, with Bennett serving as a Junior Counselor this past summer.

Thank you Gator and Weezy for serving this ministry!