Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Thank You!

As 2017 nears its end, we're looking back at all that happened at Camp Luther this past year. We are so thankful for all who bless the ministry that happens here through their gifts, talents, time, and prayers. This year we're giving thanks for:

All of the items (not people) listed were donated or able to be purchased because of fabulous people like you!

Thank you!

Monday, December 18, 2017

10 Signs Winter is Here

1. So much snow!

2. The Broomball court is ready! 
Rescue always puts in a lot of hard work prepping the court and continues to make sure it's perfect throughout the winter.

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3. Summer Camp brochures are here and have been mailed.

4. Winter Youth Retreats are filling up... 
…but there is still room! Register your youth group today!
Big Chill (Middle School)  |  Deep Freeze (Middle/High School)  |  Sub Zero (High School)

5. Summer Camp Registration is open!
Register here for an unforgettable, faith-enriching summer.

6. Tubing runs are open.
Our downhill tubing innertubes were inflated this fall and are ready to hit the hills! 

7. Summer Staff applications are open!
Love kids? Love Jesus? Want to be part of a close-knit community who will become some of your best and closest friends? A summer spent working at camp is nothing short of life-changing. Get more information and find out how to apply here

8. Chapel visits have started!
Every winter and spring, Camp staff visit Lutheran schools throughout Wisconsin and share the songs and excitement of camp.

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9. Junior Counselor applications are open and interviews have started!
This two-week volunteer and leadership opportunity is open to high school sophomores-seniors. The application deadline is February 1st. Get more information and find the application here

10. Cross-country ski trails are groomed!
Staff enjoyed an adventure on the trails earlier this week.

We can't wait to see you this winter!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Get to Know Your Staff: RESCUE

Name: Richard Campbell

Camp Nickname: Rescue

Position: Maintenance & Improvements Director

How long have you worked at Camp Luther? 9 years

So, what do you do??
I make sure camp facilities and grounds are well maintained and look good. I also oversee new projects and supervise volunteers and work groups. 

Where is your favorite spot on camp, and why?
The courtyard. When all the kids are gathered there you can see that camp is a blessing to them.

If you could participate in any camp program, what would it be?
Teen Camp, IMPACT, or Junior Counselor because I think it's important for teens to have close Christian friends with the same beliefs.

How did you first get involved with Camp Luther?
I brought all six of my children to KinderCamp.

If you could make any new village, what would it be and why?
Teepee Village. I think it would be cool for kids to camp and sleep like Native Americans lived. 

What do you like to do when you're not working?
Spend time with my wife and kids and watch my kids play sports. I also enjoy going golfing, bow hunting, and running.

Who is in your family?
My wife Laura and my six kids: Jake, Fritz, Kirk, Mitch, Daisy, and Lily

What is your favorite part about Camp Luther and working here?
Using the gifts God gave me to serve Camp's mission of building up believers. And to see the joy people have when they are here. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Picking the Perfect KBC Program

We understand that with new programs and clever names, it can be confusing to know which program is which and which one is right for you or your camper. Here is a guide to help you choose the Keweenaw Base Camp (KBC) program that is perfect for you!

The Edge (9th-12th grade)
The Edge is our introductory adventure-based program at KBC. Each day you’ll take an off-site trip to one of the many adventure activities in the Keweenaw area. This includes hiking to a waterfall, exploring the cliffs and bluffs overlooking Lake Superior, and kayaking Lake Superior’s crystal-clear waters. In between adventures you’ll make lasting friendships, build your faith, and have a blast hanging out at KBC.

The Edge is a great choice if this is your first time attending KBC and you want to see what the excitement is all about!

Venture (9th-12th grade)
Take your adventure to the next level! Venture is our intermediate adventure-based program at KBC. The focus of Venture is a two-night overnight adventure trip centered around a specific adventure skill. This summer our first Venture session will be focused on wilderness survival skills (Venture: Survive), and our second Venture session will be focused on backpacking skills (Venture: Hike). Venture also includes all the awesome community building, faith formation, memory making, and fun that you’ve come to expect at KBC!

Venture is a great choice if you’ve already been to KBC and want a new adventure or if you’d like to experience an overnight adventure trip!

IGNITE (9th-12th grade)
Have you done IMPACT? IGNITE is our second-year IMPACT program, designed to take past IMPACT campers even deeper in their faith and leadership. Using the setting of KBC, you’ll be involved in reaching out to the local Keweenaw community through mission and service and using those experiences to build your faith and grow in your ability to follow Jesus Christ—wherever He leads. IGNITE also includes the close-knit community, amazing counselors, memorable experiences, and intentional faith building that you first experienced in IMPACT. 
IGNITE is a great choice if you’ve already done IMPACT at Camp Luther and are looking for the next step to continue to grow in your leadership and your faith!

Where do I drop off and pick up my camper for these programs?
Drop-off and pick-up for each of these programs will be at Camp Luther. Campers will meet at Camp Luther on their registration day and then head up to KBC for the week, returning at the end of the week to be picked up at Camp Luther.

To learn more about these and other programs offered at KBC, visit https://campluther.com/kbc/!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Get to Know Your Staff: KASH!

Name: Kristina Aschenbrenner

Camp Nickname: Kash

Position: Business & Finance Manager

How long have you worked at Camp Luther? 1 year

So, what do you do?? What does a “typical” day look like for you? 
I review all invoices and code them to the appropriate area and work closely with our accountant to track cash flow to ensure we have enough money to pay our bills. I manage our vendor accounts; updating contracts and getting bids for projects. Managing Camp’s HR functions is also my responsibility; performing background checks and maintaining personnel files. I also work with the budget; tracking expenses, planning for projects and preparing reports for the Board of Directors.

Where is your favorite spot on camp, and why?
Waterfront - when my daughter attended day camp last summer I loved watching her having fun splashing around and enjoying life.

If you could participate in any camp program, what would it be?
Probably IMPACT, after 10 years in the military I can appreciate a little adventure into the woods.

If you could make any new village, what would it be, and why?
Tiny house village, it would be fun to build and have a community of tiny houses.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I coach my daughter’s gymnastics class. My daughter and I like doing crafts; my favorite is quilting. I also really enjoy home remodeling projects.

Kash with her extended family
Who is in your family?
My daughter Samantha is 8, my stepdaughter Caelee is 19 and attends University of Minnesota Duluth, and my husband Aaron works full time for the WI Army National Guard.

What’s your favorite part about Camp Luther and/or working here?
Helping camp and contributing to its mission by using my business skills.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ANCHORED: Summer 2017 Recap

 For we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. – Hebrews 6:19

This summer at Camp Luther and Keweenaw Base Camp, thousands of campers got to experience the theme “Anchored” lived out in their own lives. Campers, guests, and families were reminded of the hope we have in Jesus Christ. They learned that in Jesus, we have a hope that rescues us, a hope that we can trust in, and a hope that we know is true and living. They left Camp Luther knowing that Jesus loves them tremendously and that He is stronger than any earthly anchor and will hold them through the storms of life.

While it’s impossible to measure how many lives were impacted by the Holy Spirit this summer, we can measure some things!

At Camp Luther...
  • Over 1,500 children and youth attended overnight camps at Camp Luther!
  • 275 first-time campers were sent to Camp Luther through the Every Kid to Camp program!
  • Over 20 kids participated in the second year of a local day camp program at Camp Luther.
  • 6 medical professionals served as Guest Medics, caring for campers and staff.
  • 9 Pastors served as Pastor of the Week, sharing the Word and answering questions.
  • 45 college-aged Summer Staff grew together in faith, service, leadership, and community! (Meet them here)

At Keweenaw Base Camp…

  • 136 people participated in 8 different servant teams!
  • 14 high schoolers experienced adventure and challenge as part of The Edge.
  • 5 high schoolers participated in the first-ever Venture program, taking adventure to the next level.
  • 57 people came to KBC as part of 5 different group programs focused on adventure and team building activities!
  • 6 unique organizations were helped through our servant events, including Keweenaw Base Camp; Saints Peter & Paul Lutheran Church; Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly; Keweenaw Land Trust; The Lighthouse at Hancock; and Bob & Bev.
  • A new, second tent village was built to accommodate rising attendance at KBC!
  • Each of Camp Luther’s eight IMPACT sessions traveled to KBC for a two-night off-site camping trip.


  • 13 church congregations and communities throughout Wisconsin were served through our Congregational Day Camp program.
  • Over 470 children attended a Congregational Day Camp program!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thank You, 2017 Summer Staff!

At the end of May, 45 college-aged servants of Christ arrived at Camp Luther for one unforgettable summer. For some, this was their fourth year as part of the Camp Luther Summer Staff, for others this was the first time they had stepped foot on camp soil. Over the next three months they impacted thousands of lives, became a family, and learned what it is to truly rest in the strength of Jesus Christ. Saying "thank you" isn't enough for all they've done, but we're going to try.

Thank you for starting fires in the rain.
Thank you for living by the motto "the water is always warm."
Thank you for comforting homesick campers.
Thank you for sacrificing sleep.
Thank you for trying new things.
Thank you for making each week memorable for campers and families.
Thank you for showing grace to campers and fellow staff.
Thank you for pointing everything back to Christ.
Thank you for bearing with and building up one another.
Thank you for the joy and laughter.
Thank you for showing Christ's love to everyone.
Thank you for your dedication to the Gospel and mission of camp.

Thank you, 2017 Camp Luther Summer Staff.

Female Counselors
Poto                       Concordia Wisconsin (Rice Lake, WI)
Colorado                 UW-Whitewater (West Allis, WI)
Jazz Hands              Valparaiso University (Antioch, IL)
Berea                      Concordia Wisconsin (Fort Wayne, IN)
Peaches                  Concordia Wisconsin (Appleton, WI)      
Kapooky                  UW-Madison (Rochester, MN)
Mak                        UW-Madison (Marshfield, WI)
Smiles                     UW-Eau Claire (Shawano, WI)
Tale                        UW-Eau Claire (Whitefish Bay, WI)
Snowflake                Marquette University (Kaukauna, WI)
Pearl                       Concordia St. Paul (Antigo, WI)
Ifoo                         Martin Luther College (New London, WI)
Fruit                        UM-Twin Cities (Wetmore, MI)
Psych                      Concordia Wisconsin (Abbotsford, WI)
Disney                     UW-Eau Claire (Ashland, WI)

Male Counselors
Fro-Yo                     UW-Stevens Point (Greenville, WI)
Finn                        Concordia Wisconsin (Crandon, WI)
Cheese                    Concordia Wisconsin (Courtland, MN)
K-Bub                      Concordia Wisconsin (Nekoosa, WI)
Beta                        Concordia Wisconsin (Fort Wayne, IN)
Captain                    Concordia Chicago (Menomonee Falls, WI)
Lochness                  UW-Stout (Forest, WI)
Clef                          UW-Stevens Point (Antigo, WI)
Skis                          Concordia Wisconsin (Houghton, MI)
Arnie                        UW-Madison (Wrightstown, WI)
Toast                        Lawrence University (Lagrange, IL)

Keweenaw Base Camp Staff
Rocket – KBC Program Coordinator       Graduate UW-LaCrosse (Rochester, MN)
Ry-Dog – KBC Team Leader                 Concordia St. Paul (Minneapolis, MN)
Snacks – KBC Team Leader                  Northern Michigan University (Traverse City, MI)

Specialty Staff
Berry – Kitchen Assistant                  Lakeland University (Mukwonago, WI)
Bullseye – Kitchen Assistant              Mondovi, WI
Badger – Kitchen Assistant                Bonduel, WI
Banjo – Maintenance Assistant          Graduate Concordia Wisconsin (Oxford, MI)

Program Coordinators
Sky – Congregational Day Camp        UW-Madison (Green Bay, WI)
Nova – Congregational Day Camp      Concordia Wisconsin (Eagan, MN)
Band-Aid – Family Camp                   Concordia Wisconsin (Medford, WI)
Striker – Health Care                        Concordia Wisconsin (Marshfield, WI)
LoLa – IMPACT                                UW-Eau Claire (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
Sling-Shot – IMPACT                        Concordia Wisconsin (Marquette, MI)
Groot – Junior Counselor                  Graduate Concordia Wisconsin (Antigo, WI)
Willow – Social Media                       Graduate Concordia Wisconsin (Antigo, WI)
Suds – Special Programs                   UW-La Crosse (Eau Claire, WI)
Meyer – Waterfront                          Concordia Chicago (Antigo, WI)
Rilla – Youth Camp                           Graduate UW-Eau Claire (Rhinelander, WI)
Surge  – Youth Camp                        Graduate U of Louisville (Louisville, KY)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Junior Counselors By the Numbers

Every summer approximately 60 high school youth give two weeks of their summer in service at Camp Luther. They assist our counselors and act as "big brothers and sisters" to our campers, making sure they are safe and have a great time. Their duties also include behind-the-scenes tasks like keeping camp clean for all our visitors. The time they spend here and service they provide is priceless, but if we were to put some numbers to it, here's a glimpse of the summer.

150 times cleaning the Dining Hall in a summer 

93 Junior Counselor applicants

62 high school Junior Counselors who volunteered at Camp Luther this summer

34 female JCs

28 male JCs

24 fires built for weekend programming cookouts

15 cottages cleaned every Saturday

10 weeks of summer camp

5 sessions of JCs

4 trips to Lick-A-Dee Splitz after cottage cleaning

2 weeks volunteered at a time

1 incredible summer!

Thank you, Junior Counselors, for your servant hearts and hard work this summer! We are deeply thankful for the huge blessing you are to the ministry of camp. You brought new life and energy to camp throughout the summer, and we couldn’t do this without you!

Session #1 JCs: Tunes, Big Foot, Lime, Pitch, Capo, Luna, Andante, Logo, Vault, Chia, Par, Timone

Session #2 JCs: Mystic, Kaza, Marty, Coral, Xeno, Chevy, Kai, Nano, Mickey, Taloo

Session #3 JCs: Briar, Kit Kat, Revie, Miscellaneous, Relay, Samoa, Skippy, Mayday, Audio, Jamocha, Pipp, Rogan

Session #4 JCs: Rolee, Chippy, Villa, Chicken Nugget, Mountain, Griffen, Trill, Niimi
Freeze, Scout, River, Dibway, Ovy, Wisco

Session #5 JCs: Riddle, The Lorax, Cowboy, Totti, Casper, Dinger, Raptor
Hatter, Euchre, Easel, Sonnet, Disc, Tink, Tundra

Friday, July 21, 2017

We've Got Mail!

Over 1,600 children and youth will attend Camp Luther this summer. Many of these will be coming for the first time. Over 200 of these first-timers will experience the Christ-centered community, build positive relationships with their counselors and fellow campers, and grow in their faith because of the Every Kid to Camp program. 

Every Kid to Camp allows kids who have never experienced a Camp Luther summer program to come to camp at no expense to their parents. Generous supporters who know that camp changes lives make this possible, and we are so grateful! When you give to the Every Kid to Camp program, you are helping kids have new experiences, learn life skills, get unplugged, make lasting friendships, and most of all learn about Jesus and His incredible love for us. 

We love opening the mail and seeing thank you notes from Every Kids to Camp recipients! Although they are addressed to Camp Luther, they are really thanking everyone who supports Camp and the Every Kid to Camp program. Thank you!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Golfing FORE Kids!

Heavy rains poured on the day before Camp Luther’s 13th Annual Golf Challenge in Rhinelander, delaying the start time for one hour to allow the Northwoods Golf Course to dry out.  With an extra hour of rest golfers came ready to play on a beautiful 70° sunny day!

With 15 teams competing for multiple awards in the Competitor and Hackers Division it was game on! For the first time in many years the Volm Team edged out the Strasser Team by one stroke in the Competitor Division. Tim Strasser made up for the loss by winning the Longest Putt on #7. MCL Team 3 took the honors in the Hackers Division by four strokes. Meanwhile, members from MCL and BayTek Teams dominated the Hacker Awards with Terry Hansteadt winning the Most Balls in the Water Honor and Todd Louthain and Carl Treankler tying for Most Lost Balls, with Jane Hunter breaking up the monopoly by winning the Least Used Tee Shot. John Zimdars showed everyone how to hole-in-one the Closest Chip Shot, while Nate Reichle brought in the Long Drive in the Fairway and Josh Wergin got the Long Putt on #18.  And who knew what golfing finesse Dave Karolus possessed? Dave was the big winner of the Putting Contest, while Carl Treankler made up for losing the most lost balls by sinking one in for second place. Congratulations to all our winners!

The Volm Team took first place in the Competitor Division!
MCL Team 3 took first place in the Hackers Division!

While everyone enjoyed a great meal, golfers heard from a Camp Luther counselor and camper on how Camp Luther has impacted them both personally and professionally. The event then moved on to the gift basket drawing with nine baskets loaded with items such as a handmade quilt, specialty coffees, a week away for two, and many more enticing items that had been donated by area businesses and staff members. Camp Luther is forever grateful to all those who donated items for the baskets and helped support the golf outing, especially:

Tournament Sponsor: MCL Industries Inc.
Luncheon Sponsor: Bay Tek Games
Silver Sponsors: Michael T & Jane L Hunter Foundation, Lutheran Church Extension Fund, and Volm Companies
Hole-in-One Sponsor: Eagle River Ford, Kyle Plummer owner

Hole-in-One Contest prize: 2017 Ford Truck, sponsored by Eagle River Ford
Bronze Sponsors: Church Mutual Insurance Foundation, Bayland Builders and the Reineke-Accola Families
Hole Sponsors: Parsons of Antigo & Eagle River, Hayes Graphics, Photo Joe, Mike & Karla Arrigoni, Northern Michigan Bank & Trust, and Dave & Marlys Hartman.

Thanks to all our golfers and sponsors for another successful Golf Challenge. Through their support over $14,000 was raised for the Every Kid to Camp Fund! Mark your calendars for the 14th Annual Camp Luther Golf Challenge, June 22, 2018!! We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Meet the 2017 Summer Staff!

This summer, our 45 member Summer Staff joins the legacy of 71 years of Camp Luther summer staffs! These young adults have come to camp to be caring, Christian role models in a number of different capacities. Some are sharing the love of Christ by serving as counselors, others as coordinators for programs such as IMPACT and Junior Counselors. Still others are serving as specialty staff in the maintenance and kitchen departments. Each person, each personality, each skill set has been specifically selected by God himself to be here at Camp Luther this summer, and we couldn’t be more excited!

After two weeks of staff training, we can proudly say that we have one of the best trained groups of young adults to serve families, care for children, keep camp safe and maintained, and make sure everyone is fed! During their time of orientation, our staff grew together in their faith, gained countless practical skills, and bonded to form the strong team that is out across camp right now, serving your camp! Here's a close-up of our staff from the perspective of two of our staff members.

Peaches (First-year counselor)
Why are you here this summer?
I wanted a job that was more in line with my major this summer. Also, a couple of former staff members, Cougar and Ifoo, encouraged me to apply. I’ve also been a counselor at a different camp, so I knew this was something I wanted to do.

What did you expect for this summer? 
I expected to share God’s Word, do a LOT of singing, and I expected to not know right away exactly what I was going to be doing.

Celebrating the end of staff orientation with ice cream!
What is being on staff really like compared to your expectations?
This is SUPER fun! I expected to be really busy, but I’ve discovered that as busy as I am as a counselor, it’s definitely bearable and worth it. The whole staff is really encouraging and supportive – not just of the group as a whole, but of everyone individually. I am encouraged and supported.

What do you enjoy most about being on this staff?
I love teaching the kids, but I especially enjoy growing and being supported myself while I’m on staff… You don’t really get that at other jobs.

What are you looking forward to this summer?
I really want to learn to play guitar. And I’m really excited to spread God’s word to more children.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

10 Signs Summer is Near

Summer is just around the corner, and here are 10 signs to prove it!

1.  The Waterfront is in! 
Thank you to the hard working volunteers who helped! Quik, Java, Skipper, Snack-Shack, Djembe, and Paul braved the cold and rain, and we are so grateful. 

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2.   Summer Staff have arrived! 
Our Program Coordinators move in today and Counselors and Support Staff join us next Tuesday.

Meyer, Surge, and Band-Aid are ready for summer!

The cottages are open!

During winter, some of our cottages are closed to save on energy costs. Workbee volunteers in April and May made sure they are open and ready to be lived in!

4.  The fish are biting.
Our Men’s Fishing and Golf Retreat was last week, and all who attended had a great time.

5. Canteen is full of snacks, ice cream, drinks, and new merchandise!

6.  Baby geese have been spotted having lunch at the picnic shelter.

7.  Construction projects are wrapping up.
Lakeview Cottage has tiled floors and cabinets. 

 The Lower Retreat Center has been drywalled. 

 Cabins at Keweenaw Base Camp are almost ready for guests!

8.  Lick-A-Dee Splitz is open! 
Everyone’s favorite ice cream shop opened earlier this month and Camp Luther's Year-Round Staff were the first customers. 

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  Mirror Lake is filled with the sounds of frogs.

10.   Camps are filling up...
…but there is still room in many of them! Check out the availability chart and sign up today!

We can't wait to see you this summer!