2023 Twin Cities Summer Camps: Faith Based Camps

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Start planning your child’s best 2024 Twin Cities Summer Camps experience by perusing our list of programs offered this year. Check back often. We’ll keep updating Twin Cities area listings as information comes our way. 

This  guide is brought to you by our participating Summer Camp Partners.

Bible Camp is what I grew up as my first camp experience.  And it was incredible for me.  It was sleep away.  And it was fun. The friends I made, the experiences I had, the cabins I slept in.  But faith-based camps are not only Christian-faith camps.  There are camps in or somewhat near the Twin Cities that are based on different faiths including Judaism. 

If you know of a faith-based camp we could include, please leave a comment or contact us through our contact form. There are so many that we KNOW we missed the majority of faith-based camps.

Not quite ready to ship your child off to camp, but want to encourage their faith?  Check out the Vacation Bible School Guide.

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Camps of Christian Faith

Christian camps for kids and families combine worship and prayer with fun recreational activities like canoeing, archery, campfires, crafts, group games, and mountain biking. 

Sleep Away Summer Camps

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Living the Questions-Bethel’s Youth Theology Institute

3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN
Teens in grades 9-12 can participate in this overnight camp exploring media & faith. July 18-24, 2023. $320 per student. (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS ($245 if registered by March 1, $270 if registered by April 1) 

Do you have a desire to grow in your faith and ask hard questions? Join us for a week-long summer program (June 18-24) at Bethel University. As you explore what Jesus says about justice, you’ll reflect on your faith, serve in the community, live on campus, and explore your purpose.

Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center

52511 185th Pl, McGregor, MN 55760
Affiliation: Christian & Missionary Alliance
Youth Camps offered weekly from June 11-July 21, 2023. Family Camps offered July 1-3 and September 1-4, 2023.

Camp Ajawah

21600 Zodiac Street NE, Wyoming MN 55092
Separate boys and girls sessions both one-week and two-week sleep away camps encouraging creativity and activity. Arts, Active, Sports, Adventure, Nature and Outdoors. Ages 8-15. Girls’ Weeks June 18-July 14, Boys’ Weeks July 16-August 11.

Camp Lebanon

1205 Acorn Rd, Burtrum, MN 56318
Affiliation: Independent
Youth Camps offered from June 11-August 17, 2023. Family Camps offered Memorial Day Weekend, June 29-July 1, 2023, July 4th Weekend, and Labor Day Weekend. 

Camp Shamineau

2345 Ridge Rd, Motley, MN 56466
Affiliation: Evangelical Free Church of America

Youth Camps run weekly from June-August. Family Camps are offered May-September. Specialty Camps include Outpost Horse Trip (Grade 8-12), Father/Son Island Camp, Taylors Falls Adventure Trip (Grades 6-8), Mother/Son Island Camp, North Shore Adventure Trip (Grades 9-12), Father /Daughter Island Camp. 2023 Details TBA.

Covenant Pines Ministries

43696 245th Place, McGregor, MN 55760
Affiliation: Evangelical Covenant Church 
Four camps within one run June -August 2023. Plus Day Camp for those living in and around McGregor.

Lake Beauty Bible Camp

25766 Hummingbird Trail, Long Prairie, MN 56347
Affiliation: Evangelical Covenant
Camps offered for Youth from June-August 2023 | Family Camps Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July Weekend, and Labor Day Weekend. Youth camps are divided into districts around the state and neighboring states.

Lake Geneva Christian Center

605 Birch Ave, Alexandria, MN 56308
Affiliation: Assemblies of God 
Family Camp | June 30-July 9, 2023
Accommodates all including those who are moderately and severely physically disabled and those who are mentally impaired.

Trout Lake Camps

10173 Trout Lake Dr, Pine River, MN 56474
Affiliation: Converge North Central Baptist Conference
Camps Run Weekly from June 11-August 26, 2023
Trout Lake Camps is trained and able to accommodate various special needs including food sensitivities and allergies.  If your child needs a specific adjustment, please contact the camp when registering them.

Day Camps

Shooting Starz

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 710 East Broadway, Osseo MN 55369
For Grades K-7th. Shooting Starz Phone Number: (612) 715-9178.
Camp runs June 20-24 and 27-30–9 days. $175. All campers receive a camp t-shirt.

University of Northwestern Academy of Music Camps

3003 Snelling Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113
Music camps based on the Christian faith include

Sessions run for five days, June 19-July 29, 2023. $100-$425.

Camps of Jewish Faith

Herzl Camp | Webster, WI

Run by JCC Sabes Center
Sleep away camps throughout summer offered range from 1-3 days for new and younger campers all the way to 7 weeks for campers in high school.  Herzl makes every effort to meet the needs of our their campers including nutritional, medical, social, behavioral, and physical needs.

As an independent, pluralistic camp, we’ve created uniquely “Herzl” Jewish and Zionist programming and education. At Herzl Camp, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Modern Orthodox children pray and learn together daily.

-Herzl Camp Website

Classic Olami | Sabes Center, Minneapolis and Capp Center, St. Paul

Day Camp experience opportunities throughout the whole summer for members and non-members of the Minnesota JCC. 
Day camps run from June -August.

Classic Olami truly has something for everyone — camp spirit, making friends, playing games, learning to swim and playing sports. Each week features a field trip as well as “theme” days, overnights, and undernights. Our staff and counselors teach life skills in a fun, safe environment that incorporates Jewish learning and tradition.

Minnesota JCC Website

Camp Butwin | Eagan, Minnesota

Day Camp Program is designed with your children in mind. 
2-Week Sessions running from June -August
Specialty Sessions run for 1 week and are August 15-19 and August 22-26. 

We want our campers to learn to swim, pitch a tent or canoe, but our primary goal is providing a welcoming and inclusive environment that provides a safe space for a camper’s mental, physical and emotional growth and success.

Camp Butwin Website

2 thoughts on “2023 Twin Cities Summer Camps: Faith Based Camps”

    1. Are you specifically looking for Faith-Based camps? I have seen some camps for 3-year-olds come through and sometimes VBS programs, but they almost always require an adult/child pair to register.

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