Camping & Retreats

Thank you for another great summer of camp! Our staff will check in with you soon about 2017 events. We can't wait to see you next year!

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Give back. We speak with many Iowa United Methodist Camp alumni and they always say that camp helped shape and change their lives and faith. Please consider giving back by helping children and youth who cannot afford this experience by giving to the Rainbow Covenant Advanced Special Campership Offering (#0351). 100 percent of your gift will go to children and families in need. Thank you for supporting the ministry of the Iowa United Methodist Camps! 

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Click below to visit our three camp websites:


Contact Us:


Eric Scheve, Interim Director
Lake Okoboji Camp & Retreat Center - Spirit Lake

Gabe Dorrell, Site Director
Pictured Rocks Camp & Retreat Center - Monticello

Deke Rider, Site Director
Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center - Indianola
Courtney Glienke, Camp Registrar
Conference Camp & Retreat Office - Des Moines
Bryan Johnson, Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation
Conference Camp & Retreat Office - Des Moines

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Board of Camp, Conference and Retreat Ministries
is to provide sacred space where Jesus Christ transforms lives,
persons grow in Christian discipleship and leaders are developed
to empower their local churches in the world;
and to facilitate this mission through Christian love.

Our Core Values that direct and inform our ministry:

Christ-centered       *       diversity      *       leadership      *       spirituality      *       relationships
joy      *        love      *       self-esteem      *       safety      *       connectionalism

Camping experiences bring positive change by offering a Christian community,
spiritual growth and skill development in a safe, outdoor setting.

Contacting us

The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
2301 Rittenhouse St. Des Moines, IA 50321 | (515) 974-8900 |