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Camping & Retreats




Welcome to Iowa United Methodist Camps!



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.

 Connectional Ministry Staff:

Name Role Phone
Tom Robertson LDM, Camping & Christian Formation 515.974.8913
Kathy Potter     Camp Registrar/Administrative Asst 800-765-1651
Okoboji Camp      Keith Shew, Camp Director 866-856-9862
Pictured Rocks Camp      Gary Wilson, Camp Director 866-651-1223
Wesley Woods Camp      Deke Rider, Camp Director 866-684-7753

 Our Core Values that direct and inform our ministry:

  • Christ-centeredness
  • diversity
  • leadership
  • spirituality
  • relationships
  • fun/joy
  • love
  • self-esteem/self-worth
  • safety
  • connectionalism

We offer more than 500 events for children, youth, adults and families at our three Camp & Retreat Centers plus Christian Ventures trips:

  Camping experiences bring positive change by offering:

  • A Christian community
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Skills development and fun
  • Staff who are enthusiastic and good role models
  • Outdoor setting
  • Safety