Camping & Retreats

Hello Friends! We can’t wait to connect with you this summer through the Iowa United Methodist Backyard Camp! Don’t let summer pass by without joining us for some amazing activities, faith building, and fun! Whether it is devotional time, Bible studies with family, interactive activities, or planned family time, the caring staff at Wesley Woods and Lake Okoboji are logged on and ready to connect! We have a road map to an unforgettable Summer Camp experience! Register and Reconnect today! For more information about dates and weekly themes and to see a preview of a day of Backyard Camp, view the Backyard Camp flyer below and then click here to register!

 

View the full 2020 Backyard Camp Flyer

April 29, 2020: Today we are announcing that due to ongoing concerns regarding the safety and health of our campers, families, and staff due to COVID-19, we will be cancelling our regularly scheduled summer programs at Lake Okoboji and Wesley Woods United Methodist Camps for 2020. Click here to read the full statement and for more information about payments previously made.

See how God changes lives at Camp


Camperships

Camperships (camp scholarships) are available. To apply, download a copy of our Campership Application form and return it with a copy of the Camp Registration form to the registrar. For more information, contact your local church or the registrar.

Give Back

 

The best way to build a fire is to start small. Campfires are built using small sticks and twigs called kindling. With proper kindling a strong campfire can be built quickly. The Kindling Program supports the Operational Expenses of an Iowa United Methodist Camp to ensure that camping ministry will continue for years.

Join the Kindling Club online or Download the Kindling Club Form

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 Campership Fund. Thank you for supporting the ministry of the Iowa United Methodist Camps! 

Make a one-time gift to Iowa United Methodist Camps & Retreats or Manage your donor account

If you have any questions, please email or call us at 515-974-8913. 

Contact Us

Eric Scheve, Site Director
Lake Okoboji Camp & Retreat Center - Spirit Lake
866.856.9862

Chip Hutler, Site Director
Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center - Indianola
866.684.7753

Shannon Bardole-Foley, Camp Registrar
Conference Camp & Retreat Office - Des Moines
800.765.1651
Bryan Johnson, Director of Camps & Retreats
Conference Camp & Retreat Office - Des Moines
515.974.8913

Our Mission Statement

Providing growth experiences to develop Christian leaders for the transformation of the world

Our Vision Statement

Enriching lives, developing Christian leaders

Our Core Values

To ensure guests feel safe, secure, and loved
To ensure guests are fostering community and friendships
To ensure guests are able to share and learn about Jesus Christ