Camping & Retreats

Registration for 2020 summer camp is now open!

View the 2020 Camp Catalog | Register here

In light of concerns around COVID-19 in summer 2020, Lake Okoboji and Wesley Woods United Methodist Camps have agreed to modify their refund policy for the upcoming camp season so that parents, families, and churches can register for camp WORRY FREE! This year, all registrants are allowed the opportunity for a full refund, including deposit, for any registration up to two weeks prior to a camp event at Lake Okoboji or Wesley Woods. If camp is in your summer plans, we hope this helps put your mind at ease. Don't forget that Iowa United Methodist Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association, meaning that our cleaning and sanitation standards are recognized as the highest in the industry. We will of course continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and will adjust as necessary to ensure the safety and security of our campers and guests. Thank you for supporting Iowa United Methodist Camps!

See how God changes lives at Camp


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

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

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

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