Camping & Retreats

Camp Registration for summer 2019 is now closed. Check back in December for 2020 updates!

Click here to get registered today for an adventure of a lifetime!

For a sneak preview of how God will change lives in 2019, check out our 2019 promo video!

To download a copy of the 2019 Summer Camp Catalog click here.    |   To download Camp Registration forms click here.


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

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

Click below to visit our three camp websites:

Contact Us:

Derek Bergman, Site Director
Lake Okoboji Camp & Retreat Center - Spirit Lake

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

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

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.