Ingham Lake Bible Camp is a beautiful camp where kids can come and experience God through nature, worship, Bible studies, lots of activities, delicious food, wonderful fellowship, and great counselors.
Ingham and Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps have a history rich in the love of Christ and the passion to share that love with others. The camps are an outdoor ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, whose mission is….To boldly proclaim the love of Christ by offering programs and encouraging relationships that nurture the faith and enrich the lives of all individuals.
Ingham Lake Bible Camp was established in 1951 and is located along the shores of Ingham Lake, east of Wallingford, Iowa. The beginnings of the camp are noted by warranty deeds to the Estherville Circuit Bible Camp Association by Edgar Iverson and Percy Herum dated 1948. Sylvester Berge was the founder and first Manager of the camp. Chapel construction began in 1948 and in 1949 the first buildings, a boy’s cabin and the dining hall, were erected by volunteer labor. Campers began to use the facility in 1951.
Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp is located on West Lake Okoboji in the Miller’s Bay area, Milford, IA and with the many changes and improvements that have occurred over the years that location can now house over 300 guests nightly.
In 1922 the Iowa District Sunday School Committee first suggested the idea of forming a Bible Camp at Lake Okoboji. The Okoboji location, established in 1924, traces it beginnings back to the Danish United Evangelical Lutheran Church. A training camp for Sunday School teachers was the first official camp experience that was held at Okoboji with over 40 teachers attending for the week and 500 people attending on Sunday. Housing was handled in nearby cottages, tents and even cars.
A working relationship between Ingham and Okoboji was created in 1983-84 and the Article of Incorporation joining the two camps into one occurred during that time period. Both camps are owned and supported by congregations in the Midwest and are additionally blessed by the financial gifts of many caring individuals and groups that wish to support the ministry.
Summer camp for people of all ages; Spring and Fall Recharge Weekends; Youth Ministry support programs for local congregations; Day Camps and Traveling Teams are just a few of the dynamic programs which make Ingham and Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps valued resources to the congregations they serve and the people of Iowa and surrounding states. Summer camp activities may include swimming, canoeing, games, hiking, camping, fishing, worship, Bible study, prayer, skits and dramas, great food, and lots of fun with other people.
The mission statement to the Camps - To know Jesus Christ and make Christ known to all - keeps Christ as the focus in all that we do. Each camp is able to offer unique opportunities of worship, relationships, and the nurturing of faith. Each year thousands of individuals and families depend on this ministry to provide fresh opportunities for them to grow in their Faith.
Activities and Features
Religious Emphasis Protestant Christian
Outdoor Activities Hiking
Team Sports General Team Sports Baseball Basketball Football Soccer Softball Volleyball
Water Sports General Water Sports Recreational Swimming Canoeing Fishing Sailing
Arts and Crafts General Arts and Crafts
Other Activities Swimming pool playground rec field camping worship dramas all-camp games and much more