It’s finally here! Come join us as we commemorate 100-years of ministry on Lake Koronis, and join Bishop Bard in a service of dedication of our NEW Tabernacle. This joy-filled gathering will be followed by refreshments in our NEW Dining Room. You won’t want to miss this historic event!
The Dakotas UMC Camp and Retreat Ministry announces that Lara and Levi Ziegler are stepping down as site directors of Storm Mountain Center, where they have served for the past four years.
Keith Shew, Dakotas-Minnesota Area Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries, shared, “While we’re sad to see Lara and Levi move on from Storm Mountain, we celebrate their contribution to this vital ministry of the Dakotas Annual Conference. I’ve deeply appreciated the Zieglers’ leadership and their care for Storm Mountain Center. ”Lara Ziegler shares, “Over the past four years we have been humbled and privileged to steward this beautiful site for the Dakotas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.”
Shew adds, “Lara and Levi faced multiple challenges and have been able to accomplish so much. They have left their mark at Storm and the positive impact of their ministry will be felt for generations to come.”
The Zieglers have made significant impacts during their ministry tenure. For the first time in its history, Storm Mountain Center has successfully achieved its first full accreditation through the American Camp Association. This has been an important goal for all the camps in the Dakotas-Minnesota Area, and has taken many months of diligence from staff and leadership to achieve.
Also, high-speed internet has been lacking at Storm Mountain, due to the steep, rugged terrain of this beautiful setting. Zieglers were instrumental in bringing high speed internet access to the camp, opening opportunities for camps and retreats where remote connectivity is necessary.
In addition, they have created and implemented new wilderness programming, built a strong and dedicated camp leadership team, added new retreat groups, ensured improvements to camp grounds and property, stewardship of financial resources, and successfully navigated COVID-19. They will be missed by our campers, families, churches, and area camping ministry team!
The Zieglers will stay on as site directors through the fall, providing oversight to camp operations, leadership of year-round staff, and helping prepare for the 2023 camp and retreat season until a new director is named. Their goal is to help make the transition as smooth as possible and to help reduce any strain or loss of momentum on Storm Mountain’s operations and planning.
A national search to fill the position of site director at Storm Mountain Center will begin soon. Click here to view the job opening.
By: Keith Shew, Dakotas-Minnesota Area Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries
This article may also be found at the www.dakotasumc.org website.
Northern Pines Camp is pleased to announce our participation in the Effective Camp Project in summer 2022.
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After numerous delays, construction of Koronis Ministries’ long-awaited Tabernacle finally began this summer. Heavy equipment arrived in early June to begin excavation of the site in preparation for construction of the 18,000-square-foot, two-story building that will house a new $4 million dining and meeting center.
“We’re thrilled to see it finally happening,” said Koronis Executive Director Dan Ziegler. “This vision, birthed almost 30 years ago, is now becoming a reality!”
A new Tabernacle has long been part of Koronis’ master plan for development—and camp consultant Kaleidoscope, Inc., in 2012 affirmed the plan to build a new tabernacle and cited it as a key leverage point for Koronis’ long-term vitality. Plans for a new multi-level, multi-use Tabernacle at the Paynesville camp have been in the works for several years, and the former Tabernacle was razed in spring 2015. Since then, a capital campaign has been underway to raise funds for the new structure, which overlooks Lake Koronis.
The lower dining-room level is now enclosed, with most of the underground plumbing and electrical infrastructure complete. In addition, much of the exterior excavation and drainage is wrapping up. The hope is to soon pour the cement floors, and enclose the upper level to enable construction to continue throughout the winter.
The project still faces some potential supply and permitting hurdles, but if all goes well the building should be ready during Koronis’ 100th anniversary summer in 2022. The completed Tabernacle will have an upper-level meeting room overlooking the lake with a capacity of nearly 300, and a lower-level dining room that can comfortably seat well in excess of 200 guests.
Costs for the project have risen due to increasing material prices, as well as unexpected expenses related to site excavation and a county-required septic-system upgrade. The price for the structure itself will come in at a bit over $4 million, although ancillary projects like paving, an upgraded sewage system, and landscaping will add to the total project cost.
The project will be funded primarily from three sources:
1. proceeds from the sale of former UMC camp properties
2. an insurance settlement from the fire that destroyed the camp’s kitchen in December 2019
3. donations from supporters of Koronis Ministries
The new Tabernacle will honor the cherished memories and features of the original structure while better meeting the needs of future generations with amenities that the original structure lacked—like air conditioning, heat, improved lighting, and advanced technological capabilities. The picture window, one of the distinguishing features of the historic tabernacle, will be reconstructed in the new building. And the new tabernacle, like the original one, will provide a sacred space where people of all ages can sense God’s call in their hearts and commit their lives to Christ.
“With the increase in project costs that we’re facing in this volatile economy, our hope is that friends of the camp will be willing to dig a bit deeper to give to help us bring this vital project to the finish line with minimal construction debt,” said Ziegler.
(scroll to Camp Minnesota section, and see "Tabernacle: Continuing the Vision" option)December 9, 2021
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After suspending operations in summer 2020 due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Camp Minnesota returned in 2021 and provided 923 campers a meaningful experience while taking extra precautions to keep them safe.
“It was amazing to welcome participants back to camp in 2021,” said Keith Shew, Dakotas-Minnesota Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries. “Campers of all ages returned to their favorites spaces and activities, including swimming, boating, horses, group games, campfires, singing, and of course…s’mores!”
In light of ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns leading into the 2021 camp season, a return to offering camp programming was not taken lightly, Shew said. Significant effort and preparation went into helping ensure campers, staff, and guests stayed safe. Camp leaders partnered with local and state health officials, the American Camp Association, and the Centers for Disease Control to implement COVID-19 safety best practices specifically developed for overnight camp settings. They included keeping campers in small pods and spending as much time outdoors as possible, including for worship, meal times, and activities.
“And, we did it!” said Shew. “No spread of COVID-19 at your camps in 2021. Zero cases! The camp directors, their staff, and your central office camping team worked hard to ensure safety protocols were implemented and followed. We’re also grateful for the ways our camper families helped care of the camping community by adhering to pre-camp COVID-19 safety recommendations.”
Thirty percent of Minnesota United Methodist churches sent people to camp in 2021, and 38 percent of this summer’s attendees were from outside of The United Methodist Church—some without any church home.
Koronis Ministries this year received a $3,200 grant from United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries to identify and recruit more ethnically and racially diverse leaders. Koronis partnered with Brooklyn UMC in Brooklyn Center to bring children from the church and community to camp. A total of 33 campers came, most from Liberian and West African immigrant families; the grant primarily covered transportation to and from camp, and the Camp Minnesota office provided additional campership (camp scholarship) support to help each camper attend the camp of their choice. The campers had a phenomenal experience; they acquired new skills, learned about God, and when they left were already talking about returning next year. Two camper families are now worshiping at Brooklyn UMC because of this outreach.
Both Koronis in Paynesville and Northern Pines Camp in Park Rapids had fewer campers than in 2019, but only by about 30 percent, which felt like a win given the difficulties presented by the pandemic.
Leslie Hobson, Northern Pines Camp director, noted that some camps exceeded attendance expectations. For example, grandparent-grandchild camp welcomed 44 people, the most since she started at the camp in 2016.
When asked about a story from the summer that sticks out to her, she recalled a Teens camper with a disability who was at Northern Pines for the first time. The girl’s mom knew it would be difficult for her daughter to be away from home and said she hoped the teen might be able to stay at least two of the six-night camp experience before needing to be picked up. Not only did the girl make it the whole week, but she helped lead worship one night and did her part—exploring a specific scripture text—without any notes.
At both camps, COVID precautions made way for experimentation and innovation.
A junior high Christian Youth Camp led by Mike Solberg, youth and families director at Normandale Hylands UMC in Bloomington, has always included a dance. This year, the dance was outside so that campers wouldn’t be all together in a contained space, but the dilemma then became how to offer music without disturbing neighbors around the lake. Solberg brought wireless headphones for each camper that allowed them to tune in to one of three channels and listen to the type of music they preferred. Campers loved it, and even those who opted not to dance and instead engage in other activities were still connected with the rest of the group through the music.
Northern Pines also offered a drive-through check-in process for families that eliminated long lines from years past and will likely continue in some form even after COVID subsides. Each vehicle drove to several stations before dropping off the camper inside: one to provide paperwork, another to collect campers’ spending money and mail, and a final stop for a temperature/health check.
Again this year, camperships (camp scholarships) enabled many kids to attend camp who might not have otherwise been able to do so. Camp Minnesota awarded $43,000 to 193 campers to attend the camp event of their choice.
Unfortunately, nearly all of Camp Minnesota’s offsite programs were not able to be offered in 2021. For example, the ever-popular Canadian Fishing Camps were forced to suspend their camps due to border-crossing issues.
But fishing campers and leaders are eager to gather in 2022, and planning is already underway at both Northern Pines and Koronis for next year as well.
Camp leaders ultimately hope that the 2021 camp experience stays with attendees for a long time to come.
“I hope they realized that even in the midst of a non-typical year, they can still grow and develop relationships,” said Hobson. “I hope they saw that God is in the midst of everything and had a chance to reflect on that.”
September 16, 2021
“Summer is better with camp,” says Keith Shew, the director for Dakotas-Minnesota Camp and Retreat Ministries. “We’ve missed you, and we can't wait to see you this year at Northern Pines Camp, Koronis Ministries, and Kowakan Adventures!”
The Dakotas-Minnesota Camp and Retreat Ministry team is ready for you to return to camp this summer and preparing to keep campers safe while giving them an opportunity to experience Christ, creation, and community.
“We're excited to let you know we decided to move forward with plans for summer 2021 at each of our Dakotas camps!” said Shew. “Your Dakotas and Minnesota Area camp staff have been actively planning programming options with the hope of being able to offer safe and impactful camp ministry experiences in 2021.”
Safety is top priority
Each camp will strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols that meet guidelines set by each state as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For now, the safety precautions include requiring masks and social distancing in common areas, limiting space in individual bedrooms to family groups, minimal to no contact with other onsite groups or staff, reducing group sizes as needed, and maximizing time outdoors when possible. Adjustments will be made as necessary to safety protocols, following state health guidelines and the American Camping Association protocols.
January 14, 2021By: Christa Meland
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The Minnesota Conference and Camp Minnesota were recently awarded the 2020 Crow Wing County Conservationist of the Year Award for their efforts to preserve Star Lakes Wilderness Camp in Pequot Lakes through a conservation easement. In August, Minnesota Land Trust paid the conference $1.218 million for the easement, which covers 383 acres of the camp. The conservation easement will ensure the preservation of the pristine land so that it can be enjoyed for years to come while also generating resources for the conference’s camping and retreat ministry. Below is a press release sent out by the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District about the award.
The Minnesota Conference has purchased 44 acres of land adjacent to Northern Pines Camp in Park Rapids that more than doubles the camp’s size and will provide new space for campers and guests to explore and enjoy. The new land includes 750 feet of lakeshore, and the purchase price was $415,000—considerably less than its appraised value, thanks to the generosity of the sellers, who wanted the land to remain free from development.
Initial plans for the just-acquired land include offering Northern Pines visitors new minimal-impact activities like hiking, tent camping, and cross-country skiing, as well expanding some current program offerings like archery, hammocking, outdoor worship experiences, and nature study. The land includes a modest seasonal cabin that Northern Pines will use for staff or as a guest retreat beginning in 2021.
In the longer term, the camp might consider adding a nature center and observation tower to the land.
“Camp Minnesota and Northern Pines Camp are excited and humbled to receive this beautiful property,” said Keith Shew, Dakotas-Minnesota Area director of camp and retreat ministries. “This purchase ensures that the camp remains a place set apart from outside development. More importantly, it opens up a new world for future campers and guests to explore creation and experience Christ in a pristine natural space. What an impact this will make in the hearts and lives of so many!”
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Koronis Ministries’ Lakeview Open House
1-4 PM Labor Day (Sept. 7, 2020)
In December of 2019, an early-morning fire severely damaged historic Lakeview Lodge at Koronis Ministries in Paynesville, MN. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the building was fully insured. Lakeview is central to the camp’s operations, housing the dining room, kitchen, administrative offices, camp store and some guest lodging. Over the next eight months, major restoration work has been under way with the help of Giertsen Company of Minneapolis. The work on the building will wrap up at the end of August.
Koronis Ministries is inviting friends of the camp to drop in between 1PM – 4 PM on Labor Day (Sept. 7, 2020) to walk through the newly renovated structure and see the completed $600,000 restoration project first hand. Come celebrate with the camp community God’s goodness and provision. Social distancing and masks will be required for the event, and snacks will be provided. Call the camp office for more information: 320-243-4544.
Photos of fire damage and after the completed restoration:
In a transaction that closed late last month, Minnesota Land Trust paid the Minnesota Conference $1.218 million for a conservation easement covering 383 acres of its Star Lake Wilderness Camp.
The conservation easement will ensure the preservation of the pristine land so that it can be enjoyed for years to come while also generating resources for the conference’s camping and retreat ministry. Star Lake spans 441 acres and is located in Pequot Lakes.
A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner (in this case, the conference) and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of a piece of land for conservation purposes. The landowner agrees to sell certain rights associated with the property—in this case, the right to develop it—and a private organization or public agency can enforce the landowner’s promise not to exercise those rights. The agreement exists even if the property is sold.
“I am overjoyed,” said Bart Seebach, a member of the Minnesota Conference Board of Trustees who has been working on the easement for the past five years.
Seebach pointed out that the easement demonstrates the conference’s commitment to responsible stewardship of God’s creation, affirmed in our Social Principles, which call for “the preservation of old-growth forests and other irreplaceable natural treasures, as well as preservation of endangered plant species.”
The easement also “honors the vision of the clergy and laypersons whose commitment and ‘sweat equity,’ together with God’s grace, pieced together the Star Lake wilderness camp and brought generations of United Methodists face-to-face with the stunning beauty and challenge of meeting God in the wilderness,” said Seebach.
Exactly a year ago, Dan Ziegler walked around Camp Koronis to the sound of “screams and laughter and joyful noises of family and kids.” The children’s camps were just wrapping up after a full season, and the intergenerational family camps were in full swing. Campers could be spotted at the beach, on the playground, hiking in the woods, and simply sitting and enjoying the beauty around them. Forty-five staff members were fulfilling jobs ranging from waterfront supervision to meal preparation to leading campers.
This summer is very different. Dakotas and Minnesota United Methodist camps, like many camps across the country, ceased summer operations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. So while cottages are housing small family groups, the guest lodges are all empty—and the camp is mostly quiet. Just two full-time staff and six-part timers are employed.
“Camp is about bringing people together,” said Ziegler, who has served as Koronis’ executive director since 2015. “Social distancing is the opposite of what we’re about, so there’s definitely a sense of loss about the interpersonal relationships and spiritual growth that won’t be able to happen at camp this year. We’re about kids walking arm-in-arm and families hugging and singing and laughing together.”
Greetings from your Dakotas and Minnesota Area United Methodist camps. Summer 2020 has arrived and it just doesn’t feel the same when we know we won’t see your smiling faces! We are sad, we miss you, and we know you miss camp too! With all that’s happening in our world today, it seems like there has never been a more important time than right now for children to be at camp! While we know the decision to suspend summer programming at our six camps was the right choice during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s simply not summer without you. We can’t wait to see you when it is safe to gather once again.
We’ve been blessed with some wonderful gifts from our United Methodist conferences, individuals, and local churches. Thank you!!! If you are feeling led to support your camps at this time, we enthusiastically welcome your assistance! Watch for additional opportunities to help keep our campfires glowing and to ensure your camps remain strong and growing.
Thank you for all the ways you support your Dakotas and Minnesota United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries.
Be well, stay safe, and God bless you.
Your Dakotas and Minnesota UMC Camp staff
On Dec. 21, Koronis Ministries Camp and Retreat Center experienced a fire that significantly damaged its kitchen and part of its historic Lakeview Lodge.
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“We are so excited to see this long-awaited project come to fruition,” said Keith Shew, director of the Dakotas-Minnesota Camp and Retreat Ministry.
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Levi and Lara Ziegler will fill the role of camp director at Storm Mountain Center.
What a great summer ahead with the theme of PEACE WORKS! Can you see the fun and bright tie-dye shirts? Campers can be involved in the worldwide peace crane project and peace pole creation.
On Labor Day, about 150 people gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new Tabernacle at Koronis Ministries Camp and Retreat Center in Paynesville.
In a moving worship service, the nine-decade lifespan of the original Tabernacle was remembered and celebrated—and those assembled prayed over and blessed the site of a new building that will be ready to welcome guests by spring 2019.
Dan Ziegler, director of Koronis Ministries, described the original building as a holy space where all who came found fellowship with each other and with the Lord, and where thousands of people were “challenged to orient their lives toward Jesus.” But the historic Tabernacle had no restrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fans, or heat, and it wasn’t able to be used year-round. Years of use had resulted in a leaking roof and a cracked foundation that caused water to puddle inside.
The new Tabernacle will be a multi-level, multi-use meeting and worship space that’s available year-round and has state-of-the-art technology, modern amenities, and full accessibility. So far, nearly $1.7 million has been committed to the project. A capital campaign is underway to raise the remaining funds needed for the $2 million building. Each Minnesota United Methodist congregation has been challenged to give at least $1,500 to help bring this vision to reality, and Ziegler reported that dozens of churches have already risen to the occasion.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Bishop Bruce R. Ough gave a sermon in which he encouraged those assembled to build on the legacy of the past as we move into a new era with the new Tabernacle.
“Legacy is often a negative word,” he said. “Too often it applies looking backward or trying only to honor and preserve the past. But legacy is not about preservation; it is about purpose. Legacy is not about one’s fate; it is about one’s future. Legacy is not about holding onto the past; it is about building on a sure foundation... We are the persons designated to carry the legacy of the Koronis Tabernacle, and all of its ministries, into the future.”
One man who knows a lot about leaving a legacy is Dwight Rieke. He has attended Koronis for 91 of the 92 years he’s been alive.
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Koronis Ministries’ new Tabernacle moved one step closer to reality in May when the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota United Methodist Church gave unanimous approval of this proposed meeting place.
Camp News Spring 2018 includes camp information updates on all six camps of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area Camp and Retreat Ministry.
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Teaching, Equipping, Empowering, Nurturing, Servants.
Koronis Ministries, on beautiful Lake Koronis, is seeking a full-time Facilities Manger to oversee the upkeep and enhancement of 50+ buildings and 185 acres.
Camp Chill is currently under construction and will return in 2019! Thank you to everyone who has made
this fundraiser for camp scholarships so successful for our conference! We want to make sure that even more people can go to camp, so we are taking a year to make Camp Chill 2019 the best yet!
Stay tuned for how you can raise camping scholarships with Camp Chill in winter 2019!
Did you know? We offer Church Codes! If your church is planning to offer financial assistance to your campers to help cover the cost of registration fees, a church code can help.
Registration for Summer Camp 2018 is Tuesday, January 9. 2018. We welcome you to view Camp Sessions online for all three Minnesota locations: Koronis, Kowakan, and Northern Pines.
Northern Pines Camp Information Newsletter
Koronis Ministries’ campaign for a new Tabernacle has entered its final stage, and plans for the new structure are beginning to move forward. If all goes as expected, site excavation will begin this Fall as workers remove the footers and slab from the old Tabernacle site in preparation for planned construction in the Spring.
We need your HELP...
Winter is coming and the camp needs volunteers to help us cut and split wood for the season! Come volunteer for a day of good work, fellowship, FREE food, and fresh apple cider. No experience needed, there's work for everyone - bring your chain saw if you've got one. Stay overnight if you'd like, as our guests!
Call the camp to sign up: (320) 243-4544
Camp Koronis has added a NEW Nature Arts & Crafts specialty for creative teens who see beauty in nature. This program is offered during Teen Week, July 23 - 28, 2017
Check out some of the great stuff happening with your United Methodist camps! Click here to read the Dakotas and Minnesota Area Camp Newsletter!
The annual Summer Theology Workshop will provide an in depth theological insight into "The Early Church: from Diverse Theology to Orthodoxy" for interested clergy and laypersons.
Northern Pines Camp and Retreat Center will have a Volunteer Work Day Saturday, May 20 from 9 am-5 pm. Lunch will be served to all volunteers. We have many projects to work on, for all gifts and abilities. Come join the fun as we clean, paint, rake and prepare our site for a summer of ministry. If you plan to attend, please email NPdirector@campminnesota.org or call 218-732-4713. Friday night lodging is available for those needing it.
Demolition was completed this week on two cabins at Northern Pines Camp and Retreat. This is a step forward in the plans to construct a new cabin on camp property in the future. Leslie Hobson, director, reflected on the demolition. “As I watched in fascination as the buildings came down, I was thankful for those who came before us creating this wonderful place. I thought of all of the campers and families who have experienced life in these cabins. I feel blessed to be part of the future of this camp as we continue to take the steps needed to build a new cabin.”
Assistant director, Carol Ford, shared her thoughts about the cabin demolition: "It was with mixed feelings that I watched the cabins come down. So many memories within the walls and yes, on the walls. But they were tired and worn. The foundation of Daisy Mae was no longer strong enough to support the cabin. Like when our faith foundation becomes weak it is time to rebuild and look forward. As the area where the cabins was cleared, a wonderful space emerged. A new place for people to experience God. The reason we are Northern Pines Camp."
Keith absolutely loves camp, knows the impact of a camping experience on the hearts and lives of campers, and wants anyone and everyone to experience camp in 2017!
Keith is set to plunge into the icy waters of Lake Koronis if the $500.00 goal is met. And, for each additional $100 raised over the $500, Keith will attach one full-sized bag of marshmallows to his body as "floaties" for his Camp Chill Challenge.
Please help support Keith to take the Camp Chill Challenge and help children, youth and families to attend camp this summer!
We did it! Thanks to your amazing generosity, we raised more than $10,000 for camp scholarships—and Bishop Ough is officially jumping into frigid Lake Koronis on Feb. 18! At the 2016 Annual Conference, LYFE campers challenged Bishop Ough to show his support for Camp Minnesota by doing a polar plunge, and he agreed to do so IF United Methodists pledged $10,000 for camp scholarships (which you did!). Your donations have not only prompted the bishop to go all in for the sake of sending kids to camp, but they will enable many kids to have a life-changing experience at Camp Minnesota this summer. In recent days, Bishop Ough has been busy preparing for his polar plunge, and you're invited to check out how he's getting ready. Watch this video, and share it with your congregation in person on Sunday and via social media! Watch and/or download video
Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, and we need your help in raising $10,000 to get Bishop Ough to jump into frozen Lake Koronis on Feb. 18! At the 2016 Annual Conference, LYFE campers challenged Bishop Ough to show his support for Camp Minnesota by taking the plunge, and he agreed to do so IF the conference pledges $10,000 for camperships (camp scholarships). We're a little more than halfway there with six weeks to go! Make a donation to see the bishop go ALL IN for the sake of sending kids to camp! Learn more and donate
Like to knit or want to learn to knit? Enjoy being around knitting and knitters? Want a little time away? You’re invited to this time-flexible knitting retreat at beautiful Northern Pines Camp and Retreat Center!
Knitting Our Lives Together
Be in the know! Click here to read the Winter 2016 Koronis Breezes Newsletter.
We are excited to welcome Levi and Lara Ziegler as program leaders for Kowakan Adventures, the Boundary Waters Wilderness arm of Camp Minnesota. Levi and Lara come with a wealth of camp and ministry experience, including: service in a wilderness camp setting, work with various children’s ministries, and most recently, through their program and administrative leadership at Camp Koronis. Levi grew up in the Christian camp setting with his father, Koronis Ministries’ Director Dan Ziegler, mother, Wendy, and five siblings.
Levi and Lara share a deep love of the out-of-doors as avid hikers, canoers, and nature enthusiasts. In 2015, they enjoyed a 1,200-mile trek together, hiking on the Appalachian Trail. “Nature is one of the most real and distraction free settings to experience the presence of God, and we want to facilitate a real quality experience of that for anyone who desires it” says Lara. “We want Kowakan to be a go-to place of wilderness based relationships and team-building for church and ministry groups in particular.”
Keith Shew, Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries for the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of the United Methodist Church, was enthusiastic about their appointment. “They are remarkable leaders, and I’m thrilled that they’ve expressed interest in overseeing our Kowakan ministry in 2017.”
Levi and Lara are replacing Josh Jirasek, who has stepped down from the Kowakan program leader position in order to serve full-time as Koronis Ministries’ Facilities Manager.
To schedule a Kowakan expedition for your group, email Kowakan@campminnesota.org or call 320-243-4544.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our email request for the contact information of your church's Camp Ambassador!
Everyone who replied was entered into a drawing and here are the winners:
GRAND PRIZE - One FREE week @ Summer Camp 2017 ($425 value)
DAK - Linton UMC - CA is Marlin Sapp
MN - Riverside UMC (Park Rapids) - CA is Kirsten Kisner
Cool Prize #1 - Camp Ministry Pullover ($60 value)
DAK - Frankfort UMC - CA is Deanna Bindenagel
MN - First UMC (Stillwater) - CA is Patsy Bellman
Cool Prize #2 - Coffee & Donuts for Staff
DAK - Madison UMC - CA is Gloria Van Duyn
MN - Spirit of Hope UMC - CA is Penny Meschke
Cool Prize #3 - $10 Starbucks Giftcard
DAK - Highmore UMC - CA is Benjamin McKird-Wilsey
MN - Hennepin Avenue UMC - CA is Nate Melcher
Congratulations to all!!
We still want your Camp Ambassador information!!! If you haven't sent it yet, please email email@example.com NOW! We want to make sure all the amazing camp information gets to the right person at your church!
Looking forward to an amazing 2017 Camping season with all of you!!
Area Camp Ambassador Coordinator
The 2016 Canadian Fishing Camp 1 was held July 28 - August 3, at Mahkwa Lodge on Lac Seul, Ontario. Led by Dan Hair and Marlys Carls-Steiskal, their group of dedicated campers enjoyed fishing, fellowship, and spiritual enrichment. Click here to view the remarkable photos from their expedition.
Consider joining us next year! Look for the Offsite Programs and Events portion of our upcoming 2017 Camp Minnesota brochure for details.