Camping & Retreats

Thank you for making 2017 the Best Summer Yet! Check back in December for information on 2018 Camping events.

Pre-Registration for 2018 Camp Events at Okoboji Camp is now open!

If you want to get a head start on planning your summer, simply click the link below to download a summer schedule and registration form. Send your $20 deposit and form to the camp registrar in Des Moines, and secure your place in your favorite camp event today!


If you need to pay your remaining camp fee and registered online, click hereChecks can be mailed to the Conference Office in Des Moines.

Give back. 

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 Rainbow Covenant Advanced Special Campership Offering (#0351). 100 percent of your gift will go to children and families in need. Thank you for supporting the ministry of the Iowa United Methodist Camps! 

Contribute to Iowa United Methodist Camps & Retreats


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
Courtney Glienke, Camp Registrar
Conference Camp & Retreat Office - Des Moines
Bryan Johnson, Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation
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.