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Family Camp

Join us for a family vacation your whole family will love- one that’s full of fun and excitement and one that will create lasting memories for years to come! It’s an opportunity to grow in faith in Jesus Christ as a whole family through chapel times, prayer, family devotions, mealtimes, and all the fun activities.


Each day the kids will divide up into their age groups for “Two Hours of Power”, which includes Bible study, recreation time, snacks, crafts, and singing. During this time the adults will enjoy two hours in the chapel digging deeper into the summer’s theme or another topic selected by the week’s speaker. Each family will be paired with one of our well-trained, enthusiastic, and Christ-Centered summer counselors for the week.


Our kitchen prepares hearty menus with a well-balanced diet in mind. Please contact us regarding special dietary restrictions or allergies so we can accommodate you to the best of our ability. Meals included are supper on Sunday through lunch on Friday. Wednesday supper is on your own as Wednesday afternoons are free for families to enjoy the attractions of the wonderful OKOBOJI area.


Don’t miss this opportunity to get away and experience camp as a whole family. Not only will this impact your kids, but your whole family, your church, and your whole community can experience transformation. So grab your neighbors, relatives, friends, and anyone you consider family, and make your reservations for one of our family camp weeks right away!



1. Choose a Week!

2. Call Sara, our friendly Registrar, @ 712-337-3306 and ask about available housing.

3. Reserve housing and pay housing deposit.

4. Complete Registration Form and email it to registrar@okoboji.org OR mail it to 1203 Inwan Street,  Milford, IA  51351

PLEASE NOTE: Online Registration is available ONLY by clicking the link on this page.  It is NOT Available through our youth camp registration system.

Call 712-337-3306 to see what available housing will best fit your family's needs today!

Family Camp 2022 Speakers!

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Family Camp #1 - Pastor Tim and Kris Boettger 

June 19-24, 2022

Tim & Kris Boettger live and minister together in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  In addition to being a wife, mother & grandmother, Kris runs Barn Happy, a restaurant, coffee shop, and Iowa goods store in a barn on their acreage.  Tim now serves as The Director of Spiritual Care in The Western Home Communities in Northeast Iowa where he leads a “Fresh Wind” Sunday worship service that serves a multigenerational, non-denominational congregation. He is also a speaker on the Christian Crusaders radio and internet ministry.  The couple has two grown children, Isaac (wife Katie and son Clay) and daughter Adrienne. Tim and Kris share a passion for the Kingdom of God, the importance of strong families & marriages, and the power and grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Family Camp #2 - Rev. Jonathan and Rev. Jana Swenson

June 26 - July 1, 2022

Jonathan and Jana Swenson have served in a variety of ministry settings in their 30+ years as a Lutheran clergy couple, including 17 years in parish ministry and 10 at Mount Carmel Family Camp and Conference Center in Alexandria, MN. Currently, Jana is a Development Consultant with Kairos and Associates, and Jonathan is the Founding Director of Paraphrase Theatre, a one-actor, multiple-character drama ministry on the life of Christ.  The Swensons also have an online marriage ministry called More to This Life. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Christina and Caitlyn, and their respective husbands, Nate and Nick.


Family Camp #3 - Rev. Mark Brandt

July 3-8, 2022

Mark currently serves as the Digital Outreach Minister for Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines Iowa, helping folks connect physically to the church in a digital world. In the past 6 years, through God, Mark has launched eight small worshiping communities called Hope Local Sites throughout Iowa and Kansas. Before that he was in youth ministry for nearly 15 years.  He and his wife live in Waukee, IA and have 3 boys… twins who are 16 and a 12 year old.  Mark has a heart for Jesus, enjoys golf, cooking, the movie JAWS, reading and is a high school basketball official.  Most importantly he believes that lost people matter to God and so they should matter to us.

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Family Camp #4 - Rev. Paul Cross

July 24-29, 2022

Pastor and Bible teacher Paul Cross is a native of Vienna, Virginia and currently serves Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota. Encouraging people to joyfully encounter God’s Word remains one of his chief passions. Prior to ordained ministry, Dr. Cross worked 10 years in the automobile repair industry where he cultivated a love for all things automotive.  He and his wife Rhonda have four adult children and one granddaughter. They enjoy visiting National Parks, places of historical interest, and watching NASCAR racing—well, at least he does. 

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Family Camp #5 - Rev. Nathan Anenson

July 31 - Aug 5, 2022

Nathan is married to Lisa and they have two boys (Luke and Levi) who keep them moving and laughing. Nathan has served Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA since 2012 as Sr. Pastor. He enjoys golfing, hanging out with friends, and going on adventures with his family. Nathan loves seeing Jesus transform lives and is passionate about training leaders to be catalysts for the Church living into God’s mission in the 21st Century.


Family Camp #6 - Rev. Dr. Kyle Fever

Aug 7-12, 2022

Kyle grew up in the Des Moines area. He has been married to Laura for 23 years, and they have four kids: Jaya, Tate, Jude, and Stella. Kyle currently is a pastor in Adair, IA.  He and his wife Laura work together in ministry in small town Iowa.  Laura homeschools their two youngest, and Kyle spends extra time teaching, reading, researching, and writing about Scripture and Spiritual theology. They are in the thick of navigating life and trying to notice the presence of the Risen Jesus every step of the way. One thing Kyle likes most about ministry is that it allows him to spend time trying to be more attentive to the ways that we can live as witnesses to an alternative reality in this world, and to transform our minds and lives in accord with the ways of Jesus, who is making all things new.

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Family Camp 2023 Speakers!

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Family Camp #1 - Rev. Dr. Steve Turnbull  

June 18-23, 2023

Steve Turnbull is the senior pastor at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio and an adjunct professor of New Testament and Biblical theology at Sioux Falls Seminary and The Master’s Institute. He and his wife Amy have been married for 20 years, and they have two children, Evangeline and William. 

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Family Camp #2 - Rev. Scott Rains

June 25-31 2023

Scott Rains has been the lead pastor a Lutheran Church of Hope’s Ankeny campus since 2006.  Being a part of a vibrant, growing and spirit-filled congregation is a tremendous joy and challenge.  Part of what excites Scott is using any and everything (movies, business practices, secular song lyrics) and to help connect people with the living and active word of God.  Scott is an adamant believer that on-going transformation should be the norm, not the exception, for people in the church. A native Iowan, Scott and his wife Wendy have been married for 24 years.  They have six children Dalton, Hadley, Kiley, Kemble, Shayden and Saphron.  

Family Camp #3 - Rev. Amy Selby

July 2-7, 2023

Amy Selby serves as Associate Pastor at Faith Community Church in Longmont, CO.  Her main ministry passion is discipleship.  She also has a heart for the inner city and orphans.  In her free time, Amy loves to spend time with her 3 kids and puppies hiking, backpacking, biking and hanging out.

Family Camp #4 - Craig (Swen) Swenson

July 23-28, 2023

Swen started his career in ministry serving on staff with IOLBC for 12 years in the 80’s and 90’s.  Since his  time at camp, he has served in numerous churches as well as traveled across our great country (and beyond) doing concerts and speaking at Christian events and gatherings. Swen and his wife Kristin recently moved to Cedar Falls where he is serving in a variety of areas. Stories and songs fill Swen’s repertoire of faith-filled fun. 

Family Camp #5 - Rev. Dr. Jerry Watts

July 30-Aug 4, 2023

Jerry serves as the Senior pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM.  He is married to Joy and they have four children Zoë, Liberty, Luther, and Faith. Jerry loves teaching the Bible and, like Martin Luther, he believes the Word does everything.  Jerry enjoys discussing what it means to follow Jesus in the midst of the challenges that real life brings, engaging the culture around us, and considering where they all cross paths.  He has a particular heart for helping others see how God wants to do His extraordinary through their ordinary daily vocations.  When any of the above involves his family, watching football, or drinking coffee it’s even better. 

Family Camp #6 - Rev. Brian Spahr

Aug 6-11, 2023

Brian Spahr is a husband, a dad, a musician, and a hospital chaplain. He recently published his first book, “Don’t You Care That We Are Drowning? (and other unexpected prayers).” For more about Brian's writing, music, and other creative work visit, www.BrianSpahrCreative.com