I hope all of you are doing well, whether you’re in the midst of finals, looking forward in horror at finals, breathing a sigh of relief that you’re done with finals, or not worried because you don’t have anything to do with finals. We are certainly excited that you are coming to work with us this summer. It is going to be an awesome summer of fun as we serve the Lord here at camp. Our theme is “Brand New” based on Romans 6:4, and we trust that God has a great summer in store as we share His truth and love with thousands. This site contains some helpful information as you prepare to come to camp, and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions.
Who: Jr. and Sr. Counselors and Support staff serving at Ingham and Okoboji
What: Staff Training!
Where: Okoboji Site
When: Sr. Counselors and Support Staff: for Ingham AND Okoboji arrive at Okoboji on Saturday, May 29th by 4:00 pm.
**We will leave to travel to Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp on Sunday at 2:00pm, where we will enjoy our first week of training.
Jr. Counselors: arrive at Okoboji on Saturday, May 30th at 4:00 pm.
**If you are able to join us for week one of Senior Staff Training, we would love to have you. Make sure I know if you plan to attend.
** Your 2 weeks of Staff Training will include the following**
Bible Studies: Pastor Jon Anenson will take us through our daily themes.
Training Sessions: How to work with youth, how to create Bible studies, what to expect as a counselor, how to put skits together, how to lead large group games and much, much more!
Theme Team Session: You will be part of a team that creates skits, Bible studies, theme verses, and “shares” that are used all summer long!
Share Groups: Simply put, it’s a time where you get to meet with others who are part of your staff family. It is a time to learn about each other, pray for one another, and just have some fun.
Quiet Times: YES! We believe it is essential to give you time to be in God’s word and see how amazing His word truly is.
Free Time: relax with new and old friends, play games, have fun and chi-zill out.
Staff training is a time for you to become comfortable with the role of being a counselor, put together skits/Bible studies, become familiar with camp, and to be equipped to serve these youth and families as best you can. It truly is an amazing time, so relax and prepare for an awesome two weeks!
Check out our On-Site and Day Camp Theme Breakdowns below!
What if I want to be a Lifeguard?
We have a fantastic group of you who are planning on attending our lifeguard training session on May 23-28 or are already certified through the summer. That’s wonderful! There is still room for more. For those planning on attending Lifeguard training it’s highly recommended to get in the water and practice swimming laps before you come. Also here is some important information.
-Meet at Okoboji by 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 23 (We will carpool down to the Spencer YMCA for the pretest at 12:00. Meals will be available for anyone who might arrive Saturday. Please let Dan know of your planned arrival time as soon as you know.)
-Room and Board are provided + Training is free
Please contact Dan with any questions
What should I bring to camp?
What is my summer address?
* Alarm clock
* Sleeping bag
* Pillow / bedding
* Summer clothes (t-shirts, shorts, shoes, sandals…)
* Some warm clothes (we have chilly nights)
* 1-2 sets of dress clothes for chapel and a banquet
* 1-2 sets of work clothes for things like painting, raking, etc.
* Swimming suit (1-piece only)
* Musical instruments
* Toiletries / Towels / Washcloths
* Rain coat (if you actually have one)
* Any sports equipment you want to use
* Devotional ideas
* Happy smile
* Servant heart
Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp
1203 Inwan Street
Milford, IA 51351
Ingham Lake Bible Camp
2258 450th Ave.
Wallingford, IA 51365
Both sites have internet access (computer stations and wireless also) so feel free to bring laptops and devices.
Cell phones, laptops, and other devices are acceptable to bring to camp, but CANNOT BE USED WHILE WORKING.
We NEED to have the following...
1. Social Security Card, or Passport*
2. Drivers License*
3. Completed Health Form (attached below)
4. Completed Tax Forms (attached below)
5. If applicable, Any Certificates
(Lifeguarding, CPR, etc.)
*Please bring these forms of I.D. (or copies of them) with you. We need these to pay you.
How do I get to camp?
Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp from Hwy 86
Look for the green road sign that says Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps. (approx. 4 miles south of Vicks Corner) Turn off Hwy 86 and go East on 190th Street. At the intersection go North (left) by tennis courts on West Street. Curve back East as it becomes Lakeside. Stay on Lakeside and go past Kazarelli’s Restaurant and over the bridge. There will be another small blue camp sign. Continue going East straight through the next intersection and you’ll come directly to the main entrance of the camp. Call @ 1-800-OKOBOJI. The Welcome Center is located in the lower level of the Thomsen Center in the center of the camp.
Ingham Lake Bible Camp from Hwy 9
Head south on county road N40. (approx 5 miles) Take a right (West) at the T intersection. Go 1/2 mile on A33. Turn Left (South) on N40—2 miles. Turn Left (East) on N40 / A34. Go between two lakes. After road curves to south Ingham is on the Left (East).
Regardless of which direction you come to Ingham, there are signs that will direct you. Keep your eyes open! Ingham’s phone number is 712-867-4170.
Or simply enter our address above into your GPS, MapQuest, or click the Google Maps below and you’ll get here 21st century style.
(Oh, and don’t speed to get here; it will take you longer.)
Reminder: All staff will report to Okoboji site for staff training.
What if I need time off?
Many of you have already requested time off. Whatever is on your contract, or has been confirmed by me in an e-mail is what we are planning on. From time to time, we do allow counselors additional time off for prior commitments. Generally, you will have off Friday night after you have been cleared of duties and all day Saturday. Sunday you are encouraged to attend chapel or a different church service before duties resume Sunday at noon. If you need time off or have a day camp or week of camp on site that you would like to request, please let Dan know. All requests must be approved prior to departure.
ALL THESE REQUESTS WILL BE TAKEN DURING STAFF TRAINING
Days you can’t request off for:
Scandinavian Feast/Quilt Auction: August 6-7
Other events that staff are a part of:
Ingham Ice Cream Social: June 6
Staff Discount for Families!
GREAT DISCOUNT!!! - Full-time and Summer Employees at IOLBC this summer will be eligible for significant discounts for their family members to attend camp. We believe strongly that having your family come to camp will only strengthen your experience, as they can see where you work, who you work with, and what your work is all about. We believe that this is also a great opportunity for your family members to experience God in a new way and grow in their faith. Many staff members in the past have begged, pleaded, and sacrificed so their siblings and family members could come to camp, and it ended up changing their lives. To help encourage you to do so, we have developed a discount for family members of current IOLBC staff members*. Here is a description of the discount and who it applies to.
The discount will be for the following amounts
40% off the full price of all youth camps
$400 discount on family camp
Half price on any cabin stay which is outside of a scheduled camp or program.
These discounts will be available for the following staff family members: staff members themselves, mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, child, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, niece, nephew, grandparent or grandchild
So take advantage of this great offer and share the love of Christ with your family by inviting them to camp this summer. For more info about our summer schedule, visit our programs page.
To receive the staff discount for family members, please call Sara in the registration office at 712-337-3306.
*This discount will be granted in place of (not in addition to), any other discount currently applied as it far exceeds any current discount offered. For any other questions regarding this discount, please feel free to contact us.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” -Ephesians 6:18
Because we believe that it is solely the work of the Lord through his people which accomplishes anything of worth, we are asking each of you to find three people you know who will commit to praying for you and the camp throughout the summer. Please enter their information in a brief form on our prayer partners page. Also, keep them posted about your time at camp and specific praises and prayer requests.