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summer youth camps

Celebrating 75 years of outdoor ministries!

ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.

Our mission is to connect all people to  Christ through Creation and Community. When we say all people, we mean it! Everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and accepted here at Camp Onomia. 


Our cabin groups are led by trained young adult staff who go through rigorous interviews and background checks. Daily worship, Bible study, age appropriate activities, games and camp crafts create a wonderful time together in Christian community.
Camp is a significant experience that will last a lifetime. Join us this summer!

THE VALUE OF THE SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE: 

Camp Onomia strives to keep the cost of the summer camp experience down, but we all have experienced significant rises in the cost of food and utilities and many everyday items that we haven't worried about before. In 2024, the average real cost per camper to attend a week at camp is almost $900. Camp donations from individuals and congregations subsidize this real cost of a session at camp by almost 40%. What does that mean for you? We ask that you consider an added donation as you are able this year to help us continue this tradition of supporting kids from all financial situations to attend Onomia.
As
always, we NEVER  turn a child away from camp due to financial hardship.  Connect with us for more information. 

ARTventures for all ages

NEW PROGRAM!

We have an exciting new program that is intergenerational, open to all ages! Youth grades 3-6 may attend with a parent or guardian. Youth middle school age and up can sign in on their own as well young adults, singles and families!

This session is designed to bring out your creative side! 

We will bring leaders in the visual arts to inspire you and to help with the skills needed to create your own art. 

Come and express yourself while immersed on the beauty of God's created world at Camp Onomia!

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Grades 3-6 with parent.

Youth and adults welcome as individual registration 
Begins at 4:30 pm Sunday, ends at noon Wednesday.

Fee: $325 per person

$385 after March 15th

Offered June 30- July 3, 2024
Artisans may include:
Photography, painting, pottery, quilting, needlework, writing, and so on!

 

BEGINNERS

We have a wonderful opportunity for kids who want to go to camp like their older siblings, but just aren't old enough to handle time away from their parents. This session is a simple overnight camp that the parent experiences along side their child. Lodging will be together in our Retreat Center. Staff will lead activities and provide the fun!

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Grades K-2 and adult(s)
Begins 10am Wednesday Ends 7pm Thursday

Fee: $85 per person

$105 after March 15th

Offered July 10-11, 2024. Fee is per person attending, youth or adult.

GRANDPARENT/KID

This is a wonderful Intergenerational Experience!  Children need mentors in faith - what better place than here at Onomia for Grandpa and Grandma to walk along side their grandkids!  Enjoy playing and sharing stories of faith together!  Stay in our comfy Retreat Center. Activities led by summer staff!

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Grades K-4 and Adult(s)

Begins 10am Wednesday
Ends 1pm Friday

Fee: $230 per person

$290 after March 15th

Offered July 10-12, 2024.
Fee is per person attending, youth or adult.

PIONEERS

Pioneers have completed grades 1-3. The shorter camp experience enables them to enjoy time away from home while learning new games and meeting new friends in their cabin. Their cabin counselor takes extra care for those who might not be ready for a full week away and becomes a mentor, friend, and activity leader. Daily Bible stories, fun worship, and sunset campfire!

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Completed Grades 1-3
Begins 3pm Sunday

Ends 7pm Tuesday

Fee: $325 per person

$385 after March 15th

Offered July 7-9, 2024 or August 4-6, 2024

EXPLORERS

A whole week of camp fun is just waiting for upper elementary children to explore at Camp Onomia. You will experience all of the great activities that make camp the awesome experience that it is. Creative and inspirational camp style worships (that you get to help lead!), daily Bible studies, and devotions will help you grow in your faith! 

You'll spend the rest of the day doing other fun stuff like swimming, games, getting creative in the Craft Shack, problem solving through our Initiatives Course, and having visits from Kathio State Park Naturalists!

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Completed Grades 3-6

Begins 3pm Sunday
Ends 1pm Friday

Fee: $590 per person

$690 after March 15th

Offered July 7-12, 2024 or August 4-9, 2024

FISH CAMP

Fish Camp is back! Our guides have been our researching the best fishing spots on Lake Shakopee and Mille Lacs. In addition to the usual fun camp stuff, participants in Fish Camp spend extra time during the day learning fishing skills. Board the pontoon before breakfast in search of that huge sunny or lunker northern. Bring your own rod and gear if you can.

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Completed Grades 5-7

Begins 3pm Sunday
Ends 1pm Friday

Fee: $640 per person

$740 after March 15th

Offered August 4-9, 2024.
Bring your buddy and fishin' pole!

iBELONG

(Previously Confirmation Camp)

We have something special for you to experience at Onomia this summer that will not only get you excited about your faith, but will challenge you to step up and make it your own!
Camp is all about building relationships through great discussions, river canoeing, and camp fun.

iBELONG will focus on building group trust and identity with your church buds through challenge course activities. Church group is not only home, but a place where you belong!

This year we are adding evenng SPLASH, with guest musicians in to rock it up a bit... you will return home energized and feeling connected to something bigger than you!

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Completed Grades 6-9 Also includes high school peer mentors and adults

Begins 3pm Sunday
Ends 1pm Friday

Fee: $590 per person

$690 after March 15th

Offered June 23-28, 2024. Registration open to church confirmation groups only. Your church group should include youth in confirmation as well as high school peer mentors, Pastor, Youth Leader, and other adult mentors as the focus of this week is to build group identity. One adult per 7 youth attend free. Other adults cover a $100 meal fee. Churches should confirm their participation by contacting Camp ASAP as space is limited. All participants will need to sign up through our online registration system using this registration link.

NIGHT OWLS

In this awesome program, campers stay up late into the night and sleep late into the morning.  God's creation is a whole different adventure during the dark hours. There will be stargazing and night time games.  You will also experience late night worship by candle light in the chapel.  Campers will find this week a great break from "normal " camp.

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Completed Grades 6-8

Begins 3pm Sunday
Ends 1pm Friday

Fee: $590 per person

$690 after March 15th

Offered July 21-26, 2024. 

ADVENTURE CLUB

Sorry, but this program has been cancelled this year. Look for it in 2025!

Join the CLUB for outside the box fun!  Adventure Club will teach you canoe and outdoor living skills, how to handle paddle boards and more! We will head out on an overnight canoe trip from Mille Lacs Lake through Kathio State Park this week,  along the way we will camp out, cook some grub over a campfire, and explore Kathio! 
Step out of the ordinary!

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Completed Grades 7-9

Begins 3pm Sunday
Ends 1pm  Friday

Fee: $640 per person

$740 after March 15th

Offered  June 23-28, 2024. 

NIGHT HAWKS

LOVE the late nights and later mornings? As a Night Hawk, you will stay up even later, join in some of the activities that the Night Owls indulge in like late night games and evening shenanigans. But you will also develop leadership skills, lead a late night campfire, and a morning First Word at the Stone Cross. 

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Completed Grades 9-12

Begins 3pm Sunday
Ends 1pm Friday

Fee: $590 per person

$690 after March 15th

Offered July 21-26, 2024

LEADERSHIP LTE

This is our traditional leadership program with a few new twists! This Leadership Training Experience digs deeper into your faith with opportunities to lead and to walk alongside our summer counselors, learn more about yourself, your God, and your vocational goals. It is all here this week. Training week as scheduled, return for a second week to assist with programing. Awesome!
We encourage you to ask your congregation for a scholarship to cover the cost of this training.

NOW ONLY $90 through June 1,2024... move fast!

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Completed Grades 10-12

Begins Sunday 3pm

Ends Friday 1pm

Fee: $90 per person
$690 after June 1, 2024

Not a typo! Register now for this deal.

Offered June 16-21, 2024.
Return to volunteer for a second week.
Pastor/Youth Director referral is required. 

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