The youth and families that enjoy Camp Shalom come from a variety of denominations, but they come together to explore what it means to be one in Christ.
Campers often do this without realizing it. They seem too busy having fun. Then you see their eyes at a campfire or hear them share their thoughts during a Bible study and realize they are discovering the depth of their faith.
When you pass through the entrance of Camp Shalom it’s as though you have entered a new world. The flatness of the prairie is lost in the twisting and turning of the camp road, you quickly find yourself surrounded by tall trees and rolling hills. It is a place of peace where the cares of the world melt away. The land itself invites the heart to explore something different in Christ.
includes woodland trails, high and low challenge course initiatives, archery targets, a soccer field, canoeing on the Maquoketa River, and campfire circles.
are committed Christians who seek to serve and nurture the faith in others. Certified in first aid and CPR, they are equally committed to a safe healthy experience.
offers children a sense of progression. This helps campers build esteem and confidence through accomplishment.
Camp Shalom is a Christ-centered outdoor ministry: a time and place apart that encourages growth through relationships with God, community and nature.
Camp Shalom’s purpose is to be a community of many Christian traditions nurturing faith among God’s people. Offering a safe, nurturing, Christ-centered summer camp for youth and families, Camp Shalom will enrich the lives of staff and campers.
WHO WE ARE
Purpose: Camp Shalom is an ecumenical outdoor ministry that nurtures Christian faith in a time and place apart. We welcome people of all denominations and traditions.
Focus: Though we are not afraid to discuss our differences when appropriate, we focus primarily on what we have in common: a shared faith in the Trinitarian God, who created us out of love, who sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from sin, who sent the Holy Spirit to inspire and fill us with the fire of His love. We adhere to the Nicene Creed in all that we teach, emphasizing the importance of Bible study, Christian community, and evangelization.
The Created Order: We believe the created order to be a marvelous revelation of God. We spend as much time outdoors as possible, living, playing, working, bonding, and eating outside. As stewards of God’s creation, we encourage all campers and staff to conserve our resources and behave with a healthy sense of respect and wonder toward nature.
Who Do We Serve? All are welcome at Camp Shalom regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex (including gender and orientation), or religion. We do not denigrate or celebrate anyone for their specific identity, focusing instead on our shared—and most important—identity as children of God.