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Phase I of Koronis Ministries' Tabernacle Campaign Enters Final Stage

Phase I of Koronis Ministries' Tabernacle Campaign Enters Final Stage

11/3/2017

Koronis Ministries’ campaign for a new Tabernacle has entered its final stage, and plans for the new structure are beginning to move forward.  If all goes as expected, site excavation will begin this Fall as workers remove the footers and slab from the old Tabernacle site in preparation for planned construction in the Spring.


Fall Woodcutting Day at Koronis Ministries (Nov. 4, 2017)

Fall Woodcutting Day at Koronis Ministries (Nov. 4, 2017)

10/19/2017

We need your HELP...

Winter is coming and the camp needs volunteers to help us cut and split wood for the season! Come volunteer for a day of good work, fellowship, FREE food, and fresh apple cider. No experience needed, there's work for everyone - bring your chain saw if you've got one. Stay overnight if you'd like, as our guests!

Call the camp to sign up: (320) 243-4544


Camp Koronis Adds NEW Nature Art Specialty for Teens: July 23-28

Camp Koronis Adds NEW Nature Art Specialty for Teens: July 23-28

5/23/2017

Camp Koronis has added a NEW Nature Arts & Crafts specialty for creative teens who see beauty in nature. This program is offered during Teen Week, July 23 - 28, 2017


Check out some of the great stuff happening with your camps!

Check out some of the great stuff happening with your camps!

5/8/2017

Check out some of the great stuff happening with your United Methodist camps!  Click here to read the Dakotas and Minnesota Area Camp Newsletter!


Summer Theology Workshop at Koronis Ministries - June 11-15

Summer Theology Workshop at Koronis Ministries - June 11-15

3/28/2017

The annual Summer Theology Workshop will provide an in depth theological insight into "The Early Church: from Diverse Theology to Orthodoxy" for interested clergy and laypersons.


Keith Shew, Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries, takes the Camp Chill Challenge!

Keith Shew, Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries, takes the Camp Chill Challenge!

2/13/2017

Keith absolutely loves camp, knows the impact of a camping experience on the hearts and lives of campers, and wants anyone and everyone to experience camp in 2017!   

Keith is set to plunge into the icy waters of Lake Koronis if the $500.00 goal is met.  And, for each additional $100 raised over the $500, Keith will attach one full-sized bag of marshmallows to his body as "floaties" for his Camp Chill Challenge.  

Please help support Keith to take the Camp Chill Challenge and help children, youth and families to attend camp this summer!
 


United Methodists raise $10,000, Bishop Ough prepares for polar plunge

United Methodists raise $10,000, Bishop Ough prepares for polar plunge

2/9/2017

We did it! Thanks to your amazing generosity, we raised more than $10,000 for camp scholarships—and Bishop Ough is officially jumping into frigid Lake Koronis on Feb. 18! At the 2016 Annual Conference, LYFE campers challenged Bishop Ough to show his support for Camp Minnesota by doing a polar plunge, and he agreed to do so IF United Methodists pledged $10,000 for camp scholarships (which you did!). Your donations have not only prompted the bishop to go all in for the sake of sending kids to camp, but they will enable many kids to have a life-changing experience at Camp Minnesota this summer. In recent days, Bishop Ough has been busy preparing for his polar plunge, and you're invited to check out how he's getting ready. Watch this video, and share it with your congregation in person on Sunday and via social media!  Watch and/or download video


Support camperships -- get Bishop Ough to jump in a frozen lake!

Support camperships -- get Bishop Ough to jump in a frozen lake!

1/11/2017

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, and we need your help in raising $10,000 to get Bishop Ough to jump into frozen Lake Koronis on Feb. 18! At the 2016 Annual Conference, LYFE campers challenged Bishop Ough to show his support for Camp Minnesota by taking the plunge, and he agreed to do so IF the conference pledges $10,000 for camperships (camp scholarships). We're a little more than halfway there with six weeks to go! Make a donation to see the bishop go ALL IN for the sake of sending kids to camp!  Learn more and donate


 


Koronis Breezes Newsletter - Winter 2016

Koronis Breezes Newsletter - Winter 2016

11/30/2016

Be in the know!  Click here to read the Winter 2016 Koronis Breezes Newsletter.


New Leaders for Kowakan Adventures

New Leaders for Kowakan Adventures

11/30/2016

We are excited to welcome Levi and Lara Ziegler as program leaders for Kowakan Adventures, the Boundary Waters Wilderness arm of Camp Minnesota.  Levi and Lara come with a wealth of camp and ministry experience, including: service in a wilderness camp setting, work with various children’s ministries, and most recently, through their program and administrative leadership at Camp Koronis.  Levi grew up in the Christian camp setting with his father, Koronis Ministries’ Director Dan Ziegler, mother, Wendy, and five siblings. 

Levi and Lara share a deep love of the out-of-doors as avid hikers, canoers, and nature enthusiasts. In 2015, they enjoyed a 1,200-mile trek together, hiking on the Appalachian Trail.  “Nature is one of the most real and distraction free settings to experience the presence of God, and we want to facilitate a real quality experience of that for anyone who desires it” says Lara. “We want Kowakan to be a go-to place of wilderness based relationships and team-building for church and ministry groups in particular.” 

Keith Shew, Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries for the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of the United Methodist Church, was enthusiastic about their appointment. “They are remarkable leaders, and I’m thrilled that they’ve expressed interest in overseeing our Kowakan ministry in 2017.”
Levi and Lara are replacing Josh Jirasek, who has stepped down from the Kowakan program leader position in order to serve full-time as Koronis Ministries’ Facilities Manager. 

To schedule a Kowakan expedition for your group, email Kowakan@campminnesota.org or call 320-243-4544.
 


And the winners are...

11/17/2016


Thank you to everyone who responded to our email request for the contact information of your church's Camp Ambassador!  
 
Everyone who replied was entered into a drawing and here are the winners:
 
GRAND PRIZE - One FREE week @ Summer Camp 2017 ($425 value)
DAK - Linton UMC - CA is Marlin Sapp
MN - Riverside UMC (Park Rapids) - CA is Kirsten Kisner
 
Cool Prize #1 - Camp Ministry Pullover ($60 value)
DAK - Frankfort UMC - CA is Deanna Bindenagel
MN - First UMC (Stillwater) - CA is Patsy Bellman
 
Cool Prize #2 - Coffee & Donuts for Staff
DAK - Madison UMC - CA is Gloria Van Duyn
MN - Spirit of Hope UMC - CA is Penny Meschke
 
Cool Prize #3 - $10 Starbucks Giftcard
DAK - Highmore UMC - CA is Benjamin McKird-Wilsey
MN - Hennepin Avenue UMC - CA is Nate Melcher
 
Congratulations to all!!
 
We still want your Camp Ambassador information!!!  If you haven't sent it yet, please email campambassadors@dakmnareaumc.org NOW!  We want to make sure all the amazing camp information gets to the right person at your church!
 
Looking forward to an amazing 2017 Camping season with all of you!!
 
Rachel Devereaux
Area Camp Ambassador Coordinator
 


Hot of the press!  Koronis Breezes Newsletter

Hot of the press! Koronis Breezes Newsletter

10/26/2016

Read all about it!  Click here to view the Fall 2016 Koronis Breezes Newsletter.


Camp Chill:  Bishop's Ough takes the plunge to raise $10,000 for camp scholarships!

Camp Chill: Bishop's Ough takes the plunge to raise $10,000 for camp scholarships!

10/13/2016

We need your help in raising $10,000 to get Bishop Ough to jump into frozen Lake Koronis on Feb. 18, 2017!


Exciting news!

Exciting news!

10/4/2016

The camp and retreat ministries of the Dakotas and Minnesota United Methodist conferences are excited to share that we’ve partnered with Rachel Devereaux to help with a reboot of each conference’s camp ambassador outreach.  Rachel is currently on staff at Cross Winds United Methodist Church in Maple Grove where she’s leading a powerful and growing ministry with youth!  Rachel holds a degree in marketing, is in process to become a licensed local pastor.  She regularly volunteers at camp, and currently serves on the area camp and retreat council.  Rachel has a deep love for camping ministry, has been transformed through experiences at camp, and sees first-hand the impact a camping experience has on lives of children and youth.  Rachel will be working closely with local church camp ambassadors, site directors, and our office staff to help even more children, youth, and families attend camp through the area wide camp ambassador outreach program.  Watch for information from Rachel soon!
 
 


Thank You From Your Camping Ministry

Thank You From Your Camping Ministry

10/4/2016

From all of the Camp Minnesota staff…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

Thank you for making sure the children, youth, young adults, and families in your church and community know about camping opportunities. Thank you for your care, commitment, and continued support of your Minnesota camp and retreat ministry. Because of you, campers experienced Christ, Creation, and Community in powerful, creative, impactful and fun ways this summer at camp.

There’s much to celebrate in your camping and retreat program after the 2016 season!
Some highlights include: 
• an overall increase of 17% in summer registrations        
• a 25% increase in the amount of children and youth attending summer camp
• Deaconess, Leslie Hobson, joining the Camp Minnesota team as site director at Northern Pines Camp


Video: Boundless powers of camps

Video: Boundless powers of camps

7/7/2016

The Minnesota and Dakotas camping programs have been offering life-changing experiences for decades. Earlier this year, the two conferences’ camp and retreat ministries combined their strengths and leadership and came together to form a joint governance team. This new arrangement expands the camping-related offerings for United Methodists in each conference and allow the conferences to share best practices to create the strongest possible area camp and retreat ministry. Here's a look at the camp sites across the two conferences; how they are making a difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults; and what the new area partnership looks like.  Watch the video here


Report from Camp Minnesota's First Camp of the Season - Lake of the Woods Fishing Camps!

Report from Camp Minnesota's First Camp of the Season - Lake of the Woods Fishing Camps!

5/24/2016

Lake of the Woods Fishing Camp  
May 16-19th, 2016

 
Our group of 16 was at Border View Lodge. Awesome lodging! Water Temp had dropped nearly 10 degrees over the cold weekend that shut down the walleye bite. But the Lord is good and fishing came on as it slowly re-warmed. Weather was sunny (no clouds and only light winds) Slow on Monday afternoon but we caught plenty of fish for dinner and a few take homes between 2 and 4:30 pm. It got better on Tuesday in four- mile bay and it was so nice that our group headed out to Bridges and the Gardens with several launches (about a 20 mile run) .

Wednesday was very calm (fishing in T shirts and wishing we had on shorts). The fishing was hot with many large fish being caught. The big fish for the trip was 30".  Boats did better when they were moving. The hot jig that caught a lot of large fish was a 1/2 ounce chartreuse. We seemed to do equally well with live rainbows or frozen shiners.

Devotions, worship, communion, and evening games of "Cancellation Hearts" rounded out a great experience! Everyone had nice limits of WE (many 19's} and Sauger (many 15 plus). We did not catch any Sturgeon or Elpout this year.  One Northern. However, a very large muskie surfaced with a small walleye in his mouth (I caught the little walleye and the muskie hit it on the way up).
 
The "Largest Walleye Award" went to Tom Yeager of Park UMC in Brainerd. We did not count and track the fish, but everyone was all smiles!  All large fish were caught and released. We encourage CPR (Catch,Photo, Release).

By Chip Nielsen


Photo Gallery

     


Share Camp with a Friend! $25 Bring-a-friend Discount

Share Camp with a Friend! $25 Bring-a-friend Discount

5/17/2016

What's better than going to camp you ask? How about sharing camp with a friend! You'll save some money too. For each new camper you bring with you, your event fee will be reduced by $25.00. So, 2 friends = $50 off, 4 friends = $100 off...you get the picture! Already registered and paid? Don't worry - we'll give you credit for ALL of your new friends!
 
Don’t forget about camperships.  If camp is stretching yours or your friend’s budget, let us know, we can help! 
 
Find out more and register here today!
 
Experience Christ, Creation, and Community WITH A FRIEND this summer. 
 


IMPORTANT SUMMER OPPORTUNITY: Koronis Ministries Food Service Manager

IMPORTANT SUMMER OPPORTUNITY: Koronis Ministries Food Service Manager

4/20/2016

IMPORTANT SUMMER OPPORTUNITY:
Koronis Ministries Camp & Retreat Center on beautiful Lake Koronis MN is in urgent need of a Summer Food Service Manager from early June through mid-August, 2016. Responsibilities include menu planning and ordering, meal preparation and service for 30 - 300 people, and supervision of food service staff. Food service experience and a heart for ministry a must. Competitive salary & meals provided, plus lodging (if needed) in a lovely lakeside cottage. Koronis Ministries is an outreach of the United Methodist Churches of Minnesota. Contact Executive Director Dan Ziegler for more information - KORdirector@campminnesota.org or 320-243-4544.
 


Camp Minnesota is extending the *Early Bird Registration - $25 Camp Store Credit until April 15!

Camp Minnesota is extending the *Early Bird Registration - $25 Camp Store Credit until April 15!

4/11/2016

For this year only - Camp Minnesota is extending the *Early Bird Registration - $25 Camp Store Credit! Please take advantage of these extra days to register yourself or share with others


Churches take the (polar) plunge, raise $16,000 for camp

Churches take the (polar) plunge, raise $16,000 for camp

2/24/2016

Five churches raised more than $16,000 to send their kids to Camp Minnesota this summer—and leaders of those churches did a polar plunge.


Dakotas, Minnesota camp and retreat ministries unite to expand offerings, maximize effectiveness

Dakotas, Minnesota camp and retreat ministries unite to expand offerings, maximize effectiveness

2/10/2016

The Dakotas and Minnesota conferences’ camp and retreat ministries are combining their strengths and leadership and forming a joint governance team.


Looking for a GREAT summer job?

Looking for a GREAT summer job?

2/4/2016

Are you or someone you know looking for a GREAT summer job? Make a difference in the life of a child this summer - work at camp! Camp Minnesota is seeking caring Christians as summer camp counselors, kitchen staff, health care staff, programming leaders, and maintenance workers. All seasonal staff positions include salary, job training, certifications in American Red Cross CPR & 1st Aid, the opportunity for certification as an American Red Cross Lifeguard, room, board and some awesome staff swag. Visit www.campminnesota.org/employment for details. Learn more about our camps here: Koronis Ministries, Northern Pines Camp & Retreat Center, KoWaKan




Paynesville Polar Plunge

1/27/2016

Freezin' for a Reason
- Saturday, February 20, 2016 - FREE EVENT at Koronis Ministries!


Camp Chill 2016 Polar Plunge - A SUPER FUN way to raise funds to send kids to camp!

Camp Chill 2016 Polar Plunge - A SUPER FUN way to raise funds to send kids to camp!

1/14/2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Koronis Ministries -
Make a BIG SPLASH about CAMP!


WinterFest 2016 at Koronis Ministries

12/23/2015

Join us for WinterFest 2016 at Koronis Ministries! 
FEBRUARY 20, 2016

Fun for the whole Family - Free for everyone!

  • Broomball
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Polar Plunge
  • Medallion Hunt
  • Concessions
  • Crafts
  • Sledding & Skatin
  • Face Painting
Fishing Tournament *Tickets Available Soon*

More details coming soon!!


New Koronis director brings extensive experience with Christian camps, education

11/23/2015

Dan Ziegler new Koronis Ministries Director


Plans underway for new tabernacle at Koronis Ministries

9/1/2015

Plans for a new, multi-use tabernacle at Koronis Ministries are well underway—and various groups are working to turn those plans into a reality.