Adults aren’t the only people who need a break from everyday life. Children need to get away, too. For many kids served by The Salvation Army, summer does little to relieve the stress of living in poverty, an abusive home, or a troubled neighborhood. For these children, true peace can only be found in a different environment.
Bella, a recent music camp attendee, started camp feeling shy, but by the end, she’d blossomed into a powerhouse. At first she was nervous, but then she became more relaxed and started making friends. She has so much talent.
Each year, hundreds of children and families in Minnesota and North Dakota get an experience to remember at The Salvation Army’s Northwoods Camp on beautiful Elbow Lake. Days at camp are packed with activities like swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, archery, boating, arts and crafts, music and the ropes course. Thinking about sending your kiddo to camp? View our camp dates.
Northwoods Camp combines up-to-date facilities with rustic barns and cabins, originally built in 1901. Campers sleep in three modern, 56-bed bunkhouses and eat in a large dining hall. (View photos.)
The purpose of Northwoods Camp is to bring campers into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Every day of camp includes morning and afternoon worship services led by Salvation Army officers (pastors) or guest speakers. Northwoods Camp is a perfect venue to preach the gospel because campers are set apart from the stresses of home life and can witness firsthand the miracle of God’s creation.
With its private lakeshore and giant waterpark, getting wet at Northwoods Camp is inevitable. The waterpark includes a two-story waterslide, swimming lanes, splash park for small children and more. On Elbow Lake, campers can fish, paddleboat and ride pontoon boats.
Sports and Games
Northwoods Camp features outdoor sporting facilities including a basketball court, lighted softball field, archery range, tennis court and fenced-in sand volleyball court. Team building activities include ropes courses for adults and children of all ages. On rainy days, campers play Ping-Pong, foosball, billiards and board games.
What would a wilderness trip be without animals? Campers can get up close and personal with pigs, goats, sheep, llamas, horses and chickens at the Northwoods Camp Petting Farm.
Music and Arts
Between the staple outdoors activities like campfires and roasting marshmallows, campers also enjoy a professionally-led music ministry with gospel songs, instruments, art and drama.
Music and Gospel Arts Crew
This is a leadership program designed to empower teens to become better musical leaders at their home churches. Learn more about this program by watching the video below and listening to the testimonials of our participants.