Summer Kamp 2016

We will announce when camp registrations open online.

We are anticipating this will be towards the

end of January/beginning of February.

In the meantime, here is some information

to help families begin to make plans.

Please check back regularly for updates.

Thank you for your grace and patience!

2016 Sessions & Dates

Pastor Paul with kids in Fellowship Hall

You just never know who is going to show up!

MVLCC  $395 Sunday June 26 – Friday July 1

What is MVLCC?

MVLCC stands for “Mohawk Valley Lutheran Confirmation Camp.”  It’s a cooperative effort of congregations and pastors of the Upstate New York Synod.  We plan it; sponsor it and work together to help one another teach about God’s love to Confirmands.

How does camp work?

You will spend the week gathered with    other youth, pastors and peer leaders (CALLS and LEAD) at Vanderkamp Center by Oneida Lake.  The daily routine includes sports, food, fun, games, study of scripture and great music led by a contemporary worship band.


Bofo Game

Arts and crafts




What’s the theme?

The theme for this year’s camp is TBD. Our daily activities will help us learn not just with Bible study but also through readings, skits, crafts, games and music. We will have great music from Tangled Blue.  Check them out at or on Facebook.


Tangled Blue


Note: All registrations for MVLCC are being handled this year by the individual churches. Please contact your pastor for more information.

Lutheran Senior High Camp  $355 Sunday June 26 – Friday July 1          

Sr. High camp seeks to walk with, encourage, and guide high school students along their faith journeys in a camp setting. At Sr. High camp, youth who have completed 9th grade, through those who have completed 12th grade, are encouraged to be themselves, grow in their faith, and enjoy all the benefits of summer camp fun. Whether it is hiking, eating, attending a class, or small group time, community is of primary importance.

A Three-Pronged Approach is used to make Sr. High camp a place of community and fun. Campers choose from several workshops throughout the week that are relevant to them. Small groups, or family groups, build relationships and help campers address concerns in their lives as well as learn to work with others. Evening activities combine the best of larger community learning and fun and vary from year to year. We can always promise a Jell-O suck and a senior banquet, however! Campers also have ample opportunity for free time and normal camp activities like hiking, swimming, and boating.

Pastoral staff and lay leadership support the campers throughout the week. The pastoral staff is open and flexible while providing a faith-filled background and the young adult staff members always keep the campers guessing.

Note: All registrations for Sr. High Camp are being handled this year by the individual churches. Please contact your pastor for more information.

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Uniquely Vanderkamp  $415 per week (ages 7-17)

Last year we mistakenly referred to these sessions as “Simply Vanderkamp.” There is nothing simple about this kamp. However it is genuinely a UNIQUE kamp program, distinct from any other summer camp program we have seen! These sessions represent the same Vanderkamp summer program that parents and kampers have come to know and love.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Kampers, ages 7 to 17 years, boys and girls, participate together in a variety of activities and worship experiences throughout the day. Kampers choose the activities that interest them… in real time! No need to decide before they come to camp… or even before breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The emphasis of this program is to empower children to blossom as their best selves while growing with God.

Swimming, hiking, arts & crafts, night games, kampfires, s’mores and GaGa, these are just some of what occurs during Uniquely Vanderkamp.  Need a few more reasons to come to kamp? How about singing, archery, sports, boating, and wacky games.

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The only thing missing is you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Session 1      Sunday July 3 – Friday July 8 (Special post-holiday rate of $215 for kampers attending July 6-July 8.)

Session 2     Sunday July 10 – Friday July 15

Session 3     Sunday July 17 – Friday July 22

Session 4     Sunday July 24 – Friday July 29

Session 5     Sunday July 31 – Friday August 5

Registration link coming soon!

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Sneak-a-Peek $215 per week (ages 7-12 – Limit 6 kampers)

Are you a first time kamper who hasn’t spent time away from home before or you just don’t know if you will like kamp? You can try kamp with our Sneak-a-Peek program for just a couple of nights and then you decide if you would like to stay or not.  If you want to go home, your parents will come pick you up. Just be sure to pack for a full week as most Sneak-a-Peeks want to stay all week because they make so many friends and have so much fun!  Sneak-a-Peek is a 3 day, 2 night experience. If you decide to stay your parents simply pay an additional $205 for the remainder of the week. (Note: cost includes a nominal administration fee to cover costs of additional processing of registration.)

Registration link coming soon!

Stable Club

Stable Club Horseback Riding ($TBD… please check back!)

Kamper Limits per session: 6 Beginner/Intermediate, 6 Intermediate/Advanced

Beginner/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced horseback riding lessons are available for an additional $TBD per week (includes $5 administration/transportation fee for VK). Lessons include 2 hours per day of instruction with trainers at North Riding right next door to Vanderkamp and a show at the end of the week.  Beginner/Intermediate lessons may be added to any week of Simply Vanderkamp; Intermediate/Advanced lessons may only be added to Simply Vanderkamp weeks 3-5. Intermediate/Advanced lessons are for those riders who know how to walk, trot, and can perform circles and patterns at a trot and will focus on equitation and horsemanship building up to jumping! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. Sign up during kamp registration.


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Outrageous Week    Sunday August 7 – Friday August 12 (ages 7-17) – $415 per week

This year Outrageous week promises to be so over the top that we are only permitted to offer it once! To outdo this year’s Outrageous kamp we’d have to break the law… the activities, special events, and night games are just that outrageous. To give you some idea, here are some of our favorite pics from last year!


hungry hippo

Outrageous food fight


We are not able to divulge any details until all kampers are at Vanderkamp. We can tell you that this is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones while doing things you’ve never done before and may never have the chance to do again. Sign up soon as this kamp is sure to fill up quickly!

 Registration link coming soon!

Explorer Kamps (Youth ages 12-17) – $415 per week*

This alternative to Simply Vanderkamp including Sports Kamp, Arts & Drama, Outdoor Skills, Adventure Kamp I and Adventure Kamp II, offers older kampers, ages 12 to 17 years, opportunities to participate in programming intentionally designed to match their advanced developmental capabilities.

You can challenge yourself mentally and physically, pursue your interests more deeply, develop skills in areas important to you, and foster deep and meaningful friendships with your similarly aged peers.

These programs offer rite of passage experiences that recognize you are well on the road from childhood to young adult. Though Explorer Kamps are not a prerequisite to LIT programs, it provides an experience in living and bonding with your peers that foreshadows the community created in Vanderkamp’s LIT program.

*Note: Additional fees may apply depending upon the explorer kamp chosen (e.g., in event of a field trip or special equipment or materials required). Exact pricing TBD.

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Sports Kamp   Sunday – Friday: Dates TBD (Limit 20 kampers)

This week is all about sports! We’ve got game… do you? Bring it on! We’ll focus on sportsmanship and sharpening your skills in a variety of sports while having fun challenging yourself and participating in some friendly individual and team competitions. This promises to be a week full of activity where we will play traditional sports and some not so traditional ones. We will host the Vanderkamp Olympics with a variety of events to meet all talents and interests throughout the week so sign up today!

 Registration link coming soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Art & Drama     Sunday – Friday: Dates TBD (Limit 20 kampers)

Are you a budding Picasso, musician, or are you dreaming of your theatrical debut on Broadway? Whether you have a flair for the dramatic, enjoy playing music, or love to create with different mediums like painting, sculpting, or using natural materials, this week is all about exploring your talents and expressing yourself. Will the week culminate in a variety show, art exhibit, play, or something altogether unique? Kampers decide so don’t miss out!

Registration link coming soon!


 Shelter Building




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Outdoor Skills     Sunday – Friday: Dates TBD (Limit 20 kampers)

This experience is not about outdoor survival, no eating bugs here. We’re here to have fun and enjoy spending time in the outdoors. We’ll pitch tents, build fires, cook outdoors, learn orienteering, and learn to paddle canoes and kayaks. We’ll learn basic principles of Leave No Trace and how to safely explore the woods and navigate on the water. We will kamp out at least one night… but with 850 acres to explore, who knows what adventures await!

Registration link coming soon!


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Adventure Kamp I    Sunday-Friday: Dates TBD  (Limit 15 kampers)

Looking for some adventure this summer?  You’ve come to the right place. We’ll spend some time getting to know each other and learning to work together on the low ropes course.  More soon as details unfold…

Note: Outdoor Skills Kamp is not a prerequisite but would give inexperienced kampers a leg up on the outdoor kamping portion of this awesome adventure.

Registration link coming soon!



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Adventure Kamp II    Sunday-Friday: Dates TBD  (Limit 15 kampers)

Last year’s program was such a success that this year we’re offering a more advanced adventure kamp. Watch for more details coming soon as they unfold…

Registration link coming soon!

Note: Adventure Kamp II is not appropriate for all kampers. Youth should have at least some experience with adventure activities. Please have your parent or guardian call the office to discuss whether this program would be right for you… but PLEASE not until AFTER the entire kamp description has been updated and registration opens. Thank you!

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LIT – $310 per week – $620 per two week session

The overall purpose of Vanderkamp’s LIT (Leadership Intensive Training) program is to develop confident, competent Christian leaders by serving others, studying the Bible, participating in worship, and building meaningful relationships. We aim to educate, equip, encourage, and motivate participants to advance their leadership skills so that they may begin to effectively impact others in a positive manner through their relationship with Jesus Christ, whether at home, church, kamp, college, the workplace, or their community as they approach the roles and responsibilities of adulthood.  Although we do not ask for a commitment to return to kamp, Vanderkamp views the LIT/CIT sequence as a valuable training tool to prepare our future staff.

Vanderkamp’s LIT/CIT program sequence is not for everyone. As the name implies, this is an intensive program of personal growth, spiritual growth, leadership skill development, and activity skill development. It is not just the next step in our kamping program, nor is it a series of two-week camps for teens. Being a kamper is great but this experience is different and requires a change in attitude and mindset from Vanderkamper to kamp leader. The LIT sequence is designed to equip participants for Christian leadership in the context of kamp and beyond. We will focus on the biblical view of leadership where God has gifted each of us uniquely and it is our responsibility to identify, hone, and use those gifts in His service.

These programs will challenge and stretch participants in many ways under the guidance of caring leaders including Vanderkamp Chaplains. Even if you’ve never attended kamp before, the LIT program has the potential to profoundly change your life.

Are you up for the challenge?

Note: Due to limited space we cannot accept all LIT applicants. Interested applicants must complete the online application and provide three references who can speak to the LIT applicant’s character, faith, and relevant experiences. Click on links below for a detailed description of each program.

LIT I  (Youth 15-17 years old): Dates TBD

Program description link coming soon!

 Application link coming soon!

LIT II  (Youth 16-17 years old & completed LIT I): Dates TBD

Program description link coming soon!

Application link coming soon!

LIT Special Topic Description (Youth 15-17 years old & completed LIT I):Dates TBD

Program description link coming soon!

Application link coming soon!

CIT – $620 for two week session

Program intro coming soon… but we can share with you now that this program requires a 3rd week commitment from accepted candidates as a volunteer with a 2016 summer kamp program. Scheduling can be somewhat flexible but must work with kamp for a full consecutive week… no partial weeks. CIT’s interest, talents, & abilities will play a vital role in aligning CITs with an appropriate kamp program or session week.

Our goal is a completely enjoyable and successful experience as a Jr. Counselor! This could very well be the first step in your summer career over the next few years. If you are interested in exploring camping ministry for summer employment or potentially as a career… check back for more details!

CIT (Youth 17-18 years of age, not yet graduated high school): Dates TBD

Program description link coming soon!

Application link coming soon!

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