Pioneer Program

(Ages 8-18)
If you’re a Pastor, DCE, Youth Leader, or Teacher, you can bring a group of children/youth (minimum group of 5) to a regular camp session. They will be combined with other week-long campers and will participate in the regular camp schedule during the week but will be given a specific time to meet up with your youth each day to use that time as you see fit. This is a great way to have your youth group bond as a whole and see the ways God is changing their lives throughout the week.

Pioneer reservations are done as a group through the group leader. Individual summer camp registrations are not accepted for the Pioneer program.

Camper Cost: $596

Below you will find all of the information you need as a Pioneer group leader! Please read through it all carefully and if you have any questions please contact Katherine Lutz.


Leader registration costs are based off of the number of campers that come to Camp with your Pioneer group. Standard rates are listed below, as well as a leader discount for every 10 campers.

  • Primary Leader: $25 
  • Groups can (but are not required to) send additional leaders at the $25 rate for every 10 campers. (EXAMPLE: 25 campers with 2 leaders = 2 leaders at $25 each)
  • Additional Leaders beyond the 1:10 ratio: $300 each (EXAMPLE: 25 campers with 3 leaders = 2 leaders at $25 each and 1 leader at $300)

You are required to meet with your Pioneer group for a designated hour at least twice during the camp session (Monday through Thursday). During this time, the camp staff will not be involved with your youth. You may decide to lead a Bible study, take a hike, play a game or use this time as you deem appropriate to connect with your group.

We encourage you to take this week as an opportunity it engage with your students during their daily activities; however, you are also welcome to use this week for personal growth and renewal.

You and other Pioneer Group Leaders will stay in separate quarters with private bathrooms and linen service. Please bring your own towels for swimming and lakefront activities. Each week one room will be reserved for male leaders, and one for female leaders. Campers are not to be in the facility used by Pioneer Leaders.

The youth you bring to Pioneer Camp are integrated into regular cabin groups and supervised by college-aged counselors. The groups consist of no more than ten young people of the same gender and similar ages. Generally, no more than three or four individuals from the same congregation are likely to be placed in the same counselor group. Each group generally participates in typical camp activities, such as swimming, Bible study, canoeing, archery, challenge course, and campfire devotions.

The week concludes on Friday with the closing program at 10:45 am. Campers depart after the program.

A church group leader will initiate the registration process by reserving spaces with a deposit. All registration information must be at the camp a full two weeks before your camp session. Upon receiving registration form and deposit, the group leader will receive detailed instructions for completing their groups registration. The camp will bill the church for the final payment which is due two weeks before check-in.