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Save the Date! Our Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion Work Days are fast approaching! Rally your family, friends, and congregation! We are preparing both sites for our summer camp season, and we can't do that without YOUR help.


Camp Hiawatha Work Day | Saturday, April 28th

Camp Vermilion Work Day | Satuday, May 19th

Registration and rolls start at 8am. Lunch served at 12:30pm.

Join us at camp on Friday evening before Work Day and stay overnight! We'll serve dinner at 6:30pm and have games, campfire, and fellowship. Open to youth groups as well as families! This event is free if you help with Work Day, or $50 per family if you are unable to stay. Please RSVP to the VLM Office at (800) 331-5148. For more info about Work Days, click 

Are you a Thrivent Member? Forming a Thrivent Action Team  is a great way that you can spark action at camp. Each member can form two Thrivent Action Teams per year, and each Action Team is awarded a $250 debit card to purchase supplies, tools, and volunteer appreciation gifts to fund and complete a project.

VLM Work Days are a great reason to put an Action Team together! Not only can Action Team dollars be used to purchase supplies, but they can also help cover fuel costs for people from your community who drive to camp for the day. What a great way to introduce someone new to camp! Or use the funds to make curtains, purchase light bulbs, or replace screens on a cabin. Get creative!

Projects made possible by Thrivent Action Teams include:

  • Gaga Ball pits at Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion
  • New and very sturdy ball boxes at Camp Vermilion, in partnership with confirmation students from Gethsemane and Our Savior's Lutheran churches in Virginia (See the picture above!)
  • Updating the Bakk House kitchen and replacing the Bakk House deck at Camp Vermilion
  • Supplies for the Reformation Fest at Camp Vermilion last October
Contact the VLM office for a list of potential Work Day projects or to share your ideas! More information on setting up an Action Team can be found here.

Donate to VLM Camperships! Help bring more kids to camp!

Did you know that VLM subsidizes the cost of camp for every camper?

We never want the cost of camp to become a barrier for anyone to attend Camp Hiawatha or Camp Vermilion. In addition to subsidizing the cost of camp by 30%  through generous gifts of support, each year we also provide thousands of dollars of camperships, which are available for all of our programming. But we can’t do it without YOU!

Help make camp possible for more campers. Make a donation today! If you are interested in designating a gift to the annual fund to help provide this year's camperships, please contact the VLM office at (218) 666-5465.


Golf Scramble 2018 - Support Camp on the Course!

Camp Vermilion & Vermilion Fairways  |  Friday, June 22

Get out and golf! Support the ministry of VLM, give campers a chance to explore their faith and build confidence in themselves, all while relaxing on the green and having fun! This event includes  18 holes of golf, a catered dinner  at Camp Vermilion’s Voyageur Lodge, time to connect with camp friends and meet new ones, and the chance to experience a little bit of camp on the course! Register by June 15th, and let us know you’ll be there!

For more information and to register for the Scramble, you can email or call us, or visit See you at the first tee!




We hope to see YOU in God’s great northwoods!




                                   • • 800-331-5148 • 218-666-5465                                                             Camp Hiawatha, 36944 Camp Hiawatha Road, Deer River, MN - Camp Vermilion, 2555 Vermilion Camp Road, Cook, MN


Cross with Trees and MoonIt's great to be alive in God's great Northwoods!  We are a member church of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministries, headquarters for Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion.  The mission of VLM is to provide opportunities for Christ-centered spiritual growth and Christian leadership development in God's great Northwoods. VLM is in the NEMN ELCA Synod and affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. We encourage all children and youth to check out Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilian - also known as Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry!  Everything you need to add "God's Great Northwoods" as part of your journey is just a click away.  visit to explore the places, people and programs of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry.

Why should I go to Camp?Camp is the best place to learn about God and learn about yourself in a totally new way! Something amazing happens when you "get away" from it all and focus on your faith.  For many of us, camp still stands out as an experience that changed our faith lives forever.  Plus, it's really, really fun!  Lots of fun games, great food, a cool camp counselor who cares about you and gets to know you.  And what may be the best part:  God's children of all ages singing songs around the campfire.

What about the cost?  Going to camp is an investment in your child's faith.  Sometimes that can be hard to do, especially when you have more than one child.  Please don't let that stop you.  We have scholarship money here at church to help you out.  
Please contact Katie Rich, 218-525-1922 by phone or email at if you'd like more information.

Camp Hiawatha is located in Deer River, MN, about 20 minutes north of Grand Rapids, MN.  Special activities include two tennis courts, volleyball, a sauna, soccer field, sandy swimming beach, canteen, hiking trails, and a rope course.  All 4-6 grade youth are encouraged to attend Hiawatha bible Camp.

Camp Vermilion is located in Cook, MN.  Camp Vermilion is the base camp for VLM's BWCA Canoe program and offers a log chapel, amphitheater, campfire ring for gathering spots, a sauna, ball field, ropes course, nature trail, and volleyball court for fun activities.

 For more information please contact us at 218-525-1922.

We are located at 1325 N. 45th Ave. E. Duluth, MN  55804 (corner of 45th Ave. E. and Colorado St.)  Map it!.