About Lutheran Island Camp and Retreat Center
Lutheran Island Camp and Retreat Center is located on a secluded 67 acres surrounded by East Battle Lake in west-central Minnesota. The camp is about ten miles west of the city of Henning and ten miles east of the city of Battle Lake, Minnesota. The Island is approximately 45 miles north of I-94, midway between Alexandria and Fergus Falls.
Established in 1952, Lutheran Island Camp is moving ahead by God's grace into its second half-century of providing a quality Christian camping experience for all ages. Development of the camp and its facilities has continued throughout the years, from the early construction of cabins, to the construction of the Education and Retreat Center (ERC) in 1981, to the completion of the Martha Cabin in 2004, to the new roof on the recreation hall and chapel in January 2006. Camps and retreats are offered during all four seasons, giving campers the opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing beauty of God's creation.
The property is owned by the Minnesota North District of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, with the camp operations incorporated separately and receiving its funding through camper registration fees plus tax-deductible contribution from individuals, families, groups, and congregations. Matching funds are also provided, for example, through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. (Check with your representative and your employer to learn about ways to maximize your gift dollars.)
Operating year-round, Lutheran Island Camp and Retreat Center employs a full-time staff of four. Ken Erlandson is Camp Director; Bill Schultz is Director of Planning and Resource Development; and Marvin Swyter is Maintenance Director.
In addition there are four year-round staff people who work part-time: Tether Eckhoff is the Secretary; Deb Keirlieber is Food Services Director; Mary Swyter is Housekeeping Director; and Adriane Anderson is Registrar.
Mr David Priebe, gift planner for the Minnesota North District, also works with camp staff and volunteers to help people include camp in the planned giving.