At Lutheran Island Camp, we pursue the Glory of God through worship, ministry, giving and education. We strive to connect with Jesus Christ and to each other, in order to magnify His name. At the heart of everything we do is the understanding that we must love God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind, and to treat our neighbors as we wish to be treated ourselves.
In 1949, a local pastor, R.L. Bode, had the vision that “Bald Island," the current home of Lutheran Island Camp, would serve the church as a summer camp for youth. A group of pastors worked to convince others to purchase the Island for $15,500 in 1949. The first year of a summer youth camp on the Island was in1952. In those first years the camp operated for about 10 weeks each summer then closed down.
Today Lutheran Island Camp operates year-round and provides programs and services to over 6,000 people every year. 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 Alexandria and 30 miles east of Fergus Falls, both of which are on I-94.
The Education Retreat Center ( ERC) provides the camp with its main year-round facility. The building includes dormitory-style rooms with centralized showers and restrooms, a cafeteria/recreation area, meeting rooms, and the camp offices. This building also has two meeting rooms: The Fireside Room and Birr Hall, accommodating 40 and 50 people respectively.
The Island's two "villages" have semi-rustic cabins on opposite sides of the Island. Sunrise Village has six cabins, four sleeping 13, and two sleeping 18. The recently remodeled Mary Unit Lodge sleeps 8-10 and has a meeting space with a fireplace. Sunset Village has four cabins, each sleeping 13. All cabins include restrooms and showers.
The Retreat House has bedrooms that house up to 12 people on each of two levels. It boasts a modern kitchen, large living room, bathrooms with tub or shower on both levels, and is located in the heart of the camp.