Cathedral of the Pines Camp

My God and I go in the fields together

We Know a Place That We Can Call Our Own

Cathedral of the Pines, a youth camp located 260 miles north of Minneapolis, combines some of the best ingredients for a positive summer experience…prayer, praise, education and recreation.

The mission of Cathedral of the Pines Camp is to serve children and young people by enhancing their spiritual and emotional development. The summer camping experience in the natural beauty of northern Minnesota helps the youth grow in their relationship with God.

Individuals of all ages gather on the lovely shores of Caribou Lake for Christian experiences in an atmosphere of friendship, fine facilities and good food. Trained, caring counselors bring the Good News of God and loving volunteers prepare meals. There are health professionals available at all times. A typical camp day includes Bible centered Christian living classes, swimming, paddleboats, nature, hiking, sports fundamentals, arts and crafts, large and small group games, and, of course, delicious food! Each day at Cathedral of the Pines begins and ends in the chapel overlooking beautiful Caribou Lake.

The camp schedule includes separate weeks for children entering third grade through high school graduating seniors. Adult and family retreats are offered throughout the camping season.  Visitors are welcome. Evening (7:30pm) and Sunday (10am) chapel services are open to all.

Camp Buses

The Camp Bus Hotline Number is 612.767.2304. Buses usually arrive at the Mpls Campus around 6:30pm.

Registration Information

Camper Registration
Member Registration
for the 2020 youth camping sessions begins on Monday, January 13, 2020.  Members are encouraged to register for youth camping periods as soon as possible, as sessions fill up.
Non-member registration will open on Monday, March 2. Any registrations received prior to March 2 will not be processed.

This year, we are excited to announce that all COP registrations will be online through CampBrain. We look forward to the benefits that will be gained by using a software specifically designed for summer camping programs!  Details coming soon!

There is a Cathedral of the Pines Sponsorship Fund for Mount Olivet members who need financial assistance. Please call the Camp Coordinator, Kris Ericksen, for more information at 612.767.2207.

Adult Weekend Registration

Registration for Opening Weekend, Family Work Week, & Family Camp Lottery
On Monday, January 13, lottery registrations for these three sessions will be accepted online and must be received by February 1, 2020. Lottery results for each camping session will be posted at Camp Rally on Sunday, February 9.

Registration Procedure for Hi-er League Weekend
Registration for the Hi-er League Weekend begins January 13 and will be accepted online through May 15, 2020.

serenity scene of church on lake

Camper Information for 3rd-9th Graders

For Campers Entering Grades 3-9 as of Sep 1, 2020

Grades 3 & 4

Week 1 – Wednesday, July 15 – Sunday, July 19, 2020
Week 2 – Saturday, August 8 – Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Grades 5 & 6

Week 1 – Saturday, July 11 – Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Week 2 – Friday, July 24 – Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Grades 7 & 8

Week 1 – Friday, June 26 – Thursday, July 2, 2020
Week 2 – Sunday, July 19 – Friday, July 24, 2020
Week 3 – Wednesday, July 29 – Monday, August 3, 2020

9th Grade Confirmation Camp (Mount Olivet Members Only)

Week 1 – Monday, July 6 – Saturday, July 11, 2020
Week 2 – Monday, August 3 – Saturday, August 8, 2020

Camper Information for 10th Grade through Graduating Senior

For Campers Entering Grades 10 through Graduating Seniors as of Sep 1, 2020

Hi-League Summer Starter

Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26, 2020

Hi-League Retreat

Wednesday, August 12 – Sunday, August 16, 2020

Adult Retreats, Work Retreats and Family Camping Weeks

Opening Weekend Volunteers
A working weekend for Mount Olivet members to volunteer their time and talents to begin opening the camp in preparation of the upcoming camper season. Willing and able bodies necessary. Space is limited to 22 individuals/families. Immediate family members only. Children must be 5 years of age or older.

Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25
Friday Dinner through Monday Breakfast.  No transportation provided.

For questions, contact Kris Ericksen at 612.767.2207,

Family Work Week
A working week for Mount Olivet member families to volunteer their time and talents to participate in the final preparations of the camp for the 2020 camper season.  Space is limited to 22 families.  Willing and able bodies necessary.  Immediate family members only.  Children must be 5 years of age or older.

Tuesday, June 16 – Sunday, June 21
Tuesday Dinner through Sunday Breakfast.  No transportation provided.

For questions, contact Kris Ericksen at 612.767.2207,

Family Camp
A great way to introduce families to the Cathedral of the Pines camping experience.  The long weekend is recommended for families with children between the ages of 3 – 12.  Space is limited to 22 families.  Immediate family members only.

Thursday, August 20 – Sunday, August 23
Thursday Dinner through Sunday Brunch.  No transportation provided.

For questions, contact Kris Ericksen at 612.767.2207,

Hi-er League Weekend
A weekend at camp for 18 – 22 year olds to reconnect with friends old and new.

Thursday, June 4 – Sunday, June 7
Thursday Evening through Sunday Brunch. Transportation by chartered bus provided.

COP Counselors/Workstaff

To receive an assignment in the summer of 2020, all Counselors and Workstaff at COP are required to have earned 5 COP credits AND attend the COP Informational Meeting on Sunday March 8, 2020.  Credits may be earned by attending 5 Hi-Leagues between September 9 and May 3.  Any active participants in year-long activities will earn 2 credits for their participation.  Other credit opportunities are available – reach out to us to inquire!  We make these requirements because we want to see you and be in relationship with you!

In addition:

  • Each Counselor must attend a small group session and have an interview with Kristi Youngdahl. Signup for the small group sessions and the Counselor interviews will be sent out via email beginning October, 2019.
  • Each Workstaffer is required to attend a Workstaff training. Signup for the Workstaff training will be sent out via email in November, 2019

If you have any Cathedral of the Pines related questions, please contact Camp Director, Kristi Youngdahl at 612.767.2215 or by email.

COP Camp Clothing

2020 Campwear will be available at Camp Rally on Sunday, February 9

Camp Health Form

A completed Health Form for each camper must be submitted online prior to attending Cathedral of the Pines.

2020 Health Forms coming soon!

Camp Handbook

Click Here to Read COP Camper Handbook 2019

You should read this handbook each year even if you are the parent of a “seasoned” camper.  Substantial revisions in policy and procedures are made to better serve our campers.

What's Next?

We would love to hear from you and would be happy to answer any of your questions about our Cathedral of the Pines Camp. Please contact Kris Ericksen 612.767.2207 or by email.