Cathedral of the Pines Camp

My God and I go in the fields together

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We Know a Place That We Can Call Our Own

Cathedral of the Pines, a youth camp located 260 miles north of Minneapolis, in Lutsen, MN, combines some of the best ingredients for a positive summer experience…laughter, prayer, 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 campers 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 classes, swimming, paddleboats, nature hikes, 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.

Observations From COP

This summer, we are bringing back our “Observations From COP” devotions with Kristi Youngdahl, Director of Cathedral of the Pines Camp! She will be sharing stories and devotions with us while she is up north in Lutsen all summer long. In case you missed this week, you can find it here.

Camp Registration

Youth Camping Sessions

Member registration for 2023 youth camping sessions will open on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 8:00am. Members are encouraged to register for youth camping periods as soon as possible, as sessions fill up.
Non-member registration will open on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 8:00am. Any non-member registrations received prior to February 1 will be sent back and refunded. Once again, all registrations will be online through Campbrain.

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 & Family Camping Sessions

Attendance at Opening Weekend, Family Work Week, COP For All and Family Camp is determined by Lottery. Hi-er League Weekend attendance is first-come, first-serve.

Registration Procedure for Opening Weekend, Family Work Week, COP For All Camp & Family Camp Lotteries (Mount Olivet members only)
Registrations for the lotteries for the above four sessions begins on Monday, January 16, will be accepted online, and must be received by February 1, 2023. All lottery results will be communicated by email on February 9.

Registration Procedure for Hi-er League Weekend
Registration for the Hi-er League Weekend opened Monday, January 16 and will be accepted online through May 15, 2023.

Cancellations, Changes, and Refunds

Cancellation/Change Policy: Any changes or cancellations must be completed by the Camp Office. Please contact, Kris Ericksen at krise@mtolivet.org or 612.767.2207 to request a change or cancellation.

Refunds:
If requested prior to May 1:
full tuition paid will be refunded.
If after May 1: tuition paid minus $150 cancellation fee will be refunded.

For questions, please contact Kris Ericksen by email.

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serenity scene of church on lake

Camper Information for 3rd-9th Graders

For campers entering grades 3-9 as of Sep 1, 2023
Non-members add $55. Special Diet add $30.

Grades 3, 4 & 5
Week 1 – Sunday, July 9 – Thursday, July 13, 2023
Week 2 – Saturday, August 5 – Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Grades 5, 6 & 7
Week 1 – Friday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Grades 6, 7 & 8
Week 1 – Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30, 2023
Week 2 – Wednesday, July 5 – Sunday, July 9, 2023
Week 3 – Wednesday, July 26 – Monday, July 31, 2023

9th Grade Confirmation Camp (Mount Olivet Members Only)
Week 1 – Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 21, 2023
Week 2 – Monday, July 31 – Saturday, August 5, 2023

Camper Information for 10th Grade through Graduating Senior

Non-members add $55. Special Diet add $30.

Hi-League Summer Starter – For campers entering grades 11 – graduating Seniors as of Sep 1, 2023
Sunday, June 18 – Thursday, June 22, 2023

10th Grade Starter – For campers entering grade 10 as of Sep 1, 2023
Thursday, June 22 – Sunday, June 25, 2023

Hi-League Retreat – For campers entering grades 10 – 12 as of Sep 1, 2023
Wednesday, August 9 – Sunday, August 13, 2023

Adult Retreats, Work Retreats and Family Camping Weeks

Special Diet add $30.

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.  Attendance determined by lottery.
Friday, May 26 – Monday, May 29, 2023
Friday Dinner through Monday Breakfast.  No transportation provided.
For questions, contact Kris Ericksen at 612.767.2207, krise@mtolivet.org

Hi-er League Weekend
A weekend at camp for 18 – 22 year olds (high school classes of 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019) to reconnect with friends old and new.
Thursday, June 1 – Sunday June, 4, 2023
Thursday evening – Sunday breakfast. Transportation by chartered bus provided.
For questions, contact Kris Ericksen at 612.767.2207, krise@mtolivet.org

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 2023 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. Attendance determined by lottery.
Wednesday, June 14 – Sunday, June 18, 2023
Wednesday dinner through Sunday breakfast. No transportation provided.
For questions, contact Kris Ericksen at 612.767.2207, krise@mtolivet.org

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. Attendance determined by lottery.
Thursday, August 17 – Sunday, August 20, 2023
Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast. No transportation provided.
For questions, contact Kris Ericksen at 612.767.2207, krise@mtolivet.org

COP for All!

COP For All
COP for All is an intergenerational option for Mount Olivet members to spend a long weekend at our beautiful COP! Attendance determined by lottery.
Thursday, July 13 – Sunday, July 16, 2023
Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast. No transportation provided.

Please contact Kris Ericksen at 612.767.2207, krise@mtolivet.org if you would like to be added to the list!

COP Counselors/Workstaff

To receive an assignment in the summer of 2023, all Counselors and Workstaff at COP must complete requirements.
Kristi Youngdahl will be in contact with those that have expressed interest.
If you are interested and have not been contacted by Kristi or if you have any COP Counselor/Workstaff related questions, please contact Camp Director, Kristi Youngdahl at 612.840.6520 or by email.

COP Camp Clothing

Watch this space for 2023 Camp Clothing updates!

Camp Handbook

Click Here to Read COP Camper Handbook 

Click Here to Read COP Volunteer Handbook

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

Cancellations, Changes, and Refunds

Cancellation/Change policy: Any changes or cancellations must be completed by the Camp Office. Please contact, Kris Ericksen at krise@mtolivet.org or 612.767.2207 to request a change or cancellation.

Refunds:
If requested prior to May 1:
full tuition paid will be refunded.
If after May 1: tuition paid minus $150 cancellation fee will be refunded.

Bus Hotline & Camp Address

Bus Hotline
Buses are scheduled to arrive at the Mpls Campus approximately 6:30pm. The COP Bus Hotline is updated for each camping session. The Camp Bus Hotline Number is 612.767.2304.

Camp Address
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Camper Name and Camping Dates
Cathedral of the Pines
PO Box 159
Lutsen, MN  55612-0159

Camp Buses

Buses are scheduled to arrive at the Mpls Campus approximately 6:30pm. The COP Bus Hotline is updated for each camping session. The Camp Bus Hotline Number is 612.767.2304.

What's Next?

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