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 2019 youth camping sessions began on Monday, January 14, 2019.  Members are encouraged to register for youth camping periods as soon as possible, as sessions fill up.
Non-member registration will open on Saturday, March 2. Any registrations received prior to March 2 will not be processed.

This year, all COP registrations will be online through Mount Olivet’s new software, Realm. We recommend creating a Realm account BEFORE registration opens so that registering for COP will be as seamless and efficient as possible. If you have not created a Realm account, click here to create your Realm account today. By doing this ahead of time, you will only be a “few clicks away” when completing your registration.

Please follow all instructions on registration form. Payment options are credit card, check or cash. Make checks payable to: Cathedral of the Pines.

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 Procedure for Opening Weekend, Family Work Week, & Family Camp Lottery:
On Monday, January 14, lottery registrations for these three sessions will be accepted online and must be received by February 1, 2019. On Saturday, February 2, a lottery for these camping sessions will be held. Results will be posted at Camp Rally on Sunday, February 10th.

Registration Procedure for Hi-er League Weekend:
Registration for the Hi-er League Weekend begins in January and will be accepted online through May 15, 2019.


serenity scene of church on lake

Camper Information for 3rd-9th Graders

For Grades as of Sep 1, 2019

Non-Members: Add $55 to below prices
Special Diets: Add $30 to below prices

Grades 3 & 4

Week 1 – Friday, 6/21 – Thursday, 6/27, 2019 – $425*
Week 2 – Friday, 7/5 – Wednesday, 7/10, 2019 – $405*
Week 3 – Wednesday, 7/ 24 – Monday, 7/29 – $405*

9th Grade Confirmation Camp (Mount Olivet Members Only)

Week 1 – Wednesday, 7/10 – Monday, 7/15 – $355*
Week 2 – Monday, 7/29 –  Saturday, 8/3 – $355*

*Full payment requested at time of registration

Camper Information for 10th Grade through Graduating Senior

For Grades as of Sep 1, 2019

Non-Members: Add $55 to below prices
Special Diets: Add $30 to below prices

Hi-League Summer Starter

Monday, 6/17 – Friday, 6/21 – $280*

Hi-League Retreat

Wednesday, 8/7 – Sunday, 8/11 – $310*

*Full payment requested at time of registration

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, 5/24 – Monday 5/27 – $50/person*
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 2019 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, 6/11 – Sunday, 6/16, 2019 – $60/person*
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, 8/15 – Sunday, 8/18 – $200/adult*, $60/child*
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, 5/30 – Sunday, 6/2 – $150*
Transportation by chartered bus provided.

*Additional fee of $30.00/person will be added to tuition if special dietary accommodations are needed.

COP Counselors/Workstaff

Click here to fill out the COP 2019 Counselor/Workstaff Preference form.  Please complete this form before Monday, March 17th!

Click here to fill out the COP 2019 Health Form for Current 2nd-12th Graders.

If you have questions about either form, please contact Kris Ericksen at 612.767.2207 or by email

In the summer of 2019 all Counselor and Workstaffer at COP are required to attend a total of 4 Hi-Leagues and the COP Celebration.  We require this because we want to see you and be in relationship with you.

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

Click here to download the Camp Clothing order form.

Click here to view and order Camp Clothing online.

Camp Health Form

Click Here To Fill Out The Camp Health Form

A completed Health Form for each camper must be submitted online by Friday, June 7, 2019.  Your child cannot attend camp if the Health Form is not completed and on file at Mount Olivet. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.  Upon completion of this form, your child will be set for the 2019 camping season

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.