a Year-Round Christian Camp & Retreat ministry
... started nearly 70 years ago by the Lutheran churches of the Inland Northwest region of Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
Our ministries include:
Camp Lutherhaven, founded in 1946On beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene. A year-round Christian retreat center and summer youth and family camp, running our own programs for all ages, and available for outside groups for day-, weekend- and week-long events.
Shoshone Base Camp, purchased from the US Forest Service in 2009In the famed Bitterroot Mountains on the Idaho-Montana border. 35 acres on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River, surrounded by a million and a half acres of pristine forest.
Lutherhaven Day Camps
25 week-long Community Day Camps held each summer in churches and communities throughout the Northwest.
Our authentic new western Dude Ranch in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, offering scenic mountain vistas, historic lodges and warm Idaho hospitality. Operated under a USFS Outfitters & Guides Permit.
Bringing hundreds of youth and adults from across the nation each summer for a week of significant community service and wild outdoor adventure! Thousands of teens, tens of thousands of hours of service!
Encounter Creation ... Create Community ... Commune with Christ!
We believe by God's love we are saved through faith—not because of anything we have done, not by works, but as a gift of God, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10
In response, we value ...
…as the foundation of all our being, activities, events, programs, and opportunities to embody His love;
… rooted in the Lutheran tradition, sharing God’s love in ways relevant in our world right now;
…all called into a safe, joy-filled, nurturing faith community;
…built on Jesus’ love as we partner with people, congregations, communities and organizations;
…as a way we extend the breadth and depth of God’s love through hospitality, outreach, and leadership-centered programs;
…for God-given gifts and resources;
…cared for, appreciated and explored;
…filled with recreation, laughter, and play;
…as the living, active means by which God calls us to faith and forms us as God's people.
Our Vision toward 2020
To be nationally recognized as the most effective Outdoor Ministry in the Northwest for nurturing Christian faith, equipping servant leaders, and strengthening communities.