Champ Camp at Lutherhaven

Champ Camp is a chance for campers with special needs to come and experience all that camp has to offer.

Champ Campers are children, youth, or adults who function at a youth developmental level.

They participate in swimming, crafts, hikes, Bible studies, singing, and other awesome activities especially tailored to meet their needs. Champ Campers are placed in cabins under the supervision of a specially trained Lutherhaven staffer.

As an Idaho Servant Adventure participant…

…you will assist the Lutherhaven staff by pairing up with a Champ Camper “buddy” for the week, guiding them through each day’s activities and experiencing camp right alongside them! ISA participants are assigned their own cabins, they do not stay with the Champ Campers at night.

Nervous about connecting with your buddy?

Many of our Champ Campers have been coming for years and are already looking forward to meeting you! No kidding! We’ll assign buddies before the Champ Campers arrive on Sunday. ISA participants have the opportunity to be a part of the buddy assignment process with the assistance of trained Lutherhaven staff as part of the Sunday meeting. And don’t worry – you’ll be with a Lutherhaven staffer throughout the day.

Your week starts at 12PM on Sunday…

…where you’ll engage in training and prepping for the week. Campers arrive Sunday afternoon and stay through Friday afternoon. Specific “Servant Eventer” time each day includes recreation time (including high ropes and challenge course) and evening program time – spending time in God’s word together.

Your days will be very full… and so will your life… as you spend time with your new and very special friends!

What to expect when you’re with your buddy

Our Champ Campers have a wide range of diagnosis, abilities, and needs. The most important thing is to come in with a heart of service and be ready to be flexible. Some of our campers want to be up front leading and singing every song at worships and campfires, while some are way over-stimulated by all the noise and need to hang out way in the back. There will be several Lutherhaven staff to help take care of campers and facilitate programs. The Lutherhaven staff will be with their cabin/group of Champ Campers 24/7 (each counselor is responsible for about 6 campers), but most of our Champ Campers benefit from additional one on one attention… this is where buddies fit in!

Your role is to be camper focused. There is scheduled time during the day to hang out with your friends and experience camp with your group… that time is not when you’re with your buddies. Your buddies are so excited to meet you and hang out with you! They think you are the coolest person ever and you have the amazing opportunity to help them feel loved, included, and supported.


What to expect on Sunday

Sundays at camp are crazy! Be prepared to be flexible! Here is a basic schedule:

9:30 am Brunch

10:30 am Worship in the Chapel. You’re welcome to join us as we worship with weekend guests, Lutherhaven staff, and members of the local community.

12:00 pm ISA Meeting with Lutherhaven Staff. We’ll talk through the week’s schedule and activities, read through Champ Camper bios and figure out buddies.

1:00 Lunch

1:30  Finish meeting, prep welcome signs for your buddies!

2:30 Champ Campers begin checking in. Registration is open until 5pm. Once all the campers arrive, groups begin to play get to know you games and tour camp.

5:30 Dinner

6:30 Games

8:00 Worship (some of the Champ Campers will probably duck out of worship early with their Lutherhaven counselor to start getting ready for bed)

9:00 ISA meeting to debrief the day, answer questions, pray.


Champ Camp Schedule

7:20 Polar Bear Swim (optional)

7:30 Rise and Shine (Wake Up Bell)

7:40 ISA’ers meet for First Word and Prayer

7:50 ISA’ers join their Champ Camper buddies

8:00 Breakfast in the Dining Hall

8:50 Alpha (morning worship)

10:30 Discovery Center #1
(These are different activities that campers sign up for. They are led by LH staff. Champ Camper signs up for what they want to do, you go with them!)

11:30 Discovery Center #2

12:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 Cabin Time #1
(The Lutherhaven counselors will lead Champ Campers and ISA buddies in activities such as swimming, challenge course, arts and crafts, etc)

3:30 – 5:30 ISA Free Time
(see free time options below)

5:30 ISA Group reconnects with their Champ Camper buddies

5:30 Dinner

6:30 Time with Champ Camp buddies and LH Staff

7:30 ISA Group leaves buddies for the night

8:00 ISA Bible Encounter and group time

9:00 Worship

9:30 Trading Post (camp store) and hang out time

10:30 Lights Out


 Free Time Options

  • Climbing Tower (one day)
  • High Ropes (one day)
  • Canoeing and Paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Trading Post (the camp store… buy candy, LH swag, sno cones, etc)
  • Ball field games: we have a large ball field with plenty of Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls, etc that you can use
  • Challenge Course: if your group would like to do additional team building activities; you can line that up with Lutherhaven beforehand.
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Putt Putt
  • Hiking
  • Arts and Crafts: Lutherhaven has a fully stocked arts and crafts yurts. Please make sure you check in with an LH staff before you dig into all the projects!