For Parents

Welcome to Outdoor Education with Lutherhaven Ministries!

We are thrilled your child is going to experience Outdoor Education with us! The information here will help you and your child prepare for their time at camp.

Your school is offering your child an educational experience in the outdoors through Lutherhaven Ministries’ Outdoor Education program. Lutherhaven has run this popular and acclaimed environmental education program for  over 35 years. Some parents of school kids attending Outdoor Education today also attended a Lutherhaven outdoor education program when they were students.

Our programs take place at Camp Lutherhaven on Lake Coeur d’Alene and Shoshone Mountain Retreat up the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. Your child’s teacher will send home information about which camp their class will be attending.

Since 1980, more than 50,000 middle school and elementary students have learned to better appreciate their natural world and one another through this day and overnight outdoor school. Our program emphasizes experiential and interdisciplinary learning in natural places.

Outdoor Education with Lutherhaven provides a unique opportunity for students to develop self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and social responsibility. The opportunity for new friendships and the spirit of cooperation make your child’s time at one of our camps a growing, learning, memorable experience!

Your child will be safe and cared for with us. Students are supervised at all times by their cabin leader, one of our trained professional staff, or their teacher. Our staff are trained in first aid and emergency response. We will contact you if your child experiences any health problems while at Outdoor Education.

Groups provide two adult chaperones for every ten youth, at least one adult of the same gender per sleeping space. Adult chaperones must be cleared by a state- or nationally-recognized background check. Schools must submit a letter from a school administrator on school letterhead certifying the background checks of adults attending the program.

It is not unusual for some students to miss their families and homes for the first few hours at Outdoor Education. You can help prepare your child for their time away from home by communicating your enthusiasm and excitement. As students overcome homesickness, they build confidence, independence, and positive memories of individual and shared experiences.

Outdoor Education is a once in a lifetime experience your child will always remember. The learning and excitement shared with friends and classmates is often mentioned by students as a highlight of their school year. Thank you for helping the Outdoor Education staff and teachers make this the best possible experience for your child!


Our college-age and post-college field instructors are committed to our program’s mission: “Quality outdoor learning experiences for students, teaching a greater awareness of and appreciation for the natural world and each other.”  Their backgrounds and training includes the natural sciences, environmental stewardship, and team-building.  They are especially excited to work with middle-school students, but love mentoring any age student!

Classroom teachers from your child’s school attend and serve as a link between school and home, and often student parents come as adult mentors and cabin supervisors.

All staff undergo professional training specific to our facilities and programs, and staff and parent volunteers undergo federal and state background checks.


Students stay in heated cabins or yurts with bunk beds. Our food service staff prepares awesome, well-balanced meals. Food allergies should be noted on your child’s registration form and will be relayed to our cook prior to the trip.


There are no phones available for students. For emergencies, call 208.667.3459 days, or 208.765.5832 evenings. In case of an emergency at camp, we will contact you. Please do not send a cell phone or other electronics with your child.

Health Information

To help us provide a safe and enjoyable experience for your child, we require the medical form distributed by your child’s classroom teacher, with your child’s current health status and any medications they are taking. In the event we need to reach you, we need your contact information, what to do if you are unavailable, and the name of your insurance carrier.


Please afollow the clothing checklist. Proper clothing for the seasons is essential for your child’s comfort and well-being. Older but serviceable clothing is best. We urge you not to buy new clothing or equipment. Space is limited. Please send only one duffle bag or suitcase and a sleeping bag. For detailed information, please refer to our packing list.