2018 Camp Summer Schedule
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We have several different camping programs for boys in Minnesota. 
Scroll down to see more information about each of our programs, and find the week that works best for you family.
Don't forget to sign-up early to get your camp t-shirt for free.

Regular Camp Weeks

Camp Nathanael has two main programs during the summer: Stockade Camps are for boys entering grades 3rd-6th in September and Battalion Camps are for boys entering grades 7th-12th in September.

Boys entering the 7th grade may attend either Stockade weeks or Battalion weeks.

Our Mixed Week Camps allows brothers and cousins of different age groups to attend camp the same week. Stockade age campers are at one end of the camp and Battalion age campers are in the other section. All campers are together for free swims, meals, and evening campfire. All other activities are separate.

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Parents can collect their son at 10 a.m. on the following Saturday.  If your son is attending one of our half-week sessions, pick-up time is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Late arrivals and early departures can be arranged but please contact us well in advance. Please do not arrive early on the first day as we will still be getting camp ready for you. It is important that you arrive on time to pick up your son on Saturday. When you arrive late it can be hard on him!

Adventure Base Camps

Each summer we offer a couple Base Camps for the older boys. You'll spend a day or two of your week at Camp Nathanael, but for most of the week you'll be off-site with your cabin biking, canoeing or rock climbing in beautiful scenic parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Trail Biking Base Camp (Gr. 8+)
For boys entering grades 9 and up. After training at camp, you'll head out to some exciting mountain biking areas in Minnesota. The highlight of the trip will be an overnight trip to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. This trip will be somewhat physically challenging, so you will need to be in reasonably good condition.

Whitewater River Base Camp (Gr. 8+)
 For boys entering grade 9 and up. After learning canoeing skills on Lake Wilbur and either the Kettle or St. Croix river you will head into Wisconsin to tackle the Boise Brule river. Over the course of two days you will traverse level 3 and 4 rapids and make your way up to Lake Superior. This trip will be somewhat physically challenging, so you will need to be in reasonably good condition.

Rock Climbing Base Camp (Gr. 8+)
 For boys entering grades 8 and up. You'll receive initial training and experience at camp on our own climbing tower. Then you'll head out to some of Minnesota's prime climbing areas, including an overnight trip to the North Shore. As always, safety is a priority on Nathanael trips. Climbing and rappelling experience is helpful. Space is limited.

Father & Son Camp Week

Father/Son Camps are for boys in grades K-7 and 7-12 as of September, along with Dad, an uncle or grandfather of any age.  Father/Son 1 is for sons of Stockade age, begins Sunday afternoon and concludes on Wednesday morning.  Father/Son II is a mixed session for both Stockade age and Battalion age sons.  This session starts on Wednesday afternoon and concludes on Saturday morning.  Father/Son III is another stockade age session starting on Sunday and concluding on Wednesday morning.

Stockade or Battalion age, it's a relaxed program where you will try activities, engage in father/son Bible studies, free swims, games and campfire sessions.  Father and son free time is encouraged. 


MANCamp is a retreat with a unique Nathanael flavor. We will stay in rustic cabins in the heart of God’s creation with other men and we will worship, experience encouragement, fellowship, and challenge to become more deeply rooted in our personal relationships with Christ.

Speaker: Michael Herzog, Chaplain at the Federal Prison - Sandstone, Minnesota; former pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church - Mora, Minnesota.

Designed for men (High school young men welcome with their dads). We provide all meals, housing in a rustic cabin (please let us know in advance if you need electricity for a CPAP)

Iron sharpens iron, as one man sharpens another – Proverbs 27:17

We hope that you will join us for great food, fishing , shooting, hiking, and gathering around the campfire and have an opportunity to sharpen one another while building relationships and encouraging each other in our foundation in Christ.

Father/Son Team Day

Join us for our next Father/Son Team Day. Dads and their first through sixth grade sons are welcome. We'll have light-hearted competition in events such as archery, air rifles, canoeing, orienteering and much more. Events run Saturday morning until Saturday supper. Then join us for an evening campfire, and stay overnight in our rustic cabins. Meals are included (Saturday lunch through Sunday breakfast). New for 2017 -- Sons who attend Father/Son Team day will receive a $25 discount off their fee for any of our regular summer camp sessions (may not be combined with other discounts).

Work Weekends - Spring and Fall

Camp Nathanael continues to grow and thrive because of an active base of volunteers who come up to camp a couple weekends each Spring and Fall to build, repair, clear, clean, and maintain the camp buildings and grounds. If you would like to volunteer some of your time and expertise the best way is to sign up for the camp email list and watch for announcements.

Camp Nathanael invests the first two weeks every summer training the camp leadership team. This leadership team consists of a camp director, six young adult staff members, and about 25 youth volunteers. The youth volunteers can participate for the full summer as a noncom or one week as a member of the freshman work crew.


The noncoms are the backbone of Camp Nathanael during the summer months. The training they receive prepares them for all of the duties they will perform for the summer including:

  • Grounds Crew
  • Dish Crew
  • Lead Bible Study, Skits, and Songs
  • Cabin Counselor
  • Activity Leaders
  • Waterfront Lifeguards

The noncoms rotate duties each week. Older noncoms are expected to lead a crew for a week at a time.

Our Noncoms (counselors) raise support to be at camp for the summer. It's not just a summer job to them, they believe in the mission and ministry of Camp Nathanael, and that's why we call them Non Com(missioned officer)s.

If you are entering 10th or 11th grade this fall, you can apply to become a noncom. Noncoms raise support to cover the costs of training, and are at Camp all summer. If you are interested in serving as a noncom this summer click the "Apply Online" link to the left.

Freshman Work Crew

If you are entering 9th grade or above this fall, you can be a part of the "Freshman Work Crew" for a week. These guys come to camp free, but work hard on the grounds and kitchen crews. It's a great chance to see what being a camp noncom is like while helping Camp Nathanael.

If you would like more information check the box on your camp registration form, or Apply Online. Select Freshman work crew as the position you are interested in.

Summer Staff Positions

There are 6-8 summer staff position

  • Asst. Director
  • Program Director
  • Waterfront Director
  • Maintenance Director 
  • Quartermaster
  • Resource Director
  • Head Cook 
  • Cook
  • Collegiate Staff

To apply for any staff or volunteer position Apply Online.

Adult Counselors

Each summer we have a dozen or so adult volunteer counselors that we call "Layman" that help lead a cabin for the week. If you are interested in serving as a Layman please apply online.