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Summer Church Camps 2016

Twinlow Camp offers multi-age sessions, specialty and service camps

Kristen Moon, assistant director of camping and retreats at Twinlow, said the United Methodist camp offers multi-age camps from June 19 to Aug. 7, with programs for elementary, middle school and high school ages.  Games, crafts, lake time, Bible study and cabin placement is based on age groups.

Camper catches fish at fishing camp.      Photo courtesy of Kristen Moon

Twinlow also has several specialty camps.

A junior/senior high fine arts camp offers singing, music, dance, painting, drama and drawing.

Two junior high and one senior high water sports camps offer wakeboarding to canoeing all day; an elementary lake camp has water sports and tubing, and there is a fishing and sailing camp.

High schoolers can also participate in a two-week counselors-in-training camp.

In addition, Twinlow also has an Explorers Program for elementary and junior high campers to sleep in tents in the back woods, cook their meals outside and learn to care for the environment.

A new high school program, Rock and Water, is for teens seeking adventure—rock climbing, white water rafting, hiking and lake activities.  They sleep in tents in the woods.

There is also an adult adventure camp for 19-to-35 year-olds.

Twinlow continues its Idaho Mission Project.  Every week youth groups from United Methodist and Lutheran churches in Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Washington stay at Twinlow and go out to serve in nearby missions—Second Harvest, Elder Help, Habitat for Humanity, Fish Creek Restoration Project and Children’s Village.  Late in the day, they do camp activities. 

With 207 youth registered in 2016, these camps, which build community and a commitment to serve, are full, said Kristen.

Twinlow also has Camp in a Van, which it takes to 500 day-campers in nine communities in Montana, Idaho and Washington.  Staff take a van with materials for vacation Bible schools.

“We’re on a lake and have boats.  Campers can come here and try new activities. Today American children go outside less than they should.  They watch videos and play video games, rather than being outside connecting with the Creator,” she said.  “Here campers grow to love nature so they want to protect it.”

Campers come back year after year, and have a sense of ownership, that Twinlow is their camp, said Kristen, who is motivated when campers tell her how camp experiences changed their lives.

For information,call 208-352-2671 or email

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