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Lutherdale Ministries located just north of Elkhorn, WI on beautiful spring fed Lauderdale Lakes provides a ministry of hospitality twelve months of the year. The summer is busy with wonderful camping programs for children, youth and families of all denominations. The fall, winter, and spring is bustling with retreat programs for adults, youth, and congregations. Lutherdale’s unique location and facilities provide groups the opportunity to plan your own retreat, conference, or camp. Youth groups, family groups, public and private schools, college groups and more are customizing high-adventure and group-building retreats with our Eagles Nest Adventure Center. Weddings, day use group meetings, and banquets are also growing in popularity. Come and experience it for yourself!

Our History

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Searchers located this site on the shores of Lauderdale Lakes.  Seventeen heavily wooded acres opened directly onto the lake.  It offered promise of a place where people could quickly get away and be surrounded by the natural glories of God. The original founders were soon gathering on a log overlooking the lake and reflected, “Was this the place where God wanted us to gather, be renewed and go out to serve?” The answer came as a quiet yet firm YES. The land was purchased. People showed up on Saturdays to dig up massive roots and clear the land for use. Army surplus tents and barracks offered shelter and warmth of community during bad weather.

The years immediately following WWII saw hundreds of cars bumping down newly formed roads almost every day of the summer. As one of those people remembered, “It was wonderful. Days and evenings of enjoying God’s world together. And God was there.” Lutherdale was built to serve 1,800 youth each summer.

Lutherdale. A ministry founded over 70 years ago on a vision of building lives of faith. Today it is serving 12,000 youth and adults through its year-round ministry. Now…..”A camp close to you”