The Midwestern state of Iowa sits nestled between the Mississippi, Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers. Iowa’s landscape consists of rolling hills dotted by scenic lakes and river valleys slicing through the silty plains. Iowa’s upland areas consist of prairie land while the floodplains along the rivers are home to thick forests and wetlands.
The state has a very diverse climate with cold winters and hot, humid summers. This diversity makes it a great place for a wide variety of outdoor sports and activities. Iowa offers excellent cross-country skiing and eagle watching during the winter and picturesque trails to hike and waterways to explore by kayak in the warmer months.
Some places of interest for Christian groups include:
Beautiful and historic places of worship- Take a tour or spend time in prayer and meditation at one of Iowa’s impressive cathedrals such as Cathedral Church of St. Paul, The Little Brown Church in the Vale, and St Luke’s.
West Bend Grotto– This beautiful shrine was built by a priest from stockpiled rocks and precious stones and stands as a memorial of gratitude and love.
Living History Farms– This working farm and open-air museum offers guest an opportunity to explore life during many time periods of history.
St. Donatus– This little town is known as Iowa’s version of Luxembourg. The historic village is home to a beautiful church and cemetery and many other Old-World structures.
Iowa’s location, landscape and rich history make it a great place to host youth camps and adult retreats. There are outdoor activities a-plenty and for all seasons. There are also numerous historic sites to see and natural wonders at which to marvel.
The best camps and retreat sites in Iowa are:
Northeast Iowa Christian Service Camp
19268 Forest Ave., Dumont, Iowa 50625
NEICSC is a summer Christian Youth camp and a year around rental facility for private camps, family reunions, weddings, and other group events.
The campground has 2 – All-season Dorms (170 capacity), an All-season Chapel, and 2 – 7 person All-season cabins. There are 6 – 30 Amp, RV hook-ups, and 2 – 50 Amp, hook-ups.
There is a waterslide, 9-Square, Gaga ball, carpet ball, Disc golf, Volleyball, Miniature golf, and a large indoor Recreation Center.
13380 430th St., Plano, IA 52581
Camp Quaker Heights
22605 V Avenue, Eldora, Iowa 50627
Cedar Springs Camp
1260 River Rd., Floyd, Iowa 50435-8094
Central Iowa Bible Camp
18758 335th Lane, Earlham, Iowa 50072-8001
Crooked Creek Christian Camp
2830 Coppock Road, Washington, Iowa 52353
Dayton Oaks Camp & Conference Center
3717 Taylor Avenue, Dayton, Iowa 50530-7585
Hidden Acres Christian Center
3837 Union Ave., Dayton, Iowa 50530
Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp
1203 Inwan Street, Milford, Iowa 51351
Inspiration Hills Camp and Retreat Center
1242 280th St., Inwood, Iowa 51240-8001
Iowa Regular Baptist Camp
1600 E Lake St., Ventura, Iowa 50482
Lake View Camp & Conference Center
1529 Main St., Pella, Iowa 50219
Pine Lake Camps
32203 230th St., Eldora, Iowa 50627
Riverside Bible Camp
3001 Riverside Rd., Story City, Iowa 50248-7573
Sunstream Retreat Center
1130 Juneberry Rd., Ogden, Iowa 50212
Twin Lakes Bible Camp
7718 Twin Lakes Rd., Manson, Iowa 50563-7646
Village Creek Bible Camp
1588 Drake Rd., Lansing, Iowa 52151