Youth Camps and Retreat Centers in Iowa

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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.

Best Camps Retreats in Iowa

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

(573) 355-6035
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), a new 5 bedroom retreat called Chapel Inn, 3 Large meeting rooms seating 120, 50, 77 people, and 2 – 7 person All-season cabins. There are 6 – 30 Amp, RV hook-ups, and 2 – 50 Amp, hook-ups.

We have 2 zip-lines, 9-Square, Gaga ball, carpet ball, Disc golf, Volleyball, Miniature golf, and a large indoor Recreation Center.

Camp Appanoose
13380 430th St., Plano, IA 52581

Camp Quaker Heights
(641) 939-5977
22605 V Avenue, Eldora, Iowa 50627

Cedar Springs Camp
(641) 398-2488
1260 River Rd., Floyd, Iowa 50435-8094

Central Iowa Bible Camp
(515) 834-2119
18758 335th Lane, Earlham, Iowa 50072-8001

Crooked Creek Christian Camp
(319) 653-3611
2830 Coppock Road, Washington, Iowa 52353

Dayton Oaks Camp & Conference Center
(515) 547-2417
3717 Taylor Avenue, Dayton, Iowa 50530-7585

Hidden Acres Christian Center
(515) 547-2751
3837 Union Ave., Dayton, Iowa 50530

Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp
(712) 337-3306
1203 Inwan Street, Milford, Iowa 51351

Inspiration Hills Camp and Retreat Center
(712) 986-5193
1242 280th St., Inwood, Iowa 51240-8001

Iowa Regular Baptist Camp
(641) 829-3824
1600 E Lake St., Ventura, Iowa 50482

Lake View Camp & Conference Center
(641) 628-2160
1529 Main St., Pella, Iowa 50219

Pine Lake Camps
(641) 858-3284
32203 230th St., Eldora, Iowa 50627

Riverside Bible Camp
(515) 733-5271
3001 Riverside Rd., Story City, Iowa 50248-7573

Sunstream Retreat Center
1130 Juneberry Rd., Ogden, Iowa 50212

Twin Lakes Bible Camp
(712) 297-7714
7718 Twin Lakes Rd., Manson, Iowa 50563-7646

Village Creek Bible Camp
(563) 535-7320
1588 Drake Rd., Lansing, Iowa 52151

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