CRYSTAL FALLS - Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp has been offering summer programs for 83 years, but Pastor Tracy Polzin, camp director, has still been able to come up with something new for the summer of 2013.
"We're excited to launch into the summer camping season with Rocket Camp June 9-14. Rocket campers will blast off for a week of friends, faith and fun!" says Polzin.
The new program is being offered to fifth through eighth graders. In addition to regular camp activities, several hours each day will be set aside for rocket building and launching from the big field in the middle of camp.
A popular new game for middle schoolers at Fortune Lake Camp is an Israeli game called gaga ball, a cross between dodge ball and foursquare.
Also new this year is Night Owl Camp offered in late July for middle schoolers and in early August for high school youth.
"Night Owl Camp will appeal to kids who like to stay up late and sleep in late," says Polzin. "The schedule for this program will gradually shift to moonlit activities so that by Wednesday, campers are eating lunch at midnight! Then the schedule will reverse so campers can re-adjust to their normal sleeping pattern by the end of the week."
"Kids won't miss out on regular camp activities like swimming, but they will experience camp community from a new perspective," says Polzin.
There is also a new opportunity available for adults and whole families.
"Spending a week at camp with Pastor Paul Hill, a leading expert in faith formation, is certain to get you energized!" says Pastor Tracy. "There will be rich worship and learning experiences, time to relax and recreate while letting someone else do the cooking!"
Scheduled for July 28-Aug. 2, individuals or entire families can participate in Family Camp for just a day or the whole week. Fees are adjusted to accommodate specific situations.
Some weeks three different programs run simultaneously so parents can send their children the same week even if they are in different programs.
Mini-camp is offered for three days for second and third graders who want to get used to being away from home. Or younger kids can come to camp with their mothers or grandmas for Women and Kids Week.
"Mentally or physically challenged adults are also welcome at FLLC," says Polzin. "Victory Camp, offered two different weeks, empowers adults with special needs and gives them the experience of a lifetime! Some Victory campers like it so much that they come both weeks!"
"Although there are new opportunities, not everything will be different at FLLC this summer," says Polzin.
"There will still be caring cabin leaders for each small group of campers; there will be lots of singing around campfires, tubing down the Brule, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and picnicking everything you usually do at camp. With the theme 'Faith Alive,' it will also be a time of learning ways to connect our faith with all we do at camp and at home," Pastor Tracy says.
Fortune Lake Camp is located three miles west of Crystal Falls off of Hwy 2.
For more information about the variety of programs available, visit fortunelake.org or phone 875-3697.