LYFE Camp Fact: Our roots go back over fifty years!
Our camp's origins began as "Junior High Camp" held at Camp Frontenac from 1954-1983. LYFE Camp then found a home at Decision Hills Camp in Spicer, MN (1984-2011). We now experience camp in our new home campsite, Koronis Ministries, as of summer 2012. In our new home and as one united week, this camp program continues to help young people experience Jesus Christ in a rich and beautiful wilderness setting.
We're still detailing our timeline, particularly in those early years. We plan to have more details in place soon. We strive to make all weeks of LYFE Camp a great place for youth to experience old traditions and create new ones, too.
2016 | LYFE Camp finds a new home at Northern Pines Camp, welcomes campers from Hennepin Avenue UMC (Minneapolis).
2014 | LYFE Camp merges Weeks I and II into one united week and shifts to the retreat center side of Koronis Ministries and welcomes campers from Lake Harriet UMC (Minneapolis). As one united week of 109 participants, LYFE Camp becomes the largest teen camp program of Camp Minnesota.
2012 | LYFE Camp finds a new home at Camp Minnesota campsite, Koronis Ministries. LYFE Camp CITs and SCs build and erect three new crosses in our new Sanctuary space. We once again retract into two weeks (Weeks II and III merge). LYFE Camp welcomes campers from Faith UMC (Olivia).
2011 | LYFE Camp expands with a brand-new Week III to include new youth groups including from Crosswinds UMC (Maple Grove). LYFE Camp CITs and SCs build and erect a brand-new cedar cross on top of Meditation Hill at Decision Hills Camp site.
2009 | LYFE Camp consolidates back into two weeks. The Week I camp from 2006 remains the same while the 2006 Week II and III camps merge together.
2008 | LYFECamp.org debuts online.
2006 | LYFE Camp splits into three separate weeks of camp. Excelsior UMC begins sending youth to camp, joining Arlington Hills UMC at Week I. Brunswick UMC (Plymouth), Grace UMC (Minneapolis), Hopkins UMC, and South St. Paul become the Week II churches, and Buffalo UMC, Discovery UMC (Chanhassen), and Richfield UMC move to Week III.
2002 | A huge storm sweeps away two of the three crosses on Meditation Hill. at Decision Hills Camp site. DHC staff and LYFE Camp Week I counselors cut and erect two fresh cedar crosses in their place, both of which remain to this day.
2001 | "Junior High Camp" gets a new name, LYFE Camp, to better define its direction. It stands for Live Your Faith Everyday through Community, Affirmation, Music, and Prayer. This becomes the defining brand name and motto for the camp.
1998 | Camp splits into two separate weeks of camp. Richfield UMC and Brunswick UMC (Plymouth) attend one week, while Grace UMC (Minneapolis) and Hopkins UMC attend another.
1997 | Camp grows again and becomes so big that the dining hall can no longer hold everyone for meals and worship. Random small groups eat meals on the porch or in Portinga Cabin. A large tent is set up behind Portinga Cabin for worship and the all-camp dance.
1996 | Discovery UMC (Chanhassen) begins sending youth to Camp. Camp is big enough to make use of "Friendship Hall," a barracks-style cabin one-quarter mile away from the main campgrounds. Some of the end-of-the-night campfires are held near Friendship Hall to bridge the travel gap.
1995 | "Quest" debuts as part of the camp program.
1990 | Camp splits into two separate weeks of camp. One camp becomes its own completely different entity and eventually folds in the mid-90s. The other camp continues strong with Brunswick UMC (Plymouth), Grace UMC (Minneapolis), Hopkins UMC, and Richfield UMC.
1984 | Camp moves to Decision Hills Campground in Spicer, MN.
1983 | Camp bids farewell to Camp Frontenac.
1954 | Camp starts at Camp Frotenac.