Camp

You can scroll through all the information below to plan for camp at Spirit in the Pines next summer. This information includes camp calendars, registration information, counselor information, and staff employment opportunities.

Contact Sarah Blasing, Outdoor Ministry and Youth Leadership Director with questions (sblasing@standrewlu.org).  


Registration Information 

ONLINE LOTTERY REGISTRATION: This year there will be a two-day lottery system when registration opens on Saturday, January 21st at 8am, and it runs through the end of the day Sunday, January 22nd. Existing campers will use their Existing Camper Account to register, and new campers will create New Camper Accounts. This new lottery system will best enable friends to attend camp together, and it supports the values of our entire camp family. 

JANUARY 21-22: During this time each camper can register for one camp session that is their first choice, and their registration will be marked as “applied.” There will be a question where you type in what your second choice is. 

JANUARY 23 & BEYOND: Campers who are admitted to their first or second choice session will be notified and auto-enrolled on Monday, January 23rd at 5:00 P.M. This is also the time at which registration will open fully with same-time enrollment confirmation. You can then register for additional sessions or request to swap sessions. 

LOTTERY PRIORITY LEVELS: 

  1. St. Andrew Member -or- Confirmation Family 
  2. Friend -or- Sibling Registered for the Same Week 
  3. Total Years at Camp 
  4. Multiple Session Registrations Within One Family 

DEPOSIT & FORMS: The $100 Deposit is required at the time of enrollment. All other forms, including the health forms, will be added to your account on March 1 and are due by May 1.  


Counselor Information (Gr 10-12) 

SCHOOL YEAR RETREATS: All Counselors/CITs from last summer are eligible to volunteer at our school year retreats. Please fill out the interest form below if you want to be considered. 

  • GRADE 9 – Closing Confirmation Retreat: October 21-23, 2022 
  • GRADE 6 & 7 – First Confirmation Retreat: January 27-29, 2023 
  • GRADE 8 – Closing Confirmation Retreat: April 21-23, 2023 

SUMMER 2023: Thank you for your interest in wanting to be a Camp Counselor or Counselor-in-Training (CIT) at Spirit in the Pines Camp for Summer 2023. These important volunteer roles are available to those who are currently in Grades 10-12 or who are over the age of 18. 

  • Counselor-in-training (CIT): Grade 10 
  • New Counselors & Returning/Lead Counselors: Grade 11, Grade 12, and Age 18+ 

This application was initially due on November 20, 2022. However, we can accept more applications until all of our counselor needs are filled. Students who submit applications after November 20 will need to make up any missed training sessions online with video links and questionaries. Those videos and questionnaires, along with more details about how summer weeks are requested and assigned, are included in the link below.  


Employment Opportunities 

OPEN POSITIONS: This summer we are seeking to hire fourteen Program Staff positions, one Health Care Manager, one part-time Kitchen Assistant, and one part-time Maintenance Assistant. All employment information is available within the online application itself. This includes salary, position descriptions, age requirements, start and end dates of employment, lodging, meals, and training. Interviews will occur as applications are received starting until all roles are filled. The first round of interviews will begin the first week in January.  


Spirit in the Pines is owned and operated by St. Andrew. It is located about an hour north of Brainerd, Minnesota on beautiful Pleasant Lake. We host over 1000 people every summer, with about half being St. Andrew members and others from mostly the southwest metro. Summertime at Spirit in the Pines Camp is filled with age specific youth camp sessions during the week and family camp sessions on the weekends. Youth and adult retreats are held during the fall and winter months.


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