Youth Retreats


High Schoolers enjoyed rock climbing on the Lutherwood Climbing Tower at last year’s High School Retreat!

November 10-11 2017 – Lutherwood on Location: Middle School Lock-In at the Oregon Coast!

Join us at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Coos Bay, OR from Friday, November 10 at 6pm to Saturday, November 11th at 3pm for our very first Lutherwood on Location!

Includes dinner, breakfast and lunch, awesome Lutherwood programming, games, fellowship, fun and a service project at the coast in Coos Bay!

Experience all the loves of Lutherwood’s new friendships, service and worship hosted onsite with one of our supporting communities!

$45 per camper, 1st adult chaperone per church group free, $20 per each following

Campers register here!

Adults register here! 

Contact Sara Gross Samuelson for more details.

2017 High School Retreat Recap

Tune In at this year’s High School Retreat as we learn to experience God’s presence in our daily lives! Come out to camp for a fun weekend of hiking, campfires, games (even a night game!), and tuning in to how God plays a part in our everyday lives!

Enjoy retreat programming from Pastor John Reutter-Harrah (Price of Life), Pastor Tim Herzfeldt-Kamprath (West Linn Lutheran) and Pastor Randy Sinn (Zoar).

2016 Middle School Retreat Recap: Pieces of the Puzzle


Middle Schoolers each painted a piece of a collaborative mural. When we put it all together at the end of the weekend, it formed a Bible verse!

In October, we welcomed 18 middle school students and their adult leaders to camp for our annual middle school retreat! We had fantastic fall weather for the weekend as we explored, played, learned, and relaxed together.

Our Bible studies explored the theme of puzzle pieces: how we are all created uniquely by God, how we are created to be in relationship, and how we all work together in the body of Christ. We created a collaborative painting during crafts, featuring Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Besides Bible study, we played lots of games during the day and at night, and went on a nature scavenger hunt for camp critters. During free time on Saturday, campers enjoyed games in the lodge, a hike on our brand-new trail, the trading post, and gaga ball. A highlight on Saturday evening was our harvest party; we made caramel apples from Lutherwood’s own apple trees, and painted miniature pumpkins to take home. After campfire, we hiked up to our stargazing platform to enjoy the night sky away from the city lights.


Central Lutheran Youth Group leads a song a worship!

We sang our favorite camp songs at worship on Sunday morning, and each church group led a part of worship. It was fun to worship together in outdoor chapel, in the midst of God’s wonderful creation.

A big thank-you to all of our Lutherwood summer staff who helped out for the weekend: Brandie, Winter, Becca, Justin, Ruben, and Nathaniel. We hope to see you at the high school retreat in February 2017!

See photos here!