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ABOUT RWM

THE OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OPERATING
LUTHERAN BIBLE CAMP

Red Willow Ministries was founded in 1926 and is alleged to be the oldest continuously operating Lutheran Bible Camp in the United States.

The camp has a boys' village of 4 cabins, a girls' village of 7 cabins, an outdoor swimming pool, waterfront, hospitality house, adventure course, and boys' and girls' bathhouses. 

Today we serve over 1,000 youth during the summer and have retreats, meetings, and seminars for all ages throughout the calendar years.

OUR VALUES

  • Camp should be a place for rest, retreat, and renewal.

  • Hospitality and program are important components of the camp business, but self-care and our relationship with God are even more important.

  • To show that we, as a camp, are a theological venture, so that our visitors, guests, and clientele can experience hope.

  • To give God credit in the 21st century - what is he up to today?

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OUR HISTORY

1920s

1926

Luther League girls from Edmore camped on the shore of Devil’s Lake under the leadership of Pastor R.A. Ofstedal.

1927

Fourteen boys from Edmore camped at Devils Lake for four days with Pastor Ofstedal conducting a study on the Lords Prayer.

1928

The first camp was held at Red Willow Lake. There were 35 young people in attendance.

1940s

1940

Pastor M.B. Ordahl was instrumental in securing first tract of 20 acres of lake front property for a camp. Pastor Ordahl referred to the site as “Outlook Point”, where young people’s outlooks on life could be changed.  Tents were the only facilities.

1949

The camp chapel was constructed from lumber.

1960s

1963

The first camp director was hired.

1967

The Ofstedal Retreat Center was constructed.