Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota was formed by the 1968 Convention of the South Dakota District of the American Lutheran Church. This action came upon the recommendation of the District Camping Ministries Committee to form a corporation to own and manage the ALC campsites in the South Dakota District. Their purpose was to provide quality coordination of camping based upon sound Lutheran Theology, on behalf of the congregations of South Dakota.
In the early days of Lutherans Outdoors there was an Executive Director with no central office. Each camp maintained its own checking account and purchased its own supplies. There was no central financial record, no unified balance sheet and no unified income and expense statements. Site directors continued to be in charge of programs without an overall program plan. The largest part of the site director’s job was maintenance, leaving little time for contacts with area congregations, program development, and promotion. The facilities at each site were suffering from years fo inadequate maintenance due to limited budgets.
During these years, the Board of Directors of Lutherans Outdoors worked diligently to draw together administrative and development functions as it moved the camps into an organizational plan while attempting to make its modest resources stretch to cover a variety of crisis.
Overtime, organizational structure and strategic plans have strengthened the camps and their relationships with their owner congregations and all those they serve.
To this day, Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota remains a partner within church camping at both the state-wide and national level. Its historic past has served as a model and a reminder that God is constantly shaping the ministries which take place through Lutherans who love the outdoors.
Thank you for your partnership with your LO camps. TOGETHER, we live our mission to “welcome all to explore and experience Christ’s love in community and creation”. TOGETHER, we step into a bright future of Outdoor Ministry.
Executive Directors include: Rev. Roy Satre, Gaius Asland, Rev. Bruce Williams (Board President), David Brunkow, Rev. Paul Leslie, Scott Parsley, Neil Sorensen, Bishop Norm Eitrheim (Interim), Rev. Layne Nelson
Join Us At the SD Synod Assembly
Annual Meeting/"Fun and Fifty" Celebration
June 2, 2018
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Sioux Falls, SD
We will have goodies, giveaways, and an update on our 50th year of ministry.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this celebration.
Join our 50 for 50 celebration.
Our goal is to raise 50, $1,000 gifts honoring each year of unified service as Lutherans Outdoors in SD.