Our Camps

Whether you are looking for a summer camp experience for your child or grandchild, for a place for the whole family to get away, or for a winter retreat this guide will help you find the site that suites your needs.

joy ranch

Lutherans Outdoors' newest camp and retreat center is a barrier-free facility welcoming all to experience Christ's love in community and creation in a unique setting-- an 1880's prairie town with modern high comfort amenities! Joy Ranch specializes in offering summer medical camps and intergenerational programs for individuals of all abilities and ages. Joy Ranch is also a reputable destination location for weddings, corporate retreats and family vacations. Joy Ranch's facility includes a full-service campground and an impressive working dude ranch featuring Norwegian Fjord Horses, Quarter Horses, Miniature Horses, and one Miniature Donkey! 


Located on Enemy Swim Lake, a beautiful glacial lake in Northeast South Dakota, NeSoDak provides a safe place for youth to build relationships, develop new skills, and live in a grace-filled community. NeSoDak specializes in youth and family programs for all ages including week-long and overnight summer camps. NeSoDak offers specialty waterfront programs for a variety of ages including fishing camps, kayak camps, and canoeing camps. NeSoDak also features a high comfort retreat center for retreat groups and family vacations while providing one of the best accommodations in the area for hunting and fishing trips.


Klein Ranch

For youth who have completed grades 5-12 and adults. If you love horses you will love Klein Ranch. Programs at Klein are focused on small group experiences and riding the wide open prairie. Klein Ranch is a unique camp that offers youth the opportunity to begin to stretch their boundaries, and abilities, as they ride horses on 2,300 acres of Wild West ranch

Outlaw Ranch

For all ages! Youth camps for K-12, Mission, leadership and adventures experiences for Middle School and High School youth and Family Camp for all ages. Youth can hike, fish, canoe and ride horses in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota while God is molding them into young leaders. Families can get away to experience an all-inclusive, faith-filled family vacation. Open year-round.

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Our Impact

At Lutherans Outdoors we provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to connect with one another. These connections allow each person to explore and play in a nurturing environment, which leads to a stronger faith foundation, discovering personal gifts, developing new skills, as well as building life-long relationships. Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota is dedicated to quality faith experiences and hospitality for youth and adults and has been for more than 70 years.


2018 Year-round Retreaters 

Is LO just open for summer camp? Of course not! We welcome people of all ages and all abilities in many/all seasons. Joy Ranch and Outlaw Ranch are open year-round. Klein Ranch is summer only and NeSoDak is open from May-November. 


2018 Summer Campers

Each summer more than 4,000 youth and adults come to summer camp, where faith becomes life.

"We all came away from camp with vivid memories of the campfires and the songs we sang all through camp. The counselors did an AWESOME job of teaching the music AND always participating/singing joyfully to be a model for the kids! Kudos!" 

2018 Summer Camper Parent



Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota. From spending time onsite to volunteering your time and talents, or making a financial contribution, there is an opportunity for ALL. We hope you join us in providing opportunities for all to connect with one another and creation. 


Come To Camp

By attending a camp, retreat, or event at Lutherans Outdoors, you are supporting our mission. Whatever the time of year or what brings you onsite, your presence matters. 


Volunteers are integral to Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota. If you have other ways you would like to utilize your gifts with Lutherans Outdoors, please share this information with us.


The mission of Lutherans Outdoors in SD to “…welcome all to explore experience Christ’s love and in creation and community” is made real by generous people like you.