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Pine Lake Camps’ Fall Student Retreat is like if summer camp was a little bit cooler (temperature-wise), a little bit more laid back (schedule-wise), and equally as fun and impactful! 

Senior High students, come take a mid-semester break on our gorgeous 49-acre property! You’re in for a weekend of AWESOME food, powerful worship & teaching, exciting games, events & activities, and lots of chill-time to just hang out by the campfire with your besties. You might even see some of your favorite counselors from past summers! (All students will be under the supervision & leadership of cabin counselors, just like summer camp.)


Pricing: $95 per camper. Use code STUDENT15 before October 1 to get $15 off your registration! 

When: Oct 20-22, 2023
Where: Pine Lake Camps (32203 230th St, Eldora, IA 50627)
Who: Senior High Students (Grades 9-12)


Pastor Braden Dykstra is the Production Director and Students Pastor of Free Grace United church in Elk River, MN, as well as the Program Director at Pine Lake Camps! He loves his wife (Alanah), frisbee golfing, Culver’s butter-burgers, his dog Zeppelin (named after his favorite band, of course), and his two sons, Oliver and Wesley. 

Holland Zolnosky is passionate about helping young women own their identity in Christ and live like they believe God is who He says He is. She currently serves as the Assistant Camp Director of Pine Lake Camps, and is newly-married to the camp’s Maintenance Manager, Aaron. They have a pet cat named Beef, whom you may see roaming the campground at times. 


What we’ll do (sample itinerary):


5-7 pm: Check-in                                                                            

7 pm: Dinner 

8 pm: Chapel 

9 pm: Cabin Devos

9:30 pm: Evening Hangout (Campfire/S’mores/Camp Store)

10:30 pm: Something Fun!

12 pm: Lights Out


8:30 am: Breakfast

9:30 am: Chapel 

10:30 am: Time Alone with God

11 am: Game/Event

12:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Activity Time (ropes course/zipline, gun range, axe throwing, archery, boating, game cabin, camp store, etc.)

4 pm: Game/Event

5:30 pm: Dinner

6:30 pm: Chapel                                                                 

9 pm: Game/Event

10:30 pm: Evening Hangout

12 am: Lights Out


8:30 am: Breakfast

10 am: Chapel/Church

12:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Check-out

    What to Bring:

    • Bible, notebook, pen
    • Pillow, bedding
    • Towels & toiletries
    • Warm clothing/layers. It will be chilly, especially in the evenings!
    • Good walking shoes/boots (there may be mud)
    • Money for the camp store