History

Who We Were

The beginning of NLOMA started with several Lutheran outdoors ministry directors meeting on an occasional basis to give support and encouragement to each other. As they were meeting, they realized that even though they worked at different ministries all over the country, they all had similar questions, problems, joys and challenges.

These directors also realized that each of them was travelling all over the country to recruit their summer staff from Lutheran colleges and Universities. They found they could reduce their travels by sharing applications for summer staff members with other camps. In this way, the current Joint Recruitment process was begun.

As they would meet each year they began to share some personal, professional, and Spiritual resources and tools. In 1972 this gathering of directors became an official organization under the name of LCMS-OM. In 1979 the name was changed to the National Lutheran Outdoors Ministry Association, and a constitution was approved.

Over the years NLOMA has also offered consultation teams for camps and retreat centers to help the boards and staff of partner camps in a variety of ways. NLOMA has also partnered with fraternal organizations, to develop Block Grant programs, bringing benefits to all our Lutheran outdoors ministry centers.

Currently NLOMA meets officially once a year for our conference and business meeting. These conferences have been held at sites all over the country with a variety of programs, speakers and activities. At each annual conference the Joint Recruitment program occurs where we help place summer staffs for all participating camps.


Conference History

Year Location
1972 St. Benedict Retreat Center Madison, WI (May) Camp Luwisomo, Wild Rose, WI (Oct)
1973 Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE (Feb)
1974 Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, IL (Jan)
1975 Concordia Teachers College, St. Paul, MN (Feb)
1976 Sheraton Inn, Marlu Ridge, PA (Feb) Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO (Dec)
1977 Camp Omega, Waterville, MN (Dec)
1978 Camp Allen, Navasota, TX (Dec)
1979 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (Dec)
1980 Espousal Center, Waltham, MA (Feb)
1981 Camp Lone Star, LaGrange, TX (Feb)
1982 Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp, Felton, CA (Feb) Holden Village, WA (Sept)
1983 Camp Luther, Three Lakes, WI (Feb)
1984 Walcamp, Kingston, IL (Feb)
1985 Camp Pioneer, Angola, NY (Feb)
1986 Hilton Orlando/Woodlands Lutheran Camp, Winter Garden, FL (Feb)
1987 Arrowhead Lutheran Camp, Crest Park, CA (Feb) Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby , CO (Sept)
1988 Camp Lone Star, LaGrange, TX (Feb)
1989 Woodlands Lutheran Camp, Winter Garden, FL (Feb)
1990 LCMS International Center, St. Louis, MO (Feb)
1991 Raven Rock Lutheran Camp, Sabillasville, MD (Feb)
1992 Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp, Felton, CA (feb) Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA (Nov)
1993 Camp Lone Star, LaGrange, TX (Feb)
1994 Camp Luther, Three Lakes, WI (Feb)
1995 Camp Lutherhaven, Ceour d Alene, ID (Feb)
1996 Woodlands Lutheran Camp, Winter Garden, FL (Feb) Hyatt, Bever Creek, CO (Oct)
1997 Heart ‘O Hills Salvation Army Camp, Tahlequah, OK (Feb)
1998 SonRise Lutheran Outdoor Ministry, Pottersville, NY (Feb)
1999 Camp Lone Star, LaGrange, TX (Feb)
2000 Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL (Feb)
2001 Camp Lutherhaven, Ceour d Alene, ID (Feb)
2002 Camp Lutherhaven, Albion, IN (Feb)
2003 Camp Luther, Three Lakes, WI (Feb)
2004 Woodlands Lutheran Camp, Winter Garden, FL (Feb)
2005 Camp Okoboji, Milford, IA (Feb)
2006 Arrowhead Lutheran Camp, Crest Park, CA (Feb)
2007 SonRise Lutheran Outdoor Ministry, Pottersville, NY (Feb)
2008 Bison Ranch, Overgard, AZ (Feb)
2009 Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, Bontineau, ND (Feb)
2010 Camp Pioneer, Angola, NY (Feb)
2011 Menucha Conference Center, Corbette, OR (Feb)
2012 Lutheridge Conference Center, Arden, NC (Feb)
2013 Lutheran Island Camp, Henning, MN (Feb)
2014 Franciscan Retreat, Colorado Springs, CO (Feb)
2015 Camp Lone Star, La Grange, TX (Feb)
2016 Franciscan renewal Center, Scottsdale, AZ (Feb)



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