Camp News

New Executive Director


On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are excited to announce Collin Grooms as our new Executive Director at Bear Creek Camp!

For the past five years, Collin has served as the Site Director for Lake Lucerne Camp and Retreat Center, a United Methodist camp in Central Wisconsin. A lifelong member of the ELCA growing up in Nortwest Ohio, Collin attended Lutheran Memorial Camp in Central Ohio as a camper and served four years on seasonal summer staff where he met his wife, Katie. Following graduation from Ohio University and Capital University, respectively, Collin and Katie moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul where Katie earned her Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary and Collin served as the Out of School Time Programs Director for The Salvation Army. Their son, Owen, was born in April 2017 and baptized at Lake Lucerne surrounded by a church family spanning the entire Midwest.

Collin’s passion for camp ministry is in building community by bringing together people from all walks of life for meaningful time spent apart from the routine of daily life, while simultaneously equipping those individuals to make a positive difference in God’s world beyond their time of camp. As Collin learned as a camper and continues to strive to create today, camp is a space where everyone can be supported as the truest version of themselves and empowered to grow through new experiences and connections.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Rev Jimmy Lee Werley for acting as our interim and the Board of Directors for working through this transitional period with the Lord’s guidance and counsel.

Please join us in prayer and celebration as we transition leadership and continue the success of our mission and vision while welcoming Collin, Katie, and Owen to the Bear Creek family!

The Executive Director Search Committee,
Megan McCormick (Chair), Matt Mull, Linda Keck, Ursula Merriman, Marilyn Marles and Larry Williams


Summer Staff 2020


Are you or is someone you know a college-aged, Jesus-loving, fun, and adventurous person? If so, we have the perfect life-changing and rewarding experience for you! Applications are now available to be a Bear Creek Camp Summer Counselor or Junior Counselor for Summer 2020! This will be a summer you will never forget, where you will get to make life-long friends, impact youths’ lives, and live in almost 3,000 acres of God’s creation! You will experience all of this and we will pay you too!




We are excited to have 9th -12th graders at camp January 10-12 and 4th-8th graders at camp January 24-26th for CONNECT! Join us for a great weekend connecting with God and each other. This exciting and refreshing weekend only costs $115.

Our theme for winter camp is Breathe: giving all our worries to God. It is based on Philippians 4:6-7 that says, do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.