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About Camp Onomia

Camp History ...

Camp Onomia was born in 1949 by an association of Lutheran congregations desiring to establish "a place set apart" for Christian nurture and study. The founding name of the camp was American Lutheran Memorial Camp.


We are governed by a board of directors elected primarily from our member congregations which include:


Calvary Lutheran Church - Mora, MN

Central Lutheran Church - Elk River, MN

Christiania Lutheran Church - Lakeville, MN

Emanuel Lutheran- Bock, MN

Faith Lutheran Church - Isle, MN

Glendorado Lutheran Church - Princeton, MN

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Princeton, MN

Grace Lutheran - St Paul, MN

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church- Foley, MN

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran - St Paul, MN

Immanuel Lutheran Church - Eden Prairie, MN

Immanuel Lutheran Church - Hillman, MN

Immanuel Lutheran Church - Princeton, MN

Luther Memorial - South St. Paul, MN

Redeemer Lutheran Church - Henderson, MN

St. John Lutheran Church - Belle Plaine, MN

St. Luke Lutheran Church - St. Paul, MN

St. Paul Lutheran Church - Hanover, MN

St. Timothy Lutheran Church - St. Paul, MN

Trinity Lutheran Church - Princeton, MN

Trinity Lutheran Church - Milaca, MN

Trinity Lutheran Church - Hayfield, MN

Zion Lutheran Church - Milaca, MN

Support of this ministry

Camp Onomia receives no synodical or national church funding. Approximately 33% of our operating budget comes though fees charged for programs and site rental. Member congregations reduce summer camp fees by over 25% though annual dues. The balance of our suppport comes though individual and group donations.

Camper Quotes

"Camp was great because we all got to play games and sing songs"

Abby - 10 years old

"I like when we gather at the cross at the end of each day together..."

Clay - 9 years old

"I like camp because of the counselors"

Mason - 9 years old

Our Mission Statement

"Camp Onomia offers a life changing experience which invites all people

to encounter Christ through Creation and Community."

The programs at Camp Onomia are driven by the conviction that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for all people that the world needs to hear.  Through a variety of summer and year round programs we hope to assist our churches in their work of proclamation.  God's Spirit is at work in this place where we gather to hear the Word of God in a different setting.  Our Hope is that the various opportunities at Camp Onomia will help to re-kindle the flame of God's word in those who gather here.


Meet the team...

Give us a call with any questions you may have. We would be happy to visit with you about all the resources available to you at Camp Onomia! Our normal business hours are 9AM to 4:30 PM Weekly. We are often around on weekends as well!
Phone 320-532-3767.



Jim Schmidt

The Executive Director of Camp Onomia is in his 9th year of leadership of the organization. He has been involved with Lutheran Outdoor Ministries at various camps for the past 33 years.

"The church camp experience has proven to be the most significant experience that we can give to our children. The most important values in life are taught and re-inforced here as we live together in Christian community.
Christ is alive here!"

Contact Jim by copying this email address into your email client and replace the at with @ and no spaces.

Onomiaexec at Gmail.com


Daniel Ditmanson

Daniel is our Program Director. He has served several years in youth ministry, hails from Grand Marais, MN, and is excited to be on our ministry team at Onomia. Daniel brings an outgoing spirit along with music skills to the table here. You might catch him playing the djumbe drum, mandolin, or fiddle!

"I am excited about the opprotunity to serve in camp miinistry here at Camp Onomia. This is a great place and I look forward to meet each one of you! "

Contact Daniel by copying this email address into your email client and replace the at with @ and no spaces.

Onomiaprogram at Gmail.com

Support Staff

There are a number of team members that do not get the up front credit and are a core part of all the behind the scenes activities that keep Onomia going.  We are thankful to our cooks, accountant,  maintenance staff and volunteers!


Dale Kightlinger, Accountant

Cheri Kunish, Food Service

Crystal Brown, Houskeeping

John Bowen,  Property