Annual week-long Camp Lorraine starts June 16

Children from across Alaska will make the roughly eight-mile boat trip June 16 from Wrangell to Vank Island, where they will spend the week at Camp Lorraine.

Camp Lorraine is one of three residential summer camps operated every year by the Alaska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as part of its Alaska Camps series. The church plans to host other week-long camps in Dillingham and Big Lake later this summer, along with several day camps in more remote Alaska communities.

The week-long camp programs are open to kids ages 8 through 16 years old.

Camp Lorraine dates back to the late 1960s. Facilities include seven large A-frame style cabins where campers will stay, as well as a gymnasium, bathhouse and lodge with a full kitchen.

According to the Alaska Camps website, staff from across the country are “Christian role models” whose mission is to help campers “reach new levels; physically, spiritually, mentally and socially.”

Campers will participate in a range of activities, able to choose each day between options which include outdoor recreation, sports, arts and crafts, and nature study, also coming together for shared meals and chores.

In addition, campers are expected to join in a daily morning worship, followed every evening by “top-quality programming that teaches about Jesus,” according to the website.

With this philosophy of blending recreational activity and religious education, Alaska Camps hopes to teach “important life skills, but most importantly about Jesus.”

The Alaska Conference is a Protestant Christian denomination with approximately 22 million members worldwide and over 3,000 in Alaska.

Attending Camp Lorraine costs $199 per camper, though partial scholarships of up to 50% are available for families that need financial help.

Register at, or call April Eilertsen at 907-470-3148.


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