Fun for All


What fun things are there to do at camp for you and your family? A LOT!!! In addition to exciting morning teaching and games led by our excellent summer staff, we also have a huge variety of activities for you to do while you are here:

Each day a variety of exciting activities are offered, some led by staff, others on your own. We have sign up sheets for some of the following activities (may vary):

  • Painting or Arts & Craft Classes
  • High Ropes Challenge Course (in partnership with Luther Crest Bible Camp)
  • Pontoon Rides
  • Fishing (off the dock or with volunteer guide)
  • Paddleboarding

Basic Outdoor Sporting Gear is available for free, located in the basement of the Youth Chapel/Beach House:

  • Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Football
  • Disc Golf Course on site (check out discs, map at Registration Desk)
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Horse Shoes

If you’d like to explore God’s natural creation we have several hiking trails and a mile of scenic shoreline.

Beach Amenities. The beach is supervised in the afternoon by certified lifeguards, but parental supervision is expected and participation strongly encouraged. Bring your own water toys! Beachfront includes (free):

  • Water Slide
  • Swim Area – Shallow and Deep
  • Deep Water Swim Platform
  • Sauna (“HoSauna”) – a renovated stone structure with benches, firebox, next to beach.
  • Beach Chairs, Sun Chairs on a sand beach area. Shaded seating area and Canteen.
  • Water toys, life jackets, slip’n’slide for Water Carnival and Family Olympics
  • Docks in beach area and along half mile shore line for fishing and boating.
  • Water shoes are required for swimming to prevent cuts or injuries from Zebra Mussels.

Beach Activities. Check the schedule to see when the activities are offered.

  • Water Carnival – greased watermelon, tug-o-war, water bucket races, etc.
  • Slip’n’Slide – soap & water down the hill on a tarp.
  • Family Olympics – minnow races, ring toss, leaky water buckets contests, etc.
  • Parents can sit on the beach and watch the kids play in the water, take boats out, play basketball or soccer, or use the Rainbow Playground. Or they can take part in activities themselves – go kayaking, paddle boating, swim, or just relax and enjoy the day visiting with new friends or family.

Boats. Most boats are available to check out for free from staff.

  • Canoes – great to explore the lake!
  • Kayaks – single or double
  • Paddle Boats – two seaters
  • Row boats – for fishing near shore. Or bring your small motor and go out a bit farther.
  • Pontoon Tours (free rides provided. Rental available) We provide hour long tours of the lake for guests. Boat has a handicap accessible ramp for wheelchairs.
  • Fishing Boat (when our volunteer guide is available to take you out fishing.)
  • Paddle Boards (Rental available through local company one morning a week).
  • A public lake access is nearby if you choose to bring your own boat. A small boat lift may be available, or you can temporarily tie your boat up to one of the docks.
  • There are boat rental companies in the area that will also rent pontoons for large groups.
  • Hang Loose is a local rental business that takes groups out wake surfing.

Lake Carlos is an excellent lake for fishing and water sports with over 2700 acres of water, four other lakes in the chain, and several others close by. Remember, safety first, wear lifejackets and watch the weather conditions. The lake is the deepest in Minnesota (167 ft.).

Other Local Area Attractions

Mount Carmel is located about 8 miles from beautiful downtown Alexandria, MN. We are on a chain of 5 large lakes, in an area surrounded by hundreds of lakes, in a state filled with thousands of lakes! Alexandria is a small town with a bigger city feel, having plenty of shops, stores, and restaurants to serve a community of about 30,000 in the winter to over 80,000 people in the summer (many lake cabins, tourism). It is Minnesota Lake Country at its best!

Five public golf courses are available within a 5-mile radius of Mount Carmel. Check at the desk to see if others are interested in going golfing as a group.

Biking and other recreational trails are available at the nearby Carlos State Park trails as well as other public trails and roads.  Please bring and wear your own helmet. You may bring bicycles, but please use great care when on campus to prevent injuries or harm to others. We recommend not using bicycles around camp because of pedestrian & limited auto traffic. There few steep hills and blind spots that can be dangerous to you or others.

Take in some shopping downtown and at the mall, explore the Runestone Museum to hear about the Vikings and early settlers. Take you picture with Ole, the Viking Statue downtown. Visit the Maritime (Boat) Museum to see the many historical boats. Take a tour of the Carlos Winery located a mile away. Take the kids Go-Cart racing and Mini-Golfing at Casey’s Amusements, go to a movie at the theater, or bowling at Garden Center Lanes.

There is a lot to do around Alexandria lakes area, and plenty to do at camp!