Camper FAQs

Many camps operate with similar daily schedules depending on what type of camp you are attending. Read about what a day at camp will look like for your particular camp on our A Day at Camp page.


  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towels & washcloths
  • Athletic or Play clothes
  • Warm jacket
  • Swimsuit
  • Soap & shampoo
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Tennis shoes
  • Bible

Additional optional items:

  • Camera
  • Money for candy, pop, books, and t-shirts
  • Notebook & pen/pencil
  • Flashlight
  • Dress up clothes for one dinner
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Your best friend

Please do not bring:

  • Cell phones, smartphones, or other communication devices
  • iPod, iPad, MP3 player, compact disc player, radio, or gaming devices
  • Airsoft Guns
  • Drugs (other than prescription medications which must be turned in to the camp nurse upon arrival)
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes or other tobacco products

One of the best parts of Story Book Lodge is the ability to "disconnect" from the online world for a week and enjoy nature, friendships, and life without the internet. As such, Story Book Lodge does not allow campers to have iPhones/smartphones. Campers are expected to leave these devices with their family or turn them into the camp office upon arrival.

Story Book Lodge is one of the most fun places to visit in the summer.

SBL has team sports competitions where you'll play competitive sports like floor hockey, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. Sports vary based on the age of the campers. You'll be placed on a team at the beginning of the week - and if your team wins the most points, you could win awards and prizes! (P.S. you can also gain points by keeping an organized notebook, Bible verse memorization, and more!)

Guided activities allow you to enjoy afternoons around the camp. These include archery, crafts, swimming, fishing, and more.

Beautiful Cedar Island Lake is used often for swimming, canoeing, fishing, and kayaking.

Check out all of the activities on our Recreation page.

Please register at the camp office between the hours of 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm on Sunday when your particular camp session opens. Youth camp programs begin with supper at 5:30 pm and a campfire that evening at 8:00 pm.

Each camp ends on a Saturday morning after breakfast, around 9 am. Your counselor will give you instructions on where to meet your parent or guardian on the final morning.

We encourage you to bring a pen, envelopes, and stamps to write letters back home. These items also are available for purchase in the office. In the event of an emergency, your counselor or other staff members will contact your parents or guardian.

Your parents and friends can send messages to you via the email address: These messages will be delivered to you during the week (but you will not be able to reply).

You can view all of our general camp policies on our General Camp Policies page.

Facilities at Story Book Lodge are a big part of the camp experience. Cabins hold groups of 8-10 campers in fun, storybook-themed cabins including the Shoe, Pumpkin, Barn, Caboose, and several more traditional cabins.

Explore all of the facilities you'll see at Story Book on our Facilities page.

If you cannot come, please let us know, even if it is at the last minute.

We often have a waiting list, so please do not substitute another person in your place. Instead, please contact the camp director Bill Howell by phone or by text at (218) 410-4119.

Story Book Lodge exists because God has provided in amazing ways to bring the camp into existence and sustain it. We have looked to Him for support in every way since 1948. Every year He has proved Himself faithful!

We do not charge campers to attend. We trust in our God to move the hearts of families who can contribute, and also the hearts of many people who have experienced the life-changing value of Camp in past years.

Story Book Lodge is named after the theme of the cabins, with names like the Shoe, Pumpkin, 3 Bears and more. You can check out the full history of how this storybook theme happened on our History page.