Bring the whole family to Rainbow Trail to experience fun, quality family time, and spiritual renewal! Enjoy hikes, games, various activities, optional white water rafting and our outstanding home cooking. Our program includes Bible study for all ages including adults. Specific program information is available by contacting the camp office. Come enjoy a wonderful week in the mountains by yourself or with your whole family!

Don’t forget about our Labor Day Family Weekend – a traditional “end of summer” camping celebration. Sessions fill quickly, so register early!

 

AGE REQUIREMENTS — All ages. Families & Individuals

2018 DATES

July 1-7 (Summer Family Camp)
August 5-11 (Summer Family Camp)
August 31 – September 3 (Labor Day Family Weekend)

A TYPICAL SCHEDULE

Days at Family Camps are jammed packed with activities that you can choose from.  All activities are optional however, and we hope that you will make it your own experience by choosing to join in those you like, or take time to just sit and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation that surrounds you!

8:00 Breakfast
9:15
Worship
9:45
Bible Study for all ages (Adult Study led by Guest Speaker.  Children’s Study led by RTLC staff)
10:45
Break (Snacks will be available on the porch of Columbine)
11:00
Continue Bible Study for Adults — Power Hour for the kids (Songs and Activities)
12:15
Lunch
1:00
Rest Hour
2:00-5:00
Afternoon Activities
5:00
Challenge Hour
6:00
Dinner
6:30
Family Time and Open Volleyball
7:15
All Camp Activity
8:15
Campfire and Evening Devotions
8:45
Babysitting Begins
9:00
Games in the main room of Columbine

GUEST SPEAKERS & SPECIAL GUESTS

Each year dynamic speakers and other special guests join us to lead Adult Bible Study’s and specialized crafts and activities.  They participate in the life of the camp and are excited to get to know you while you are with us.

BIBLE STUDY LEADER:  July 2-8, 2017

We are excited to have Dr. Hans Wiersma as the adult Bible study leader for our July family camp. Wiersma teaches at Augsburg College (Minneapolis). His courses include “Religion, Vocation, and the Search for Meaning,” “Introducing the Bible,” “The Lutheran Heritage,” “The Life and Work of the Church,” and “Religion at the Movies.”

Wiersma has written many articles and book chapters, including submissions in Word & World, Lutheran Quarterly, Dialog, Journal of Teaching Theology and Religion, Westminster Handbook to Theologies of the Reformation, Introduction to the History of Christianity (electronic edition), and four upcoming resources on the theology of Martin Luther, including “The Story of the Small Catechism” in a soon-to-be-published teaching resource for lay people. Most recently, Wiersma completed the Second Edition of Luther the Reformer: the Story of the Man and His Career (2016).

Wiersma has also contributed to a variety of popular religion-themed books and curricula, including: The Lutheran Handbook (vols. I and II), The Lutheran Pastor’s Handbook, People of Faith Bible Study Series, Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms, Crazy Book: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Biblical Terms, and the upcoming, Crazy Folk: A Not-So-Stuff Dictionary of Christian People.

Wiersma is an ordained Lutheran pastor; prior to joining Augsburg’s faculty in 2004, he served congregations in the Netherlands, California, and Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Kristin, and children, Jacob, Elianna, Garret, and Marielle. Hans likes to read non-fiction and travel.

Dr. Wiersma’s Bible Study is titled Galatians: A Break from the Rules. 500 years ago this year, Martin Luther posted his famous 95 Theses. Also 500 years ago: Luther completed his ground-breaking, year-long lecture series on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. As a result of his study, Luther learned the Apostle Paul’s approach to interpreting all of God’s Word discerned as Law and Gospel. During our Bible study, we’ll explore Paul’s letter and learn something of what Luther learned!

 

David Lee Brown
RESIDENT MUSICIAN:  July 2-8, 2017

FC1 SpeakerWe are excited to have David Lee Brown joining us again in 2017!  Singer/songwriter David Lee Brown has been entertaining audiences, providing residencies, and writing songs long enough to know better but he still keeps doing it. Residing now in Custer, SD he has been the usual vagabond taking his music all around the country. After traveling back and forth to Nashville for years, he lived in Nashville for four years working with and being inspired by the songwriters who write The songs. From touring the college coffeehouse circuit, to providing residencies in schools and camps, to community concerts, David was also a partner in Dakota Road Music, working with Larry Olson and Hans Peterson writing, leading workshops on music leadership as well as music at numerous youth gatherings. David’s songs and stories, heartfelt to humorous, are about regular life as it moves along the timeline.

 

BIBLE STUDY LEADER:  August 6-12, 2017

We are excited to have the Rev. Mark Hanson join us as our adult Bible study leader for our August family camp. Serving as the Executive Director of Augsburg’s Christensen Center for Vocation, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson leads national and international initiatives to advance interfaith dialogue, inspire peacemaking, and support the College’s commitment to vocational discernment. In addition, he serves as a major gifts advisor for “Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.”

Prior to his current appointments, Hanson served as presiding bishop of the ELCA. He was elected to this position by the Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA in August 2001 and was reelected in 2007. In 2003, he was elected to serve, concurrently, as president of the Lutheran World Federation, a position he held until 2010. Before being elected as ELCA presiding bishop, he served as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod (3H). He had been elected to serve a second term in Saint Paul earlier that same year. Prior to being elected synod bishop, he served as pastor of three Minnesota congregations: Prince of Glory Lutheran Church, Minneapolis; Edina (Minnesota) Community Lutheran Church; and University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis.

Born in Minneapolis on December 2, 1946, he graduated from Augsburg College with a B.A. in sociology. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and received a Master of Divinity degree there in 1972. He also attended Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in 1979.

In his work as president of the Lutheran World Federation and as presiding bishop of the ELCA, Hanson has traveled widely throughout the world, sharing a confident hope in God’s promises and a vision of the joyful freedom in Christian community and mission. Hanson is widely known as a leader with an evangelical passion and imagination who embraces the Christian tradition, the Christian community, and the world with both generous goodwill and thoughtful insight. He has been an articulate advocate for the renewal of the church’s preaching and public voice, for the strengthening of ecumenical and inter-religious relationships, and for reconciliation and justice in society, with attention especially to those who live with poverty and discrimination.

Hanson has received several honorary degrees, including Doctor of Humane Letters from Augsburg College, Wittenberg University, and Grand View University, Doctor of Humanities from Capital University, Doctor of Divinity from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Susquehanna University, Wartburg College, and The Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration. He is the author of Faithful Yet Changing, the Church in Challenging Times and Faithful and Courageous, Christians in Unsettling Times both from Augsburg Fortress, Publishers.

Married to Ione (Agrimson), they are the parents of Aaron, Alyssa, Rachel, Ezra, Isaac and Elizabeth, and grandparents to Naomi, Kingston, Sam, Danielle and Sophia. Before moving to Chicago, Ione was the director of social work at Minneapolis and St. Paul Children’s Hospitals.

Rev. Hanson’s study is titled “500 Years after Luther:  Grace Abounds, Faith Frees, The Word Lives!” Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Word Alone are more than themes of a Reformation 500 years ago. We will explore biblical passages that help us discover how those themes continue to shape our lives of faith in God’s rapidly changing, richly diverse and often deeply conflicted world. We also will explore what it means to be Christians in a world of many religions and growing numbers of people who define themselves as humanists, secularists and atheists.

 

RESIDENT MUSICIAN:  August 6-12, 2017

FC1 SpeakerWe are excited to have David Lee Brown joining us again in 2017!  Singer/songwriter David Lee Brown has been entertaining audiences, providing residencies, and writing songs long enough to know better but he still keeps doing it. Residing now in Custer, SD he has been the usual vagabond taking his music all around the country. After traveling back and forth to Nashville for years, he lived in Nashville for four years working with and being inspired by the songwriters who write The songs. From touring the college coffeehouse circuit, to providing residencies in schools and camps, to community concerts, David was also a partner in Dakota Road Music, working with Larry Olson and Hans Peterson writing, leading workshops on music leadership as well as music at numerous youth gatherings. David’s songs and stories, heartfelt to humorous, are about regular life as it moves along the timeline.

 

 

 

 

 

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