Summer brings a great chance to disengage from usual routines and a chance to engage with God’s beautiful creation. But one doesn’t have to travel far to enjoy nature. Here are two camps in Missouri that not only have great accommodations, they offer respite through a Lutheran lens. Both of these camps are open year round, have a beautiful commitment to sharing the Gospel, plus they have discounts for church workers! These are great for a small weekend get away, a meet up with a group or retreat, or even hosting a big conference.

Camp Trinity

Contact: (573)237-2072 or

Camp Trinity is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Whether you like to spend time on the water, play sports, or simply soak in nature, Camp Trinity has something for everyone. There are dormitory style buildings, plus tent and RV hook-ups, and a rec hall. Their new “St. Matthew Family Cabin” makes for a perfect stay for a pastor’s or youth leader’s family.

“Immanuel’s confirmands have long looked forward to summer gatherings at Camp Trinity,” says Rev. Alex Schrader, Associate Pastor at Immanuel, Olivette. “It is one of the long-lasting summer gatherings in our church’s history, which has benefited generations for multiple decades. Camp Trinity staff work hard to maintain a safe, comfortable, and fun place for our youth, who are able to enjoy God’s creation in a variety of ways. The beauty, seclusion, and landscape make Camp Trinity a perfect place to escape for an extended period of time to study, relax, and have fun... We thank the Lord for the founders, staff, and all who have made it a unique and memorable experience.”

Heit's Point Lutheran Ministries

Contact: 660-668-2363 or

Heit’s Point sits on 168 acres next to Warsaw, right on the Lake of the Ozarks. They have accommodations for all kinds of groups and individuals: RV spots, tent sites, a shelter that fits 100 people, two chapels, bunk houses, cabins, an indoor pool, boat ramps with lake access, a gymnasium, and more. Plus they have the Dr. Paul Spitz Retreat Center, complete with hotel styled suites, meeting room, and a dining hall.

“Our society is moving so fast that it is important to slow down...” notes Heit’s Point’s Director’s Assistant Janine Mallardi. “Heit’s Point Lutheran Ministries is here to help strengthen your connection to Christ, the True Vine. Christ has given us life and salvation. He has blessed us with His Church, and He has called us to not only witness to others, but also to rest in Him. Heit’s Point Lutheran Ministries gives each of us the perfect opportunity to REST in Christ and His amazing love and creation!”