At A Glance

Camp Wartburg is a retreat center and summer camp facility that invites youth, adults and families of all backgrounds to encounter God’s creation through activities devoted to the body, mind and spirit. It is a fun Christian environment that serves more than 15,000 people annually by nurturing relationships, experiencing and valuing nature and promoting renewal.

Mission Statement

The mission of Camp Wartburg is to provide a Christ-centered outdoor ministry where people can encounter God and His creation.

Who We Are and What We Offer

Camp Wartburg is an appealing, low-key and safe place—a welcoming natural setting for new and unique adventures and moments of prayerful reflection. Visitors can take part in a variety of summer camps, four-season outdoor education events for organized groups and schools and year-round facility rentals for one-day and overnight retreats, family reunions and other events.

At Camp Wartburg, children become immersed in God’s awesome creation where the traditional pursuits of sports and academics become secondary to the values of curiosity, tolerance of others, self-discovery and learning-by-doing. Worshiping under the stars before a campfire becomes an exciting, joyful experience. Learning new skills is a goal, but fun is the process.

Camp Wartburg is also available for retreat rentals year-round. We would be happy to have you and your group or class at our facilities for a day or overnight trip. We are also available for family camping trips, outdoor education, weekday or weekend retreats, group meetings, conferences, family reunions, graduation parties, baby showers and more.

Please feel free to contact us to schedule a tour of our facilities.

About Camp Wartburg

Camp Wartburg is a ministry of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, a leading provider of a comprehensive range of community-based social services. They annually improve the well-being of individuals throughout the state by protecting children, strengthening families and building futures for those who have experienced trauma. Since 1963, Camp Wartburg has served St. Louis and Southern Illinois.

If you are interested in summer camp for your children, accommodations for youth and adult retreats or outdoor education experiences for your school, Camp Wartburg offers much you will appreciate:

  • Camp Wartburg is accredited by the American Camp Association
  • We are conveniently located an hour from nearly anywhere in the St. Louis bi-state region.
  • We are committed to provide Christian hospitality to individuals regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender or age.
  • We are reasonably priced.

Camp Discipline Policy

At camp, we address behavioral and discipline problems as outlined in Matthew 14: 15-16: “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”

Our small group leaders are instructed to meet with the camper one-on-one in a public area or within view of others and address the concern with them. It is stressed that small group leaders explain why the rule that was broken was put in place, so that the camper understands the situation. Depending on the severity, the first time is just a warning and to help the camper make better decisions. If discipline problems continue, or are severe, a call home is made by the Camp Manager.