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Family Camp

Summer 2023

There is something for everyone at Riverside's Family Camp. You can expect: delicious meals, a setting where you can really relax and know your kids are safe, worship and growth opportunities for all ages, and a staff that will "knock your socks off!" Join us — you'll want to come back again!

What you can Expect

Each morning families will gather in the chapel for singing, skits, and sharing of God’s Word. Following chapel time, all the children will be divided according to age groups and will spend the morning with our amazing cabin leaders and experience a time of learning more about Jesus and experience some really fun activities! While the kids are hanging out with our staff, the adults will be hearing from our wonderful guest speaker, Pastor Paul Cross.


Many activities will be offered during Free Time each afternoon. Families will enjoy swimming and relaxing poolside at our aquatics center, horseback riding, Rec Hall fun—carpetball, foosball, Camp Store, Art Fun, and Family Bonding time! If the water level is appropriate, families may canoe the river from Riverside to Story City. Otherwise families can always canoe at our lagoon! Evenings will be filled with many great family activities, including campfires and the Mime. Families will also experience Riverside’s FAMOUS parade and barbecue dinner. We hope to see you there!

PAYMENT PLANS: We are sensitive to the reality that many of our families have experienced a year of unknowns. If setting up a payment plan is helpful to your family budget, go ahead and begin the registration process online. When it is time for you to submit payment, please call our office and we'll work with you to set up a plan that works well for your family. 

Family Camp

July 2-5, 2023

4 days to remember

Join us for a week of setting aside time to grow as a family in your journey with Christ. Be sure to register early, as we expect  Family Camp to fill up this summer.

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Over the past 34 years, Pastor Paul Cross has served congregations in North Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and West Virginia. He has served on the faculty of The Master’s Institute in Roseville, Minnesota, teaching Inductive Bible Study methods, Preaching, and the Lutheran Confessions. He is frequently a speaker and Bible teacher at churches, conferences, and Bible camps. Over his career he has served as supervisor to twenty pastoral interns in four different congregations. Prior to ordained ministry, Pastor Cross worked 10 years in the automobile repair industry and was a lay Bible teacher in his home congregation. Encouraging people to study God’s Word remains one of Pastor Cross’s chief passions.


Husband to Rhonda, they have four adult children and two grandchildren. His non-ministry interests include visiting National Parks, places of historical interest, and watching NASCAR racing.

Registration Process

Registration will be open by the beginning of December! You may register online, or you can follow the steps below to reserve your spot for Family Camp.

1) Call the office at 515-733-5271 to let us know which Family Camp week your family would like to attend and which type of cabin you would like to stay in.

2) Send in your non-refundable deposit check of $240 to secure your spot for Family Camp.

3) Mark your calendar and get prepared for an amazing week in the presence of God with your family at Riverside!

To see pictures of our lodging options, click HERE to go to our Location & Facilities page!

Family Camp s'mores
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