To create relevant camping experiences for
children and youth for the purpose of:
*Sharing the Gospel of Christ
*Encouraging growth in Christ
*Providing training for the Christian
leaders of tomorrow.
Ministries is the umbrella organization
for Camp Shamineau at Motley, Minnesota
and Rock Ridge Camp at Ely,
Minnesota, and has a close working
relationship with Shamineau International
Shamineau Ministries found its beginning
in 1912 as the Scandinavian Young People’s
Society which started Buffalo Lake Bible
Camp on the shores of Buffalo Lake in
Buffalo, Minnesota. In 1957 that property
was sold to purchase the current property
on Lake Shamineau, becoming Camp
Shamineau, with its first summer of
ministry in 1958. Camp Shamineau includes
the Shamineau Ranch and Shamineau
Adventures ministries, both of which
provide specialized programming and trips
off-site of Camp Shamineau.
1993, a 22 acre island on the east end of
Lake Shamineau was purchased and soon
after became the site for “Shamineau
Island” camps. In the same summer Camp
Shamineau provided the leadership for the
first English Language camp in Austria. In
the years since, this ministry grew into
what is known as Shamineau
and has expanded to Poland, Brazil and
1999, through the gift of a generous
family, Rock Ridge Camp was purchased.
It began operating in the summer of 2000
providing resident camps for children and
families as well as outfitting for trips
into the Superior National Forest and
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
It is our belief that Christian camping is
one of the most effective evangelism and
Christian education tools the church has.
Shamineau Ministries exists to support the
church and is committed to providing
programs that advance that goal.