Mission Statement: 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.


Shamineau 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 Inc. Historically, 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.

In 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 International and has expanded to Poland, Brazil and other countries.

In 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).

Shamineau Ministries is affiliated with the (EFCA) Evangelical Free Church of America.


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.