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Camp Information

Our Mission

The mission of Camp Lutherhoma is to Nurture Discipleship In Jesus Christ, in outdoor settings, which excites believers to share the love of Christ to the world.

Camp Lutherhoma is owned and operated by the Oklahoma District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Camp Lutherhoma is open to the public. We are a non-profit 501c-3 under the Oklahoma District of the LCMS.

We reserve the right to refuse services to any organization which does not agree with the beliefs of the Lutheran Church, Missori Synod.

The Camp Board

Camp Lutherhoma is managed by a board of directors who are elected at the OK-LCMS convention every three years. The board is made up of 6 lay members, a representative from the District board of directors, and the District treasurer. The current board is: Renee Young, Chair, Debby Brauer, David Ross, Kris Koepsel, Rev. Sean McCoy, and Mike Hill. The representative from the District board is Rev. Greg Brown. The treasurer is Brent England.

Full Time Staff

Camp Lutherhoma currently has 2 full time staff and an on site caretaker. John Busch is the Camp Director and is called by the Oklahoma District-LCMS. John has been the director since June 1989. He has enjoyed his time at Lutherhoma, and has been blessed with Joan, his wife, and three children, Brian, Erin, and Kevin.

Erin Busch is the Program Director, starting September of 2016. Erin grew up at Camp Lutherhoma, but has also gained valuable experience during summers at Camp Perkins in Idaho and Camp Lone Star in Texas. She also was a program director at Camp Lone Star after graduating from Concordia Nebraska. She is now called to be our program director by the Oklahoma District-LCMS. Erin is very excited to be here, and she bring great experience, Christian education, and passion for outdoors ministry. She hopes to work with all our camp supporters to develop new programs and retreats for many years to come.

Our Location

Camp Lutherhoma consist of 120 acres in beautiful Eastern Oklahoma. We are located along the Illinois River just East of Tahlequah. Travel time from central Tulsa is about 1.5 hours. Travel time from central Oklahoma City is about 3 hours. Click here to get a map for directions.

Our Physical Address is 23197 E 742 Rd, Tahlequah, OK 74464

Map of Camp

Click here to view a map of camp and its facilities. This map represents the buildings and structures and landmarks of Camp Lutherhoma. The camp property lies extend behod the map edge.

Our Many Contact Points

You can keep in touch with us in many ways:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lutherhoma/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camp_lutherhoma/

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Fall Newsletter: River Front News, Sent to your home in November, if we have your address, and avaiable at your local OK-LCMS congregation.

Summer Brochure: Sent to your home in January, if we have your address, and avaiable at your local OK-LCMS congregation.

Other Links of Importance

Thrivent Financial

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Oklahoma District-LCMS

National Lutheran Outdoors Ministry Association

Lutheran Church Extension Fund(LCEF)

Our History

The first Oklahoma Lutheran camp was held in 1928 and called "Summer Conference Camp of the Oklahoma District Walther League".  This was held for 3 years, skipping 1930, at Heart-O-Hills' camp near Welling OK. The first permanent campsite was purchased in 1933, consisting of 30 acres at Standing Rock along the Illinois River. Rev. Louis Theimer served as the first dean of camp.  It started as a camp where Walther Leaguers came to fellowship together and hear God’s Word in natural settings. Rev. Walther Haefker began as director in 1937.

The Big Move East of Tahlequah

Lutherhoma moved to its current site in 1950 when the Illinois River was dammed to create Lake Tenkiller.  Many of the buildings were moved from the old site to its current location east of Tahlequah.  Some additional buildings were acquired, including an old army chapel, from Camp Gruber, which became the present dining hall. Smaller cabins and the caretakers's home were moved intact from the old site. All was finished and ready for summer camp in 1951. The first family camp was held at the new site in 1954. Theimer Hall, the first winterized retreat building, was dedicated in 1962.

Camp Lutherhoma in the 70's and 80's

In 1968 the ownership of the property was transfered from the Walther League to the Oklahoma District-LCMS. In 1978 the LOMA was formed, with inter-Lutheran leadership. In 1981 the first swimming pool was built.

What's happened since 1988

The Oklahoma District disbanded the LOMA in 1988. At the OK Dist. LCMS convention that year a resolution was passed to support Lutherhoma with it's finances and by calling a full time camp director. In 1989 the camp welcomed John Busch and his family as director, and Daniel Overman and his family as caretaker. Two new bathhouses wer built, one in each cabin area. Programming was increased in the non-summer months. The Group Initiative Course, or challenge course, was begun, which attracted many retreat groups and summer campers. We buld the new deck, store and upper room meeting area which has provided camp with a central location for all our guests and participants. The old director's house has been the camp office for many years, but was also recently upgraded through an eagle scout project which helped paint the inside and outside, and transformed the main room into a comfortable meeting space.

Several annual programs now are well established as part of our ministry. Journey In January, our winter high school retreat, has been attended by an average of 100 youth and adults for 27 years. The Oklahoma District, LCMS now conducts its Junior High Youth Gathering, JOY, at Camp Lutherhoma each fall. Memorial Day weekend offers our annual Work Weekend for cleaning and preparing camp for the busy summer. Once again, the tradition of the Labor Day Family Camp is a favorite event for many friends, families, and newcomers. Over the years other programs provided ministry opportunities to a wide variety of guests, such as our Renformation camp, Adventure trips, Homebrew retreats, couples retreat, and much more. Plenty of new ideas always are in our thinking and planning. Let us know how you would like to join in.

Capital Campaign: His Promise, His Plan, His Future

Starting in 2004, the fundraising campaign was begun to address many pressing needs in the facilities. The campaign raised a total of $1.3 million in donations and pledges. With it camp built a new state of the art swimming pool and our two high comfort retreat cabins, Pine and Aspen. The blessings that were given us by God were beyond imagination, and camp never has gone into debt due to the wonderful blessings and support of our friends.

Other Improvements and Blessings

In the past 5 years we have also made many improvements to our facilities. Through the Garbe estate we were able to completely rebuild all 10 of the summer cabins, now with full year climate control and new bunk beds. We also were able to build a new crafts cabin in Area B, which serves as summer crafts and year round as another good sized meeting space.

Contact Information:

Phone Number: 918-458-0704

PO Box 1672

Tahlequah, OK 74465

Physical Address:

23197 E 742 Rd

Tahlequah, OK 74464

Email: lutherhoma@lutherhoma.com

John Busch, Director

john@lutherhoma.com

Erin Busch, Program Director

erin@lutherhoma.com

Mission Statement

Camp Lutherhoma is owned and operated by the Oklahoma District of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Our mission is to nurture discipleship in Jesus Christ, in outdoor settings, which excites believers to share the love of Christ to the world.

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