About Camp Perkins


Camp Perkins draws people from their routines into creation and community experiences to make and nurture disciples for Christ. Located in the Sawtooth Mountains National Forest, Camp Perkins is a place where the Holy Spirit is at work. Within this setting of pristine mountain lakes, babbling creeks and inspiring ridges of granite peaks you will find the comfort of our facilities, the excellence of our programs, the exciting recreation of the lakes and meadows and a friendly staff of people committed to sharing the Word of God. Join us soon for one of our many unforgettable Christian camping experiences.

Mission and Purpose

As a "Recognized Service Organization" of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and the Northwest District, Camp Perkins' goal is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ within the unique setting of outdoor ministry. Through this goal, our staff:

  • Proclaims the Gospel in Word and deed.
  • Facilitates lasting Christian friendships.
  • Provides an opportunity for fun!
  • Enables each participant to encounter Scripture.
  • Encourages responsibility and leadership in participants.
  • Assists participants in learning a variety of recreational skills.
  • Preserves a setting to celebrate the blessings of God's creation.
  • Helps participants become active members of the Christian community.


Camp Perkins is located on beautiful Perkins Lake, just 40 miles north of Sun Valley and 20 miles south of Stanley on the Lake Alturas Road off Highway 75. A map to Camp Perkins is available for you to view.

Our History

Camp Perkins had it's beginning in 1954 when the Lutheran Layman's League (LLL), the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), and the Walther League (WL) contracted a lease agreement with the US Forest Service to secure thirteen acres of land in the Stanley Basin, now known as the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA). The camp became a year-round ministry in the 1980s as the first full-time staff was hired and the first winterized facility was completed. Camp Perkins has seen tremendous growth in the 1990s with the addition of many new program opportunities and facilities. 

Today, Camp Perkins hosts over 3000 guests annually through a variety of summer programs and year-round retreats. People of all ages come to take advantage of the 11 wood-heated cabins and the adult and family Retreat Center. The breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Perkins surround everyone with the peace of God,and remind us of God's love for us.


Camp Perkins is owned and operated by thirty-eight Lutheran congregations located in southern Idaho, Utah, and Oregon. One Delegate from each member church is appointed by their congregation to elect the Board of Directors, which oversees the mission and ministry of the camp as well as the Executive Director.

Board of Directors 2018/19

Darin Letzring, Chairman
Pocatello, ID
Mark Schulze, Vice Chairman
Eden, ID
Philip Phelan, Treasurer
Idaho Falls, ID

Angela Lierman, Secretary
Buhl, ID 
Dave Hancock, LLL Representative
Meridian, ID
Rev. Jerry Reinke, Magic Valley Pastoral Representative
Hailey, ID
Rev. Garen Pay, Yellowstone Pastoral Representative
Idaho Falls, ID
Rev. Robin Dugall, Treasure Valley Pastoral Representative
McCall, ID
Travis Thompson
Twin Falls, ID

Rob Lawrence
Boise, ID
Brett Lindemood
Nampa, ID
Willard Mumm
Twin Falls, ID 

Signe White, Executive Director
Camp Perkins LOM


Associations and Lands

Camp Perkins is a member of the National Lutheran Outdoors Ministry Association. Camp Perkins is located on land leased from the US Forest Service and conforms with its Forest Service Land Use Policy.

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