Lakeside Institute is a camp like no other. Located inside the gates of the Lakeside Chautauqua community, Lakeside Institute has been helping youth and young adults, ages 14 through age 20, further their personal faith journeys for over 100 years!

Through da ily messages, small group conversations, large & small group activities, devotionals and worship opportunities, each youth is encouraged to develop their individual relationship with Christ. Supported by adult volunteers, the camp Chaplain and their peers, Lakeside Institute provides a place for them to explore their personal faith beliefs, deepen their understanding of God’s work in the world, ask questions, and prepare for a lifelong journey of faith.

The theme for camp this summer is “Finding the ME in the WE.” Using Luke 1:28 and the story of Mary as an entry point, youth will explore what it means to claim their God given identity, while also remaining deeply connected to the larger community where they have been called.

While Lakeside Institute runs through East Ohio Conference, there is a long history of involvement from West Ohio as well. Hilliard UMC has several leaders on staff, including one of the deans (April Andrick) and this year’s chaplain (Rev. April Blaine). The leadership works to create an accommodating and inclusive environment for all young people, including LGBTQIA+ youth.

Campers stay in Wo-Ho-Mis and nearby cabins on the grounds of Lakeside. Youth are welcome to come on their own, or with others from their church. Come and join the fun at Lakeside Institute this summer!

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