Adult & Family Programs

Come up to camp for some “unplugged” time with family and friends, both new and old. We offer programming for both adults and kids, free time for hiking, fishing, napping, games, and simply enjoying the beauty of the Boulder River Valley, and other activities and worship designed for all.

Options include a work weekend to help get camp ready for the season, a continuing education week for clergy and interested laypeople, and a weekend family camp. Christikon staff serve as hosts, offer options for children during adult sessions, and lead games, hikes, worship and other activities. Meals are made from scratch and served family-style around large tables.

Memorial Day Work Weekend

3 Nights

Help prepare Christikon for the summer season during this “long weekend” that includes Memorial Day. We provide food, lodging, fellowship, work, and worship opportunities―all without cost (except a charge per room for those in the Living Center). Bring with you a willing spirit, hand tools for various maintenance, repair, sewing, and cleaning projects, and plenty of elbow grease. Meals are served from Friday supper through Monday lunch.

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Developmentally Disabled Adults Session

3 Nights

For adults 18 years and older whose disability is primarily connected with mental development, Christikon’s camp for the developmentally disabled offers opportunities for enjoyment of the mountains and growth in caring relationships. Included are hiking, group recreation, crafts, work projects, shared responsibilities, sharing of talents, music, etc. Christikon staff people reside in the cabins with the campers, and provide program leadership.

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Continuing Education Retreat

3 Nights

Running from Monday supper through Thursday lunch, this retreat is designed particularly for rostered ministers, interested lay people, and their families. It is sponsored with the ELCA Montana Synod’s continuing education program. Our special guests and program will be announced soon!

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Associate Professor Amy Marga

Amy Marga is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology. She has been at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN since 2006.  A summa cum laude graduate of Concordia University, St Paul, MN (1995), she received a Master of Divinity (1998) and Doctor of Philosophy (2006) from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the author of Karl Barth’s Dialogue with Catholicism in Göttingen and Münster (2010), the translator of Karl Barth’s The Word of God and Theology (2011), and a contributing translator to Barth in Conversation: Volume 1, 1959-1962, (2017). She is also the author of several essays about Karl Barth’s theology including in The Westminster Handbook to Karl Barth; the Karl-Barth Handbuch; and Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth: An Unofficial Catholic-Protestant Dialogue (White and McCormack, editors). She lives in St. Paul with her husband, two boys, and a poodle.

Rev. Dr. Karl Jacobson

The Rev. Dr. Karl Jacobson (M.Div., Luther Seminary; Th.D., Providence) serves as Senior Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis, Minn. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor of Religion at Augsburg College. Jacobson is contributing author to Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms (Augsburg Fortress, second edition 2017) and Crazy Book: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Biblical Terms (Augsburg Fortress, second edition forthcoming, 2019), Invitation to the Psalms: A Reader’s Guide for Discovery and Engagement (Baker Academic, March 2013), commentary on the Book of Numbers in the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: Old Testament and Apocrypha (Fortress, 2014), as well as commentary on selected psalms in The Lectionary Commentary: The Psalm and Hymn Responses for Worship and Preaching, (Eerdmans, 2009), and study notes for Obadiah and Joel in the Lutheran Study Bible, and blogs about the Bible and popular culture at https://bibpopcult.wordpress.com/. Karl is married to the Rev. Angela Fairbanks Jacobson, and they share five children.

Mountain Weekend

2 Nights

Christikon summer staff serve as hosts for each family, and offer options for children during sessions for adults. They are available for child care at other times as well. Meals are served Friday supper through Sunday lunch. Can easily be paired with registering for the Continuing Ed Retreat as well.

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Adult Backpacking

Dates and Fees to be arranged as needed

Christikon can host groups of adults (couples, young adults, one-gender groups, older adults, etc.) in the magnificent mountain wilderness surrounding camp. Groups must have at least six people, and can have no more than twelve. Two Christikon staff lead each group.

Dates can be arranged within the context of youth camp trails sessions. Youth sessions cover six nights (four in the backcountry, first and last nights at camp). Your group can reduce the number of days in the back country to 2 or 3; but at least 3 is recommended.

You arrive the afternoon of the first day of the session, stay overnight at camp for orientation and packing-out, and head into the wilderness the next morning. You remain in the back country for 2, 3, or 4 nights, and return to Christikon the afternoon of your last day on the trail. Typically, the group leaves Christikon early the next morning after staying overnight at camp, but some adult groups may choose to leave Christikon once they are packed in and cleaned up. Your route can be tailored to your group. You may do a three or four-night backcountry loop, or you may arrange for setting up a two to four-night base camp from which you day-hike (so you carry packs only the first and last days). Our staff people can lead the program; or they can work with you in shared program leadership for Bible study, Quiet Time and worship. You may also register as a CreationCare session.

CreationCare is arranged with Director Mark Donald, if you do have a group of at least 6 that would be interested in booking, please contact us. CreationCare is much like backpacking. You and your group set up a base cap in the wilderness above our main site. You share in the regular Christikon trails program, including worship and Bible study. You’ll spend about eight hours of work each day helping to build and repair Forest Service trails, or rehabilitating damaged areas in the wilderness. The session is 7 days, 6 nights. Minimum group size is 6 guests; maximum group size is 13 guests.

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