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McFarland Lutheran Church


Summer Festival

Here at McFarland Lutheran Church Summer Festival is the week long camp experience for our Affirmation of Baptism Students(confirmation) and our High School Youth. Every year we send a busload of young people to Summer Festival. Our youth have loved this experience and often ask to go back again and again.

What is Summer Festival?

Every year a phenomenon takes place as hundreds of teenagers invade a college campus for a week at a time. From the opening greeting to the final hugs farewell something unique takes place. It’s hard to pinpoint if it’s the absurd games, the challenging speakers, the caring adults, the uncontrollable laughter, or the honest time to talk, but somewhere it hits you, this isn’t your normal summer camp.

For a week during the summer, teens have the chance to get away from real life. Students have the opportunity to hang out with people from all across the Midwest, to deepen friendships and to talk about God. Every day speakers come to share inspiring and challenging stories about real life, God and where the two intertwine. The days are packed with fun surprises of all kinds. From the music to the movies, to games, speakers and club all with laughter to tears Summer Fest really has something for everybody.

There are two qualities that set Summer Festival apart. The first is we understand that camp needs to be more then a one week event. We make sure that when a church decides to come to Summer Fest that they bring their own own adult leader from the church. This way there is a familiar face going into the experience, as well as someone who can share the experience with teens when camp is over. The second quality is we are a non-denominational camp. By focusing on what really binds us, Jesus Christ, we are able to minister to teens from every walk of life. Because there is an adult along and there is discussion time every day, the students get to debrief and try to relate how the day's lessons connect to their faith journey. Another advantage of being non-denominational is that students can bring anyone of their friends without fear if they will fit in.

This summer, see what life can really be. Attend Summer Festival, experience what really matters: God, good friends, memorable times and lots of laughs.

photo from Junior High Summer Festival

Summer Festival Dates

Watch for announcement of dates in the MLC Newsletter and News You Can Use


photo from Senior High Summer Festival


Summer Festival Required Forms

Chaperone Emergency Contact Form
Sr. High School SF Medication/Emergency Contact Form
Jr. High School SF Medication/Emergency Contact Form
Summer Festival Code of Behavior Code Form

2009 Final Parent Letter
2009 Dress Code
2009 Packing List

Summer Festival Donation Opportunities

We invite you to consider donating money to send a child to camp who could not otherwise participate without assistance. The cost to transport and go to camp is around $350.00 per student. Either full or partial donations are helpful.

For more information on Summer Festival Camps


Luther Youth Fest

Here at McFarland Lutheran Church we provide our young people with an opportunity to participate in the Luther Youth Fest. It is one of the greatest events for high school youth around! Plan now to join us November 7-9, 2008 for a great weekend where your high school youth can get away and think, get a larger sense of the church by hanging out with other high school and college students, and grow in their faith all at the same time! The weekend will include great music, workshops on a wide range of topics, meaningful worship experience, and great fun! Details are quickly coming together, so check back often for regular updates. If interested please download, print and fill out the permission slip below and return with a check for $40.00 to McFarland Lutheran Church.

Luther Fest Registration Form

Sr. High Medication- Emergency Contact Form

For more information go to ministry.luther.edu/cyf and follow the links for details about the event!

<< Go to the Young People Page