|Camp Oakridge was established to:
Camp Oakridge is located at N303 Tower Road, Palmyra, Wis.
- provide our Lutheran Pioneer and Lutheran Girl Pioneer groups with a place to practice and learn the skills required for living in God's world
- encourage fellowship with other Christians
- develop a knowledge of God's wonderful creation
- help develop our future Christian leaders.
The property contains approximately 35 acres of meadows and forests with lots of hiking trails. Camp Oakridge is within minutes of Old World Wisconsin and Kettle Moraine State Forest. The camp is home to a variety of birds, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, raccoons, butterflies and other wildlife.
For a map to the property, click here
Take Highway 20 west to Highway 12 (Highway 20 will end and merge into Highway 12).
Turn right on Tamarak Road.
Turn right on Young Road (there is a large tower on the corner).
Turn left on Tower Road (the first road on the left; the sign isn't very visible)
Drive slowly. The driveway to the campground will not be marked Camp Oakridge until you can look down the driveway. It's on the left side. There will be an iron gate with an arch saying Camp Oakridge. If you come to an intersection (Little Prairie Road), you went too far.
Once on the grounds, drive past the field until you get to a fork in the road. From there you can decide where you want to camp, to the left, right or straight down the hill.
WHAT CAMPING SERVICES ARE PROVIDED?
Each camping area has electrical (30 and 15 amp) pedestals and running water located thoughout the camp. Unless marked "reserved," you can park anywhere. The campsites are all group sites. Sharing the water and electric pedestals hookups is expected. If you are the only person there, you may have to turn on the electric located in the pavilion building. (Please get instructions on how to do this before arriving, if it's your first time) There are also remote area sites for tent campers with no electric and water for those that like to rough it.
Firewood: Usually firewood is available in a rack located behind the bathrooms. If not, you may cut your own DEAD wood from in the woods.
There is a bathhouse with flush toilets and showers. A trailer dumping station is located next to the bathhouse.
Hiking trails wind all around the 38 acres of campgound. Horseshoe pits, sandbox, and swingset are available, but there are no planned activities.
There is NO swimming located on grounds, but can be found nearby. Lake Palmyra is a short 5-10 minute drive, or Whitewater's public pool is a fifteen minute drive.
There is a kitchen/pavilion available for group functions. Please check with your church camp director (see list below) for reserving the building for your group. Several church picnics and other events are held at various times of the year and scheduling is important to ensure availability.
There is no janitorial service or garbage disposal at the camp. Each group or individual is expected to clean up after using the camp and facilities and is responsible for their own garbage collection and removal.
THIS IS A SECURED FACILITY GATES ARE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES. YOU MUST CONTACT A DIRECTOR TO GAIN ENTRY.
- Memorial Day weekend the camp hosts a brat fry / potluck with church service to follow.
- Labor Day weekend is our annual pig roast /potluck with church service to follow.
- Racine County Fair: Also, people that want to help out the camp can volunteer at the Racine County Fair. The volunteering consists of selling/taking tickets at the front gate. Every shift someone works earns money for the camp. It is a non-profit group so any money we acquire is greatly appreciated. This helps the costs to maintain the camp.
- Opening weekend is in April. The electric and water gets turned on then and is available for camping. That weekend also consists of tidying up the camp, cutting wood, cleaning the inside of the buildings, or whatever else needs to be done. We appreciate any help! If you feel a need to use a chainsaw, come on out and you can saw wood all day!!!
- Closing weekend is the last weekend in October. That weekend Trick-o-treating for the kids happens and a chili cook off competition.
- Bethany has been having an annual campout for 3 years now. DATE OF THIS SUMMER TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!
COST OF CAMPING
A suggested donation of $2.00 per adult per night (18 and over). Any other donations for using electricity or water are greatly appreciated. There is a box located by the door of the pavilion where you can drop your donation.
For any other questions please contact our Camp Oakridge contact for Bethany:
D.J. & Emily Meier
Jack Taylor - Current Director
Nine WELS Churches in Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois support the operation and supply members to the Board of Directors of Camp Oakridge. The following congregations form Camp Oakridge, Incorporated:
Bethany Lutheran Church, Kenosha, Wis.
Epiphany Lutheran Church, Racine, Wis.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Racine, Wis.
Friedens Lutheran Church, Kenosha, Wis.
Peace Lutheran Church, Wilmot, Wis.
St. John Lutheran Church, Slades Corners, Wis.
St. John Lutheran Church, Burlington, Wis.
Faith Lutheran Church, Antioch, Ill.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Waukegan, Ill.
There are three Asscoiate Member Churches:
First Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, Wis.
St. John Lutheran Church, Watertown, Wis.
Living Water Lutheran Church, Wind Lake, Wis.
Lutheran Pioneer groups from all of the federation churches use the camp frequently from the end of April through the end of October each year. As a member of a federation church you and your family are always welcome to use the facilities.