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Camp Oakridge was established to:

  • 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
  • Camp Oakridge is located at N303 Tower Road, Palmyra, WI.

    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.

    What Camping Services are Provided?

    Each camping area has electrical (30 and 15 amp) pedestals and running water located throughout 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 campground. 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.

    Annual Events

  • 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: People that want to help out the camp can volunteer at the Racine County Fair. Volunteering consists of selling/taking tickets at the front gate. Every shift that someone works earns money for the camp. This helps with the costs to maintain the camp. It is a non-profit group so any money we acquire is greatly appreciated.
  • 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. If you feel a need to use a chainsaw, we appreciate any help!
  • Closing weekend is the last weekend in October. That weekend features Trick-o-treating for the kids and a chili cook-off competition.
  • Bethany has been having an annual campout for 3 years now.

    Federation Churches

    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, WI
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church, Racine, WI
  • First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Racine, WI
  • Friedens Lutheran Church, Kenosha, WI
  • Peace Lutheran Church, Wilmot, WI
  • St. John Lutheran Church, Slades Corners, WI
  • St. John Lutheran Church, Burlington, WI
  • Faith Lutheran Church, Antioch, IL
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Waukegan, IL
  • Asscoiate Member Churches:

  • First Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, WI
  • St. John Lutheran Church, Watertown, WI
  • Living Water Lutheran Church, Wind Lake, WI
  • 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.

    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 Mark Kleisner, Camp Oakridge director.