Camp Brainerd has several different types of accommodations to suit your needs. Whether you’re having an intimate family gathering or entertaining a large number of people, there is a place for you at Brainerd. Our easy to access location, picturesque scenery, and comfortable atmosphere are sure to be the perfect backdrop for your special event…and we won’t break the bank!
Knox & Zwingli
These two cabins can function separately or together. Each cabin sleeps up to 14 people in double bunks and has their own bathroom facility containing 3 sinks, 2 toilets, and 2 showers. There is also a screened-in porch on each cabin that can be used for sleeping or activities during warmer weather. While there is no kitchen, you may enjoy eating at a local restaurant, cooking outside, or renting Calvin Lodge for your meals. Knox & Zwingli are handicap accessible.
Tennent is made up of 3 main rooms: 2 dorm rooms and a spacious lounge/kitchen area. Each dorm room sleeps 10 people in double bunks, and has its own bathroom equipped with 3 sinks, 2 toilets, and 2 showers. The lounge/kitchen provides extra space to relax, dine and cook a meal. There are couches, a small fireplace, dining tables and full kitchen. The kitchen includes a full-sized refrigerator, 4-burner stove/oven, coffee pot, toaster, pots and pans, cooking utensils, and enough china and flatware for 24. Outside you will find a large deck with a lovely view of the pool, lakes, and stream. Tennent is handicap accessible.
Farel has two dorm rooms; one sleeps 4 and the other sleeps 6 for a total of 10 people in double bunks. Each dorm room has its own bathroom equipped with a sink, toilet, and shower. The kitchen includes a full-sized refrigerator, 4-burner stove/oven, coffee pot, toaster, pots and pans, cooking utensils, and enough china and flatware for 12. There is also a dining table with space for 8-10 people. If you are interested in additional meeting space for activities, you are welcome to use the outdoor areas or rent Calvin Lodge.
Westminster is a charming old farmhouse that will make you feel right at home. It has a large, comfortable living room and a dining room large enough to seat 14-16 people. The house sleeps 14 people in single beds in 5 separate bedrooms, 4 located upstairs and one downstairs. In addition to a powder room, there is a full bathroom with a tub/shower upstairs, and a bathroom with a shower downstairs. The kitchen includes a full-sized refrigerator, 4-burner stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee pot, toaster, pots and pans, cooking utensils, and enough china and flatware for 16.
Calvin Lodge serves as a dining/meeting hall, and is ideal for large gatherings. There are enough dishes and flatware to entertain 70-80 people and a large commercial kitchen for food preparation. The kitchen includes a walk-in refrigerator, 6-burner stove with a griddle and 2 ovens, rotary toaster, 2 coffee urns, microwave, dishwasher, as well as enough pots, pans, and cooking utensils to prepare meals for a large group. There is also a large freezer in the basement for frozen goods. The main hall has a fireplace, piano and two restrooms. Calvin Lodge is handicap accessible.
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John
If you’d like to rough it a little, stay in these cabins. Each cabin sleeps 8 on double bunks. Matthew & Mark and Luke & John are connected. Bathrooms are located in a separate building nearby. These cabins have no kitchen, but you could enjoy a local restaurant, cook outside, or rent Calvin Lodge for your meals. Seasonal availability applies as there is no heat source in these cabins.
This screened-in building, which originally served as a summer dining hall, is now home to craft activities. It provides another large, covered meeting area during inclement weather in the summer.
Gorman Roof Chapel
The Gorman Roof Chapel is the center for worship activities at Brainerd Center. The chapel consists of sturdy benches, a stone podium, and a simple wooden cross with large trees as the walls and the sky for the roof. It seats roughly 100 people and overlooks the lower meadow, pavilion, and pond. A campfire pit sits just behind the chapel, providing another excellent evening gathering place.
Located between the creek and lower pond, the pavilion is a roofed area with 12 picnic tables underneath. In the center is a large chimney with 4 grill pits to hold a barbeque or have a fire for s’mores.
A labyrinth is a winding pathway that suggests one’s spiritual journey through life. There is one way in and one way out. There are no blind alleys or dead ends, as in a maze. The path goes into the center and leads back out again. It has become an important spiritual aid for our older campers and staff during the summer camp season. It has helped people to focus on their inner selves as they seek to receive God’s spirit into their hearts and minds.
Built in 1965, the pool has held strong and is a great asset to the camp and program. It provides a safe place for children to swim and play games. The shallow and deep ends are separated by a wall built into the pool, which keeps the weaker swimmers easily contained.
Around the Grounds
Several large meadows provide opportunities for activities such as field games, and also expose visitors to many forms of nature. The Upper Meadow is home to a hillside fire pit, buoyed by a large cross, and provides an outstanding location for campfires and other gathering activities. The Lower Meadow, beyond the lower pond and Stephen Pavilion, is a large field which provides an excellent venue for outdoor sports and activities. The large open areas behind Westminster and Calvin Lodge also offer opportunities to experience nature and enjoy the outdoors. As you can see, there are many wonderful activities for you to enjoy while at Camp Brainerd!
- Boat on the Lake – Lifejackets Available
- Fish in the Lakes – Lifejackets Available
- Play Frisbee Golf
- Enjoy Sand Volleyball
- Warm Yourself by a Campfire
- Have a Picnic Meal
- and so much more!