New to Kuriakos?

Kuriakos is a year-round camping and outdoor education centre, specializing in summer camps and school programs for all ages.  Owned and operated by Sylvan Lake Lutheran Bible Camp Association, Kuriakos is rich in history and full of vision for the future. An industry-accredited camp, the quality of your experience is our top priority.

Choosing a camp is an important decision - we consider it an honour that you've taken the time to check us out.
Kuriakos is an industry-accredited, year-round outdoor ministry site. Our programs are open to everyone, and groups of all kinds use Kuriakos facilities for their important gatherings.  Have a look around - maybe Kuriakos is right for you.

Want to check out why others have chosen Kuriakos? Check out our video here!                   

Questions?  We've tried to provide lots of information here, but we know we can't answer everything on a website. Contact camp staff anytime - we'd love to get to know you.

Our Mission

Kuriakos exists to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to encourage and disciple.

Kuriakos is a place set apart for all people to be together.

In all our decisions, from program to property, staffing to marketing, we ask ourselves "does what I'm doing foster belonging, growth and relationship?"  If it doesn't do those things, we stop doing it.  These are the most crucial aspects of camp life that our campers have loved about Kuriakos for over 80 years. We believe this is the type of community God is calling us to be, and we think this is what people today need in order to know abundant life.  Through challenge courses and meal service, worship time or waterfights, God speaks in this place, drawing his people in close and sparking imagination for the future.

  • Togetherness

    For we are God's workers; you are God's field; God's buildling.

    - 1 Corinthians 3:9

  • Growth

    Instead, speaking the truth in love, we grow up into him who is the Head, that is Christ. From Him, the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

    - Ephesians 4: 15-16

  • Belonging

    And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

    - Romans 1:6

Growing Adventure

Without losing who we are, we believe God has a big future in store for our ministry.  The first phase of Growing Adventure involves making use of our farm land.  We’re working closely with a Landscape Architecture class at NAIT in order to design a trail system and turn the agricultural land back to forest—to be used for camping, biking, skiing, hiking, navigating; during our programs and by the local community.
Check back here for updates as we move forward on these exciting projects.  We hope that you will invest in the future of Kuriakos as part of the future of your family.
Want to know what things might look like?  Here's a brochure from 2025.

Our History

87 YEARS OF MINISTRY!

Here's a little of God's story at Kuriakos.
On a Saturday in June, 1931, Danish settlers from the Dickson area approached a local farmer about donating part of his land for a Lutheran camp. Nick Isaacson stood up from his rocking chair on the porch of his house and offered the 17 acres of lakefront land that became the base for Camp Kuriakos. The price? Just $1. 

Through its 85 years, God has been faithful, and Kuriakos has continued to grow.  Camping in the 21st Century looks very different than camping in 1930, but the fundamentals are the same.  Kuriakos relies on support from its members, people who have experienced the life enhancing benefits of outdoor ministry. Members are involved by attending programs, volunteering, through their prayers, financial donations, and by inviting friends to attend camp as well.

The mission of Kuriakos has never changed. Kuriakos exists to provide an outdoor space in which people can be encountered by the Living God, through activity, community, and worship.

Some of the Details:

LAND

Two parcels of land have been purchased since that initial gift.  In 1992 and 2001, local land was purchased to allow for future growth and programming opportunities. Currently, a soccer field and wilderness camping site have been situated on these properties. Both of these properties are important parts of the future for Kuriakos as facility and activity areas. 

BUILDINGS

Buildings have been developed to provide year round opportunities for fellowship at camp. One of the original structures of the camp, Mary's Cottage, is still used today. 
The Chapel was errected in 1958, renovated in the late 90s and remains a beautiful place of worship today.  The Standard Lodge (now Dana Lodge) was build in the early sixties  and renovated in 2000 and again in 2015.
Building began on the Kuriakos Centre by volunteers in 1972.  Four years later, the Centre was complete and the dorm was underway.
The ARC was built  in 1986-1987, to provide year round recreation and space for creative projects.
Three Cabins went up thanks to many volunteer hours through the 80s. 
Smaller buildings have been added over the years as well, providing staff housing, equipment storage and more.

Recent addtions include the Wilderness site (2007), the Staff Shack (2009), a new RV park (2010) and services building (2014).  Renovations on Dana Lodge were completed in 2016, adding program space and washrooms to accommodate mid-sized groups.

STAFF
Kuriakos hired Pastor David Larsen as the first Executive Director in 1979. He led the camp for 32 years, retiring in 2011.  PD couldn't do it alone, though.  Rev. James Hendricksen served as Program Director in 1999, Daena Winchell served as Assistant Director 2001-2003, and Laureen Wray served as Assistant Director and Interim Executive Director between 2004 and 2015.  Art Weiss has served as Executive Director since early 2015.
Many people have faithfully served as Resident Caretakers and Property Managers over the last 20 years.  Ken and Carol Bell have served in this position since 2009.
Housekeepers, bookkeepers, cooks, office support, and seasonal staff, and thousands of volunteers have offered their talents over the years.  The staff have been the heart of Kuriakos since it first began.