Living Waters Bible Camp is a scenic year-round Christian camp nestled in a beautiful valley in southwestern Wisconsin, which displays the wonders of God’s creation. The camp seeks to glorify God by providing an environment where diverse people of all ages can hear His Word and develop a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.
The camp is located in the rural town of Westby Wisconsin, between Minneapolis MN and Madison WI, just 40 minutes south-east of La Crosse WI.
Don’t close your heart to Jesus
I (Ivan) met Living Waters Bible Camp while studying at Emmaus Bible College. My first year at Emmaus was coming to an end and I wanted to stay for another year. I figured that my only way to accomplish it was to work very hard during the summer.
It was the Friday before Cristian Ministry Seminar week at Emmaus (CMS), a week where camps and Christian ministries come to Emmaus to promote their programs. That day one of the professors, Mr. Keith Leverentz gave a message to prepare us for the coming week. He said something like this:
“I know you already have plans for the summer, but do not close your heart to Jesus, keep your eyes and ears open to see what Jesus wants to tell you next week”
I did not like to hear those words, but Mr. Leverentz was right. I was planing my summer without considering God in my plans. So I set up my ears and mind to try to figure out what God wanted me to do for the summer.
In one of the CMS sessions, Dennis Siler, the Executive Director of Living Waters, was explaining the ministry of the camp. He really got my attention since one of their main focus was to train and equip the staff. Then I remembered I had come to the USA to prepare myself for ministry and this heavy staff training program was quite suitable to continue and enhance my training.
Tower & zip line
Living Waters Bible Camp boasts a 50-foot Climbing Tower to challenge adventurous people to new heights of physical and spiritual achievement. A variety of climbs are designed for a broad range of skill levels, from the inexperienced to the veteran climber. Trust, accountability and encouragement are just a few of the lessons you can gain from climbing one of the tallest outdoor climbing towers in the Midwest.
Attached to the top of the climbing tower two zip-lines send the riders racing for an exhilarating, and memorable ride. At the start of the zip-line, the riders are suspended 50-feet above the ground and get to feel the breeze blowing past their faces as you will see what it means to let go and trust God.
Believe it or not, inside this building, there is a creation museum. The camp provides guided tours of the six days of creation. You will experience various hands-on areas to investigate God’s works, a laser display, a star constellation board, an iridescent rock display, multiple insect displays, and over 200 mounted specimens including the:
- Bald eagle
- Black bear
- Golden eagle
- Horned owl and more!
The Investigation Center is a hands-on place to explore God’s creation in action. It includes several permanent residents such as “Linus”, our playful rhesus monkey. Usually, there are also a handful of seasonal visitors! Some of those visitors have included:
- Birds (turkeys, parrots, guinea fowl)
- Fish (bass, sunfish, crappie, trout)
- Mammals (armadillo, skunk hamsters)
- Reptiles (geckos, milk snakes, garter snakes, boa constrictor, a tortoise)
- Insects (a tarantula, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, scorpions)
Serving as a Family
I served as Summer Staff for the “Build on the rock” 2007 summer. Later I came back with my wife Laura and our two kids (Jeremiah and David) to serve as Summer Staff on the “Mighty servants” 2013 summer. Finally, I served as a Senior Camp dorm leader and as a Boys Camp teacher for the “In His Image” 2012 summer.
We have also been involved with the camp long-distance over the years by helping communicate with the Mexican artist that sculpted the cherubim for the tabernacle. And also inviting Mexican students for the Teleios program.
The Mission of Living Waters
I love the mission of Living Waters Bible Camp:
To reach, train and equip individuals to become servant leaders through the truth of God’s Word, intentional godly relationships, and adventures in His creation.
I really like how the mission of the camp is not only to reach the lost and present them with the gospel. The camp is fully committed to making disciples by training and equipping believers to become servant leaders in their families, churches, and ministries.
We are looking forward to being part of this ministry, and also very excited to have the Living Waters Bible Camp mission to be part of the spiritual development of our children.
As you may expect, the Training Programs are a huge part of Living Waters, there are many programs but we would like to highlight our favorites for you to get a better sense of what Living Waters Bible Camp is about:
This camp is designed specifically for those interested in developing a solid foundation for growing in their spiritual life, Foundation Camp is a two week intense Bible Study and personal assessment that will reveal both your strengths and weaknesses. You will learn about: spiritual gifts and inductive Bible studies, develop your life map, learn about and experience sharing your faith, and much more! Also, you will receive feedback as to how and where to use your gifts and abilities in the future at Living Waters and with other ministries.
Paul’s life and ministry were driven by his intense desire to “present everyone mature (Greek: Teleios) in Christ” (Col. 1.28) Teleios is an intensive nine-month, in-residence training program designed to cultivate in each student the character of Christ. The training consists of a mix of intensive Bible studies, ministry skills training, personal development, and service, all under the watchful care of seasoned mentors.
World Religions In America
World Religions is a hands-on experience in Islam, Judaism, Catholicism, Hinduism, and more. Each day will focus on a different major world religion studying the major tenants of that religion, go experience a visit to the worship place or a worship service, and then return to discuss what we have learned. You will be pushed out of your comfort zone with unfamiliar perspectives on life and faith.
Support our ministry
Partner with us!
If you interested in partnering with us, there are several ways you can get involved:
Support us in prayer
We are looking for people to seriously support us in prayer. If you are interested we would love to send you a quarterly newsletter so that you can be praying with us for the ministry.
Serve along with us!
It would be awesome if you, your family, and your church can join us at camp as volunteers and serve along with us! If you are interested do not hesitate to contact us. There are tons of ways you can get involved.
Since Living Waters Bible Camp is a non-profit organization it relies on the financial support of many donors to cover its ministry expenses, which includes being able to hire staff to serve. If God is leading you, you can donate to support camp to hire our family and enable us to serve in this way.
Living Waters Bible Camp ministry depends on the financial gifts of our donors. If God is leading you to support our ministry in this way you can donate towards the scholarship fund, specific camp projects, and many other needs of this ministry.
If you, your family or your church would like to come to camp to enjoy our programs please let us know. There are tons of official Living Waters Bible Camp events and programs you can come to. Also, camp can tailor a weekend or retreat specifically to the needs of your church, youth group, school, women’s group, etc.
Please let us know how we can serve you. It will be great to see you around enjoying and benefiting from the ministry of Living Waters.