Sisseton Family Learning Camp


About the Camp

The Sisseton Learning Camp on the Lake Traverse Reservation started in 2008 and was held at the Goodwill Presbyterian Church.  The camp moved to the Tiospa Zina Tribal School in 2010 and was held in conjunction with the school’s summer school program at the school. This camp was put on hiatus at the end of the 2012 camp season.

The camp restarted in 2018 as the Sisseton Family Learning Camp (SFLC) which allows families to be a part of the camp as campers and staff members.

Camp Format

The camp this year is moving to a new location and the camp will be held at the Christian Outreach Center in Sisseton, SD. The camp is 4 days long, Monday to Thursday, from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Campers are divided into four age groups, incorporating children from age 5 – grade 8. Camp Counselors and Station Leaders are comprised of youth in High School through Adult.

Opportunities for Building Fellowship and Mutual Understanding

There are many opportunities for fellowship and education during the week.  The Baltimore families and staff members will worship with the members of one of the Dakota Presbytery partner churches (Long Hollow, Good Will, Ascension, Buffalo Lake, Mayasan and Lake Travers Presbyterian Churches) on Sunday morning and socialize after church at a potluck luncheon.  At least one cultural presentation is arranged during the week and Baltimore families and staff will share evening meals with our Dakota Presbytery partners. After Camp activities will be planned for the Baltimore campers and their new Sisseton camper friends. The final camp activity will be a Family Night that will invite the Sisseton campers and their families to enjoy camp memories and a potluck supper with their new Baltimore friends.

Volunteer Requirements

The Sisseton Family Learning Camp (SFLC) offers a family experience where entire families are invited to participate as either campers or staff members.  We are seeking 20 staff members and 10 campers for the SFLC.  Staff members will be comprised of a mixture of, high school and college students, parents, and other adults of all ages. Campers are age 5 – 8th Grade. Camp staff must have completed one year of high school (9th grade) by the end of the school year.

Some background with children is helpful as camp staff members need to be comfortable around children and interested in forming relationships with the campers and their families.


Mandatory staff training is provided so that all staff members will feel prepared for a successful learning camp week. The training will include mandatory child protection training, mandatory cultural sensitivity training, staff building experiences, and information regarding the camp.


Baltimore families and adults will be staying at one of the Sisseton motels during their time in Sisseton. Motel information will be shared at the staff training.

Opportunities for Learning, Travel, and Fun

Various field trip opportunities are available for volunteers. Possibilities include visiting Nicollet Tower, swimming at one of the many nearby lakes, and hiking at Sica Hollow State Park.

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