"What should I pack?"
Pillow and bedding or sleeping bag
Wash cloths and at least 2 towels
Soap and/or Shampoo
Tooth brush and paste
Comfortable clothing - casual and sport clothes
TWO pairs of comfortable shoes/footwear (sport and casual)
Pen or Pencil
Envelopes with stamps with you want to write a letter
One-piece swim suit (a t-shirt over a 2 piece is ok also), or a tankini is fine
Money for canteen (optional)
Softball and fishing gear. (optional)
Do not bring the following items:
Inappropriate clothing or clothing with vulgar words
Weapons (firearms, knives)
Tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
"When is drop-off and pick-up?"
Camper drop off is between 3pm and 5pm on the first day of camp.
On the last day of camp there is a closing rally at 10am. Parents are welcome to attend. Campers are dismissed at 11am.
Family Camp check in is between 6:00 and 7:00 on the first day.
"How can I contact my camper?"
Campers are welcome to get mail while at camp. If you would like to send a letter or care package to your camper, please mail it to the following address:
C/O Camp Joy
32521 380th ST
Dent, MN 56528
You may send emails to your camper at
For emergency situations please call the camp at the following number (218) 758-2924. Please do not call your camper unless it is an emergency, and please note that the phone is not always answered. Please feel free to leave a message. Matt's personal phone number is (218) 234-5948
"What's at camp?"
We're glad you asked! Camp has a multitude of buildings and grounds. Check them out:
The flagship of Camp Joy, Star Lake has crystal clear water, a gentle drop off, and sandy swimming area. On hot days, campers love to dive into swimming, fishing, canoeing, tubing and much more! The beauty of the lake really shines during sunset.
Camp Joy’s sports and recreation field is 16 wide open acres perfect for a game of kickball or capture the flag! It features a basketball court, playground, ball field and out bath. This is also favorite spot for gathering outdoors for worship, a camp fire, and the slip 'n slide!
Located in the center of Camp Joy, this building is a staple on the shoreline of Star Lake. Sitting lake side, this is the perfect building for listening to a sermon or participating in an evening worship session.
The Dining Hall
The dining hall is a favorite place for hungry campers to take a break from their daily activities to grab a bite to eat. The facility accommodates up to 120 and has large windows to view Star Lake's famous sunsets.
Our brand new court is a favorite place for campers and counselors to gather for various games of volleyball. Whether it's free time, cabin adventure time, or game time, there's always a match in progress!
All of Camp Joy’s cabins feature a pine interior and each sleeps 9. The cabins provide a calm camping atmosphere and all of them are tucked up against Star Lake’s shoreline.
The Staff House & Guest Lodge
This spacious facility is nicely nestled just mere feet off of the Star Lake shoreline and provides the ideal setting for church rentals of up to 30 people. This building is fully remodeled and features a walkout to the lake with its own deck and dock. Come check out the brand new rooms and beautiful view of the lake.