"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)

  • Your Bible

  • Pen or Pencil

  • Envelopes with stamps with you want to write a letter

  • Warm jacket

  • One-piece swim suit (a t-shirt over a 2 piece is ok also), or a tankini is fine

  • Personal Items

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug spray

  • Money for canteen (optional)

  • Softball and fishing gear. (optional)

Do not bring the following items:

  • Electronics

  • Two-piece swimsuits

  • Inappropriate clothing or clothing with vulgar words

  • Weapons (firearms, knives)

  • Tobacco, alcohol, or drugs

  • Fireworks

"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:

Camper Name

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:

Campers tubing on Star Lake

Star Lake

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.

Campers playing tug-of-war

Recreational Field

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!


The Chapel

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.

Campers in the dining hall

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.

Campers playing volleyball

Volleyball Court

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!

Camper in bunk


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.

Staff house and guest lodge kitchen

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.