Welcome to our camp history and fun facts page where you get to learn some
interesting bits of information about the camp and it's amazing past.

Camp Minne-boji themes over the years!

1963 - Creation
1964 - Word of God
1965 - Victory over Temptation : Personal Savior
1966 - the 10 Commandments
1967 - Use Us in Thy Kingdom
1968 - Minne-boji '68
1969 - Symbolism
1970 - A New Song
1971 - the Roman Forum
1972 - Praise that Never Ends
1973 - Touched by the Fire
1974 - Spiritis Gladius : Equiptment Doublecheck
1975 - What a Friend
1976 - We're Free !
1977 - Son-Kissed Fruit
1978 - His Banner Over Me is Love
1979 - UPS - Up Praise the Savior
1980 - God Opens Doors
1981 - Alive in Christ
1982 - Rejoice in the Lord Always
1983 - Heart-Light
1984 - God's Love Came Down (Christmas in June)
1985 - Fabulous Father's Fantastic Family
1986 - Put on the Full Armor of God
1987 - Flight Plan
1988 - Spirit-Sparked
1989 - Walkin' in the Light
1990 - Kids on the Journey
1991 - Button-Holed
1992 - In His Steps
1993 - Fireworks
1994 - Lead Me to the Rock
1995 - His Banner Over Me Is...
1996 - It Came to Pass...
1997 - Great Faces...High Places
1998 - Angles on Angels
1999 - Fifty & Faithful : Camp Minne-boji's 50th Anniversary
2000 - Y2K (Yahweh's 2000 Kids)
2001 - Grounded
2002 - Towering Truth
2003 - Designer Labels
2004 - Forever Friends
2005 - Courageous Faith : Bold Witness
2006 - Awesome God
2007 - Twisting Tales: Tremendous Truths from the Teacher
2008 - Don't Forget His Lyrics!
2009 - Who is I AM
2011 - ἄγγελος (Angels : God's Messengers)
2012 - Armor of God
2013 - Be Not Afraid
2014 - Faith Words
2015 - NEW
2016 - Got Questions?
2017 - Sola (Alone)
2018 - iLIFE
2019 - Delivered
2020 - {no camp due to Covid}
2021 - Washed
2022 - Masterpiece
2023 - Way + Truth + Life = Jesus
2024 - ???

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* Where did the name Minne-boji originally come from? While the camp was originally started back in 1949, it wasn't named Minne-boji until 1963 when it moved to Camp Okoboji in Milford, IA from it's original site of Camp Shetek in Slayton, MN. The "Minne" part of the name comes from the camp's original Minnesota roots, with the "boji" part coming from it's new home at beautiful Camp Okoboji on West Lake Okoboji.

* Near as I can tell, the 1st year the "SPIRIT of OKOBOJI" award was presented was in 1981. For a list of all the winners of the past... CLICK HERE!

* The coveted Clean Cabin Awards go back as far as 1964.

* In 1999, we celebrated our 50th anniversary camp year. Our camp theme was "Fifty and Faithful". The music group Lost and Found were our special guests and performed a concert for us.

* The 1st year that we held our Camp Minne-boji Honor's Camp was in 1990. An outstanding program for our older campers, our Honor's camp continues yet today and is a great opportunity for Christian growth.

* Formerly called the Minne-boji Minutes, in 1968 the 1st ever issues of the Boji Blabber camp newsletters were distributed at camp. To this day, the Boji Blabber remains an important source of information for our campers throughout the week. This website got it's name from the Boji Blabber.

* A longtime camp tradition that dates back to the mid-70's is the "Hula-Hop".

* They may not be Noah's Ark...
On & off from 1963 to 1986, campers would take a tour around Lake Okoboji on the USS Empress. Then from 1987 to 1993, Minne-boji campers rode aboard the Queen II riverboat. The Queen II still operates out of Arnold's Park. From 1994-2004 we took excursions to the Boji Bay waterpark. Starting in 2005, we have begun to take the camp to the legendary Arnold's Park. Arnold's Park began in 1886 and is one of Iowa's famous family attractions. The amusement park includes many rides including a 63-foot ferris wheel and the "Legend" roller coaster.

* The Counselors versus the Staff volleyball matches have been going on since 1973. Before then, they clashed in an annual softball game. Throughout the years though, the results rarely change with the Staff team winning fairly consistantly.

* Throughout most of the 1970's, campers raced in the 'Grand National Okoboji Invitational, Sensational Track & Field Meet, an in-camp race for Minne-boji campers. Also, for MANY years through the 70's, 80's, even into the early 90's, campers participated in the Mini-Olympic Games (or was that the Minne-Olympics?)

* An outstanding camp coincidence or a small divine camp miracle? In 1984, of the 15 campers & 1 counselor that were staying in Cabin #21 that year, NINE of them shared the same middle name... Kay! The counselor of that cabin was none other than current camp nurse, Colleen (then Buehner) Johnson. Colleen has been a part of Camp Minne-boji as a counselor (from 1982 to 1984), as the camp's nurse (from 1985 to 2010), and even attended as a camper (in 1971 & 1972). Colleen, thank you for fixing all our "boo-boo's" over the years and for reminding us to put on our suntan lotion & drink our water. You deserve a golden band-aid award for all you have done for us over the years.

* In 2018 we started a new tradition, a Cabin Challenge competition where campers get points for activity participation throughout the week. It was lots of fun and appears to be something we will be continuing in the future.

Minneboji Campers Song
Author Unknown found in an old Boji Blabber issue
set to the tume of Onward Christian Soldiers

Minne-boji Campers
Living for the Lord
With the Friends we've made here
And ones we've known before
All this week we'll study
Sing, and have some fun
"puting on God's armor" to fight the wicked one
Minne-boji Campers
Living for the Lord
Loving, Caring, Christians
Now and Evermore

2004 Minneboji Word Find Puzzle

2003 Minneboji Word Find Puzzle

2002 Minneboji Word Find Puzzle

2001 Minneboji Word Find Puzzle

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