Events & Retreats

Camp isn’t only for summer! Here at Camp Bear Creek, it’s a way of life.

There is plenty to see and experience year-round. Our setting provides the perfect place to connect with nature and live in the moment. Step out of the busyness of schedules, school, and work and find the space to rest, to be honestly and authentically yourself, and to immerse yourself in simplicity, beauty, and community.

There’s always something happening at camp, and we invite you to be a part of it! Explore our retreat and event offerings happening year-round right here at Camp Bear Creek. If you’d like to schedule your own retreat or gathering, visit our Retreat Booking page for more information on how to do just that.

A group of kids posing for a picture in the show in Iowa during a winter camp.


School breaks are meant for imagination, adventure, and friends! Wintertainment has been a Camp Bear Creek tradition for decades and is the ultimate winter camp experience. It might only be a 48-hour retreat, but there is enough fun, games, laughter, and enjoyment to last a week! Snow or no snow, we’re turning Winter into a season to celebrate. Break out the hot chocolate and snowballs. Gear up for the Winter Olympics and trips down the sledding hill. Invite your friends and come ready to play games, compete in silly challenges, and make some of your best memories this year.

Grades 2-6

Wednesday, December 27 at 3pm – Friday, December 29 at 3pm

Early Bird Rate: $150 (register before December 1)
Regular Rate: $175 (registration deadline is December 10)

A woman sitting on a tube at an Iowa winter camp.

Teen Bash

This retreat is filled with plenty of excitement, a little bit of crazy, and a whole lot of fun! Just for middle and high schoolers, we’re making sure Winter Break is something to remember! Go fire spinning, sled down the tubing hill, meet new friends, have a late night pizza party, and compete in a game of Organized Chaos. With or without snow, Teen Bash is everything anyone could want at Winter Camp. Bring your friends, grab your sleeping bag, and leave the homework at home. We’re ending the year in the best way possible with 48-hours of camp, crazy, worship, friends, and adventure.

Grades 7-12

Wednesday, December 27 at 3pm – Friday, December 29 at 3pm

Early Bird Rate: $150 (register before December 1)
Regular Rate: $175 (registration deadline is December 10)

Plan Your Retreat

Looking for a place where you can host your retreat or family reunion? Camp Bear Creek rents its facilities and offers its food service and activities to groups for their retreat. We have a variety of facilities that can meet your needs. We can also lead different activities or cook your meals to enhance your experience. Visit our Book a Retreat page to check out everything we have to offer and then give us a call at the office (563) 488-3893 to make a reservation for your retreat!

Aerial view of a forest at sunrise.