Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center is a Christ-centered facility located on the Northeast corner of Big Sandy Lake; just a few miles north of McGregor, Minnesota. Operating 12 months out-of-the-year, we provide several summer camp sessions for kids as well as host a wide variety of retreat groups ranging from 1-300 guests in the fall, winter and spring.

Youth Camps

Youth Camps are by far one of our most favorite things to do here at Big Sandy Camp. We love when camp is filled with campers having fun and learning more about Christ. Check out our different youth camp options here!


Family Events

We love having families here at camp. Big Sandy Camp is a great place to get away with your family and have some fun, while being poured into spiritually. There are a couple different programs we run here specifically for families. Learn more about them here!


Specialty Events

Camp doesn’t slow down just because summer is over! During the school year we have a lot of different events going on at Big Sandy Camp. We have a bunch of different types of retreats and events to reach different people. Check out our specialty events to see which one’s you would be interested in!



During the school year we have a lot of churches and groups that come to camp to run their own retreats. We host the Alliance Men’s and Women’s retreats, as well as some youth retreats, couples retreats, men’s, women’s, and more! Learn more about having your retreat at Big Sandy Camp here!


Mission Statement

Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center seeks to touch hearts and change lives through innovative, Christ-centered activities, events and programs.

Big Sandy Camp is where God changes lives for Christ in the north woods of Minnesota. It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent, pastor, camper, volunteer, or donor, we’d love to see you at BSC this year. Come get connected at a family camp or work retreat; give your kids or students an amazing opportunity to see God move at Summer Camp or Avalanche Camp. If you and your spouse need a weekend away check out our Marriage Retreat or Marriage Conference.

If you didn’t find what you were looking for here, or if you have a question about anything Big Sandy Camp related contact our office today! 218-426-3389 or

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2017 Big Sandy Camp Event Calendar

Dates Event Days
January 5-7 Junior Avalanche Friday - Sunday
January 15 Family Tubing Day Monday Afternoon
January 19-21 Senior High Avalanche Friday - Sunday
January 22-24 Alliance Pastor’s Institute Monday - Wednesday
January 26-28 Junior High Avalanche Friday - Sunday
February 19 Family Tubing Day Monday Evening
February 23-25 Alliance Men’s Retreat Friday - Sunday
June 30-July 3 Sprouts Kids Camp Wednesday - Saturday
July 5-8 4th of July Family Camp Saturday - Monday
July 9-14 Junior High Monday - Saturday
July 16-21 Senior High Monday - Saturday
July 23-28 Pinecone Camp Monday - Saturday
July 30-August 4 Junior High 2/Pinecone Camp 2 Monday - Saturday
August 31-September 3 Labor Day Family Camp Friday - Monday
September 28-30 Alliance Women’s Retreat Friday - Sunday
TBD Father-Son Retreat Friday - Sunday
TBD Empty Nesters Retreat Friday - Sunday
September 26-28 Marriage Retreat Friday - Sunday

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Mission Statement

Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center seeks to touch hearts and change lives through innovative, Christ-centered activities, events and programs.

This July, Big Sandy Lodge will be hosting the 1st Annual Sam Oden Memorial Relay Triathlon!

All proceeds from the triathlon will be split between the three youth camps of McGregor, MN: Catholic Youth Camp, Covenant Pines Bible Camp and Big Sandy Camp. For more information check out the brochure.