Hopkins Winter Camp

Come experience the magic of Camp Chippewa, but in the winter! Open to current 3rd through 8th graders who will spend 3 days (2 nights) enjoying many of the traditional summer camp activities with a winter time twist! All campers will receive a Winter Camp Shirt! 

Activities may include:

  • Horse Activities*
  • Cooking
  • GaGa Ball
  • Archery
  • Crafts
  • (*Weather dependent)
  • Challenge Games
  • Bible Studies
  • Group Games
  • New Year’s Eve Party
  • Talent Show
  • and much more!!!
Grades 3rd-8th
High School volunteer opportunities available
Check-In: Thursday, December 29th @ 1:00 pm
Check-Out: Saturday, December 31st @ 10:00 am 
Scholarship request form available during online registration process or email chipppewaprograming@greatplainsumc.org


“Although the mind has a tendency to associate camp with summer, one of the most influential experience as a staff member at camp occurred during a frozen December night. During Camp Chippewa’s first ever Winter Camp sponsored by the Hopkins Foundation in 2014, I found myself facilitating the typical camp activities which lead to a fun experience for the kids. (The weather even allowed us to play a game of GaGa ball). After a long day spent both in the cold and inside by the fire listening to the crackling, it was time for bed. All of my boys were fast asleep as I, myself, crawled into bed too. As I make my way into bed, I hear sniffling from one of the bunks. Expecting to unthaw my homesickness training from the summertime, I approached the upset bunk. What the camper and myself ended up discussing was not how much he missed his mother or father (or even favorite stuffed animal that he forgot to pack). Instead he began to ask me questions that not every 4th grader asks anyone out loud. Questions that no amount of training could prepare you for. He asked me questions about death, creation, and God in relation to both. Thankfully the fun activities provided him with the space to trust me enough to ask questions he had only thought about before. I was able to offer him encouragement though our Savior, Jesus Christ. We can approach Him in confidence that He cares about our concerns, so we did just that. We prayed together and asked for calming of our personal storms that night. After prayer, I sat with him until he drifted off to sleep. Thanks to the Hopkins Foundation and Camp Chippewa, this child experienced fun and had faith to trust me. This is why we do what we do as camp people. The season doesn’t matter, but the children most certainly do. (No matter what time of night!)”

– Garrett Dragoo, Camp Counselor Alumni

The Hopkins Foundation provided funds for the last 5 years of Winter Camp, and due to the wonderful programming and lasting impact witnessed by the Hopkins’ representatives, we have been blessed with the opportunity to be the host and hands of their camp for children that do not have the chance to experience the traditional love, joy and excitement of camp, or maybe even Christmas.
Typically these children are on free & reduced lunch at school, their family is facing seasonal hardships

Camp Chippewa Office

2577 Idaho Road
Ottawa, KS 66067-9007
Phone: 785-242-6797
Fax: 785-242-8525