Bike-a-thon Challenge set for Camp Okoboji

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Paul Golke joined the Camp Okoboji staff as its Ministry Advancement Director in 2013. He is also an avid bike rider. Part of his position is to raise awareness of camp needs and find funding for them.

On June 24, he will be rolling several of those aspects into one cause. Paul is conducting a 100-mile bike-a-thon type of challenge to raise funds for A/V equipment

for Camp Okoboji’s new Discover Center. He will be participating in the University of Okoboji Campus Ride around the Iowa Great Lakes. Paul wants to thank all those already sponsoring and helping him; fellow Camp Okoboji bikers, Thrivent Financial and the staff at Okoboji Expedition Bike Shop.

Paul invites people to support, pledge and/or join him in this challenge. More information can be found at: (click on Camp Schedule) or phone the camp at 712-337-3325 or email Paul at Donations can be sent to the camp, memo ‘Bike Challenge.’

The Discover Center is a state-of-the-art activity center for guests to meet and experience a variety of experiential and interactive programs. The A/V equipment will greatly enhance the quality of activities, presentations and meetings. It will even integrate with the internet for off-site broadcasting. Camp Okoboji is excited to offer a future vision for the next generation of campers and guests.

Regarding the heart rate portion of this challenge: Paul is also a heart attack survivor of 5 years. His recovery has been an inspiration to many. Paul is a strong advocate of heeding the warning signs of a heart attack and heart disease prevention. 

Camp Okoboji has served the Lakes Area since 1940. An outdoor ministry site of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod; Camp Okoboji offers summer programs for youth and families, as well as retreats year-round. The camp is nearly surrounded by the waters of Little Emerson Bay and Breezy Point. This unique setting provides many opportunities for relaxing and enjoying God’s creation. Its numerous cabins and lodges can accommodate nearly any size family, group and/or organization. People are invited to come and experience Jesus at the Lake.

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