Youth Ministries

If you’re in grades 7-12, come join the love and support of one of our youth programs! This is your place to feel safe and encouraged, and to know you are loved for who you are. Bring your friends, make new friends, even develop leadership skills.

Youth Welcome Statement
We affirm that all people are created in the image of God, and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s love and grace. We welcome ALL people into full participation of youth ministries at Normandale Lutheran Church and celebrate the diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, socioeconomic status, and physical and mental ability. We embrace this diversity as a gift from God.

Summer Programming 2024: Register today!

There’s something for all ages this summer: Vacation Bible School, Summer Stretch Day Camp, Camp Vermilion Trip and Wilderness Canoe Base Camping Trip! Read below to learn about each program and click the links to register today. Please register your child with their current grade level. Scholarships are available for every program, talk to Lily if you are in need of a scholarship. Come hangout with us all summer!

Summer Stretch After Dark

June 18 – 20 | 4 to 9 pm
6th – 8th grade
Price: $150/ camper

“Mystery Bus” Camp for kids who have completed 6th-8th grade! We will meet at Normandale Lutheran Church each day and go to a surprise service location in the afternoon, and a surprise FUN location for the evening. Join us for this exciting week of service & play! 

Camp Vermilion

July 21-26 in Cook, MN
3rd – 8th grade
Price: $625/camper ($540 before March 1)
Scholarships available: contact Jessica

Spend a week with us in God’s Great Northwoods in Cook, MN. Camp will be July 21-26 overnights for kids who have completed 3th – 8th grade. We will ride a bus together to and from camp. At Camp Vermilion we swim, craft, play field games, eat yummy food, sing around the bonfire, roast smores, paddle, run, learn in Bible Study, and enjoy treats at the Canteen. This is a week you don’t want to miss! Register below.

Wilderness Canoe Base

August 3 – 8 in Grand Marais, MN
8th – 12th grade
Price: $700/camper
Scholarships available: contact Jessica

Join us for a weeklong getaway at Wilderness Canoe Base in Grand Marias, Minnesota, situated on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. WCB specializes in guiding experiences in this Wilderness in tandem with exploring God’s word and world. We will meet a guide and sleep in cabins at the camp while learning camping skills and then we will adventure into the Beautiful Boundary Waters for a few nights of camping. It will be a week of a lifetime: swimming, canoeing, learning camping skills, cooking over a fire, teamwork, hiking, deepening friendships, making new NLC friends, and learning what it means to live and love as God’s people in the world.


Grades 7-8
Monthly Lesson with Student & Parent | 6:45-7:45 pm

Confirmation culminates with the Affirmation of Baptism service each year on Reformation Sunday. We believe that hearts and hands must accompany our heads in the journey of faith, and so we offer a monthly lesson for students and parents, along with a catalog of elective credits students earn throughout each year. By the time students are confirmed, we want them to have grown in relationships with their peers, with the congregation across generations, and within their families!

Questions? Contact Director of Youth Ministry Jacob Boettcher or Pastor Paul Pettersen.

High School Youth Group

Grades 9-12
Wednesdays | 8:00-9:00 pm

All high school aged youth are welcome! Come when you can. It will be a BLAST. Join in the fun as we grow as a community, and deepen in our faith.

Questions? Contact Director of Youth Ministry Jacob Boettcher or Pastor Paul Pettersen.

Come as you are to High School Hangout.

This is a place where high school youth from Normandale grow in relationship to God and others. This is a community where you can both bring existing friends and make new ones. This is a place that values the unique gifts, talents, vitality and passion that kids bring. ALL are welcome to join in learning, loving, serving, and worshiping.

High School Leadership Team

Grades 11-12

Youth in grades 11 & 12 are strongly encouraged to apply to this collaborative, creative, leadership-focused team. The time commitment is just one hour per month for meetings and a few fun events throughout the year.

Questions? Contact Director of Youth Ministry Jacob Boettcher or Pastor Paul Pettersen for more information.

Youth Choir

Grades 7-12

We are known for our vibrant music programs and have several great options. Youth are invited to join our Youth Choir on Wednesdays from 5:40-6:20. 

Contact Director of Worship and Music Dr. Gregory Peterson with any questions.

Our Youth Are Worship Leaders!

We boldly invite you to serve our Normandale community in worship.  Helping with either communion distribution Crew or ushering are just two (2) areas where you can participate… there are many more!

Interested in hearing more? Contact Worship Assistant Kim Sannerud and she will definitely get you connected!

Contact Us

Have general questions about all of the programs for our youth? Feel free to send a note to Director of Youth Ministry Jacob Boettcher or Pastor Paul Pettersen.

Upcoming Youth Events

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Youth Events Calendar