For our camp, we are renting Carol Joy Holling Conference and Retreat Center from the Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. CJH is located on 317 acres, just off I-80, west of the Platte River between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. CJH is located at the end of Ranch Road off Highway 66 between Interstate 80 and Ashland, Nebraska. Look at http://www.nlom.org to see more photos of the camp’s features.

Directions If you are coming on I-80, take Exit 426 off I-80. Turn toward Ashland and go 2.5 miles past Mahoney State Park to the Ranch Road access road. Watch for the “Carol Joy Holling Center” directional sign. If you are coming from north of Ashland on Highway 66, come through Ashland, cross Highway 6, and continue 1.25 miles, then turn onto the Ranch Road access road. Watch for the “Carol Joy Holling Center” directional sign. Carpooling

To share a ride to the event, please use our Carpool tool. (not currently available)

Arrival Schedule

Camp StarTrail begins on Sunday, August 2, 2009Plan to arrive between 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. for sign in and directions to your housing. We’ll offer tours of the camp and an orientation session before Trail Head [outdoor activity for all ages] at 5:30 and supper at 6:00 p.m.

Departure Schedule

Camp StarTrail ends on Friday, August 7, 2009 after lunch.


Meals will be served in the dining hall (located in Sjogren), a new and accessible building. Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Lunch is at noon. Supper is at 6:00 p.m. Snacks for youth and adults are not available between meals unless you bring your own. Children will be provided snacks during the Morning and Afternoon Children’s Program. Vegetarian meals are an option; indicate your preference on the registration form.

Got an Idea for a Workshop or Activity?

Participants are invited to list on the registration form workshops or activities they’d be willing to lead at camp. The Program Committee will contact them.

Alcohol use

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries has a strict alcohol use policy. Because of the policies of the camp we are renting, these procedures for the use of alcohol must be followed:

People may bring alcohol for their own consumption to Camp StarTrail. All alcohol must be signed in at the time of arrival. All bottles and cans will be marked with the owner’s name. Alcohol will be stored in a secured area at Swanson Center. Alcohol will be made available to the owners between 5:30 and 6 p.m. each afternoon, and between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. each evening, and must be consumed during that time, in one designated Social Room at Swanson Center. No children or youth may be present during the consumption of alcohol. Volunteers will be needed to rinse containers and take them home for recycling.

Non-smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in buildings at Camp. There are smoking towers outside some of the buildings. Fire is a hazard at camp. Use the receptacles provided.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours begin at 10 p.m. Be respectful of families with children asleep before 10. Quiet hours are in effect in all buildings and public spaces, including outdoors.

Age Requirements

StarTrail welcomes adult singles and couples and families of all ages. High School age and younger participants are welcome as part of a family group.

Special Needs

There is ADA accessibility and an elevator in Swanson Center. There is a paved walk between Swanson Center and the dining hall (located in Sjogren). Most camp activities will take place in or near those buildings. Most other locations accessible by car on gravel roads, and the CJH staff will transport people in golf carts or a van, if needed.

Please let us know your needs on the housing form. That information will help us decide on housing assignments.

Medical Personnel

A meeting of participants with medical training will be held early in the week. As needs arise, those people may be called on for first aid or assistance in assessing emergency situations.


If you have questions, call or email the District Office.

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