Camp Pine Lake, a Church of the Brethren camp in the Northern Plains District, is a beautiful 16-acre haven adjacent to Pine Lake State Park near Eldora, Iowa.
A safe place where Heaven and Earth come together.
Camp Pine Lake is a ministry of the Northern Plains District - Church of the Brethren. We seek to provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment for all to come to know God as Creator and Sustainer. In our teaching, we strive to help campers of all ages develop knowledge of the Bible and an appreciation for the Church, while growing in discipleship.
We work to create a culture to nurture new and long lasting relationships in a Christian community and stimulate a desire in all to share God's love with others.
Meet Our Staff
Matt and Betsy Kuecker // Directors
Betsy grew up coming to CPL, and she and Matt were both involved in Church of the Brethren youth events during high school. The couple came on as managers in 2009, and Matt has taken care of the property ever since. After leaving in 2013, Betsy returned in 2020 as director. Every season at camp continues to change their lives!
Betsy is a licensed minister within the Church of the Brethren and brings experience as an English teacher, event planner and international education coordinator. Matt also works as a claims adjuster, and he is the Northern Plains District disaster coordinator.
Both are members of Ivester Church of the Brethren, but still have a lot of love for their home church - Prairie City Church of the Brethren.
Matt and Betsy love the outdoors, are expert paddlers and know the Iowa River like the back of their hands. Matt and Betsy have three young children who love CPL as much as they do.
Mark and Susan Haren // Assistant Directors
Susan and Mark moved to camp in 2022, and the couple brings a combination of professional expertise and wisdom to the camp staff.
Susan was an elementary classroom teacher for more than 30 years, and Mark currently teaches and coaches at Aplington-Parkersburg High School. Both are members of Ivester Church of the Brethren, and their children grew up attending Camp Pine Lake, with two of them becoming counselors, summer staff, deans and beyond.
While Susan is deeply involved in the camp's off-season ministry, planning and training, the couple dedicates their summer to bring that extra energy to make keep the camp wheel turning and support the whole staff.
Kaitlin Tool // Head Chef
Kaitlin and CPL became a match when our Facebook ads crying for kitchen help started to feel like a call. Kaitlin came on in 2022, and she brings a fun and flexible nature to the kitchen. She is ready to serve any dietary needs: vegan, gluten-free, non-dairy.... you name it, she can do it!
Kaitlin was inspired to keep her kitchen alive and is the brains behind the camp's Community Meal Sharing: a free meal each month November-May.
A social worker by trade, Kaitlin brings an open tenderness to all her work. Her three children are often with her in the kitchen, and she is always surrounded by kids, counselors and others who want to be near her.... her love of Jesus is that big!
Sidney Haren // Program Director
Sidney grew up at camp, became THE counselor and served on summer staff during her college years. After abruptly returning from service in the Philippines during the onset of COVID, Sidney jumped into the group that lead our Virtual Camp in 2020.
2021 made her Assistant Director. 2022 led to her beginning as Program Director. We like to call Sid the 'culture holder' because she is the person with the longevity to teach and share how we relate to one another and this space at camp.
Sidney recently finished her Master's degree in English and enjoys teaching and coaching when she's not leading campfires.