Director & Staff

Hailing from the Midwest, Dan Scharnhorst brings energy, creativity and passion to the leadership role at Bear Creek Camp. His experience includes executive director duties at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin; Director of Youth Ministries at First English – Peace Lutheran Parish, Oshkosh, WI; Program Coordinator and Director of Development roles at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City, Iowa; and ongoing motivational speaking engagements for audiences of youth to adults. Dan enjoys partnering with the synods and their congregations to help make Bear Creek Camp an even more dynamic, exciting and faith-forming place where relationships are built, groups are strengthened and God’s word is central.

Letter From the Director


Camp Director

Dear Campers, Parents and Supporters,

Bear Creek Camp is a very special place where God’s love for all people is evident.

Please take a look around our website and learn more about who we are and what we do.

We invite you to “join in the fun” of BCC by attending a summer camp session, a family camp weekend, our Women’s Retreat or one of our CONNECT weekends for youth.

Bear Creek Camp is a great place to meet new friends, grow in your faith, worship, pray, hike, climb, swim and have fun! BCC has been providing wonderful life changing experiences for thousands of people since 1974. We are grateful for all that God is doing here at this amazing place.

I’m very thankful for the opportunity to lead Bear Creek Camp into the future – a future where all are welcome and invited to explore, celebrate and grow in God’s creation.

Yours in Ministry,
Dan Scharnhorst

Year Round Staff


Executive Director
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Associate Director
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Development/Program Assistant
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Facilities Manager


Office Manager
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Naturalist/Rental Coordinator
Email Denise »

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