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Carol Joy Holling Camp,
Conference & Retreat Center

Located on 317 acres of rolling hills outside of Ashland, NE, Carol Joy Holling Camp, Conference & Retreat Center serves more than 1600 campers in the summer months and more than 20,000 retreat guests annually.


Sullivan Hills Camp

With a full 640 acres to explore, campers and retreat guests at Sullivan Hills camp have a variety of activities and adventures at their fingertips. This beautiful site serves 150 campers and several thousand retreat guests annually. It is located 10 miles north of Lodgepole, NE.

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We are called by God to be a Christ-centered, Spirit-powered ministry:

to equip, teach and excite people for discipleship through camp experiences,
to provide our conference and retreat guests with places set apart and serve with sacred hospitality
to nurture leadership for service in the church and world


As a part of our obligation to the Church and to the community, as well as in justice to our guests, campers, volunteers and staff, Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, Inc., including its Carol Joy Holling and Sullivan Hills camps, is committed to principles that enable opportunities for full participation in its programs and activities. These programs and activities include Christian education, spiritual, psychological, social, personal and professional development. We welcome all people and we do not tolerate behavior that discriminates based upon race, religion, color, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, age or ancestry. Such discrimination is demeaning, destructive and directly at odds with the Gospel of Christ and our goals of fostering equity, mutual understanding and cooperation.


Gracious People, Sacred Places, Significant Experiences

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Learn more about our organization through our most recent annual report. Click Here to read our 2018 Gratitude Report



Through the Early 1960s: Nebraska Lutherans borrow camping sites to operate junior high camps. 

1964: Circle R Camp is established.  

1974: George and Irene Holling gift a half section of land near Ashland to Nebraska Synod/LCA in memory of their daughter, Carol Joy Holling.  

1975: Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries is formed. 

1979: Carol Joy Holling Camp opens with 356 campers.  

1986: Carol Joy Holling Camp serves 1000 campers for the first time. 

1994: Day Camp is established in six Nebraska Synod Congregations. 

1995: Lester & Lillian Sullivan gift a section of land near Lodgepole, Nebraska...to be known as Sullivan Hills Camp.  

1997: Sullivan Hills Camp opens with 80 campers. 

2002: The Resource Center at Carol Joy Holling Camp is finished. 

2005: The Swanson Retreat Center is completed.

2010: Campers produced 32,000 Health Kits for victims of Haiti.

2014: The New Western Town facilities are complete and replace the old Ranch bunkhouses for summer camp.

2018: New Springs Facilities, Living Water Retreat House and Monke Lodge, were completed.

2020: The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of overnight summer camp for the first time in NLOM's 40 year history