Camp Fa-Ho-Cha


The Minnesota Odd Fellow Youth Camp is known as “Camp Fa-Ho-Cha”, the acronym of Faith, Hope and Charity. The Camp is located on a 24.6 acre island on German Lake which is about 20 miles NE of Mankato, Minnesota. The camp has eight A-frame cabins. There are men/women showers and bathrooms newly constructed in 1996. The 40’ x 64’ recreation hall also serves as the kitchen area. A two-story A-frame used by staff was completed in 2003. The lake has 5.5 miles of shoreline and the camp island has 1.3 miles of shoreline. The three deepest spots in the lake are 51 feet, 46 feet and 39 feet.  (see map below)

The Minnesota Odd Fellow Youth Camp Inc. was established in 1958 through the benevolence of C. W. Brandt of Mankato who had the vision of providing a camp for our youth. For many years just maintaining and clearing land was the major investment. In 1969, the first pole shed was erected with progress ever since. Our first “A” frame cabin came in 1983. A much needed bath house/septic system was the goal for 1997. Electricity arrived in 1988.

The most recent undertaking was the two-story counselor cabin. It has rooms for the counselor and staff. The upstairs is used by the maintenance person. The deck allows supervision of the cabins and activities. Board meetings and work day are the last Sunday of the month.

The last two full weeks in July are scheduled for boys and girls camps, respectively. Campers are sponsored typically by a Minnesota Odd Fellow or Rebekah lodge.  The Camp is licensed to have 40 boys one week and 40 girls another week.

Individuals or organizations may also provide funding and support to send campers. Youth must be 10-12 years of age by July 1st and fill out an application form.

At other times the camp is rented to various groups such as boy/girl scouts, church groups, family reunions, etc.

Looking down from the counselor cabin upper deck. On the right are the men/women bathroom & showers. The door in the center is the utility room. Two cabins are off to the left and the remaining 6 cabins are beyond the picture to the right.

For more information please contact Donna Perryman by calling 1-507-893-3444, or print an application from the link to the right of map, fill it out, and send to one of the addresses below, or write to:

Donna Perryman
PO Box 404
Winnebago, MN 56098


The Grand Lodge of Minnesota
PO Box 7415
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Camp Fa-Ho-Cha

Cabins are 14’ x 14’ for sleeping. They are insulated and equipped with a ventilation fan, floor fans & fluorescent lighting.

All cabins are equipped with a card table and chairs as well as having carpeted floors. Fire extinguishers and smoke alarms provide extra safety precautions.

Councelor's Cabin

Counselor’s Cabin

What Camp is About

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Excelsior ♦ Minnetonka #102

Organized January 1,1885

Meeting Information

Meetings: 2nd & 4th Wednesday
(Jun-July, 1st & 3rd Weds)
Meeting Time: 7:00 PM
Address: PO Box 129

Contact Info

Ty Hodges, Secretary
10008 Quebed Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN. 55438
Phone: 612.638.7441

Excelsior, Minnesota ~ Minnetonka No.102

Past Grand Masters

  • Bernard Leach 1984-1985
  • Wesley Searles 1986-1987
  • Roland Schallberg 1999-2000
  • Allan P. Sauter 2003-2004
  • Bernard Leach 2005-2006
  • J. Douglas Plott 2008-2009
  • Rick Benesh 2015-2016
  • Wayne Rosengren 2017-2018
  • Robert Arthur, Jr. 2018-2019
  • Rick Benesh 2023-2024

Charter Members

  • W.H. Le Van
  • J.T. Rawlings
  • Wm. F. Darver
  • Lewis Hanson
  • Wallace W. Wait
  • Osby V.W. Digafoos
  • W.E. Rawlings

Any inquiries regarding genealogy questions should only be in regards to individuals that were a member of a Minnesota Lodge. All other inquiries for other states will be answered with a referral to your states Grand Secretaries contact information.

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