Men's Ministries

We are sorry to announce that Men's Retreat has once again been canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis. We were hoping that by now the restrictions would be lifted. But we're not out of the woods yet. So Men's Retreat 2020 and 2021 have been canceled. We will try again with Desmond Doss, Jr. in 2022. Please stay tuned.


Men's Retreat 2020

Presents . . .

The Incredible Power of Love



With Desmond T. Doss, Jr.

April 24-26, North Star Camp



Desmond Doss, Jr. is the only child of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Desmond T. Doss and Dorothy (Schutte) Doss. He grew up hearing his dad's stories and could recite them verbatim. Through his dad's well-known achievements, Desmond Jr. had the privilege of meeting presidents, senators, congressmen, generals and many other Medal of Honor recipients. His father's notorious invitations took him to interesting places and unique events he would have never had the opportunity to experience. Growing up with a war hero in the house might sound exciting or glamorous, but in many respects Desmond Jr. says it was all very ordinary. "To me, he was just my Dad."


Since Desmond Doss, Sr. isn't here to speak for himself, Desmond Jr. is happy to represent and honor his dad's legacy the best he can. He hopes people pick up on his father's ability to love, accept and forgive others, even when he was despised. His values and ability to love was intrinsic in him and the power of that is incredible.


Desmond Jr.'s career is varied and, like his father, he joined the US Army as a conscientious objector and trained as a medic but didn't see combat duty. Desmond Jr. primarily served as a firefighter with an expertise as an engineer in Washington, D.C. and Denver and continues to actively serve as a volunteer firefighter in Ilwaco and Pacific County, Washington. He is also a commercial pilot, sailor, ham radio operator, crewman for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Certified International Tour Manager and a volunteer for the local Visitors Bureaus.


Desmond, Jr. with his dad
Desmond, Jr. with his dad
Desmond, Jr. with his parents, Desmond, Sr. and Dorothy
Desmond, Jr. with his parents, Desmond, Sr. and Dorothy


Desmond, Sr. receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman.
Desmond, Sr. receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman.

Your special weekend package includes

An inspiring speaker, Christian fellowship, prayer ministry, uplifting music, time for reflection, special interest groups, comfortable accommodations, delicious vegetarian meals, recreation.


Volleyball, Basketball, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Hiking, Golfing (Thursday-Friday), Bowling (Thursday-Friday, Saturday evening), Geo-caching (Thursday-Friday), Paintball (Thursday-Friday)

(Enjoy recreation Thursday, early Friday, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon!)

 See note on extra Thursday lodging below.

Special Projects

If you are interested in coming up early and working on a project, please contact Randy Stroud ( 

Adventist Book Center Orders

The Maple Grove Adventist Book Center is offering an opportunity to order/pre-pay with order delivery to North Star Camp in Brainerd during Men’s Retreat. This offer includes both books and food. You can either pick up your order or arrange with a member of your church attending Men’s Retreat to bring your order back with them. Orders will be available for pickup (in the lodge) on Sunday, April 26, from 10 am to Noon. All orders must be received by Sunday, April 12. To Order or for more information, contact the ABC @ 763-424-8531.

North Star Camp

Phone: (218) 829-6631, (Or Contact Dan Masloski (612) 210-8731 or email:, 11287 Eagleview Drive NE, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401


North Star Camp, owned and operated by the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, is located next to the Mississippi River, on the northeast corner of Brainerd. Follow the North Star Camp signs from the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport off of Hwy 210.

Music Worship Team

Each session will begin with worship in song led by the Men’s Retreat Worship Team.

Weekend Features

Treat yourself, your father or son, and a friend to a weekend full of refreshing memory‑making experiences.  Relax in Christian fellowship, make a new friend, or enjoy the solitude away from the normal stresses of daily life. 

Scholarships Available 

Minnesota Men's Retreat is offering a 50% scholarship [up to $60] for those who would otherwise not be able to attend because of finances. Half of the fee for the weekend [up to $60] will be paid by Men's Retreat and the other half can either be paid by your local church or by the person requesting a scholarship. Your local pastor will submit the names and email addresses of those requesting scholarships to Dan Masloski at (612) 210-8731 or email:

Please Note: When Dan receives your name from your pastor, he will contact you for your registration information and payment. 

Registration Information

Rates: Staff Cabins: $150, Cabins: $125, Camping: $100, Commuter: $50 (add $10 if you plan to come early on Thursday; food and recreation not included). You may sign up for 4 to 6 roommates. Each person will have a single bed. Please bring your own bedding.


  • Retreat begins Friday, April 24, ending Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
  • Rooms are available at 5:00 p.m.
  • Registration 5:00 – 6:45 PM (Friday evening meal (5:00 - 6:45 pm. Also after first meeting for late arrivals)
  • The first meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.



Registration for Thursday arrivals, or those planning on helping with Special Projects opens Sunday, February 24.

Please call Dan Masloski to confirm availability at (612) 210-8731.

For all other options, registration opens Monday, February 24.

Please register by mail using this Printable PDF Registration Form.

Mail-in Registration ends on April 12.

After April 12, please call Dan Masloski to check availability and let him know you are coming, and make arrangements for registration. Walk-ins are welcome!

Send your check along with your registration form to:Minnesota Conference, Attn: Dan Masloski, 8232 Hwy 65 Northeast, Spring Lake Park, Minnesota 55432.

For more information about the Retreat/Registration Fees, etc., call Dan Masloski at (612) 210-8731 or email:

Registration Form

Printable PDF Registration Form

 Please make checks payable to Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Full amount is due at registration.

NOTE:  Registration fees. (Thursday lodging add $10, extra meals and recreation not included):


Mail-in Registration

Staff Cabins - Thursday Arrival


Staff Cabins - Friday Arrival


Cabin - Thursday Arrival


Cabin - Friday Arrival


Camping - Thursday Arrival


Camping - Friday Arrival


Commuter Fee*


* Meals/meetings only

Please complete a registration form for each person.  Please print legibly. Thank you!