About Lake Traverse

The prairies, hills and valleys of the Lake Traverse Reservation in northeastern South Dakota offer opportunities to camp, hunt and fish. Aside from being an area of great natural beauty, this is home to the people of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Oyate (the word ‘oyate’ is Dakota for ‘family’). Sisseton is right beside the north/south continental divide and is also completely surrounded by glacial melt lakes, making it look distinct from the rest of South Dakota. There is a tower outside of town where you can see a beautiful view spanning across three states (North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota). Quite different from most reservation towns, the town of Sisseton is 47% white and 47.8% Native American; this fact gives Sisseton a very different feel from many of our other reservation sites, though the two racial groups remain largely separate from one another.

Serving in Lake Traverse

  • Serve through painting, cleaning, yard work or other simple work projects.
  • Partner with local assisted living homes.
  • Plan and lead kids programming for children in the community, including Bible lessons, games, crafts and reading.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate with each of the above service sites during the week.

Community Experience

You and your group will experience the small town feel of Sisseton, an aspect that makes Lake Traverse unique among our reservation communities. One of the most unique partnerships we are developing in Sisseton is with the old Middle School in the middle of town which is being converted into a community education and activity center. YouthWorks has been able to be a big part of the renovation, and are now transitioning into helping assist in the programming and services offered at the school. In addition you and your group will be working to help facilitate kids’ programming through local schools, serve with local assisted living/nursing homes where you will get to listen to some incredible stories from the residents there and help out with other work projects in the community. Throughout the week you will learn about Native culture, visit Fort Sisseton to learn about the history of military presence in the area and the ways westward expansion changed the local demographics, and join the community for a cookout.

YouthWorks Relationship

YouthWorks has been serving in Sisseton since 2005, working to grow relationships with various churches and community leaders. We’ve been glad to serve and build relationships in both Sisseton and nearby towns Old Agency, SD and Browns Valley, MN.

  • 2018 Trips

    Registration is now open for Summer 2018 mission trips. Availability is limited, so reserve your spaces soon! Have questions? Chat online or give us a call at 800-968-8504.

    Trip Type Type Dates Availability Avail Age Group Age Price Per Price Select
    Youth 06/10/18 - 06/15/18 June 10, 2018 - June 15, 2018 65 Mixed $299
    Youth 06/17/18 - 06/22/18 June 17, 2018 - June 22, 2018 65 Mixed $299
    Youth 06/24/18 - 06/29/18 June 24, 2018 - June 29, 2018 65 Mixed $299
    Youth 07/08/18 - 07/13/18 July 08, 2018 - July 13, 2018 65 Mixed $299
    Youth 07/15/18 - 07/20/18 July 15, 2018 - July 20, 2018 65 Mixed $299
    Youth 07/22/18 - 07/27/18 July 22, 2018 - July 27, 2018 65 Mixed $299
    Youth 07/29/18 - 08/03/18 July 29, 2018 - August 03, 2018 65 Mixed $299
  • 2017 Trips

    We are currently in the Summer of 2017, but you can still register for a trip! Availability is limited! Have questions? Chat online or give us a call at 800-968-8504.

    Trip Type Type Dates Availability Avail Age Group Age Price Per Price Select
    Youth 06/11/17 - 06/16/17 June 11, 2017 - June 16, 2017 35 Middle School $289
    Youth 06/18/17 - 06/23/17 June 18, 2017 - June 23, 2017 38 Middle School $289
    Youth 06/25/17 - 06/30/17 June 25, 2017 - June 30, 2017 Sold Out Mixed $289
    Youth 07/09/17 - 07/14/17 July 09, 2017 - July 14, 2017 6 Mixed $289
    Youth 07/16/17 - 07/21/17 July 16, 2017 - July 21, 2017 Sold Out Mixed $289
    Youth 07/23/17 - 07/28/17 July 23, 2017 - July 28, 2017 4 Mixed $289
    Youth 07/30/17 - 08/04/17 July 30, 2017 - August 04, 2017 1 Mixed $289