Located in the Irish Hills of Southeast Michigan, Judson Collins Center offers Christian camps for children, youth, families and special needs adults in the summer, and retreat facilities for youth and adult groups year-round. As an ACA-accredited camp you can expect quality care and attention from our well-trained, Christian counselors and support staff. We invite you to explore Judson Collins Center online and discover how we can serve you, your family, your congregation, or your group in camp and retreat ministry.

Our Mission 

Judson Collins Center is a place where children, youth and adults Discover who they are in the context of God’s love. It’s a place that helps them Grow in knowledge, awareness,  and reflection of that love. It’s a place that they can respond to God’s call to Serve their congregation, community, and their world.

Our History

Judson Collins Camp and Retreat Center was founded in 1952 as a United Methodist Camp. Before operating as a UMC children’s camp, the land was part of Hayes State Park and used by the Fresh Air Society. The camp is named after Judson Dwight Collins, one of the first Methodist missionaries to China in 1847.

In 1950 the Methodist Church was looking for a site with potential that was close to Detroit. The camp property was rented for 2 years from Camp Mehai (which was run by the Fresh Air Society). The camp was purchased in 1952 with a donation from the Judson Collins Memorial Fund. There are still a few buildings on site that date back to the Civilian Conservation Corp when they set up the state parks across our country.

For over 60 years, Judson Collins Center has been utilized by people of all ages of the United Methodist Church for resident camps and retreats.

Seven Foundations for Camp & Retreat Ministry

  • Provide places apart that connect people with God
  • Extend genuine Christian hospitality and community
  • Nurture faith and discipleship
  • Develop Christian Spiritual Leaders
  • Collaborate with churches, agencies and community groups
  • Teach Creation care and appreciation
  • Equip Guests to do love and justice

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  • 1000 Hane Hwy.
    Onsted, MI 49265

    Andria Hunt, interim Host
    Bill VanCamp, Property and Facility Staff

  • 517-467-7711
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Today at 12:00--A Call to Prayer led by the Crossroads District: In the recent months and days we, as a nation, have experienced disaster and tragedy. Let us come together in a time of prayer for all the victims and their families who have suffered hurt and loss from the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. On Wednesday, October 4th at Noon, wherever you are, we ask that you join together with us in prayer. Let us offer up prayers as one voice - prayers of comfort and hope, for safety and peace throughout our nation and the world. Please set aside time Wednesday 12 noon - 12:15 for prayer. We are not meeting in a designated place, but please feel free to gather a group in your church, home, place of business, or wherever you choose.Let us as the Body of Christ cry out before God, Lord heal our land. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Crossroads District Prayer Leader, Rev. Karen Williams I have included a prayer you may choose to pray: A PRAYER FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS Almighty and gracious God, Hear our prayer as we cry out for help. Comfort those who have suffered hurt and loss, strengthen and encourage all who have felt the pain and fear from the devastation around us. Bless, O Lord, your people and fill our hearts with praise and thanksgiving for your continued protection and love that sustains us. Draw us together as one body so that we may go forward to bless one another offering help, hope and peace in Jesus’ name. Amen. Forwarded by: Rev. John HIce, Crossroads District Superintendent, Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church,

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