Mission & History
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.
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.
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 used by the fresh air society and was a part of Hayes State Park. 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-What we are about
- 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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