Middle School Camps

 Michigan Area United Methodist Camping Board of Directors unanimously voted to cancel all 2020 summer youth camping programs. This difficult decision was made with much prayer, consideration for the safety of campers and careful review of available information relating to social distancing guidelines and COVID-19. With prayer and support from you — our camper families and churches — we can weather this storm and use this time to improve programs and facilities to serve you better. Visit http://umcamping.org/donate or contact info@umcamping.org. Thank you!

Camp is Where You Belong!

  • Encounter the God through the outdoors
  • Action-packed days to fit your style
  • Make friends and explore your faith journey with caring leaders and counselors
  • Three different weeks of camp choose from (with options for the whole family)


Sleep Outs on the Dunes

Faith, Fun and Fine Arts

Come spend a week listening to what God has to say about your gifts and talents. Choose workshops such as arts and crafts, creative writing, drama, dance, card making, outdoor cooking, sewing, sports, woodworking, and more! Plus lots of fun camp activities including swimming, kayaking, and star gazing on Lake Michigan (cost includes $20 craft fee).

Horse Option available (space is limited).

Middle School Adventure

High energy outdoor activities, archery, canoes, and more! Experience the awe and wonder of the forest and waves as you learn survival skills and cook over the fire. Sleep in a tent, hammock in the woods or under the stars on the beach.
Horse Option available (space is limited).

Tri-Water Middle School Backpacking Adventure

A beginner backpacking trip in the Manistee National Forest. Campers learn basic backpacking skills while hiking the North Country Trail Manistee River Loop. One day spent canoeing or kayaking the Pine River. Campers sleep in sleep each night along the trail in tents or a hammock.  List of items needed will be provided by Dean.

Wilderness Adventure

Long before there was GPS, there was the art and skill of using a map and compass. While sleeping in tents or under the stars, campers will be surrounded by the wilderness of Lake Michigan Camp. Youth will master the compass, learn to orient maps and explore other outdoor adventures including archery, kayak and beach activities. Daily devotions will connect youth with the masterpiece of God’s creations. Dive deep into daily devotions and discover how orienteering can help achieve your ultimate goal.

Horse Option available  (space is limited).

Late Night at the Lake 

Are you a night owl? Does staying up late and sleeping in sound like your speed? Then Lake Night at the Lake is for you! Enjoy the sunsets on Lake Michigan, star gazing, beach bonfires, glow games, late night movies and evening devotions during this special week.

For an additional fee ($125) add the Sailing Lessons option during this week. Learn to sail each afternoon on beautiful Lake Pentwater. Sailors must be 10 years old or older and able to swim, and have signed liability form (max. 12 sailing campers per week).

Community Service Camp

Be part of the team at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat. Community Service Campers contribute to the camp’s mission serving alongside camp staff helping in the kitchen, assisting with maintenance or hospitality for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening each day. The rest of the day campers are a part of the age-appropriate youth camp program (or Counselor in Training) and enjoy your the favorite camp activities. Limited number of positions. By application only (via online UltraCamp registration). Successful applicants will be notified within 14 days of application and will receive a letter after camp verifying their community service hours. $100

Each week offers camp options for all ages!

  • $399 per person, unless noted otherwise, by April 15; After April 15 $420
  • Grades 6-8
  • Check in 3:00 pm Sunday.  Check out 10am
  • Horse Option: For an additional fee ($125) add the Horseback Riding option during this camp. Grades 3 and up (max 12 horseback campers per week) enjoy trail rides during the week. Campers must wear long pants (boots are recommended) and have signed liability forms.
  • Sailing Option: For an additional fee ($125) add the Sailing Lessons option during Late Night at the Lake week. Learn to sail each afternoon on beautiful Lake Pentwater. Sailors must be 10 years old or older and able to swim, and have signed liability form (max. 12 sailing campers per week).

Sample Schedule

7:00 Wake Up
7:30 KP reports to Dining Hall
8:00 Breakfast
8:45 Morning worship
9:15 Small Group time
10:30 Interest Groups – Fun camp activites
11:30 KP reports to Dining Hall
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Horizontal hour
2:00-4:00 Beach time
after 4:00 small group fun time
5:00 KP Reports to Dining Hall
5:30 Dinner
6:15 Family Time
7:00 Evening Activity
9:00 Fire Bowl
Lights out


  • 5807 Ridge Rd
    Pentwater, MI 49449

    Director, Dana Hunt
    Office: 231-869-5627

  • 231-869-5627
  • Directions


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