Middle School Camps

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
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1976 I believe, GT district Creative Arts camp. It was the summer after 3rd grade. I remember playing tether ball, nukum and all those stairs to the beach. I loved all the crafts in the craft hall and especially the camera made from a Pringles can with Terry Salmonson. I had never slept in a tent before. Also fond memories of singing in the dining hall, preparing for parents night and the fire bowl (so powerful). A wonderful first experience brought me lifelong friends and camp every summer thereafter at Lake Mich and then Lake Louise through high school. I was then a counselor at Lake Mich one summer when my daughter first attended and again when she was a junior counselor. ❤️

Honey... I could write a book! :-) first trip there I was bringing up my 4 year old, arriving after dark, flash lights packed in bottom of trunk. Got turned around on map of our beloved campgrounds ⛺️ and ended up at someone else’s tent! So we slept in the car until day light! :-) fun times...

This will be hard to just share the first memory but I can share many memories, that are special to me. The first thing that come to mind is when we would car pool to camp back in the day oh I say 1977, the summer after 4th grade. My parents had a VW Van we would load our sleeping bags in the middle, which is what we sat on. As soon as we would turn at the Bridge in Pentwater the excitement grew!! We new we were all most there. talking about who would be our counselor, who would be in or family, which tent site would we be in. That giddiness still hits me Everytime. My Dad was a counselor every summer for 32 years sometimes twice a summer if a camp was short staffed. (He was a teacher and had summers off) So many time we would drop him off and ask when can we stay?

Dana, I've never made a trip to your camp. I was however privileged to be part of many Champions Clubs and Sales Meetings you organized for RPG. So many memories. 😘

We had creative arts camp- I learned to play a song on guitar and I learned to take pictures with a Pringle can camera. It was amazing!!!! And the cooks dumped a batch of bread dough outside- that baked in the sun! It smelled delicious. And the cantata practice all week long for parents night.

1981- Denny and I were expecting our second child. Brian was 2. Everyone was so helpful and kind. We had no idea what to expect. All we brought were some basics. Personal items, sleeping bags and an electric fry pan. We’ve been coming to camp ever since.

Family camp with Jackson 1st UMC 40+ years ago. Our kids, Matt and Michelle, still bring their kids every year to family camp with Jax 1st. Love this place!

As a senior in high school, 1969, my youth group made a day trip to the camp. The only buildings were part of the craft hall, then the dining hall, and the old restrooms. We had a great day, going over the dune to the big lake.

I have to Ditto what some of you have said. It's the long lasting friendship that were made at camp. Cari Goodwin, Carrie Jorissen, Richard Thayer, Tim Salmonson, Wendy Scott, John Scott, Tina Pointdexter, Laura Murdoch, Angie Engler, oh my So many Friendships 💞 I would love to have a camp reunion sometime 💕🙋🏼‍♀️ Singing in the dinning Hall, at Fire bowl, or when ever you wanted to sing. The Hugs! No matter what you were doing a hug was always there, just because🤗☺️ (no questions ask) Tether ball, Nukum (mind you, you couldn't play anywhere else but camp. It just wasn't the same) sleeping on the Dunes 🌠, Crafts, Swimming in Lake Michigan, Fire bowl - Where I found Jesus! 33 years later as a counselor these memories are still the same. Friendship made and renewed Julie, Cheryl, Dawn Hall, Josh Hall, Cathy Christman, Mike, Tina, Rick, Dave, Sandy, Gayle, Carol, Garrick, Christie, Michelle, and so many more💞 I don't know what it is but talking about camp LMCRC just gets me a giddy and excited. FRIENDS: "and I thank you I thank you can God for all of my friends, and I thank you I thank you God for all of my friends here with me"

Pulling in May first 2019. Great summer

Walking over the dunes to see the lake the week of 2019 Memorial Day, and then taking an ice cold plunge.

Working the grounds and watching the sunset at the end of the day.

Putting up our tents, fire bowl and taking a nature walk when Bill Russell was dean, crawling through the mud. Then being a counselor.

My first memory was dropping my brother off to camp as a little little girl and begging my mom to let me stay. I was probably 4 at the time and literally could not wait till it was my turn :)

Not so much the individual memories, but the Individuals. .. Amy M Fuller, Tina Poindexter, Richard Thayer, Carrie Jorissen, Tonja Nixon Hinkston. I was in-between at my small church. ... too young for the older youth group and too old for the younger. Lake Michigan Camp WAS my youth group.

Sleeping in the tents! I was a mini camper and I remember it was horizontal time and I rolled over and fell up and out of the tent😂😂

My husband proposed to me on your beach 💕

Seeing the red sunset going down to the lake!

Pioneer Camp 1982. ❤️

When we went camping with our Otsego United Methodists church and seeing how beautiful the land was, it’s truly god’s country

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Flip flops, sneakers or barefooted?
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Flip flops as soon as the snow melts and as often as possible. Although I will admit during youth camp close toed shoes are a good idea. Stumps and toes don't mix.


Barefoot all the time 🙂

No just barefoot. Maybe a flip flop if I have to go somewhere

Flip flops and barefoot


Depends on what your doing


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