Nontraditional 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 or contact Thank you!

Home School Camp

Enjoy a week of camping develop friendships with home school families from across Michigan and Indiana. Guest speakers will challenge our students. Campers will have time to explore the ecosystems at Lake Michigan Camp, and participate in crafts, gaming, archery, escape room, soccer, and volleyball. RV and tent sites, bunkhouses, and cabins are available. Contact Lake Michigan Camp and Retreat Center at 231-869-5627 to register. Campground reservation required and per person activity fee (includes tie-dye shirt).

Elementary Day Camp 

Unsure if your child is ready for sleep away camp? Your youth attends Elementary Faith Builder and participates in all activities from breakfast to fire bowl. After fire bowl, your camper returns to their family camping in the North campground for the night (separate camping fees and reservation required, call 231-869-5627). Day Camp allows parents time alone while introducing children to the joy of youth camps. (Full week or Mini Camp)

Sailing Option: 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 and enjoy all 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.

Off-Site Adventures

Several camps for middle school and high school camps venture off site to explore backpacking and kayaking. Learn the basics of backpacking at Tri-Water Middle School Backpacking Adventure. Spend the week kayaking in the Upper Peninsula at Pictured Rocks Adventure Kayak.