FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Rebates

Payments and Cancelations

Financial Assistance

Program

If this page does not answer your question, please contact registrar@umcamping.org or call 989-534-6587.

Registration

Q: I registered online, but my registration does not show up on my account page.

A: You must pay at least the minimum deposit for your registration to be saved and then it will show up on your account page.

Q: What school grade should I use to register my child?

A: Use the grade your child will enter in the fall. Please note that if your camper has graduated high school, they are still eligible to attend that year’s summer camp as grade 13. It is important to enter/update your child’s grade.  Our software calculates your child’s grade in relation to the camp event it displays for you to select from. 

Q: My child can’t decide whether they want to go to camp. What is the latest we can enroll?

A: As long as there are still openings in the camp event, you may register anytime up until the day the event begins.  For availability and to register call 989-534-6587

Q: What should I do if the camp I want is full?

A: The online registration system will put your camper on a waiting list if the event is full and you will be notified if an opening becomes available.  You will have two days to register your camper or our system moves to the next one on the waiting list.   It may be helpful to enroll in a second-choice event that has no waiting list, as there is no guarantee that an opening will become available in your first-choice event. 

Q: Can I still register by mail?

A: You can, but we encourage you to use the faster, more efficient online registration process. Camps often fill during the time that a mailed registration is in transit. Online registration immediately confirms that you have secured a place for your camper in the camp event of his or her choice.  Online payments may be made by Visa, Mastercard or Discover, or by E-check. If you need a paper registration form, you will find it here.

Q: Why can’t I register my camper for Lake Louise Camp, Bay Shore Camp, or Camp Michigamme through you?

A: Those camps are affiliated with the United Methodist Church, but are independent entities.  You must contact those camps directly.

Q: Why can’t I find any events for Judson Collins, Camp Kinawind or Crystal Springs?

A:  By the action of the MAUMC Board of Directors Camp Kinawind and Crystal Springs operations were permanently closed in 2019.  In 2020 Judson Collins operations were permanently closed. 

Rebates

Download Rebate Coupon

Q: Can siblings use the instant rebate for first-time campers?

A: Yes. Your returning camper can invite a sibling who hasn’t attended before.

Q: Does my first-time camper qualify for the rebate even if no other camper invites him?

A: Yes, but the rebate form still needs to be completed for the rebate to be applied.

Q: What is the difference between the $25 and the $50 rebate?

A: The $25 rebate is for campers staying 4 nights or fewer. The $50 rebate is for campers staying at 5 nights or more. A returning camper always receives the same rebate as the first-time camper that he or she invited.

Q: Is the rebate automatically given to first-time campers?

A: No. You must apply for it, by mailing or emailing the coupon, which is available here.

Q: Can I use the rebate as a credit on my account?

A: Yes. You may pay your fee in full, minus the rebate amount. Once the coupon is received and deemed valid, your account will be credited for the remainder.

Q: What if I pay in full? Can I still claim the rebate?

A: Yes. Simply send in the completed coupon. Your account will be credited, and we will either refund the amount back to the credit card you used, or you will receive a check for the overpaid amount in the mail within approximately 3 weeks.

Payments and Cancelations

Q: How do I pay the registration fee?

A: When registering online, you may use Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or e-check. By mail, you may use check, money order, or written credit card information. Checks and money orders are payable to MAUMC, and must be mailed to our new address: MAUMC, PO BOX 134, St Johns, MI 48879. There is no physical location for hand-delivering registrations or payments. All payments (including donations and fundraising proceeds) must be mailed to the address above. Do NOT send cash in the mail.

Q: When must the registration fee be paid in full?

A: The full registration fee must be paid two weeks before your camp starts. 

Q: Is there a way to set up automatic payments for my camper’s registration fee?

A: Yes! Once you make the reservation and pay the minimum deposit, you’ll click on “Make a Payment”. Then you will select your method of payment and scroll down to the bottom and check the box that says “I would like to schedule additional payments using this payment method.” Then you’ll be able to pick the dates your payments are made and also the amount you will pay each time.

Q: What if my church is planning to pay part of the registration fee?

A: The payment of the registration fee is your responsibility. Please make sure the church knows your camper is enrolled, and that the church pays its part of the fee at least two weeks before the first day of your camper’s event.

Q: Do I lose my deposit if I change my child’s enrollment to a different camp?

A: No. Your deposit, as well as other payments and credits, will transfer to the new event.

Q: Our family had a change in plans and I have to cancel my camper’s enrollment. Can you refund the fees I paid?

A: The $75 deposit is non-refundable.  All other payments may be refunded if requested 14 days or more in advance of the start of your camper’s event.  If you cancel within 14 days or less of the event, fees paid (including fees paid by your church) are not refundable. However, if you could check the website or call the Camp Registrar to find another event for your camper and register.  In that case your payments would be applied to that event.  Emergency exceptions are left to the discretion of the Site Director.

Q: What should I do if my camper needs to cancel, or change to another event?

A:  For cancellations and transfers you must contact the Summer Camp Registrar at 989-534-6587 or email registrar@umcamping.org.  

Q:  What if my child needs to cancel because they are ill?  Can I get my deposit back?

A:  We will issue a refund of any payments plus the deposit if a doctor’s note is provided.

Q:  Can I get a refund of my deposit?

A: The minimum deposit is not refundable (see exception under illness). 

Q: Can I finish paying by bringing a check to the first day of camp?

A: We do discourage payment of your camper’s event on the first day of camp.  When paying please use check or credit card.  We do not accept cash when paying your registration fee. 

Q: My church is mailing a check to help pay for my camper. To whom should the check be made payable?

A: Make all checks for camp registration fees payable to MAUMC. Please include the campers name and what event they are attending.  One check may be used in paying for multiple campers.  All checks must be mailed at least two weeks in advance of the camp event to MAUMC, PO BOX 134, St Johns, MI 48879.

Financial Assistance Available

Q: I need financial assistance. How do I apply for a scholarship from Michigan Area United Methodist Camping?

A: Download the scholarship application.  The application can be found under Resources on the Michigan Area United Methodist Camping website. Scholarship awards are not considered until a camper is registered and the $75 deposit has been paid. Funds are granted with individual consideration, but MAUMC cannot grant more than $50 per camper.

Q: Where do I send applications for MAUMC Scholarships and First-Time Camper Rebates?

Email them to the Camp Registrar at registrar@umcamping.org, or mail them to MAUMC, PO BOX 134, St Johns, MI 48879. Scholarship and rebate forms must be mailed or attached to an email; they cannot be processed online or by phone.

Q: What if I still need additional financial help?

A: Check with your local church. Churches are very supportive of United Methodist Camping, and many offer camp scholarships.

Program

Lake Huron Retreat Center, Director Ann Emerson, lakehuronretreatcenterdirector@umcamping.org, 810-327-6272

Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat Center, lakemichigancampdirector@umcamping.org, 231-869-5627, 5807 N. Ridge Rd., Pentwater, MI 49449

Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center, Director Nicole Holton, wesleywoodssitedirector@umcamping.org, 269-721-8291, 1700 Clear Lake, Dowling,   MI 49050

Please direct program-related questions to the site director or the event Deans. You’ll find Dean contact information online when you click on the title of the camp in the Events area.

Q: My camper has food allergies. Can you accommodate them?

A: In most cases, yes. There is a place to provide this information on the Health Form. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Director at the site you or your camper will attend. 

Q: If optional activities or classes are offered, can my camper choose those ahead of time?

A: All extra activities are not offered in advance. Your camper will choose upon arrival at camp. 

Q: How many friends can my camper request to room with?

A: No more than one roommate can be requested when registering.

Q: What should I pack for my child to bring to camp?

A: The dean of your child’s camp event will send you a welcome letter and a list of specific things to bring about 3-4 weeks before camp starts. For a general list of things to bring, click here.

QHow do I ask specific questions about the facilities or the event my child has chosen?

A: Please contact the Director of the camp site you or your child will attend. Each site, with contact information, is listed on our Staff page.

Q: Does my camper need a doctor’s physical exam before camp?

A: No. You are required by state law, however, to fill out the Health Form online as part of your registration.   Campers will not be admitted to camp without a completed online Health Form or the paper Health form. You may print and complete a paper form found under Resources and bring it to check-in on the first day of camp.

Q: What is the Release Form and why do I need it?

A: The Release Form is a document signed by you, stating who may pick up your child from camp, either when the event is over, or in case of emergency. This required document is kept on file during your camper’s stay. Your child will not be released to anyone who is not named on the form. Online registration will ask you to complete this form, but you can also find it under Resources to print, complete, and bring the first day of camp.  Do not mail this form.

For any questions you do not see answered here, please call 989-534-6587.