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Greener Future for Judson Collins

Taking Steps to a New Vision for Judson Collins

Breathing new life into Judson Collins Center is the goal! A task force of volunteers is developing new vision and programming for the camp and retreat center to grow its ministry to children, youth and adults.

Judson Collins, a United Methodist camp and retreat center, is ideally situated to minister to urban, suburban and rural communities. Its location in Onsted, Michigan, is within 75 miles of five large cities: Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Battle Creek and Toledo.

The Michigan Area United Methodist Camping Board, which runs the center along with 8 other camps, campgrounds and retreat centers, commissioned the task force to revitalize the camp.

Board Vice President and Task Force Chairperson Rev. Paula Timm explained, “Judson Collins already has strong elements, including its farm, lake and high ropes course. We are exploring how we might build up God’s creation and sustainable living into a new, exciting and enriching program.”

While Judson Collins has seen declining usage in the last few years and will not take reservations for this winter, the Board is excited to explore new directions and has committed to improvements that all campers and retreat goers will enjoy. Registration is open for summer campers. Retreat dates are available starting in April. Contact office@judsoncollinscenter.org to book your visit.

Many voices and resources are helping the task force, including:  Rev. Dillon Burns, Anita Cole, Murphy Ehlers, Rev. Terry Euper, Wendy Everett,  Rev. Sheryl Foster, Rev. Carol Johns, Lisa Machesky, Audrey Mangum, Jaye Reisenger, Rev. Paula Timm, and Rev. Darryl Totty.

Learn more and register for 2018 camps for all children, youth and adults.