New Logos Announced
Michigan Area United Methodist Camping has a diverse offering of summer camps, retreat centers and family-oriented campgrounds. While the nonprofit that runs nine Christian camping ministry sites is about 18 months old, most of the facilities have been in use for decades – one for over 150 years.
At the heart of each is the shared mission to change lives and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Something special happens when we meet God out in creation. When we share a meal with other seekers and explore the mysteries of life and faith together. When we paddle a canoe, try a new game, or go swimming together, at camp we are accepted and blessed by our shared experiences. The ground becomes more sacred as we pray, worship and seek together.
With all this history and a wide open future, we have much to be excited about. To better illustrate our Michigan Area United Methodist Camping family, we’ve spent the winter freshening up five of our site logos (the rest will be worked on over the next few months). We hope you love the results. Click on each logo to explore each camp’s home page and learn more.
Your Choice for a Picturesque Retreat
For more than 150 years, people have gathered at Crystal Springs to be surrounded by God’s beauty along the Dowagiac River in Dowagiac, Michigan. A place with a deep history, guests are immersed in God’s creation through Crystal Springs’ large trees, park-like atmosphere, flowing river and natural springs. Experience God’s presence and explore and enrich your relationship with the Creator in a quaint, comfortable setting. Home to summer camps for elementary through high school ages and available for private retreats, meetings and parties.
Bringing People Together
The simple joys of Albright Park are rooted in the interaction of its visitors and the enjoyment of all that nature has to offer. Located “up north” in Reed City, about an hour inland from Lake Michigan/Pentwater area, Albright Park is dedicated to short-term group and family rentals, such as family reunions, youth retreats, church or corporate picnics and camps. Everyone who enters the camp is welcome and drawn into fellowship. The large tabernacle serves as a focal point where visitors gather and is surrounded by the centralized setup of its cabins. Within this green and forested land, you’ll explore an expansive list of activities from the swimming pool and chapel to nature trails and boating on the river.
A Quiet Place to Rest
On the “sunrise” side of the “mitten” state, Lake Huron Retreat Center is known for its expansive views of Lake Huron. On just about any given day guests will rise early to stroll across the beach and catch a glimpse of the glorious sunrise sparkling across the great waters. While the site just north of Port Huron has been a United Methodist camp since 1946, it was completely remodeled in 1999 and opened in 2000 as an adult retreat center. It’s popular meeting rooms, chapel, dining hall and guest rooms are comfortable and modern. It’s a peaceful antidote to today’s busy lifestyle. Last year (2017) the “At the Water’s Edge” guest cottage opened for clergy and laity to book personal escapes for spiritual rest and renewal.
Reflect on Life’s Journey with God
Everyone is welcome at Lakeview Family Campground. You’re surrounded by trees in a quiet and secluded campground, on beautiful Townline Lake in Montcalm County. It’s an easy drive from Grand Rapids, Mt. Pleasant and Big Rapids. With electric and water-hookups for RVs, plenty of room for tenters, plus several cabins, it’s easy to see why campers return year after year for a relaxing escape. Enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, biking and sports. Established over 60 years ago, this peaceful, alcohol-free campground welcomes families and friends to renew, refocus and reconnect in Christian fellowship surrounded by natural beauty.
Relax. Grow. Fellowship with Christ.
Myers Lake Campground in Byron, Michigan, is just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of city life to appreciate getting away to the country – but close enough for a spontaneous weekend away. With a swimming beach, fishing dock and boat launch, you’ll love spending time here. Come for the fellowship under a canopy of tall shady trees and the crackling of a campfire. Return for the friendships built on retreat and respite in God’s creation. Pack your tent, bring your RV or reserve a cabin. Make your family memories at Myers Lake.
Your Michigan Area United Methodist Camps
Our busy season is ahead, but behind the scenes we’ll be working on a fresh look or new logo for our other sites: Camp Kinawind, Judson Collins Center, Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat Center, Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center.