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Site Usage for 2019

Camp Board Acts on Site Usage

With a deep commitment to the ongoing mission of Christian Camping and retreat ministries, the Michigan Area United Methodist Camping Board of Directors voted Feb. 18, 2019, to suspend operations at three summer camp sites and one RV campground for the 2019 season. The facilities and staff affected are:  Albright Park Camp & Retreat Center (Reed City), Camp Kinawind (Boyne Falls), Crystal Springs Camp & Retreat Center (Dowagiac), and Myers Lake (RV) Campground (Byron).

We, the Board, are grateful for the years of ministry at these sites. We know many, many people have experienced God in Jesus Christ and grew in their spiritual journey because of time spent in these sacred spaces. We acknowledge that this is a difficult message to read and want you to know it was a painful decision to reach. A review of factors such as attendance patterns, financial history, site conditions, population concentrations and a strategic view toward the future led to the Board’s decision. Long term decisions about these camps have yet to be made.

With over 50 remaining programs for kindergarten through adults at four facilities, plus RV/tent camping at two campgrounds, we are still able to offer a vibrant and welcoming United Methodist camping ministry at our five active camps. These sites are Judson Collins Camp & Retreat Center (Onsted), Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat (Pentwater), Lake Huron Retreat Center (Burtchville), Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center (Dowling), plus Lakeview Family Campground (Lakeview).

For those currently enrolled in camps or with reservations at affected sites, our customer service team will be contacting you to offer alternative programs or, if necessary, refunds. If you have questions, please contact registrar@umcamping.org or call 989-272-1116.

To our staff, volunteers, and supporters who are displaced by this decision, we are deeply grateful for your sharing of gifts and loyalties. Thank you for your faithful service. We hope you will continue to offer your talents and time at our other sites.

The Board of Directors, with the support of the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church Council on Finance and Administration and the Conference Leadership Team, thank you for your commitment to the camping ministry. We ask you to please surround all these changes in prayer. Please encourage your congregation, friends and family to participate in our camp programs. We look forward to seeing you at summer camp. Help us fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ and enrich relationships through outdoor ministries.

Michigan Area United Methodist Camping Board of Directors

The Michigan Area United Methodist Camping Board of Directors formally began its work in 2015.  The Board was created to operate nine camping properties previously run by the Detroit and West Michigan Conferences of the United Methodist Church.