Summer Camps & Retreats

Campers and parents, all camps will be held this summer. Registration is now open.
Be assured that our camps will be following careful Covid-19 protocols.

2021 Camp Theme: “This is our Prayer”

Some of us speak our thoughts and feelings to God. Others are quiet, settling their hearts to make space for God. Some pray through music, art, or movement. Some pray out loud, while others’ prayers are whispers of the soul. Whether we fold our hands and bow or raise them up and look to the sky, God is longing to connect with us. God hears our prayers. In this new outdoor ministry resource, campers will explore the shared longings of the human heart and all the different ways Christians have prayed throughout history.

Camps

Elementary Camp

Entering Grades 2-6 – June 20-25, 2021
Registration: $360 ($410 after April 30)

Elementary  camp  offers  children  a wonderful camp experience. Campers enjoy five days of fun and faith with their cabin group, including swimming, worship, hiking, crafts, music, sports, and Bible discovery groups. The evening events will long be remembered and meal times are a blast. The cabin counselors make sure every camper is well cared for, and Christ is at the center of  all that happens at elementary camp.

Day Camp

Ages 4 years to entering 6th grade – July 6-9, 2021 9:00am – 2:30pm (with overnight option)
Day Camp $15 per day; Overnight $65 per day per person.

This is a perfect introduction to camp for local children, for children who would like to come to camp with their parent or grandparent, or for children who might be at Crystal Lake visiting family. 

We spend the morning hours enjoying “This is Our Prayer” Vacation Bible School – with lessons, crafts, music, and worship, followed by lunch together in the dining hall, and then spend the afternoon swimming, wall climbing, and playing games.

Children can come just for the Vacation Bible School, and then be picked up at 2:30 pm, or they can come with a parent or grandparent,  enjoy Vacation Bible School, have three meals a day at camp, stay overnight, and have free time in the afternoons and evenings as a family.  Join us for four days of fun at Day Camp!

Middle School Camp

Entering Grades 7-9 – July 11-17, 2021
Registration: $425 ($475 after April 30)

Middle School camp is an awesome opportunity for middle school/junior high students to enjoy God’s creation up north. Life is full of choices and this camp offers spiritual discovery and Bible study to help young people make good decisions. A wide variety of activities are available to the campers as well: canoeing, biking around Crystal Lake, a trip to the dunes, the climbing wall, art, and, of course, swimming in beautiful Crystal Lake.

High School Camp

Entering Grades 10-12 (under 18) – July 11-17, 2021
Registration: $425 ($475 after April 30)

Christian challenges and life choices are confronted within a supportive atmosphere of trust, affirmation and love. High School camp brings together teens to form and renew friendships – some that will last a lifetime – and to draw closer to God. For the best in recreation and spiritual growth make this week a highlight and priority in your summer schedule.

Family of God Camp

July 18-24, 2021
Registration: $375 ($425 after April 30) per person
Children under 5 free

Family of God Camp balances a mixture of age group activities in conjunction with unstructured hours for family sightseeing, nature appreciation, and crafts. Families of all ages form the extended family at mealtime, vesper worship, and campfires. Crystal’s Family of God Camp will welcome you whatever the size or shape of your family may be. Enjoy singing, sports and see some  of the most beautiful sights Michigan has to offer. Get away from the grind and come enjoy God and His creation up north at Family of God Camp.

Women’s Retreat

August 20-22, 2021
Registration: $155
Commuting (includes meals): $85
Registration Deadline: August 5

With 2020 behind us and an opportunity to gather again as Disciples Women, we are looking forward to socializing at beautiful Crystal Conference Center in Frankfort, Michigan, under the theme, “I Have Called You by Name.”  Join with others from the Michigan Region as we unite in fellowship and friendship and learn to develop as Women of Faith.  Enjoy bonfires, vespers, spiritual sessions, worship, and free time.  Bring a friend or family member! Retreat Facilitators will be Revs. Shirley Martinson and Brenda Etheridge

Men’s Retreat

September 17-19, 2021
Registration: $155
Commuting (includes meals): $85
Registration Deadline: September 2

A weekend retreat for men across the state to be engaged in worship, reflection, and leisure with other men. “Beyond Brotherhood: Developing Life-Giving Relationships with Men” is the theme led by our guest facilitator Alex Ruth, Associate Director of Men’s Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The weekend retreat will provide time for work projects (optional) at Crystal, bonfires, vespers, spiritual sessions, and worship; plus individual reflection and free time.


Other Opportunities

Camp Scholarships

Want to go to camp, but it doesn’t quite fit in the budget this summer? We have scholarships for that! Everyone should have the opportunity to experience Camp Crystal.

Camp scholarships are an important part of the Christian Education budgets of many congregations.  They stimulate greater camp participation and make Camp Crystal affordable for those who may otherwise not be able to attend.  We encourage you to talk with your church to find out if they offer scholarships and sign up today! 

In addition to church scholarships, there are scholarships available from the Fuller Camp Scholarship Fund, available for ANY child or youth who needs assistance to attend Crystal.

For more information, or to request scholarship assistance, contact Rev. Timothy Murtaugh, timdmurtaugh@gmail.com.

Volunteer Counseling Opportunities

There are a limited number of counselor opportunities available at camp this summer.  All  counselors  and  counselors in training must go through a background check and sessions of training in order to work with children at Crystal Conference Center. Counseling gives you the opportunity to develop as a leader and grow spiritually while reaching children about Christ. If you are interested in being a camp counselor or counselor in training, contact Rev. Jill Forton, jforton@cascadechristian.com, Crystal Commission Program Coordinator.

Work Weekends

Work weekends each spring are critical to us having the conference center grounds ready for our campers and retreats. Volunteers help open buildings and clean up grounds for the summer season. Please join us for all or part of Memorial Day Work Weekend each year. Or help out closing the camp at the end of September. Reconnect with camp friends, celebrate all things Crystal, be part of the gifts of Outdoor Ministries. Food and lodging provided. We also welcome church groups who make it both a church retreat and work weekend at other times in May. Contact Eric Strommer, Site Director, estrommer@uccr.org for more information.