Summer Camps & Retreats

Camp Theme: “FruitFULL Faith”

Have you ever seen God at work and wondered why the moment was so clear? Have you wondered what you could do to try and connect with those moments and feelings?

Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia will come alive this week as we explore the Fruit of the Spirit. Seeing this fruit all around assures us we have encountered God. We will see how these same fruit flow freely from us when we walk in the Spirit. Scripture is honest about how complicated life can be.

The fruit of the Spirit show us we are on the right track as we observe, receive, and embody these virtues.

Camps

Elementary Camp

Entering Grades 2-6 – June 18-23, 2023
Registration: $400 ($450 after April 30)
Registration Deadline: June 1

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 5 years to entering 6th grade – June 27-29, 2023
10:00 am – 2:30 pm (with overnight option)
Day Camp $25 per day; Overnight $75 per day per person
Registration Deadline: June 13

This is a three-day camp for local children, grandparents, grandkids, mom, dad, people visiting Crystal Lake … those who would like to spend a short week at Camp Crystal.

Each morning and early afternoon are spent in Bible lessons, crafts, music, games, swimming, wall climbing, and lunch in the dining hall.

Children can come just for the Day Camp Session beginning at 10:00 am and then be picked up at 2:30 pm, or they can come with a parent or grandparent and stay overnight in the cabins. This will provide free time free time in the afternoon, supper, and evening activity, and breakfast the next day. 

Join us for a great 3-day session that is just perfect for first time campers.


Middle School Camp

Entering Grades 7-9 – July 9-15, 2023
Registration: $450 ($500 after April 30)
Registration Deadline: June 25

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 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. This year, in addition to all the great traditional camp activities, we will be serving the local community.


High School Camp

Entering Grades 10-12 (under 18) – July 9-15, 2023
Registration: $450 ($500 after April 30)
Registration Deadline: June 25

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. This year, in addition to all the great traditional camp activities, we will be serving the local community.


Family of God Camp

July 16-22, 2023
Registration: Onsite Lodging – $400 ($450 after April 30) per person
Offsite Lodging – $280 ($330 after April 30) per person
Children under 5 free
Registration Deadline: June 30

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.


Beloved Community Family Camp

AUGUST 10-13, 2023
Registration: Onsite Lodging – $200 ($250 after April 30) per person
Offsite Lodging – $140 ($190 after April 30) per person
Children under 5 free
Registration Deadline: July 28

Beloved Community Camp is a newly forming opportunity for families to come together for 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. 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 within a Beloved Community Camp.



Young Adult Retreat

June 23-25, 2023
Registration: TBD
Registration Deadline: June 9

Join with other young adults for a weekend of fellowship and friendship on the shores of Crystal Lake.  Enjoy bonfires, vespers, spiritual sessions, worship, and free time.  Bring a friend or family member!


Women’s Retreat

August 18-20, 2023
Registration: $TBD
Commuting (includes meals): $TBD
Registration Deadline: August 5

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! Our new Regional Minister,


Men’s Retreat

September 15-17, 2023
Registration: $TBD on campus
Commuting (includes meals): $TBD
Registration Deadline: September 1

A weekend retreat for men across the state to be engaged in worship, reflection, and leisure with other men. 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 Michael Dirksen, mdirksen@cascadechristian.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.