Summer Camps/Retreats

Summer Camps/Retreats

Vacation Bible School @ Crystal - July 8-11, 2019 $20 for the week

Join us for Vacation Bible School in the beautiful camp setting of Camp Crystal!  This four-day VBS encounters Biblical stories and characters where kids learn God’s love is a gift that changes us, is always with us and is worth sharing. This is a fun way to learn Biblical teachings and  about Jesus Christ while enjoying swimming, Roman crafts, awesome camp snacks and games.  See below for Poster File to download.
AGES: 4 years to entering grade 6 <> 9am-12pm


Elementary Camp – Entering Grades 2-6 - June 16-21, 2019  $350

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.


Chi Rho Camp – Entering Grades 7-9 - July 21-27, 2019  $420

Chi Rho camp is an awesome opportunity for middle school/junior high students to enjoy God’s creation up north. Life is full of choices and Chi Rho 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.

CYF Camp – Entering Grades 10-12 (under 18) - July 21-27, 2019  $420

Christian challenges and life choices are confronted within a supportive atmosphere of trust, affirmation and love. CYF (Christian Youth Fellowship) 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 14-20, 2019  $360 - $60 per day, $45 per day if lodging off site

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.

Independence Camp - July 7-12, 2019  $300 - $60 per day, $45 per day if lodging off site

How about getting away to Northern Michigan to your own room on the lake (meals provided)? Independence camp might just be for you - where the group will enjoy photography, sightseeing around the area, and plenty of freedom in an unstructured camp setting to relax, kick back and have fun with God.

Young Families Retreat - July 12-14, 2019  - $140 per person (under 3 free)

Young Families retreat is a weekend of all that is camp: swimmng, climbing, vespers, and so much more. There will be free time for naps or off-site fun, and this camp is great if your kids are newborns through elementary aged.


Women’s Ministry/CWF Retreat - June 21-23, 2019 - $140

Join Disciples women from across the state in this annual retreat. A keynote speaker focuses the theme as participants share in worship, workshops, and free time along the shores of Crystal Lake. For more information contact the Regional Office.

Men's Retreat & Work Weekend - September 20-22, 2019 - $140;  NOTE DATE CHANGE

A weekend retreat for men across the state to be engaged in worship, reflection, and leisure among other men. Last year we were challenged by Carl Zerweck, director of Rippling Hope in Detroit, to find ways to engage in mission work opportunities. We liked the idea so much we agreed to build our 2019 Christian Men's Retreat this year around this theme. What we need now is YOU - and your FRIENDS - and your church mates!


COST: $140 - all inclusive;
            $75 - commuting (includes meals)

NOTE: First EIGHT fully paid registrations have choice of Cedar Lodge/Missions House accomodations.

The weekend retreat will provide time for work projects at Crystal, bonfires, vespers, and worship; plus individual reflection and free time.


Camp Scholarships

Camp scholarships are an important part of the Christian Education budgets of many congregations.  They stimulate greater camp participation and make a camp experience affordable for those who may otherwise not be able to attend.  Everyone should have the opportunity to experience this great Christian camp.  We encourage you to talk with your pastor to find out if your church offers Camperships and sign up today! 

There are a limited number of scholarships available from the Fuller Camp Scholarship Fund, available for any child or youth that may need assistance to go camping. For more information or to request scholarship assistance, contact Dave Cook, or the Regional Office,

You can help make it possible for a child/youth to attend this summer by donating now to the Camp Scholarship Fund. Click Here to donate.

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 the Regional Office for more information,

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 the Regional Office for more information,


It's swim time

It's swim time

Chief Chuck and gang ready to eat

Chief Chuck and gang ready to eat

Proud of our crosses

Proud of our crosses

Vespers on the lakeshore

Vespers on the lakeshore