Summer Camps & Retreats

Dear Campers & Parents:

It is with great sadness that we share with you the decision to cancel all our summer camps for the 2020 season. We are very conscious of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and we want to follow the latest health and safety information from our Governor’s office.  Thus, we have determined that we cannot guarantee the safety of the those who would participate in our Michigan Disciples summer camps. 

Crystal is open this summer for families and groups to use individual lodges and one dorm to enjoy the Crystal Lake area. Groups will be responsible for their own meals and swimming etc. Go to Facilities Rental page for details.

We do intend to operate our camping program next summer (2021) and we are already planning for it.

Thank you for your love and support for the Crystal Conference Center.

2020 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.


Elementary Camp

Entering Grades 2-6 – June 21-26, 2020

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.

Vacation Bible School Camp @ Crystal

4 years to entering 6th grade – July 6-9, 2020 – 4 mornings, 9am-12pm

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.

Grandparent & Me Camp

July 6-9, 2020  – NEW

Here’s a chance for grandparents to have time with grandchildren, bonding in the beauty of Crystal. Mornings children will be able to participate in VBS Camp and have afternoon and evenings with grandparents.

Middle School Camp

Entering Grades 7-9 – July 12-18, 2020 

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 12-18, 2020 

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 19-25, 2020 

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 Ministry/CWF Retreat

June 26-28, 2020

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.

Men’s Retreat

September 18-20, 2019

A weekend retreat for men across the state to be engaged in worship, reflection, and leisure among other men. The weekend retreat will provide time for work projects at Crystal, bonfires, vespers, 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,

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,, 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, for more information.