2021 Flashlight Report

Photos left to right: Wesley Woods Evening Fire Bowl, Lake Michigan Adventure Campers at the North Country Trail, Lake Huron God’s Treasures Camp, Wesley Woods campers kayaking

Camp has never felt more aligned with what people needed than it did this year as we welcomed children, youth and adults back to Wesley Woods, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. After months of isolation and stress, your outdoor ministry sites came alive again with hope, joy and love. Sharing the message that “You are loved by God in Jesus Christ and that love is yours to share with the world” renewed the role of Christian camp and retreat ministries in today’s society.

We celebrate the success of the past year and look to grow even more in 2022. Significant renovations are in process:

  • Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center: Retreat Center Retreat Center upgrades (carpeting, windows, heating/air and beds) and Main Lodge upgrades
  • Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat: Restroom/Bath House Updates (replacing outdated facilities – north/day camp and youth/central camp)
  • Lake Huron Retreat Center: new roofs, carpet and heating and air conditioning unit upgrades

These improvements are financed through dedicated funds created from the sale of other properties and used solely for capital improvement projects.

We’re excited to be able to improve these facilities so guests can focus on their spiritual journeys and enjoy the beautiful outdoors! If you know of a group looking for retreat space in 2022, please let us know by contacting me or info@umcamping.org. 

Covid-19 has significantly impacted our operational budgets with many groups cancelling and a lower than typical summer camp enrollment. Additionally, Michigan Area United Methodist Camping saw its income from the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church drop 75% over the last two years. We eliminated a physical central office and trimmed spending everywhere we could. The truth is we face the last quarter of 2021 with a $250k deficit, and we are asking for your help.

We’re kicking off our year-end fundraising campaign now and invite you to invest in this life-changing ministry through your gifts. Your one-time and ongoing gifts to these ministries will ensure that we can continue to grow toward a sustainable future — with better facilities and programs. Use the options described on our donate webpage to give, including giving online, mailing a check, or using a credit card by phone (call 616-970-7838).

Thank you! May you and your family experience the peace and joy of Jesus Christ this Christmas!

Rev. David Berkey, Executive Director
cell/text 517-996-2700


[button-link title=”Donate Online” link=”https://www.ultracamp.com/donations/donationintention.aspx?idCamp=717&campcode=ldt&lang=en-Us”]


Photos left to right: Wesley Woods updated bath house (2021), Lake Michigan’s new platform “glamping” tents, Lake Huron’s classic sunrise, Wesley Woods playground