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Summer Camp Internships

More Than a Summer Job Grace Outside announces the return of its summer intern program. We are grateful to the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church for the funding grant that fuels the summer camp internship program. The ideal candidates are 18-25-year-olds looking to expand their knowledge and skills in outdoor education, ministry, recreation, […]

Spiritual Scrapbooking Retreat

Scrapbooking at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Wesley Woods is pleased to invite scrapbookers and crafters to two Spiritual Scrapbooking Retreats in Dowling, Michigan: • April 19-21, 2024 register ALL CRAFTERS WELCOME Enjoy time for scrapbooking or crafting in Wesley Woods’ spacious Upper Room in the Main Lodge. Each participant will get their own table space […]

Grace Outside Hires New Program Director

Grace Outside recently hired Allison Vitale as full-time program director for the Michigan-based camp and retreat ministry. The move represents a commitment to growing the spiritual experiences for summer campers and retreat guests at all the Grace Outside destinations.

A Blog About Nothing

Sometimes it’s impossible to experience grace and peace without taking time away from all that there is to do and do nothing. Let’s find the courage to take a sabbath break.

Rebates & Scholarships

$25-$50 Rebate So you want to go to summer camp! Great! Register with a deposit, then invite some friends and get them to register, too. Use our First-Time Camper Instant Rebate Coupon to get $50 off a week-long summer camp (most youth camps are eligible, but check the list below to make sure). If you […]

Grace Outside Creates Love Inside

Introducing Grace Outside We have exciting news! Michigan Area United Methodist Camping is launching its new brand, Grace Outside! This energizing new brand tells the story today’s families need to hear: experiencing God’s Grace Outside creates love inside. Grace Outside invites you to experience the love of God outside of your everyday life. Sometimes that […]

New Director Hired for Lake Huron Retreat Center

Lake Huron Retreat Center will have a new director starting in January. Karen Hand comes highly recommended to Lake Huron from the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church where she served first as camp manager and more recently as manager of program and guest services at Epworth Forest Conference Center and Camp Adventure. “We […]

Giving Back

Servant Leadership Includes Giving Back to the Community Since 2007 Lake Huron Retreat Center guests have supported the center’s Food for God’s People Ministry. All guests have the opportunity to bring nonperishable food items and/or toiletries to the Center. Lake Huron staff delivers items to Project Blessing, a food bank operated cooperatively by churches in […]

Why ‘Fun’ Is Important

By Rev. David Berkey, Executive Director The number-one answer to, “How do you feel about your week of camp?” “It was FUN!” Parents rank “FUN” second only to safety in describing what they look for in a summer camp. We want everyone to have fun at camp, but there’s so much more to it […]

Explore Prayer Practices

By Rev. Cora Glass, Guest Services & Program Manager “The retreat helped me intentionally be present before God through scripture and prompts.” Fifteen participants gathered at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center in February for the Introduction to Contemplative Prayer retreat. They immersed themselves in a number of creative prayer practices including a Taizé worship […]