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A Taste of Miracle Camp

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Kids shout with echoes of delight. Boats hum with ecstatic tubers on the lake. The zipline whirs in the distance. Birds chatter in the trees near the archery, paintball station, and high ropes course. Worship music floats out the chapel door. What do these sounds have in common? They are all heard at Miracle Camp!

In today’s non-stop society running on caffeine and jam-packed schedules, you could describe Miracle Camp as an oasis. The camp’s layout perfectly complements the surrounding nature, resulting in a pleasant place of respite. The waterfront view, winding trails, and myriad of activities provide high-quality adventure. An aura of wonder fills the air, allowing space to slow down and enjoy life. What could be better than the small-town feel with the 100+ acres of land offering opportunities to play, relax, and wander?

Adding to the beauty, the sense of community at Miracle Camp is prominent. Joy radiates from the staff as you pass them within the comfort of Bankson Lodge. Their inclusiveness embodies the love of Jesus, and you will smile as the housekeepers greet you by name on your way to breakfast. The 45 Summer Staff and 11 Program Office leaders serve with a genuine sense of caring, leaving no one a stranger for long. One of the seven interns runs from one activity to the next, waving as you head to the beach for some kayaking. The top-notch hospitality creates a home away from home.

Prior to your arrival, each staff member is equipped with proper training, provided with opportunities for discipleship, and encouraged to employ a component of personal retreat. These elements are necessary as the teams prepare for a busy season hosting campers and guest groups. Organization is key, and arrangements for comfortable lodging, delicious food, and an exciting itinerary are drawn up to ensure the success of your stay.

While many roles of the staff are obvious, the behind-the-scenes people and work are just as important to the most efficient and successful functions of this camp. You may notice the cleanliness, but miss the woman diligently sweeping the room or the man power-washing the windows. You may observe the beautiful landscape, but not see the ones spending hours on their hands and knees planting flowers. Behind your enjoyable stay were hours spent on the phone and in the office in preparation. Frequently, the Friends of Camp, the regular volunteers, are onsite contributing to the work that plays a powerful role in the daily operations.

The whiff of a campfire drifts through the evening breeze, mixing with a hint of freshly mowed grass. From the interactions with the staff to pleasant accommodations to activity preparations, bringing glory to God is evident throughout every detail. The safe and relaxing atmosphere at Miracle Camp offers loads of laughter, stretches of rest, and opportunities to encounter Jesus. As you pass the lake on your way out, you will glance back at Miracle Camp in your rearview mirror with a renewed spirit, happy memories, and the anticipation of planning your return trip.

If you would like to find out more information about Miracle Camp, click the button below!

Summer Camp is Finally Here!!

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Summer Camp is one of our favorite programmed events that we put on here at Miracle Camp. Every year, we love seeing the hundreds of kids that come to camp and hear the message of Jesus Christ preached.

We are just finishing up our first week of camp with over 120 middle school campers who have been busy ziplining, enjoying the waterfront, making lots of new friends, and diving into the book of Philippians during our chapel sessions. Our staff has had a blast putting everything they’ve learned in training over the past couple weeks into action as they care for and encourage the campers who are in their cabins.

This year we will have over 1,300 campers come through our doors and 46 summer staff who oversee everything that has to do with Summer Camp. Our ministry here at camp isn’t all about numbers, but we are always excited to have the opportunity to see the Gospel preached to more and more kids every year!

Evergreen Project Update!

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We are so excited to share with you the progress we have made on the Evergreen Project this year! It is hard to believe that in just a couple months one of our cabins can look so different. Only so much can be communicated in words to describe this renovation. That being said, we would love to give you a better picture on just how much work has been completed on Evergreen through this short timelapse video showing everything that we have done so far this spring!

As you can see, there has been so much progress on this renovation. We always want to thank you for your support of Miracle Camp and the Keeping Faith Campaign. Because of your generosity, Miracle Camp can continue to grow and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with more and more guests every year!

We would love to continue making camp a better place for our guests and we know that we can’t do that alone. If you would like to learn more about the Keeping Faith Campaign, or would like to donate, click the button below!

What We Teach Our Summer Staff: Fun!

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With our staff all here and campers coming in just a few short days we are so excited to share with you how our staff is preparing for Summer Camp and how much we long for your camper to have the best week ever!

FUN!

It might sound shallow, but we truly hope that every camper has one of the best weeks of their life while they are at Miracle Camp. We truly do believe that campers have as much fun here as at Disney World!

CREATIVE PROGRAMMING

Our summer staff makes it a priority to put in the extra effort to plan creative activities for Summer Camp. Our all camp games, like Gold Rush, are some of our favorite activities that we program. Every year, we love using our creativity to provide new and excited games and activities for our campers.

THINGS YOU CAN’T DO AT HOME

We have be blessed with lots of awesome things that provide an experience that is way different from anything that our campers could do at home over the summer. Some of our favorites include our zipline, climbing wall, tubing, the blob, paintball, and so much more!

MEANINGFUL FRIENDSHIPS

Camp wouldn’t be the same without the other campers and staff members that your child will meet while they are here at camp. It always brings a smile to our faces to see the friendships that campers can make after just a week of being together.

It is such a joy to us to see campers having one of the best weeks of their lives here at Summer Camp. If you would like to check out more about Summer Camp, or if you would like to register, click on the button below!

What We Teach Our Summer Staff: Spiritual Growth

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Our Program Office staff has been here for almost a week now preparing for Summer Camp this year! We are so excited for the rest of our summer staff to arrive this upcoming Tuesday and begin training for this summer. As we touched on last week, safety is our number one priority. Right along with it, though, spiritual growth is one of the main reasons we exist and put so much effort into our Summer Camps.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Right behind safety, our second priority at summer camp is to make sure that each camper grows closer to God while they are here. We want to make sure that the Bible is preached clearly and relevantly to every camper and that each counselor challenges campers to apply God’s word to their life. Our desire is to see you son or daughter learn more about Jesus Christ and grow in their walk with Him.

ONE ON ONES

Another way that we encourage and challenge your child in their walk with the Lord is through one on one conversations they have with their cabin leader. These discussions are put into place so that each cabin leader can help each camper grow closer to God personally. Our staff is trained to challenge students to read and apply God’s word and to spend time in prayer.

CHAPEL SESSIONS

Campers get to experience 2 chapel sessions each day that include worship and a Bible teacher who will communicate God’s word on a level relevant to the age of the campers. We believe that the Bible is powerful and changes lives and we want campers to experience this each week.

DAILY DEVOTIONS

After the morning chapel session, campers will spend some time outside with their Bible and daily devotional. Our desire is to see campers reading and studying God’s Word both here at camp and continue these habits as they go home. Each cabin will also come together after each evening chapel session for cabin devotions. These times provide a space for cabin leaders to lead discussions on what the speaker talked about during the session and allow campers to see how this topic applies to their life now.

Our staff is focused on helping people know God in a deeper way. We believe that relationships are the heart of ministry and each summer, our Summer Staff will pour their hearts and lives into the campers in their care. If you want to see more about what Summer Camp is like, click on the button below!

What We Teach Our Summer Staff: Safety

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Our Summer Staff starts arriving to camp in just a few short days! As we prepare for this summer, we want to give you a little insight on some of the things we teach our Summer Staff!

SAFETY

Our first summer camp priority is safety and we take it very seriously. We have safety training, policies and background checks in place to ensure your camper will have a safe week of camp. But the most important thing we do for safety is take hiring seriously. We believe that our staff is one of the safest summer camp teams in the nation.

During our staff training, we spend numerous sessions preparing our staff for a myriad of issues that could arise during a week of Summer Camp, including topics such as homesickness, bullying, and what to do in an emergency situation. We prepare our staff to always value safety over any other aspect of camp. Each week of summer camp, we have trained medical staff who are qualified to handle a potential emergency situation. We take every precaution to make sure everything we do is as safe as possible and we make sure we are prepared if an injury or emergency should arise. We also hire 8 lifeguards to be at the waterfront during free time, which is 6 more than is required by law.

Safety is the most important aspect of our Summer Camp and we do everything that we can to make sure you child is safe while they are here at camp. If you would like more information about our Summer Camps, click on the button below!

Man Camp is Almost Here!

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The first Man Camp of the 2018 season is not far away! As always, we are so excited for Man Camp and the coming of the warmer weather, amazing food, March Madness, and to see hundreds of men praising the Lord. We are also looking forward to the four men coming to speak at Man Camps this year. Get to know the speakers a little better:

Man Camp 1

Dan Busse: I have been in ministry since 1996, a grad of Dallas Seminary, and am now currently getting another masters degree from Liberty Seminary in missional involvement and evangelism. More importantly I am married to an amazing woman and dad of 4 incredible kids.I do not claim to have all the answers, but I do want to see the church be all it can be. Jesus gave His life for the church, we are to show Him off. Frankly, in America, the church as we see it has failed. Not because of Jesus but because of us. So as leaders we have a choice. Do we lead by listening to Jesus and being courageous enough to take the shots, or do we simply do what others want and continue the downward trend?

Man Camp 2

Rich Ratts: Rich Ratts is passionate about helping people to connect with God and then connect their faith in Him to their everyday life. Rich believes that we have been called to make a life, not just make a living! He has spent the past 31 years serving as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, Student Pastor, Worship Leader, and as a Church Planter & Church Planting Missionary. Rich has worked with ministries in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and Montana. Currently Rich serves as Lead Pastor of Crossroads Church in Monticello, Illinois. Born in Decatur, IL, Rich grew up in Vandalia, IL. He has been married to Nancy for 31 years. They have five children: Nate, Josh, Josiah, Mercy, & Caleb.

Man Camp 3

Tom Harmon: My name is Tom Harmon, my loving wife Joyce and I have been married for forty-five years. We have four children, and they are all are married. All our children love the Lord and we thank God for His gracious hand upon us. I grew up in a Christian home and trusted Christ at an early age. I regret to say that most of the early years of my journey I did not walk in the ways of the Lord. In High School I enjoyed football, basketball and track. Upon graduation from High School I attended Northern Michigan University on a four year full ride athletic scholarship. I played four years of college football, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree. In 1973 I graduated from the Michigan State Police Academy and was a trooper for eleven years. In 1984 I sensed God’s call on my life to preach and resigned from the department. I pastored a small church north of Lansing for four years and have been a full time itinerant preacher speaking in churches, camps, and Bible conferences for the past twenty-five years. My life’s verse is Philippians 3:10.

Man Camp 4

Nate Hamblin: Nate serves as the co-pastor of Neighborhood Church, a two-year old church plant in Adrian, Michigan. Prior to moving to Adrian, he served in a variety of pastoral roles at Crossroads Evangelical Church in Wauseon Ohio for 11 years.  He’s passionate about coaching people in the everyday truths of life in Christ. Personally, Nate considers himself a proud member of the “I married way above myself” club. He and Amanda have been married 15 years and have two young sons—Eli & Oliver. He enjoys the simple adventures of life—family time, food, yard work, laughter and watching college football (Go Blue!).

In addition to these speakers, we are excited to offer so many awesome activities, including, but not limited to:

Zipline
Archery
Man Lounge
Trap Shooting ($6 for 12 shots)
Steak Cook-Out
Dodgeball
Climbing Wall
High Ropes
Paintball ($6 for 2 rounds)
Bacon
Coffee Shop
and much more!
If you would like more information on Man Camp, including pricing, dates, the work day, or what to bring, or to register, head to our website at www.miraclecamp.com/mancamp!

Our Mission: Affordable Quality

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Miracle Camp desires to give our guests the best bang for their buck. We long to provide excellent service and facilities at a reasonable price to the people who come on campus. There are many ways that we as a camp offer exceptional quality at an affordable rate, including our housing, the food we serve, and the activities we provide. We are always looking to continue to improve our facilities, activities, and programming while keeping costs low for our guests.

To continue to provide affordable quality for those who come to camp, we have implemented a price freeze for all of our 2018 programmed events! This means the price that you paid in 2017 for summer camp, man camp, women’s retreat, and any of our other programmed retreats will not increase in 2018! Affordable quality shows that our staff has a passion to be good stewards of the things that God has given us. We want to put our guests first and serve them with humility and excellence. We hope that more and more people can come through our doors to hear the message of Jesus Christ preached while also being able to enjoy a time of fellowship with those around them.

Our Mission: Creative Programming

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In all of our retreats, we are continually trying to find the balance of providing new and unique activities for our guests while also continuing to implement the things that people love and look forward to every year. We love seeing guests come back to a retreat year after year, so we are always looking for the best ways to serve them and help them enjoy their time. From adding new activities to our Man Camps, Women’s Retreats, and Parent/Child Retreats to completely changing the look and schedule of Summer Camp, we always want to keep improving the things we do while also sticking to the things that make Miracle Camp the place it is.

We hope that by adding new activities like archery battle, treasure hunts, and trivia, we can appeal to more and more people and bring them to a place where they will hear the message of Jesus preached. As we said before, our greatest desire is to facilitate life change by helping people grow closer to God and to glorify Jesus. Every part of our mission, from affordable quality to church partnerships, plays into this goal. We want the Good News of Christ Jesus to be heard, and Miracle Camp will be a place where that happens.