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Meet Our New Interns!

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We are excited to introduce you to our seven current interns in the Miracle Camp GAP Year Ministry! This program is a great way for exiting high school and college students to gain practical experience and discover their purpose. It provides interns with hands-on opportunities to grow in their vocational skills, knowledge, and the calling Christ has placed on their lives, whether it leads to a career in Camping ministry or simply the next place God is directing. Each of them has a unique story of how God led them to Miracle Camp and what they hope to accomplish in their time here.

Katie Rice
Katie is from Nampa, ID, and is one of our Culinary Arts interns. Her dad used to be the youth pastor at Lawton Church for eight years before they moved to Idaho. She heard about the internship and decided to come because of her familiarity with Miracle Camp. Over the next year, she hopes to learn more about cooking and different techniques in the kitchen, and she is excited for building strong friendships while she’s here.

Kaity Renzema
Kaity is also a Culinary Arts intern and the most local of the bunch, coming from Vicksburg, MI. She found out about Miracle Camp from a friend during a time when she was unsure about her next steps in life. After praying about this opportunity, she believes God very clearly led her here. Through this new experience over the next year, she hopes to grow both spiritually and in knowledge of culinary arts.

Margaret Gruendyke
Margaret is from Upland, IN, and very familiar with Miracle Camp as she grew up as a camper and camp aide. Camp has a large place in her heart and she wants to give back in the way that it has given so much to her, crediting it for making her who she is today. Margaret graduated from Taylor University in 2017 with a degree in Christian Ministries and Biblical Studies. She is one of the Guest Services interns, and in her time over the next year she hopes to learn more about the behind-the-scenes of camp, gain more business experience, and discover how to serve guests by giving them the best possible experience.

Micayla Greathouse
Micayla, originally from Hays, KS, is the other Guest Services intern. She felt God leading her to Michigan and has always been interested in Camping ministry. When she discovered Miracle Camp’s GAP Year ministry online, she knew He provided this opportunity. Micayla has her bachelor’s in Christian Ministry from Southwest Baptist University and recently completed her master’s online through Liberty University in Professional Writing. She is excited to discover more about Camping ministry while learning how to better serve people, further her writing skills, and grow in community with others and relationship with Jesus.

Caleb Kroeker
Caleb, from Bellefonte, PA, is no stranger to Miracle Camp. He started coming to Family Camp at age 10 and has since come nearly every year. Caleb graduated from Penn State in May, and he is here for the summer as a Shake Up Kalamazoo intern. During this season, he is excited to help serve the people of the Kalamazoo area. Additionally, he looks forward to growing personally in his faith and knows that this is a great place for that.

Michael Boyd
Coming from Illinois, Michael began the GAP Year Ministry a year ago in Guest Services. He has been on Summer Staff since 2014, and the opportunity for the internship arose after last summer. Since then, he has switched over to the Health Officer internship. He believed God called him to the program, while also knowing if he didn’t pursue this possibility, he would regret it. Michael will finish his year this August and then move to Chicago, where he hopes to adjust well to city life. He is excited to stay open and see what God has in store for the next season.

Wyatt Gulick
Wyatt, our Maintenance intern from Montpelier, OH, is well acquainted with Miracle Camp. He began his time here as a camper in the third grade and has been coming ever since.  Wyatt was then on Summer Staff for two years prior to becoming an intern. He began the GAP Year Ministry shortly after, and has already spent a year with Miracle Camp as an intern. Wyatt will be completing another year in the program, and we are excited to have him here a second year.

The three main purposes of the Ministry are: 1) Discovering gifts; 2) Building vocational skills; and 3) Exploring calling and life plan. If you would like to find out more about our intern program, click the button below!

Family Camp Starts Next Week!

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Family Camp is almost here!! We are so excited for our grounds to be filled with 41 families next week. 184 people will be attending July 4 – 7th, with 70 of those being kids. These fun-filled days ahead will include engaging sessions, adventure, delicious food, and of course, quality family time.

Our speaker for the week is Nate Hamblin. Nate and his family are from Adrian, MI, and have been long-time attendees of Family Camp. We are delighted to welcome them back and hear from him next week.

The temperatures for next week will be perfect for Blobbing, tubing, or finding some shade on the sandy beach. Time on the water will be a must, whether it’s enjoying Bankson Lake from a kayak, canoe, the water trampoline, or slide. In addition, here are some more activities we will feature:

  • Zipline
  • Archery
  • Trap-shooting ($6 for 12 shots)
  • Fishing (bring your own pole)
  • Climbing Wall
  • Game Room
  • High Ropes
  • Disc Golf
  • BB Guns
  • Game Room
  • Scooters 🙂

The craft shack and coffee shop will be ideal for pausing to refresh in the midst of all the action.

We love providing a place for families to bond over games, worship and pray together, and enjoy God’s creation in a relaxing atmosphere. It doesn’t get much better than wrapping up the summer days as families will enjoy the campfire time, complete with s’mores.

If you would like to see more about what happens at Family Camp, click the button below!

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!

Culinary Arts Internship Opportunity!

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For over fifty years now, Miracle Camp has existed to facilitate life change by helping people draw closer to God. While the year-round events we facilitate for our guests are designed with this in mind, Internships also provide a meaningful avenue for us to facilitate life change for transitioning students. Interning with us provides opportunities for personal growth while serving alongside our full time staff in a specific area of interest.

Knowing how to choose a career path without the benefit of much work experience can be a challenge even for the most prepared students. While schooling can enlighten us with new ideas, the classroom doesn’t often provide opportunities for practical application. An internship, on the other hand, provides specific opportunities to gain valuable experience in a field before committing to a future course.

Your vocation represents the biggest time commitment in life, and the place we have the most opportunity for relationship with others. For our interns, this means we equally value the work that happens behind-the-scenes and on the stage; no matter what type of career path you are preparing to take, our program will give you the tools to see your workplace as a mission field for you to creatively pursue your God-given purpose.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts “the demand for head chefs, cooks and other culinary specialists is on the rise. The agency has gathered the numbers and determined that the field will grow by an estimated 9 percent between 2014 and 2024.” Here at Miracle Camp, Chef Beau Graf has been faithfully serving our guests since 2014. As a trained chef with over 16 years of experience in commercial kitchens and working with vendors, Beau is excited to share his knowledge and help prepare interns with skills for ministry in culinary arts.

Applicants for the Culinary Arts Internship will be eager to learn basic cooking principles, knife technique, baking and grilling, as well as more restaurant management skills like ordering, inventory and production planning.  In addition to team-based training and individual career coaching, the Culinary Arts intern will receive ServSafe Certification and attend the CCCA Cooks Advance Retreat.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Culinary Arts Internship, in addition to accepting 2019 applications for our other areas of emphasis. For more information, click on the button below!