Summer Camps & Retreats for All Ages

Grace Outside, the camp and retreat programs of Michigan Area United Methodist Camping, are helping today’s youth and adults discover the powerful message of  God’s grace through fun, faith and adventure. Summer camp gives today’s youth a break from the plugged-in, fast-paced life at home and immerses them in God’s creation. They learn life skills living in community and a different sort of ABCs – like Archery, Bible Study, Canoeing…

  • Volunteer opportunities, including counselors and clean-up/maintenance, are available, too. Contact Allison Vitale or Suzanne Everett for more information about camp and what events we’re participating in as a group.

Grace Outside Destinations include: Lake Michigan Family Campground (Pentwater), Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center (Dowling), Lake Huron Retreat Center (Burtchville).

First UMC Programs

Throughout the year, First UMC Brighton & Whitmore Lake offers its own programming, including Family Camping, a women’s retreat and a men’s retreat.

Women’s Retreat

Lake Huron Retreat Center 8794 Lakeshore Road, Burtchville, United States

Retreats invite us to step away from our normal routine -- to interrupt the daily rhythm of life -- and experience the Holy One through... read more

Men’s Retreat

Lake Louise 11037 Thumb Lake Road, Boyne Falls, United States

Enjoy fellowship, worship, devotions and an opportunity to help open up the camp at Lake Louise for the upcoming camp year. We will work together... read more


Family Camping-May

Location: Walnut Hills Family Campground May 17-19 (Friday-Sunday) Make your own reservations. A limited number of sites may still be available under "Gene Smith/First UMC... read more

Summer Youth Camp

Wesley Woods 1700 Clear Lake, Dowling, MI, United States

Children third through 12th grade are invited to register to attend summer camp at Wesley Woods! Parents are encouraged to inquire about volunteering, too (significant... read more

Family Camping-August

Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat 5807 N. Ridge Rd, Pentwater, MI, United States

Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat • Aug. 15-18  (Thursday-Sunday) Make your own reservations (mention First UMC-Brighton) Camp sites, platform tents, cabins/bunk houses available) Enjoy evening... read more

Grades 9 – 13 | 6/16 – 6/22/24

Camp Beloved is an inclusive community for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies to gather together to celebrate diversity and value God’s creation through a camping experience.  Camp Beloved is a safe place where  youth of all faith background (or none) are welcomed and loved.

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