Fresh Start is a program unlike any other at Lake Ann — or any camp for that matter — in that it is designed exclusively for high school freshmen. Campers experience God’s creation on a three-day rafting and camping trip on the Pine River, located in beautiful Manistee County. While on the river, each cabin mans a raft to take on all the adventures The Pine River’s dozens of twists and turns have to offer. Campers will often find themselves racing their rafts, ambushing one another on the river, and discovering God’s Creation at its best.
While at the riverside campsite, campers have an opportunity to learn outdoor skills such as putting up and taking down tents (tents, sleeping mats, and even portable restrooms are provided). They also learn to prepare and cook meals for themselves with the outdoor cook sets Lake Ann provides. The Pine River location offers many beautiful places for meaningful group worship sessions. Guest pastors provide daily messages, and they even hit the river with the campers.
Once back at Lake Ann for the last part of the week, campers discover, define, and refine their leadership and teamwork skills through tasking team oriented objectives. They also get a chance to push themselves to set challenging but achievable goals through Fresh Start’s featured High Adventure activity: Jacob’s ladder. These leadership skills and commitments can be applied to their walks with Christ, their academic careers, and their everyday lives.
The goals of Fresh Start can be found in the program’s theme verse, Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” We at Lake Ann seek to provide campers with a chance to discover a lasting confidence in God and in themselves — a confidence that campers can carry into one of the most emotionally and spiritually challenging school years in a student’s life. The Fresh Start program even had a life-changing impact on its current program director when he experienced the program as a high school freshman years ago. Fresh Start is a fun and challenging adventure that prepares campers’ hearts and minds for the trials that face them down the road.