FAQs

Summer Camp FAQs

 
Arrival for campers on Monday from 10 am – 12pm, and pick up time on Saturday is from 9 – 10 am for all programs.
Our Christian kids camp programs vary in cost based on your age and when you sign up. For Junior Campers, those entering 4th and 5th grade, camp starts at $395 for a week. For Jump Start campers, those entering 6th grade, camp starts at $415. For Junior High campers, those entering 7th and 8th grade, camp starts at $435. For Fresh Start campers, a program designed specifically for freshman, camp starts at $465. Our Senior High camp starts at $465. Finally, our invite only Reborne Rangers program is $535. If you have any further questions about pricing, please feel free to contact us. 
The registration fee includes housing, meals, and all program-specific activities.  Campers are responsible for any snacks and souvenirs from the Red Canoe.
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All Campers Should Bring:

  • Bible, notebook, and pen
  • Pillow and warm bedding for a twin size bunk. (sleeping bag is preferable) Clothes for activities (be prepared for cool or rainy weather): long pants or jeans, closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes) and at least one other pair of shoes.
  • Modest one-piece bathing suit, swimming suit cover-up for walking to and from the waterfront, beach towel, and sunscreen.
  • Toiletry items: Soap, shampoo, and towels
  • Miscellaneous: Insect repellant, flashlight, spending money for Red Canoe, Snack Shack Red Canoe Online Store

 

Additional items needed for some of our camp programs:

 

Jump Start Campers:

Bog clothes: long pants, T-shirt, and closed-toe shoes (these clothes may not be worth bringing home).

An extra pair of sandals with a back strap or an extra pair of closed-toe shoes for the Riverwalk and Tube Float down the Platte River.

Junior High Campers:

Please be sure they have long pants, a T-shirt they can tuck into the pants, and closed-toe shoes for High Adventure and Challenge Course activities.

Fresh Start Campers:

Fresh Start Campers will be going on a 3-day rafting trip while they are at camp.

Be sure to pack sandals with a back strap, a pair of shorts, and shirt to be worn over their bathing suit while rafting (made of material which will dry quickly overnight).

Set of warm clothes for nighttime (after they come off the river and for sleeping in at night).

Long pants, a T-shirt they can tuck into the pants, and closed-toe shoes for High Adventure and Challenge Course activities.

Senior High Campers:

Senior High campers will experience Fight Night and will need a pair of shorts and a shirt that will cover their bathing suit for this activity (these clothes may not be worth bringing home).

Long pants, a T-shirt they can tuck into the pants, and closed-toe shoes for High Adventure and Challenge Course activities.

Items for sale in the Red Canoe, our camp hangout, gift shop, and snack shack, range from $0.50 for candy to $20 for apparel. Most campers bring around $45 spending money with them. Our program shirts are $14.99 plus tax, Lake Ann Camp logo sweatshirts are $28.99 plus tax, a delicious caramel macchiato is $2.85 for a small and a small four berry smoothie is $4.00.

Many campers also stop for meals on the way to and from camp, so don’t forget to send them with additional money for their fast food stops.

Most campers stay in cabins, many of which have full bathrooms right inside. Fresh Start campers stay in platform tents called “Yurts” and then in tents while on the river.  Jump Start campers stay out at Jump Start Village in Tamaracks (look like large treehouses, with bunk beds) and Yurts (also with bunk beds). Tour Our Facilities
 Chapel is a highlight of each day, once in the morning and once in the evening!  We start with an amazing, energizing time of worship, a few announcements, and then a message from God’s Word prepared by our guest speaker for the week.  Chapels will be with the campers own age-specific program and the speaker has been chosen especially for their age.
Each of our Christian kids camp programs start the day with flag raising and some crazy songs and exercises to make sure you’re awake!  Then you’ll head to breakfast, return to your cabin for God and I time, and perhaps a morning cabin activity.  Chapel is shortly followed by lunch.  The afternoon is a combination of scheduled activities with your cabin and free time. Then dinner and chapel.  Nighttime activities vary each day, but there’s never a dull moment and you’ll have a blast each day!
All letters and packages can be sent to 18400 Maple Street #109, Lake Ann, MI 49650-9587.

Camper email is available again this summer! This is a one-way system, which allows you to send up to 10 emails for your camper to read during their week of camp. Call the office to add this option to your camper’s registration. $3 for 10 emails. Instructions will be sent out on the Monday of your camper’s registered week.

We do not have deadlines for our Christian kids camp programs, but our weeks fill up very rapidly, so it’s best not to wait.  After the early discount dates have passed, May brings another big surge of registrations.
Campers typically have 1-2 hours of free time per day, and many times they will spend that time with their counselor. There are so many things to do during free time…swim, play Octaball or carpet ball, hang out in the game room at the Red Canoe, go for a hike, go canoeing or paddle boating, play disc golf, hang out at Acorn Acres, go to Handicraft, and so much more!
Our food is amazing!  Here are a few things to look forward to: spaghetti, taco salad, chicken fingers, and hamburgers. Oh, and don’t forget about our world famous homemade cinnamon rolls. Nobody goes hungry at Lake Ann!

At Lake Ann Camp we take food allergies very seriously. Our chef and kitchen staff try to accommodate and coordinate alternative meal options as much as is possible. We can typically work around most allergies including: gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, egg, and corn as long as they are not complicated with multiple conditions. It is important to note that our facility is NOT a nut free, dairy free, soy free, egg free environment. Although our staff strives to prepare our special diet meals on a separate counter in the kitchen, we do not have a dedicated kitchen for these meals. We regularly make homemade baked goods containing a number potential allergen triggering contaminants.If you have any questions or concerns on whether or not we can accommodate your dietary needs please call our office during office hours from 8am to 5pm or by emailing kitchen@lakeanncamp.com. Please make sure to communicate all allergies on your health form and call our office with more details if needed. In the event we are not capable of providing your full dietary needs we invite all of our guest to bring their own supply of snacks and personal meal supplements and offer a small amount of space to store refrigerated items in the dinning hall area.
We have a full-time registered nurse on staff all summer.  Our nurse also has 3 health officers that work alongside her.  They live at camp and are always available to care for campers’ needs.
Our counselor interview process is very extensive, requiring multiple references, a detailed application, criminal background and driving record check.  Once offered a position, counselors arrive 2 weeks before camp begins and receive 174 hours of classroom and hands-on training.  Training and follow-up continues throughout the summer with daily staff meetings.
Absolutely! The best times to visit and see camp are Monday and Saturday.  Visits during the week require background checks for all adults over 18 years of age.  Generally, we advise parents and other family members not to visit during the week simply because it will take their camper away from the activities and programs that make the week so unforgettable.  Please feel free to call our office with any questions.
Campers may have their cell phones, but we leave it to their counselor’s discretion to determine if it is becoming a distraction or hindrance to fully experiencing all that God has for them during their week of camp.  In such cases, we will ask the camper to leave the phone at the office until Saturday morning.  We understand that parents and campers may feel reassured by having this method of communication, but ask that as much as possible, cell phone usage be at a minimum and during free time.