When it's cold outside, enjoy some amazing Pure Michigan fun in the snow. After some time on the ice or the tubing
hill, cozy up to the fireplace with a cup of your favorite piping hot drink from the cafe. Repeat as necessary.
Our classic winter activity here at Lincoln Lake. Sticks and pucks collide in action packed boot hockey tournaments! Our beautifully maintained indoor rink is always in great playing shape. Play this great game for hours or watch the games from the warmth of the indoor fireplace just a few feet away. All the action takes place in our Quonset Hut.
Fly down solo or make it a party of tubes! Your adventure isn't over at dark, thanks to our illuminated hill. Our hill in the woods was constructed in 2011 with giant banked corners and is a HUGE hit with our guests.
Square off in a game of ping pong, foosball, carpet ball, pool, or our custom "Shoe Buc". There's plenty of space to hang out. Grab a coffee or hot drink from the cafe and gather with your friends around the tables or on the couches near the fireplace.
Why? Because we can! The Old School Playground Game on a whole new level! When it's freezing outside, you can still play one of your favorite camp games in our toasty lodge.
Join us for one of 6 amazing weekend of LAKE EFFECT! A flexible schedule allows your group to choose a 2-day or 3-day retreat. We provide 3 chapel sessions (one Friday and two Saturday). Saturday night and Sunday allow youth pastors and chaperones to connect and process as a group.
This year we are limiting retreat sizes to approximately 90 guests in order to comply with State and local requirements. Masks will not be required in chapels or in rooms, but may be required in other large group settings (exact requirements will not be known until the date of the retreat approaches). We thank you for your understanding.
Our activities include our indoor hockey on the ice in the Quonset, night tubing on our lighted hill, indoor 9-square in the air, coffee and cocoa in the game room, as well as our themed challenges. Each year we add something special. In past years we have had escape rooms, group puzzles, and indoor badminton tournaments. Come see what's new! Saturday afternoon provides enough time for you to play some snow football, win the hockey tournament, or warm up by the fire in the game room. Enjoy tons of opportunities to connect with your friends and youth group!
Check out what a weekend spent at Lake Effect looks like in the video below!
Where/How do I register?
> Call the office to check on availability.
How much is the deposit to save my spot?
> The deposit is $25 per person. The deposit is non-refundable, but is transferable to a different guest. If a guest/group wishes to change weeks, they may do that at no charge or loss.
Do I have to pay in full to register?
> No. You may register your group without paying by selecting 'No. Reserve my spot when you receive my check.' when asked if you would like to guarantee your spot. When the retreat has 100 registered guests, we will contact you to send your deposit.
Do you offer any discounts?
> Adult leaders/chaperones come for a greatly reduced price.
What should I/my child bring?
> Here is a recommended list:
•Pen & Notebook
•Sleeping bag (or two heavy blankets and sheets), pillow
•Outdoor clothes for snow games
•At least two pair of shoes (inside and outside)
•Lots of socks!
•Wash cloth, towel, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste
•Plastic bag for dirty clothes
•Medications in their ORIGINAL CONTAINERS
•Money for the Camp Store, [Drinks & Snacks $1-4, T-shirts $10-$15 and Sweatshirts $20]
•Mark all belongings for identification.
> Items should be identified with your name written on the tag. Any lost and found items are kept for one week and then donated.
> Please do not bring: electronic devices (video games, cell phones, ipod, laptops, etc.), pets
What time is registration?
> Registration is from 5:00-7:00 on Friday night. If a guest or group is planning to arrive later than 7:00PM, they must contact the camp office to confirm. Dinner is served at 6:00PM on Friday.
What time does the retreat end?
> Groups wrapping up early will depart at 9:15pm on Saturday night. Groups staying through Sunday morning will be dismissed at 10:30am.
May I contact my child during camp?
> Phone: Campers do not have access to a phone. Contact the camp office at 616.984.2125 in case of emergencies.
Where do we stay?
>Guests will stay in the Lodge, the Hilton, and the lower level of the Siegel Chapel. Ladies are given preference for the Lodge space.
How many people are in a room?
> There are usually 6 beds in a lodge room; however, we will be limiting the number of people in a room to provide social distancing for this year. Plan on 4 people in a lodge room together. The "Hilton" will be in use for larger groups, and will hold up to 24 guests.
Do I need to bring skates to play hockey?
> No. The ice is located indoors and is used to play boot hockey. We do not allow skates.
May I bring my snowboard for the tubing hill?
> Yes. But if anyone else is tubing, snowboards are not permitted on the hill. Snowboards & tubes do not like each other.
Please contact the camp with any additional questions. We would be glad to assist you!