Teen WInter Retreats


COST: $95 (LEADERS $65)

Register online or call the office for availability

Join us for one of 5 amazing weekends 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.

Our activities include our outdoor boot hockey on the ice, 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!


    JANUARY 19-21

    SPEAKER:   Pastor Rob Tahtinen (Calvary Baptist, Greenville)

    32 spots still available

    Click Here to Register


    JANUARY 26-28, 2024

    SPEAKER:  Pastor Jory Trim (Trinity Baptist Church)

    13 spots still available



    February 9-11, 2024

    SPEAKER:  Pastor Jonathon Fuller (Baptist Bible Church, Sparta)



    FEBRUARY 16-18, 2024

    SPEAKER:  Pastor Phil Severn (North Park Baptist Church)

    59 spots still available

    Click Here to Register


    MARCH 1-3, 2024

    SPEAKER: Pastor Wes Crawford (West Cannon Baptist Church)

    53 spots still available

    Click Here to Register

Want to volunteer?

Click Here to Volunteer we have lots of ways you can help and we need your help!!


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.

  • broom hockey

    Our classic winter activity here at Lincoln Lake. Sticks and pucks collide in action packed boot hockey tournaments! Our rink has moved outside, but is always in great playing shape when the weather cooperates. Play this great game for hours.

  • tubing hill

    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.

  • Game Room

    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.

  • indoor 9-square in the air

    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.


Check out what a weekend spent at Lake Effect looks like in the video below!


Lake effect f.a.q.

Cost:  $95 / Student     $65 / Sponsor

Where/How do I register?

> Call the office to check on availability or register by clicking the appropriate link above.

How much is the deposit to save my spot?

> The deposit is $25 per personThe 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

•Warm pajamas

•Plastic bag for dirty clothes

•Medications in their ORIGINAL CONTAINERS

•Money for the Camp Store, [Drinks & Snacks $1-4, Stocking Caps $15, T-shirts $15 and Sweatshirts $35]

•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.  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!

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