Retreats at Camp Arcadia have been called “a cruise beside the lake” because of the array of activities offered daily. Weekly programs vary and are tailored to our guests’ needs and interests. Each week features a pair of “deans” who act as spiritual leaders for the week, offering daily Bible study and table prayers.
At Arcadia you are invited to play tennis, kayak, swim in Lake Michigan, hike along the beach and through the forest, learn about God’s creation, watch the sun set over Lake Michigan, see area sights like the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, shop at local resort villages, play golf at area championship courses, enjoy ice cream at Camp Arcadia’s Trading Post, and relax as you read a book or take a nap in one of our Adirondack chairs.
Arcadia’s Family and Labor Day Retreats are designed for inter-generational vacationing. In addition to the activities listed above, during a family week you might square dance, play basketball, shuffleboard, softball, tennis or soccer, create a craft, participate in a talent show, compete in family relays or shoot archery. You will be engaged spiritually through the daily adult morning Bible study, presentations and worship. While adults are in their program, children (age three through college) are engaged in their own Bible study or activities led by our program staff. A nursery for those under three is also available. Daily programming also features activities (athletic, crafts, nature) for children and adults to do on their own or in family groups. Volleyball is played each evening after dinner and is followed by another family participation event such as square dancing.
The Kingdom of God affirms the dignity and value of all people regardless of their capacities. We honor guests with special needs and their families by creating opportunities tailored to them to be renewed in, “Spirit, Mind, and Body.” Camp Arcadia’s Respite Program assigns caring staff that will work to carry out a plan as defined by conversations with family. If you are interested or would like more information about this program please contact the Camp Arcadia office.
Teens spend a week in a safe and engaging environment where they meet new friends, laugh with old ones, build relationships, play outdoors, and grow in faith. Additional Teen Week information is available on our website.
Fall & Other Retreats
Camp Arcadia has a full fall schedule of retreats available. We offer four Fall Confirmation Retreats for 7th and 8th graders, two Women’s Retreats, and a Men’s Retreat. There is also a week-long Lutherhostel Retreat for older adults age 50 and older, and a week in early June for golfers called Golf & The Gospel.
Worship is integral to the Camp Arcadia experience. Whether you are here for a weekend or a week, you will have time to worship together. We have evening vesper services at the Chapel on the Beach, an outdoor worship space overlooking Lake Michigan. We also offer candlelit, contemplative worship called Arcadia Evening Prayer. Sunday morning worship during the summer usually takes place at Trinity Lutheran Church in the village of Arcadia, a short walking distance from the Camp.