Thanks for exploring a new retreat experience for your family’s vacation this summer. Camp is excited to be offering, for the first time, our Family Week Lite experience. Please know, this experience will be unique, one of a kind, and renewing in spirit, mind and body.
We are working together as a staff and with you as we pivot to this new ministry opportunity for our 2020 season. We appreciate your patience during this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Camp: 231-889-4361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the midst of a pandemic, we are still striving to meet our mission in creative and new ways. We pray that your time at Camp for Family Retreat Lite may be renewing for you in spirit, mind and body.
Family Retreat Lite Schedule 2020
Family Retreat Lite – June 27 – July 3: Brad Hubbard
Using the compelling categories developed by Christian author and apologist, Ravi
Zacharias (1946-2020), we will explore and challenge the most prevalent
worldviews in response to the four most pivotal questions of human life regarding
origin, meaning, morality, and destiny: Who am I? What is my life’s purpose?
What is right or wrong? Where am I going when I die?
Rev. Brad Hubbard is Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, MI. He has been a dean at Camp Arcadia before and currently serves as the chaplain to the Lutheran Camp Association Board of Directors.
Family Retreat Lite – July 4 – 10: John & Monique Nunes
God’s TimeZone: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever
The creator of all time and space desires to redeem every nook and cranny of our lives. As we discuss the meaning of the mystery of finitude and eternity, we will look at ways of “making the best use of the time” (Ephesians 5:16).
Rev. John Nunes, Ph.D, is the President of Concordia College New York
Monique C. Nunes, MA, is the First Lady of Concordia College, New York
Family Retreat Lite – July 11 – 17: Scott Giger
God calls the church to be his hands and feet in the post-Garden wreckage. At times, we have handled this responsibility well. At times, we have not. Learning from the history of the church, we chart a path forward in how to love God by loving our neighbors in proper ways.
Rev. Scott Giger is Executive Pastor of Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Carmel, IN, and Site Pastor at their Fishers, IN location. He has been a dean at Camp Arcadia numerous times in the past.
Family Retreat Lite – July 18 – 24: Matt Popovits
Irresistible : A Call to Captivating Living
Love him or hate him, you couldn’t take your eyes off of him. The person and message of Jesus were captivating. The same is true for the first Christians, who so embodied Jesus’ message that they were irresistible to outsiders. Can the same be said of God’s people today? We know the answer. We’ll wrestle with what it will take for us to again be those whose message and manner of living captivates hearts.
Rev. Matt Popovits is Pastor of St Mark Lutheran in Houston, Texas.
Family Retreat Lite – July 25 – 31: Chad Foster
First-Century Pathways: Following Rabbi Jesus
Jesus was a Jewish rabbi. Martin Luther once said, “Without this language of Hebrew there can be no understanding of Scripture, for the New Testament, though written in Greek, is full of Hebraisms.” With a rabbinical background, Dr. Chad Yeshayahu Foster, presents the teachings of Jesus and the Gospels in their authentic Hebraic culture and context. Have fun learning the Jewish background of our Christian faith, maybe even pick up a little Hebrew, and see some of the most familiar stories of the Bible in an entirely different light.
Rev. Dr. Chad Yeshayahu Foster is both and ordained LCMS pastor and an ordained rabbi. He has studied at Christian seminaries and Jewish yeshivas in England, France, and Israel. Currently, he serves as Teaching Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus, IN.
Family Retreat Lite – August 1 – 7: Matt Hoffman & Paul Maier, evening lecturer
Everything Looks Like Failure in the Middle
The above is a quote from Rosabeth Moss-Kanter, the Ernest L. Arbuckle professor of business at Harvard Business School. Her quote is about the discomfort of change and disruption and an encouragement to keep going when it seems all is falling apart. Scripture is full of examples of God bringing about amazing changes in the lives of his people, even though at times it looked like all hope was lost? Are you having trouble hanging on to hope? You’re not alone these days! But if we look closely, we can see God is at work in the world, just as he has always been.
Rev. Matt Hoffman is Pastor of St. Andrews Lutheran Church and School in Park Ridge, IL.
Walter A. Maier and the Founding of the Lutheran Hour
Dr. Paul Maier will talk about his father Walter A. Maier, the first Lutheran Hour speaker and founding of Lutheran Hour Ministries.
Rev. Dr. Paul Maier is best-selling author of fiction and nonfiction and retired Professor of History at Western Michigan University.
Family Retreat Lite – August 8 – 14: Ryan Tinetti
Reading Backwards: How to interpret the Bible like Early Christians
From the earliest days of the Church, Christians have read and interpreted the Bible in a way unlike any other book. In the words of one contemporary biblical scholar, they “read backwards,” interpreting the whole of the Scriptures through the lens of Jesus’ death and resurrection. This week we’ll learn this ancient method of biblical interpretation and then see it at work within the Gospels and other early Christian writings.
Rev. Dr. Ryan Tinetti is Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arcadia, MI.
Family Retreat Lite – August 15 – 21: Gabe Kasper & Tanner Olson
Storyteller King – Fresh Perspectives on the Parables of Jesus
In his book The Storytelling Animal, writer Jonathan Gottschall says “We are, as a species, addicted to story.” And it’s true. We love to tell stories and we love to consume stories in movies, books, or around a campfire with our friends. And stories have incredible power. They shape us, transform our thinking, and give us insight into the world. It’s no wonder, then, that nearly one third of Jesus teachings come in the form of stories – called parables! Join us this week as we dig deeper into Jesus’ parables and how they might speak a fresh word to us today.
Rev. Gabe Kasper, Pastor at University Lutheran Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.
Tanner Olson is an author, speaker, and poet. He started the creative project, Written to Speak in 2013 and lives in Nashville, TN.
Family Retreat Lite – August 22 – 28: Chad Bird
Praying Through Hell and Hallelujah
How do we talk to God when we’re angry with him, our life’s a wreck, and we’re not even sure we believe sometimes? Where can we find prayers that bring some order to the chaos our lives often become? They are all in the Psalms, that collection of raw, honest, down-to-earth songs and prayers. We’ll dive deep into these Psalms, the lives of some of their authors, and learn how their ancient prayers can take us through hell and hallelujah.
Chad Bird is an author and speaker who is devoted to honest Christianity that addresses the raw realities of life with the Good News of Jesus Christ. He has served as a pastor, professor, and guest lecturer in Old Testament theology and Hebrew. He is a regular contributor to Christ Hold Fast, 1517, and Mockingbird Ministries, and he cohosts the popular podcast, “40 Minutes in the OT.” He has contributed articles to many journals and websites, including Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Modern Reformation, The Federalist, and Lutheran Forum. He is also the author of several books, including Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul, Your God Is Too Glorious: Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places, and Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life.
No Retreats Scheduled for This Week – August 29 – September 3
Labor Day Family Retreat Lite Weekend – September 4 – 7: Brian West
Topic: Living Theology
Over the years, theology has been relegated to the realm of thinking. Orthodoxy, after all, means right thinking. While this move has often been unintentional, it’s also unhelpful. Theology is meant to be lived. Jesus himself said, “Those of you who hear my words and DO them is like a wise person who built his house upon the rock.” How does one determine where to begin? Over the course of our time together, we’ll explore 3 axioms of living- theology that you’ll be able to put into practice immediately.
Rev. Brian West is the Senior Pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Jension, MI. He’s been a church planter, overseas missionary and musician at large. He teaches and coaches for PLI, training up Pastors and church teams in missional living. His loves include cycling, music and baking bread.
You will be able to submit a registration request for a Family Retreat Lite sessions for the 2020 season at Camp Arcadia. To register click here.
What is the priority date?
Registration applications submitted online by June 5, 2020 will have priority for the Family Retreat Lite. Current 2020 registered family week guests will have priority in filling the space for the Family Retreat Lite sessions. Registration forms received after June 5, 2020 will be considered if any space still remains for our Family Retreat Lite sessions.
Is there a limit to the number of guests at Camp?
In this new retreat model, we have a limit of 100 people taking meals and activities at Camp. This 100 person limit includes people staying at Camp Arcadia provided lodging or lodging off-site and taking meals and activities at Camp. It does not include guests from cottage colony or from town cottages.
How will you decide who gets in?
We will be filling our retreats by giving priority to guests who are already registered for a week with similar dates; we will also be working within the constraints of making best use of our housing and noting our limits on how many people Camp is able to host considering our constraints.
When will we know if we got in?
We will be filling our Family Retreat Lite sessions chronologically and your registration for this program will be confirmed on he following timeline:
Guests registered for retreat dates June 27-July 3 and July 4-10 will be notified by June 12.
Guests registered for retreat dates July 11-17, July 18-24 and July 25-31 will be notified by June 19.
Guests registered for retreat dates August 1-7, August 8-14, August 15-21, August 22-28 and September 4-7 will be notified by June 26.
All forms received after June 5, 2020 will be processed after we process those received prior to that date.
What is the cancellation policy?
We understand that there are unprecedented times. For Family Retreat Lite we are having a 2 week cancellation period. If you cancel prior to two weeks of your session there will be a full refund. If you cancel within 2 weeks of your session, the cancellation fee is equal to your full deposit. If you have to cancel for COVID-19 related reasons we will issue a full refund of your deposit.
Can I still donate my deposit to Camp if don’t get in or choose not to come?
Yes, gifting your deposit to Camp Arcadia is crucial to Camp’s financial stability and allows us to carry out our ministry now and in the future.
All guests wishing to stay at Camp provided lodging will be given the opportunity to apply to stay in either a camp owned cottage, a room in the Inn that has its own private bathroom, or in a traditional Inn room that is assigned one of the hallway bathrooms for their private use.
Will you allow families that are interested to share a bathroom?
We will allow families that are willing to share a bathroom to do so, providing we do not exceed our limit of 100 people.
Will you allow off-site guests to register to take meals and activities at Camp?
Yes. They still need to submit a registration form would be charged the commuter rates as listed below. Please know that due to the space limitations at Camp our first priority will go to those staying at Camp provided lodging.
Based on feedback, and our own analysis, we have decided to change the new rates back to our old rate system. So instead of the per space rates we had proposed, we are going back to per person based on age. The new rates are the same rates we had proposed for our 2020 season six-day family retreats. The one change is that we are not charging any surcharges for cottages and private bathrooms. Thank you for your patience as we find the most affordable rate system for you and financially viable for Camp.
Here are the new rates:
|Age||Family Retreat Lite||Labor Day Rate|
|Adult, Single Occupancy||634||283|
|Teen (14 – 17)||422||225|
|Youth (7 – 13)||309||155|
|Child (3 – 6)||213||118|
|Baby (0 – 2)||0||0|
Commuter Rates per week for those staying off-site and taking meals and activities at Camp.
We still offer financial scholarships. Click here to learn more.
|Age||Family Retreat Lite||Labor Day Rate|
|Teen (14 – 17)||279||149|
|Youth (7 – 13)||225||108|
|Child (3 – 6)||156||82|
|Baby (0 – 2)||0||0|
What about social distancing?
Following our local health department guidelines and the recommendations of the CDC, we are asking for you to social distance while at Camp from anyone who is not in your household. Social distance guidelines include maintaining 6 feet between you and another person; when indoors, a mask should be worn. Our staff will be enforcing this social distancing in the dining room and at structured program events.
Who will have to wear a mask and when?
Staff will wear a mask when they are inside and when they are outside and social distancing is not possible. Guests are asked to do the same.
If my family is okay not socially distancing with our family and friends that are at Camp with us, will we be able to do this?
We will be enforcing social distancing rules in the dining room and at structured program events. You are in charge of what you and your family do in regards to socially distancing with your friends and family. We ask that you are respectful of others at Camp who do choose to socially distance from you and others and that you socially distance from our staff.
What kind of safety and health supplies will Camp provide?
We will have some masks available, but we ask you to bring your own. We will have hand sanitizing stations around Camp for your use.
Will we have to do a health screening before coming to Camp?
All staff, guests, cottagers, contractors and anyone that is coming to Camp (to our best ability) will be asked to fill out a health screening questionnaire that is provided by our health department. If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms and/or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 we ask that you not come to Camp.
Will we have to sign a waiver?
Yes, we will send it to you in advance for you to fill out and send it back to us before you arrive. All guests and cottagers will need to fill one out.
Can I come to Camp if I am considered part of the vulnerable population as defined by the CDC?
If you are a part of the vulnerable population as defined by the CDC, we ask that you consider your personal risk before registering for our Family Retreat Lite program.
Can I come to Camp if I have been recently ill?
If you are ill, have COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 in the fourteen days leading up to your session, please do not attend Camp Arcadia. If this is the case, you will have the opportunity to donate your deposit or receive a full or partial refund. If you are a healthcare professional and following the PPE and safety guidelines provided by your hospital and are not symptomatic nor tested positive for COVID-19, you are welcome to come to Camp.
What if I get sick with COVID-19 symptoms while at Camp?
If you become COVID-19 symptomatic while at Camp Arcadia we will ask you to leave and you will have the opportunity to donate your deposit or receive a full or partial refund.
What are your health and safety protocols for your staff?
All our staff will undergo daily health screenings and will not be able to work if they have any symptoms noted in the health questionnaire provided by our local health department. Camp is following Working Safely protocols established by our local health department.
We are confident that even under the restrictions imposed by the pandemic we will be able to provide a meaningful experience that will renew our guests in spirit, mind and body.
Please know that this schedule is a draft and it will change as we develop it further and as the COVID-19 restrictions change. Our programming for 2020 falls into four categories:
1. Community Family programming: These programs designed to gather the Camp community together while allowing and maintaining social distancing for a group event. This includes programs like bingo, trivia, staff/Camp introductions and more.
2. Individual Family programming: These programs are designed for your family to sign up for an experience and are utilized when social distancing may not be as easy to maintain. This includes programs like archery, beer/wine tasting and campfires.
3. Independent Family programming: These programs and opportunities are designed for your family to participate in on your own; there may be a community challenge piece. These include a triathlon, undiscovered hikes, crafts, scavenger hunts and area day trips.
4. Using Camp’s Recreational Spaces: You will have the opportunity to use and organize your own activities on Camp’s recreational spaces: tennis/volleyball, basketball and shuffleboard courts, ball fields, ga-ga ball, beach, and playground. We will not be running these activities and we ask that you social distance from those outside your group. Two weeks before you arrive we will give you more information about what program equipment we will be able to provide and what you will need to bring with you. We are still researching the best practices and safety protocols for sharing equipment.
Our program experience this year will be like no other and is an incredible opportunity to make memories, deepen connections with families and work to meet individual family needs. We are excited to create memories through crafting on the patio, playing ping pong outdoors and holding a summer long triathlon competition. We look forward to you joining us for the 2020 season!
What areas and activities are not available?
To reduce the risk of transmission of the virus we are not going to be using our indoor recreational spaces. This would include the Wigwam’s Round Up (game room), the Assembly lecture hall, and the Craft Shop. We will be doing group gatherings at the Chapel on the Beach, patio, tennis courts and ball fields. We will be moving our ping pong tables outside for use when the weather is appropriate. We are exploring the opportunity to schedule time with your family in the Round-Up.
What areas will be available?
Our outdoor recreational areas will be available. Our outdoor recreational areas including the grassy knoll, trails, playground, patio, porches, boardwalk, ball fields, tennis courts, and basketball court will be available for your use. Our outdoor furniture and playground will be disinfected daily.
What kinds of programming will there be?
We will be providing family programming such as worship, campfires, crafts or family games and activities will be available for group participation. We will also be offering a program for teens going into 8th grade through college.
Will there be a Dean’s Program?
Yes, there will be a dean’s program. We will have one Dean at Camp each week who will offer a one-hour program each morning. We will post this schedule as soon as it is available. During this time we will not be offering childcare. We will be offering programming for our teens going into eighth grade through college in the evenings. We will be in touch with our registered guests two weeks prior to their retreat as we finalize the schedule.
What about a virtual Dean’ s Program for those that can’t be at Camp this summer?
We are still exploring options to provide some virtual content. Stay tuned for more information.
Will there be worship at Camp?
For this year, in light of the pandemic, we will be offering worship at Camp on Sunday morning instead of going to Trinity Lutheran Church. There will be evening vespers on Sunday and a closing worship service on Thursday evening. All worship services will be at our Chapel on the Beach or if it is raining, under a tent.
Will the playground be open?
Our playground will also be open for use under family supervision. It will be disinfected daily.
Will there be crafts?
Yes, we will be offering craft kits that you can purchase to do outside the craft shop.
Will the kayaks and SUPs be available?
Yes, we ask that you bring your own life jacket if you are able. We will have some available, but due to the COVID-10 restrictions there will be less available. Paddles will be disinfected after each use.
Can you rent mountain bikes?
The mountain bikes will be available for rent, including helmets. Mountain bikes and helmets will be disinfected after each use.
What will happen if it rains?
We are exploring rainy day options.
Can guests organize and run their own program activities?
We are continuing to source information about how to lead and allow activities at Camp that minimize risk. This is going to be a different season with different activities. As we make decisions about the best path forward, we will continue to notify our guests and cottagers.
What is available in the area?
The natural areas around Camp continue to be open for use. This includes the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy Trails: the Blow Out Hike, Green Point and Arcadia Marsh. The St. Pierre Biking trails are also open. The Huron National Forest as well as Sleeping Bear Dunes are welcoming visitors for the summer. We encourage you to explore these areas and follow the guidelines recommended at each spot.
What about child supervised activities?
Camp will not be offering childcare or programming for unaccompanied children in 7th grade and younger throughout the week. We are tailoring our schedule to allow you the opportunity to participate in programming as a family and to make memories using the spaces provided by the setting of Camp.
We will continue to serve delicious tasty meals from scratch and are searching the best ways to provide meals safely to our guests. For our breakfast and dinner meals, there will be the option to eat in the dining room or in our outdoor spaces. Lunch will be provided as a box meal and the dining room will not be open. For our dine-in meals, breakfast and dinner, there will be two settings for each meal to accommodate up to 50 people at each setting at tables six feet a part. (Ex. Breakfast at 8:00 and 8:45 AM) These meals will be served family style. You are always welcome to take your meal and eat it outside on the porch, patio or in your lodging space. We will work with each family to create your meal schedule for the week.
Camp Arcadia will continue to maintain its vigorous cleaning standards over the course of this season. Linens, blankets and bedspreads will be cleaned between each session. In addition to our regular cleaning of areas, we will be doing additional cleaning of “high trafficked” areas and using cleaners as recommended by our local health department and the CDC.
Will there be towel exchange?
You will still be able to exchange your towels for fresh ones through out the week.
Will staff be cleaning the private bathrooms through out the week?
No, we will not be cleaning your room or private bathrooms during your stay, but we will give you cleaning supplies so you can if you desire.
Will there be guest laundry facilities available?
Yes, there will be guest laundry facilities available. The process will be changed to only allow one family in there at a time.
Will the Trading Post be open for ice cream and snacks?
The Trading Post will continue to serve tasty treats to Camp’s guests and cottagers throughout the summer. We are exploring the best options to do this safely including outdoor service and “take out” options. As the season approaches, we will post our service plan and modified hours.
Can you still buy Camp Arcadia merchandise at the Trading Post?
We will be doing a pre-order for a select offering of new Camp Arcadia sweatshirts and t-shirts that you can have shipped to you or you can pick it up at Camp. We will be sending out info on this in June and if there is demand possibly later in the summer. We will also be selling inventory from last summer at Camp.
We continue to welcome cottagers to Camp’s programs and facilities. Cottagers will have access and use of Camp’s outdoor spaces. Our other indoor areas will be closed for the safety of our guests.
While visiting Camp, there are a few important components to maintaining the health and safety of our guests, cottagers and staff:
- Cottagers must register for the week that they are here. This allows for contact tracing should that become necessary.
- Cottagers must fill out a health screening questionnaire and a waiver 24 hours before arrival.
- Cottagers must follow Camp’s social distance guidelines which are listed above.
How do I register for Camp?
There are three steps for cottagers to be able to use Camp this summer: registration, filling out a waiver, and doing a health screening.
We will be asking all cottagers that plan to be at their cottage and visit Camp Arcadia register prior to their arrival. This registration will take place online through our registration portal. Please follow this link: https://camparcadia.
Steps for registration:
- Log in to our online portal. NOTE: You will not need to set up a new account if we have your email on file. You will use the “sign in” portion and click “reset password”
- Start a application under “Cottager Registration 2020”
- Continue with steps on the online portal; you will need to register each individual family member that will be at your cottage and fill out ONE cottager registration form per household.
A waiver will need to be signed for each person in your family that plans to be at Camp and/or participate in any Camp programs this summer. This waiver will be sent to you after you have submitted your registration online.
Our health screening form will be sent out with our waiver after we receive your registration and prior to your arrival. It must be filled out within 24 hours of your visit and if you are here for multiple weeks, it must be done weekly. All of your cottage guests that come down to Camp must fill this out and be registered.
Is there a limit to the number of people at activities?
No, but due to state requirements we must adhere to social distancing guidelines. So if we find that the attendance at activities is so great that we are not able to socially distance, we will have to implement a process to limit the number of attendees. If we go this route, we will inform you of any changes.
Will cottagers have to pre-register for certain events?
We are still exploring whether this will be necessary.
Can children and teens be at Camp unsupervised?
Children going into 7th grade and below must be supervised by an adult while at Camp Arcadia.
Will there be any teen programming?
Yes, we do plan to offer a limited programming for teens (children going into 8th grade and older).
Can cottagers use Camp’s beach?
Yes, but due to state requirements we must adhere to social distancing guidelines. This could impact our ability to safely accommodate everyone at Camp’s beach. We ask for your cooperation. If the beach seems full, please consider using the public beach or returning at a different time. You are always welcome at Camp, but we are facing guidelines and unknowns that drive us to a different approach this summer. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Please note that from Friday, noon, to Saturday, 3 pm there will not be any guests at Camp and therefore there will be more room on the beach.
Will there be a public restroom available?
Yes, the Assembly restrooms will be available for public use.
Will the buildings be open to cottagers?
The Wigwam lobby and Assembly bathroom and back hall will be open. Unless you are joining us for meals in the dining room, we ask that cottagers not enter the Inn, in order to reduce exposure for our guests staying in the Inn.
More information will be provided to cottagers in advance to the start of our Family Retreat Lite Program.