Mystic Lake Middle School Retreat

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For 6th-9th grade youth

Enjoy playing games, Gaga ball, a challenge course, archery, wagon ride, nature hike, wilderness survival skills, campfire & s’mores!

October 20-22, 2023

REGISTRATION FEE: $140 per person. Either pay online at or make checks payable to People’s Church with Mystic Lake in the memo line and send to People’s Church Religious Education 1758 N. 10th Street Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

This fee includes accommodations, meals and all activities led by professional camp staff. It includes a light Friday night snack, 3 meals on Sat and Sunday breakfast. We will be sleeping in heated Yurts with nearby bathrooms and showers. Activities include a challenge course, wilderness survival skills, archery, nature hike, wagon ride, campfire songs, skits and s’mores.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 9, 2023. Register online at

Scholarships: Since this event is organized by the participating churches there are no scholarship funds available. If you need financial assistance, please check with your home church. 

Please Note: We need one adult from each church for every 7 youth in attendance including at least one adult from each church with youth attending. 

Questions? Contact Shannon Snideman,  248-818-8174 

or Diane Melvin,  269-686-6031 

Mystic Lake Camp Schedule



7:30 p.m. Check-in and Activities

9:00 Camp Staff Welcome

9:30 Icebreakers

10:00 UU Covenanting

11:00 Lights out in Cabins


8:30 a.m. Breakfast

9:15 Con Bands

9:45 Group A – Challenge Course

Group B – Wilderness Survival

11:00 (Switch)

12:00 Break

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:15 Con Bands

1:45 Group A – Bog Hike/Wagon Ride

Group B – Archery

3:00 (Switch)

4:15 Worship Planning

Free Choice: Arts/Crafts & Athletic Field

5:30 Break

6:00 Dinner

6:45 Con Bands 

7:15 Dutch Auction

8:00 Campfire and s’mores

8:30 The Legend of Bruno

9:15 UU Worship 

11:00 Lights out in Cabins 


8:30 a.m. Breakfast/Pack up

9:30 UU Closing Ritual10:00 Departure

What to Bring

  • Sleeping Bag and small pillow
  • PJ’s or sleepwear
  • Towel, soap and shampoo
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Deodorant
  • Water Bottle labeled with name
  • Flashlight
  • Small backpack fo holding items for use during the day
  • WARM CLOTHES – it is often cold and rainy and we will be outside 
    • Warm jacket
    • Extra shoes or boots
    • Hat and gloves
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Extra socks
    • Extra sweatshirt or sweater
    • A plastic bag for wet clothes
  • Medications must include clear instructions for use and given to an accompanying adult


  • Electronics 
  • Cell Phones
  • Weapons – toy or real, including pocket knives
  • Food or beverages other than water 
  • Caffeine or tobacco products