Welcome to the Episcopal Youth Camp! Join us for a week at Camp Newaygo to build a deeper relationship with each other and with God in a loving and inclusive community where all are welcome and all are valued for their strengths and gifts.
We strive to create a Christian community where everyone can learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually in a safe and nurturing environment.
We run 2 overnight camps. The week-long camps are for kids entering grades 3-12. They are split by grade level (3-6, and 7-12). Our staff are all adults at least 3 years older than the oldest camper.
Our staff is made up 100% volunteers. Volunteers attend the misconduct prevention workshop, Safeguarding God’s Children, & have had criminal background checks.
Volunteers are chosen by an application process using interviews and references. Each volunteer counselor is trained in counselor procedures.
Senior Camp volunteers will be staffed by people age 21 and older. Junior Camp will be staffed by people age 18 and older or out of high school. Our medical officers are licensed nurses, doctors, EMTs or first-responders.
We are inspected and licensed by the State of Michigan and will uphold their policies. The inspector checks almost 100 items, including our health center, staff training, and behavior management policy. He also interviews staff members, our health supervisor (Camp Nurse), Camp Director, and even a camper (to see if we're following our own rules and make sure the kids are having fun!).
Our updated licenses can be viewed here: http://w1.lara.state.mi.us/CampSearch. To search, type in "Episcopal Youth Camp" and the county (Newaygo for Camp Newaygo).
The Episcopal Youth Camp is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan.We agree to follow the rules of the diocese and of The Episcopal Church.
We accept and welcome young people regardless of religious background or affiliation, but please remember that we are a Christian camp and have daily worship and Christian education.
A complete book of our camp policies is on file at the diocesan offices and can be requested by any parent or parishioner of the diocese by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Newaygo, the site we are renting, is American Camp Association Accredited, licensed by the State of Michigan, and inspected yearly.
For many years we've received financial support from the Bishop Whittemore Foundation in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. We are grateful for them - not only for the money that helps campers attend, but also for their prayers and encouragement.
We are a member of the Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers. ECCC is the Association of 106 Episcopal Camps, Retreats and Conference Centers in 86 Episcopal Dioceses in 47 States, and Puerto Rico.
The mission of ECCC, Inc. is to sustain and enhance the ministry of all camps and conference centers of the Episcopal Church by:
Nurturing professional growth and development of current and future leaders
Fostering excellence in the operation and services of member centers
Strengthening the network of communication, collegiality, and support among leaders of centers
Securing faithful financial resources to sustain and expand the ministry of ECCC
Advocating for camp and conference ministry within the wider Church