Free To Be Camp (Camp with an allergen-free diet!)
Come and experience a world of freedom with new friends, new experiences, and great adventures all in and around beautiful Higgins Lake. Take advantage of all the fun camp offers and participate in our wonderful Camp Westminster traditions, while enjoying great food free from worry. We are able to satisfy your camper’s dietary needs with menu options that support a wide variety of food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Our Special Foods Team has experience safely preparing meals free of various allergens including gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, soy, egg, tree nut, peanut, and others. We’ll handle the food so your child is “Free To Be” just a kid at camp!
Northern Michigan Lighthouse Tour (Trip Level I)
Climb spiral stairs and get a bird’s-eye view of Michigan’s Great Lakes during the Northern Michigan Lighthouse Tour! Lighthouse beacons will guide your team on their quest to navigate the Northern Wilderness and spend time in Michigan’s iconic coastal structures.
South Manitou Island Expedition (Trip Level I)
A favorite first-time expedition among campers…many bring a friend or two! Build teamwork on the Initiatives Course at Camp before setting off on the ferry to South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan. Hike and explore the island. Experience the incredible dunes. Pitch your tent at a rustic campsite before cooking your dinner over an open fire. Our qualified staff will share skills and techniques necessary to survive the island!
Take advantage of all the fun times that Camp Westminster has to offer. This one-week Just Camp option allows campers to experience a little bit of everything: swim, paddle, hike, climb, craft, and have FUN on the shores of crystal-clear Higgins Lake! This is sure to be the best week of your summer!
Be dramatic! Act, sing, dance and make music in this year’s musical! But wait- that isn’t all. Dress up for dinner, showcase more of your talent in a Talent Show and enjoy valuable time outside hiking, exploring, kayaking, and swimming in crystal-clear Higgins Lake! All families are invited to join us for the performance at the close of camp- Saturday at 10:00 am.
A week of sports from around the world! Sharpen your athletic skills and learn a variety of new sports. Includes instruction and scrimmages in soccer (football to our British staff!), rugby, cricket, tennis, and/or basketball. Plus, water sports! Exercise your physical (and mental!) strength on the High Ropes Course and Lighthouse Climb. This is the ultimate cross-training experience!
The Au Sable Paddle & Saddle Challenge (Trip Level II)
This two-week adventure is packed with skill-building activities and challenges! Enjoy your favorite Camp Westminster activities before embarking on an out trip along the Au Sable River: swim, sail, climb, craft. Your mission is to hike the shoreline and canoe the riverbed. Then, move from water to land and finish the trip with horseback riding at Karefree Ranch. Will you accept the challenge?
One week just isn’t enough! Stay for two weeks and experience a little bit of everything this summer! Swim, paddle, hike, climb, craft, and have FUN on the shores of crystal-clear Higgins Lake!
Join our fun-loving US Sailing trained instructors as they set sail on Higgins Lake each afternoon! For new sailors or beginners who wish to learn how to rig a boat, sailing theory, and the basics of sailing: achieve your beginning sailing rank during this camp. This is also a great opportunity for intermediate sailors to sharpen their skills. (Campers must pass a swim test to participate fully in the sailing program).
[Year 1 of LifeWorks]
We believe that positive leadership is grounded in faith. Spend time at CW exploring the qualities of a servant leader and growing spiritually among a welcoming community. Learn how a growing faith can guide you through life’s challenges and help you navigate these exciting years of your life. You will have the opportunity to test these lessons on a 3-day out trip along the Au Sable River—paddle, camp, hike, swim, laugh, reflect, and grow with new friends. Will you rise to the challenge and embark on the LifeWorks journey at Camp Westminster? Come and see what God has in store for you.
We know how many of our campers love to cook! Come for this session and learn to cook over fires, in Dutch ovens, in solar ovens, in underground ovens (mmm, bread anyone?), make ice cream and use fresh food from the camp garden pots! Stay in Rustic in platform tents and learn to set up a wilderness “kitchen” using the new Wilderness Expedition Pavilion! You still get to climb, swim, boat and create too. Sounds like a tasty week, doesn’t it?
Come north and cool down during the hot days of July. Volley the ball over the net in the lake and sing around the campfire! Arts & crafts, sports and archery too! Hone your paddling skills during a canoe trip on the beautiful Au Sable River.
Guard Start Option:
For strong swimmers who want to complete a pre-lifeguard program sponsored by the American Red Cross, work on your swim strokes, learn safe conduct in the water, water rescue and first aid. Crucial skills for any lifeguard-in-training! The best part about this week is that you still get to enjoy all the fun and social times that CW offers too! Please note: Camper must demonstrate adequate swimming ability to complete the Guard Start portion of the program.
Sail to Treasure Island! Test your sailing skills in a Lightning Regatta! This week of camp is for those who are great swimmers and have experience sailing. Time will be focused primarily on sailing on Higgins Lake. Plan to maximize water time with all sorts of sailing challenges!
Upper Peninsula Expedition: Pictured Rocks (Trip Level II)
See incredible rock formations and breathtaking vistas from high up on the cliffs at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Walk the dunes and beaches and hike through cool beech-maple forests. You’ll be awe-inspired by the beauty and greatness of God’s creation, seeing sights accessible only by foot. Trip leaders will guide the participants to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, responsible way, emphasizing ‘Leave No Trace’ camping ethics and reinforcing Christian values throughout the experience. Finish the week with a cruise to view the stunning Pictured Rocks formations from the water!
Rocks & Ropes (Trip Level I)
Perfect for campers who want to learn the exciting skill of rock climbing, or for those who love climbing and want to enjoy a whole week of it! After developing their skills on the Lighthouse Climb, campers will be able to climb real sandstone cliffs during a trip to Grand Ledge, Michigan. Also enjoy Camp Westminster activities such as swimming, campfires, high ropes, and more! After developing their skills during the Rocks & Ropes session, campers are welcome and encouraged to join the Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin Expedition.
Isle Royale Expedition (Trip Level III)
Journey to Lake Superior’s Isle Royale National Park this summer! With pristine wilderness, an array of wildlife and trained Camp Westminster staff to lead you, this expedition will allow youth to reconnect with nature and develop value outdoor leadership skills. You may even see a moose!
Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin Expedition (Trip Level III) (completed grades 8-11)
Camp Westminster is committed to offering awesome trips for youth. Devil’s Lake State Park just outside of Baraboo, Wisconsin is the most popular rock climbing area in the Midwest. It features spectacular cliffs and other rock formations where the Ice Age glaciers terminal moraine meets an ancient landscape of rock. It’s a truly unique and beautiful area often called the Midwest’s Yellowstone. The Devil’s Lake trip offers an unparalleled outdoor adventure for campers who have completed the Rocks & Ropes session or who have previous rock climbing experience.
Try out your climbing skills here top-roping free standing pinnacles, chimneys, and quartzite walls as you achieve unique summit experiences. Then hike through Wisconsin’s most popular state park enjoying amazing rock formations, endless vistas and miles of nature trails. Camp with your new friends at a wonderful campground, cook your own meals, and even go for a swim at one of the Devil’s Lake large sandy beaches.
All Things New
Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake has partnered with the Northern Michigan Faith Communities Coalition for a fun-filled, action-packed, self-esteem-promoting, faith-nurturing, memory-making camp in the community of Camp Westminster on beautiful crystal-clear, sandy-bottomed Higgins Lake! Campers will enjoy campfires, s’mores, canoeing, kayaking, high ropes, rock climbing, fishing, arts & crafts, nature walks, night hikes, silly songs, wacky games and of course swimming in Higgins Lake! This summer camp program is open to all foster children and members of their current family, and children who have recently been adopted from the foster care system. For more information, please call us at (989)821-9474.