Summer Camp

Thanks for a great summer!

2016 Summer Camp Registration Begins January 15, 2016


Sending a child to camp for the first time is a big deal.

What does summer camp at Camp Roger look like?  What do you need to know as a parent?  You can read more below on why we believe a Camp Roger experience for your child is important.  You can also check out the menu to the right for specific details about summer camp sessions, registration, and other parent information.

Is a camp experience important?

There are a lot of good things that fight to fill our summers.  We believe that a camp experience is much more than just a summer time-filler, it's an important development experience for your child.  The lessons learned at camp (independence, friend making skills, problem solving, making choices, and much more) help children grow and develop into who they were created to be.  We encourage you to choose a camp experience for your child this summer.

Why Camp Roger?

There are a lot of great camps in Michigan and it can be hard to choose which one is best for your child.  We encourage you to think about what you want your child to get out of camp.  How do you hope they will grow and stretch.  If learning better soccer skills is your goal, then Camp Roger is not the camp for you.  So let us give you a brief overview of what makes Camp Roger distinctively Camp Roger:

  • Kids meet God at camp. In a setting away from home, a young person can see God with new eyes. We take every opportunity we can to make Camp Roger a place where kids grow in their faith.

  • At Camp Roger, nature is integral. We don't strive to turn up the volume on your child's life. We believe that the simplicity of a game of Capture the Flag or a mucking adventure in Pickerel Lake helps slow kids down. They are then free to just have fun and be ready to be filled up with the wonder of God's creation.

  • Our counselors are impressive young people who know how to mentor kids in their faith while sitting around a campfire, hiking to the bog, or learning to braid. Whether being away from home for the first time or spreading his or her wings on a Pioneer trip, we want each child to finish camp feeling confident and closer to God. That's why we're here.

  • We take our responsibility to keep your child physically and emotionally safe very seriously. Safety and health practices at the waterfront, on camping trips, in the dining hall and throughout camp comply with or exceed state licensing and industry standards. Camp Roger is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. Developed exclusively for the camp industry, this nationally-recognized program focuses on program quality and health and safety issues, and requires us to review every facet of our operation.

This is just a brief overview.  If you would like to learn more, please give us a call.  If you are having trouble finding something different, give us a call, we can help you with that too.

Listen to what some of our parents have said:

Camp Roger is very mission focused.  

It drives everything that we do. 

What Will Camp Roger Be Like for my Child?

  • Kids are assigned to their cabins by age, and spend a good portion of each day with just their cabin and their counselors.
  • Kids are also given the opportunity to make individual choices such as which morning activities they want to take, whether they want to swim at free swim or not, or what "7:10" activities to go to. Within the safe structure of camp, this allows campers to do what interests them and to interact with campers from different cabins.
  • Meals are eaten with their cabinmates and counselors in the dining hall. Meals are served family style to foster interactions and conversations with their cabin.
  • Our counselors take their jobs as role models seriously. They are intentional about getting to know each camper’s unique personality, strengths, and fears. They strive to create solid relationships with the campers and inspire them to be amazing Christians.

A letter from the director:  

Dear Parents,

I hope you have great memories of when you were a camper as a child and you want that same experience for your child.  But it can also raise some fears in sending your child to camp, particularly for the first time.  I am a parent as well and I understand those fears.  But I also get to see how important a camp experience is for kids. So I want to promise you that we work very hard to make sure that your camper's experience exceeds the hopes that you have for it. I want to promise you three things.

First, your child's emotional and physical safety is our top priority. Obviously we are very concerned with safety at the waterfront, the ropes course, and on the road. But equally important is emotional and spiritual safety while at camp.  We are very proactive about creating a safe environment where bullying is prevented and strict behavioral expectations are enforced.  We want every camper to have a positive fantastic camp experience that they love and remember for the rest of their lives.

Second, that camp still FEELS like camp did a generation or two ago. We haven't lost our roots. We still play in the woods, swim in the lake, cook hotdogs over a fire, shout the Ish..., and play Capture the Flag on opening night.  

But third, camp is vastly different behind the scenes than it was even a generation ago. Staff screening is much more thorough, training is more intensive, safety procedures are tighter, and regulations are stricter. We have taken a strong stand to prevent and handle bullying and conflict at camp. Our continuity of leadership over the last decades has allowed us to really refine our program and improve our quality. For example, daily we check in with counselors to discuss the campers in each cabin to make sure that they are feeling safe, making friends, and having a great experience. We don't want anybody to fall through the cracks.

I could go on and on about our program. I'm proud of our staff. I'd be happy to discuss it with you if you would like to hear more or have specific questions. Feel free to give me a call on my cell phone (616-460-6584).

We have a lot of information for you in this section of the website. Hopefully you can find the answers to your questions here. If not, feel free to send us an email or give me a call.

Thanks. See you at camp this summer!


Doug Vanderwell, Executive Director (616-460-6584)


How do I register my child?

Registration can be done online or you can download the paper registration forms to be mailed in. A $100 deposit is required with each camper’s registration. Financial aid is also available. Please refer to the parent resources section to find other helpful information, such as form downloads, A Day at Camp Roger schedule, virtual tour and frequently asked questions.