Camp Ray Bird

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Waterfront

Waterslide

Log Cabins

Rustic Cabins

Yurt

Summer Camp

Week 1: June 12 - 17
Week 2: June 19 - 24
Week 3: June 26 - July 1
Week 4: July 3 - 8
Week 5: July 10 - 15
Week 6: July 17 - 22
Week 7: July 24 - 29

You can access our new online application:

You can download and print an application:

Or you can call our office at 574-232-8523 and request that we mail you an application.

Each week during the summer approximately 128 kids ages 8-15 are given (at an average minimal cost of $40) a week-long camping experience. Living with their counselors 24 hours a day, (one counselor for every four children) they experience wonderful care and attention during their week at camp. They also experience fun activities that they normally wouldn't experience such as canoeing, archery, hiking, biking, swimming, go-carts and evening campfires featuring singing, storytelling and a spiritual lesson. This camping experience is designed to show the kids by example what life can be like living the abundant life that Jesus promised. Many kids attend for several years, each year gaining more wisdom and hope. It is our hope that their time at Camp Ray Bird will be a turning point for them spiritually. And we know that faith in Jesus will produce "good fruit" in all areas of their lives.

Follow Up

When the summer ends, our work at Camp Ray Bird does not. We believe it to be in the best interest of a child to be connected to a church or para-church ministry in their neighborhood if they are not already. This is a tough job but we are doing our best. As we strategize and experiment the best way to do this, we are also doing the following...

Visitations

Each fall most campers are visited (all those living in St. Joseph County). When we visit campers, they are given a bag of treats, asked how they are doing and how we can pray from them and their families. Interested in helping pray for our campers? Email our office manager for more details.

Snail Mail Club

Snail Mail is a correspondence Bible course through Ray Bird Ministries to help children as they grow up in their faith. If campers complete their Snail Mail Club Bible lessons, they earn the privilege of attending our fall, winter and spring Snail Mail Club mini camp weekends. Email our office manager for more details. Snail Mail lessons, as implied by the name, cannot be received electronically.

Church Linking

One of our goals is to encourage our campers participate in local churches. We have successfully planted some of our campers in a few area churches. If your church would like to reach out to a few of our campers living in your neighborhood, please email our director for more details.

USDA

The US Departement of Agriculture statement on non-discrimination can be found here.