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“Lucky 13” Secular Summer Retreat

Start: July 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
End: July 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
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Long Lake Outdoor Center
10370 Gun Lake Rd
Middleville, MI United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org



This year is our “Lucky” 13th Annual Retreat! Some people think 13 is unlucky, but we’re Skeptical! Join us for a weekend of fun myth-busting and science activities to take on “triskaidekaphobia” and debunk other superstitions by learning to use Carl Sagan’s “Baloney Detection Kit”. If you have a favorite superstition/myth you’d like to debunk, let us know!

Explore the historic campground with fellow CFI Michigan members, friends and family and enjoy the beauty of the Michigan summer.

The retreat is fun for all ages, and is both kid AND adult friendly. Delicious food prepared onsite by CFI members, group discussions, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, group games/sports, art & science activities, hiking and biking.

The Long Lake Outdoor Center is located inside the Yankee Springs Recreation Area (near Hastings, MI) offers historic cabins and large dining hall/lodge with giant fireplaces, a craft house and sports fields, among acres of beautiful forest, with boat access to Long Lake, and access to the Yankee Springs trails right from camp.

Registration Information

Registration fee includes: meals, lodging, activities and facility rental for the entire weekend.

CFI Members (Planet Level & Above) receive a $5/person discount on Weekend Registration. Join Today and register at member prices!

2019 Registration Prices 

Adult: $90 (CFI Member $85)
Student: $70 (CFI Member $65) – Ages 12-17 and College Students
Child: $65 (CFI Member $60) – Ages 4-11
Infant/Toddler: FREE – Ages 0-3

Can’t come for the whole retreat? Aren’t the camping type? Join us for the day on Saturday!

Adult Saturday Only: $25
Student/Child SAT: $15

If cost is a concern, we have financial assistance is available, and will work out a reduced cost that is affordable for you: Email us to learn more.

Housing Options

There are a variety of large group style cabins that sleep 8-20 people, and smaller cabins that sleep 4-6 people.

You will select your housing preferences during registration. Cabins are assigned based on registration order – register early to get your first choice!

Note: Lake cabins are the farthest away from dining hall and bathhouse.

Due to growing attendance priority for Hill/Lake cabins will be given to groups of 4 or more, then to smaller groups as available. Groups of less than 4 people may designate preferred “cabin-mates” during registration.

Cabin List:

  • Mansion House: sleeps 20, two bedrooms and a central lounge – Group
  • Road House: sleeps 12, two bedrooms and a central lounge – Group
  • Stage House: sleeps 8 – Group
  • Hill Cabins: sleeps 4-6/Private (9 units available )
  • Lake Cabins: sleeps 4-6/Private (8 units available)

Bed Layout: All cabins have twin beds or bunk beds with a mattress. Attendees are responsible for bringing their own pillow, bedding or sleeping bag.


In order to make the Retreat a success, and keep costs low, we ask that each person volunteer before or during the retreat to distribute the workload so everyone can enjoy the retreat. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities for you to consider. There is a section on the Reservation form for you to note your volunteer preferences for the retreat and below are the types of ways you can volunteer. Thanks in advance for your help!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Pre-Retreat Planning Committee
  • Lodging/Registration
  • Food Preparation
  • Food Clean-up
  • Retreat Setup/
  • Retreat Clean-up/
  • Children’s Activities
  • Adult Activities
Attendee Information: Important Info, What To Bring