2011 Secular Summer Retreat Attendee Information Page

May 10, 2011

We’re glad you will be joining us for the Fifth Annual Secular Summer Retreat!

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Retreat Contact: Jennifer Beahan, Assistant Director CFI Michigan. Cell: 616-706-2029 (There is limited cell reception in the Yankee Springs Area)

Location Information

Long Lake Outdoor Center
10370 Gun Lake Road, Middleville, MI

The Long Lake Outdoor Center entrance is accessed through the parking lot of the Graves Hill Trail Head and is located inside of the Yankee Springs Recreation Area.



This is a detailed area map that shows clear road directions from M-179 to the Long Lake Outdoor Center Entrance and the Yankee Springs trails surrounding the campground. Please print this map as a supplement to the Google or Written Directions.

Please Note: The Road you turn on to reach the Long Lake outdoor Center from M-179 changes name right where you turn. The road sign will say Briggs Rd or Gun Lake Rd or Chief Noonday Rd (all the same road) and you should turn Right/South if you are coming from US-131. This turn is a slight right and you will see signs for Yankee Springs/Gun Lake, if you miss it there is also a regular intersection about .1 of a mile farther east where you can also turn.

Written Directions:

From Grand Rapids:

1. Take US-131 South to Exit 61: M-179/129th Ave – towards Bradley/Hopkins
2. Turn left at the end of the ramp – heading East for 7.7 miles on M-179/129th Ave.
3. Slight Right at S. Briggs Road/Gun Lake Rd/Chief Noonday Rd. (This is the road that changes names. There is a Shell Gas Station/Hungry Howies on the Corner right before you turn)
4. Follow S. Briggs/Gun Lake Rd as it turns driving past the Yankee Springs Rec. Area entrance and continuing for 2.2 miles (just before the next turn you will see the lakes on both sides)
5. Turn Left on Graves Hill Trail – It will look like the entrance to the trail head with a parking lot – continue through the parking lot looking for the Long Lake Outdoor Center Sign on Left.
6. Turn Left on Outdoor Center Trail at the Long Lake Outdoor Center Sign and continue until you reach the parking lot.

Housing & General Information

  • Check-In is from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday: please go to the Lodge when you first arrive to get your cabin assignment and sign-up for activities


  • There will be a welcome meeting right before dinner at 6:45pm – we strongly encourage you to arrive before the welcome meeting


  • Food & Lodging are provided but this is a BYOB event, so don’t forget your Beer, Liquor, Wine, etc.


  • Each Cabin is equipped with bunk beds and twin size mattresses – mattresses will be cleaned by the setup crew prior to your arrival (if you see them say thanks!).


  • You must bring your own bedding/sleeping bag and pillow.


  • The Cabins do have electricity but no running water.


  • Showers/Bathrooms: There is a central Modern Shower House with 4 private stalls for men and 4 private stalls for women.


  • There are also outhouses near the lake cabins, so you don’t have to walk all the way to the bath house in the middle of the night.

What To Bring

NOTE: Dogs are allowed at the camp, but are not allowed in any of the camp buildings. Dogs must sleep on cabin porches, in your car or in a crate for the night. Dogs should be on lead at all times.

  • Bedding/sleeping bag


  • Clothes: remember we are in Michigan so bring your shorts, jacket and umbrella!


  • Swimwuit


  • Towels


  • Toiletries


  • Flashlights: one for each person if possible


  • Sunblock


  • Bug Spray


  • Camp/Lawn chairs (please label your chairs)


  • Water bottles and/or a cooler for drinks.


  • Waterguns


  • Recreational and sports equipment (please label your equipment)


  • Bicycles & Helmets


  • Musical instruments


  • Board & Card Games


  • Camera/film/batteries


  • First aid kit


  • Binoculars


  • Pen/notepad


  • Backpacks

If you have any of the following that you wouldn’t mind sharing, please bring them as well:

  • Fishing stuff


  • Bikes/helmets


  • Life jackets


  • Canoes/kayaks/paddles


  • Soccerballs


  • Baseballs, bats, mitts


  • Nets


  • Juggling toys


  • Knitting needles and Yarn

Note: Motorized boating and Swimming is available at the Yankee Springs Recreation Area. A Michigan State Recreation Passport (on License Plate) is required to enter, day passes can be purchased at the main entrance. You are welcome to bring your own boat. If you have any extra life jackets or oars we ask that you please bring them to share.

Volunteer Assignments:

You should have received an email with your volunteer assignments. Thank you in advance for your help – this retreat would not be possible if we did not have so many generous people working during the retreat!

2011 Secular Summer Retreat Schedule

A Complete schedule with activity details will be provided at check-in.

Friday – JULY 22nd

4:00–7:00PM    Check-In/Free Time
6:45–7:00PM    Welcome Meeting (we ask everyone to attend)
7:00–8:00PM    Dinner: “Flying Spaghetti Monster Dinner”
8:00–9:00PM    Camp Tours/ Free Time
9:00–9:30PM    Group Games (we ask everyone to attend)
9:30–10:30PM    Bonfire, S’mores and Music by the Lake
11:00PM–???      Euchre Tournament and Late ‘Nite Game Night

Saturday – JULY 23rd

8:30–9:30AM   Breakfast: Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon/Sausage.
9:45–11:00AM   CAPTURE THE FLAG or Alternate Activity (Nature/Craft)
Don’t want to get wet? Cheerleaders needed!
1:00-2:30PM   Lunch: Cookout
2:30–3:30PM   LAWN GAMES
5:00–6:30PM   CRAFT TIME – various crafts to choose from.
5:00–6:30PM   NATURE PRESENTATION with Mary from Long Lake
6:30–7:30PM   Dinner: “World Famous Taco Bar”
8:00–9:00PM    MAGIC SHOW with MYSTOPHER
9:00–9:30PM     Ice Cream Social
9:30–10:30PM    Bonfire by the Lake
11:00PM–???     Poker Tournament

In Case of Rain:
Games & Activities in the Lodge – Bring your ideas, games and favorite activities to share.

Sunday – JULY 24th

8:30–9:30AM   Continental Breakfast with Biscuits & Gravy
9:45–11:00AM   MAGIC WORKSHOP with MYSTOPHER (All ages)
11:00–12:00PM   Cabin Cleaning & Check-out at the Lodge
12:00–2:00PM   Retreat Tear-down & Clean-up:

We know you’ll be exhausted by the end of the retreat, but ask that you please stay and help clean-up as we are responsible for cleaning of entire campground. We appreciate your help – the more hands the lighter the load!