2017 Secular Summer Retreat Attendee Information Page

March 16, 2017

We’re glad you’re joining us for the 2017 Secular Summer Retreat, July 14-16th!

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Retreat Contacts
Jennifer Beahan, Program Director, CFI–MI, 616-706-2029 (cell/text)
Jeff Seaver, Executive Director, CFI–MI, 616-262-0345 (cell/text)
Rick & Mary, Managers, Long Lake Outdoor Center, 269-795-7886 (Camp office)

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, inside 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. Head East for 7.7 miles on M-179/129th Ave./Chief Noonday Road.
3. Slight Right at S. Briggs Road. There is a Shell Gas Station/Hungry Howies on the Corner right before you turn)
4. Follow S. Briggs as it turns driving past the Yankee Springs Rec. Area entrance (After this road name changes to Gun Lake Rd.). Continuing for 2.2 miles (just before the next turn you will see the Long Lake on left and Gun Lake on right.)
5. Turn Left on Graves Hill Trail – this is the entrance to the trail head. Continue through the parking lot. Look 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 5:00-6:45pm on Friday: please go to Welcome Tent by the Lodge when you arrive.
  • There will be a welcome meeting right before dinner at 6:45pm – please plan to attend.
  • Food & Lodging are provided but this is a BYOB event, so don’t forget your Beer, Liquor, Wine, etc.
  • No Tents of any kind are allowed at LLOC, including small tents for kids near your cabin, due to DNR Regulations.
  • Each Cabin is equipped with twin bunk beds and mattresses.
  • You must bring your own bedding/sleeping bag and pillow.
  • The Cabins do have electricity, but no water.
  • Showers/Bathrooms: There is a central Modern Shower House with private showers.
  • There are also outhouses near the lake and hill cabins.

What To Bring

NOTE: Dogs are allowed at the camp, but are NOT allowed in any camp buildings including cabins. Dogs must be on a 6’ Leash at all times. Please use your judgement on whether it is best to bring your furry friend, and bring a crate for them or plan to have them sleep in your car overnight.

  • 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.
  • Hammocks and Straps
  • Waterguns
  • Recreational and sports equipment (please label your equipment)
  • Lawn Games
  • Hula Hoops, Poi, Juggling balls, etc.
  • Bicycles & Helmets
  • Musical instruments
  • Board & Card Games
  • Camera/film/batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Binoculars
  • Pen/notepad
  • Backpacks
  • Fan for cabin (if desired). Note: Air conditioners are not allowed in cabins.
  • 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
  • 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:

    We ask that each adult attendee, and students 12+, volunteer 1-2 hours at the retreat – this allows us to keep the retreat as affordable as possible. You will receive an email with your volunteer assignments. Thank you in advance for your help!

    2017 Secular Summer Retreat Schedule

    Friday – JULY 14th

    5:00–6:45PM    Check-In/Free Time
    6:45–7:00PM    Welcome Meeting (we ask everyone to attend)
    7:00–8:00PM    Dinner: Pizza & Salad Bar
    8:30–9:00PM    Meet-n-Greet Activities & Dessert
    9:30–10:30PM    Bonfire and S’mores by the Lake
    10:30PM–???       Late ‘Nite Game Night

    Saturday – JULY 15th

    8:30–9:30AM   Coffee Talk: Coffee & Conversation for early risers
    9:30–10:15AM   Breakfast: Pancakes & More
    10:15–10:30AM   Morning Meeting (we ask everyone to attend)
    10:30–11:30AM    Discussion: Gerrymandering & What we can do about it
    OR Salt Paintings
    11:30AM–12:30PM   Activity Session 2: TBA
    12:30–1:30PM   Stomp Rockets
    1:45–2:00PM   Group Picture (Please attend!)
    2:00-3:00PM   Lunch: BBQ Picnic
    3:00–4:30PM   Activity Session 3: TBA
    4:30–6:00PM    Water Challenge
    6:00–7:00PM   Free Time or Card, Board & Lawn Games
    7:00–8:00PM  & Dinner
    8:00–9:30PM   Jester McGnarls & The ThermoGenesis Project: Color and Fire
    Flow Performance and Workshop.
    9:30–10:30PM   Bonfire and S’mores by the Lake
    10:30PM–???      Late ‘Nite Game Night

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

    Sunday – JULY 16th

    9:30–10:15AM   Breakfast: Egg Scramble Buffet
    10:15–11:00AM   Cafe Inquiry at Camp: Topic TBA
    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!