2014 Secular Summer Retreat Attendee Information Page

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

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Retreat Contacts
Jennifer Beahan, Assistant Director, CFI–MI, 616-706-2029 (cell)
Rick & Mary, Managers, Long Lake Outdoor Center, 269-795-7886

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.

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Yankee Springs Recreation Area Map

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 5:00-7:00pm on Friday: please go to 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.

  • 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 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. Please use your judgement on whether it is best to bring your furry friend.

  • 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

  • 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 children who are able, 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!

    2014 Secular Summer Retreat Schedule

    Friday – JULY 11th

        5:00–6:45PM    Check-In/Free Time
        6:45–7:00PM    Welcome Meeting (we ask everyone to attend)
        7:00–8:00PM    Dinner: Tomato Soup, grilled cheese, salad bar.
        8:30–9:00PM    Meet-n-Greet & Dessert
      9:00–10:30PM    Bonfire and S’mores by the Lake
            10:00–???    STARGAZING with Skip
            10:30–???    GLOW SCIENCE with Jen & Jeremy
      10:30PM–???      Late ‘Nite Game Night

    Saturday – JULY 12th

         8:30–9:30AM   COFFEE TALK: Coffee & Conversation for early risers
       9:30–10:15AM   Breakfast: “Lumberjack Feast” Pancakes, eggs, bacon
     10:15–11:00AM   Free Time
     11AM–12:00PM   YOGA with Debra OR
                                Craft Time: CHROMATIC COLOR CREATURES
      12:00–1:30PM   CAPTURE THE FLAG
        1:45–2:00PM   GROUP PICTURE
         2:00-3:00PM   Lunch: Pulled Pork/Chicken, smoked veggies, etc.
       4:30–6:00PM    WILD’N’WACKY SCIENCE
        6:00–7:00PM   LAWN & FIELD GAMES
        7:00–8:00PM   Dinner: “Nearly-World-Famous Taco Bar”
        8:00–9:00PM   Craft Time: ORIGAMI LOTUS FLOWERS
        9:00–9:30PM   Ice Cream Social
      9:30–10:30PM   S’mores, Bonfire and Floating Lotus Parade by the Lake
       10:00PM–???    STARGAZING with Skip
     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 13th

      9:30–10:15AM   Breakfast: Pulled pork hash, eggs, fruit, etc.
    10:15–11:00AM   Cafe Inquiry at Camp: Topic picked by attendees
    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!