LOCATION

SON-Life Camp And Retreat Center is located at:
189  126th Ave Wayland, MI 49348

Take 131 South to the Bradley/Hopkins exit (Exit 61).
Turn left onto 129th Ave (M-179).
Turn right onto 6th.
Turn left onto 126th Ave.
SON-Life Camp will be on the north side of the road.

 

Take 131 north to the Shelbyville exit (Exit 59).
Turn right onto 124th Ave.
Turn left onto 7th.
Turn right on 126th Ave.
SON-Life Camp will be on the north side of the road.

 

Map to CampMISSION STATEMENT

SON-Life Camp And Retreat Center exists to provide a setting where
people can enter or enhance a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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HISTORY

The ministry of SON-Life Camp & Retreat Center began in the fall of 1976
when Mr. Fred Oldebeken donated approximately 40 acres of his farm
in memory of his wife, Daisy Irene Oldebeken, who died of cancer on October 4, 1972.
Located on the east side of Round Lake in Wayland Township, this most generous gift
was given for the purpose of beginning an inter-denominational, Christian youth camp.

A group of churches formed the organization, Christian Camping Ministries, Inc. and
volunteers from these churches first began to develop the camp, then given the name,
Round Lake Youth Camp. The first youth camps were held in the summer of 1978.
Using army tents with primitive facilities, volunteers ran two weeks of summer camp.
Since that first summer of camp, God has blessed SON-Life Camp & Retreat Center
beyond measure with growth.

As the ministry grew, modern facilities, staff, and programs were added. The camp was
renamed Son-Life Camps to emphasize our focus on the Son – Jesus Christ, and was later
changed to SON-Life Camp & Retreat Center to reflect both our camping and retreat
ministries. Our ministries now include a summer camp program, year round retreat
ministry, and campground ministry that touches thousands of lives for Christ each year.

SON-Life Camp & Retreat Center is owned and operated by Christian Camping Ministries Inc.,
a non-profit, inter-denominational, Michigan Corporation comprised of area representatives
who serve as a Board of Directors.  The Board is made up of 9-12 members from all different
churches and denominations.  Financial support is received from churches,
corporations, and individual donors who are united in their concern for impacting people
with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ through this camping ministry.

 

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PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY

  • We are a Christian organization, Biblically based, promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ,

    acknowledging the work of the Holy Spirit, and giving God the Father all praise and glory.

  • We believe in a camp setting, with an outdoor emphasis on God’s creation.

  • We focus on spiritually impacting people for Jesus Christ.

  • We believe in relational ministry, where people are valued and personally cared for.

  • We uphold prayer as a vital tool in ministry, praying for each team member and camper.

  • We maintain that youth are an important focus in ministry.

  • We will remain fiscally responsible, being good stewards of all God has entrusted to us.