April 2017

Passing on our faith is the greatest legacy that we can leave.

95 years ago the faithful people in our Methodist Marquette District decided one important way to be faithful disciples and build the kingdom of God was to purchase land deeded and dedicated as Michigamme Methodist Institute, Inc. (a.k.a. Camp Michigamme) as a part of their communities future roadmap to heaven.

As good stewards, each of us plays an important role in preserving and extending our Christian faith by supporting our churches, and through planned giving. Our Church depends on you and all the people of God to support the good works of proclaiming the Gospel and saving souls. We are called to set aside part of our income to support the Church’s mission, now and when we are gone. We have a responsibility to provide for our families and a responsibility to build a solid faith foundation for future generations.

Make a Legacy Gift …

Imagine the good that could be done if our alumni and friends made a legacy gift, or remembered Camp Michigamme in their Will or Estate Plan. The impact would be immeasurable! A legacy gift is often made in memory or honor of a person or family, and your gift can be designated to support camperships, programs or facility improvements. Legacy gifts enable us to:

  • Complete facility renovations and maintain a safe and up-to-date camp facility.
  • Enhance and grow the life-changing summer camping programs for the children, teens and young adults we serve.
  • Develop new and needed programs for all, including adults and retirees to grow as Christians and deal with life challenges.
  • Partner with other churches and organizations and serve people not presently served.
  • Provide financial stability for Camp Michigamme to meet the present and future needs of a dynamic and growing mission.

Development Fund – Gifts to the Camp Michigamme Development Fund are unrestricted and will be used to meet current program and facility needs and priorities. The Development Fund also provides the resources to meet unforeseen financial challenges. Donors may designate their gift to meet a specific need. Donations of all amounts, large or modest, are welcome and appreciated.

Endowment Funds – Keep Giving Forever! Your gifts in the form of an Endowment Fund are restricted. The amount of the original gift will never be spent, but will be invested and allowed to grow. The income will be used each year to support program and facility needs, in keeping with your wishes. (For example, an endowment gift of $100,000, designated to sponsor camperships, would generate the income to meet the costs for at least 8 children on full ride scholarships to attend Camp Michigamme each summer.)

Both Development and Endowment funding are hugely important for the future of Camp Michigamme and our ability to continue being that place where people come for a retreat from their busy lives, where they can meet God in nature and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of a Legacy gift!

Ever wonder what is most important in a survival situation? How about how to properly pack your backpack? Or how to build a fire without matches? Or what wood is best to be burned for a long lasting fire? Can you tie more than 10 different knots? Or cook delicious meals over just a camp fire? If you get lost in the woods, do you know what to do? And what’s all this talk about “leave no trace?”

Is that plant edible?

Come and join the new Camp Director, Erica, from July 6th – 8th for the first year of Michigamme Survivor and find out the answers to these commonly asked questions and more. Erica has spent many hours on the trail, in camp, on and in the water, and she has a whole pack of adventures, travels, survival skills, and back country tips. She enjoys exploring new ways to do something we take for granted because of modern technology. And she loves being able to share her passion for the outdoors with others through sharing knowledge, enthusiasm, and time together.

As a Michigamme Survivor, you’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills from basic wilderness first aid tips to orienteering without a compass to shelter building. You’ll not only learn them, you’ll have the chance to put your new skills to the test with team building challenges and scenarios. Unlike Survivor, the TV show, you’ll be well fed as you prepare some of the best meals you’ve ever tasted over the fire. If you are gung ho about going to the extremes, you can. If you are more hesitant and just want to get a taste, you can.

Embrace your inner Bear Grylls and join us on the wild side of life

In addition to time spent swapping knowledge, soaking in the outdoors, observing wildlife, building your camp space, and cooking meals over the open flame, you will be challenged to open your mind to the concept of thriving. We were made to thrive, not just survive. We will explore what that means for us and our faith as we immerse ourselves in God’s beautiful creation. Worship around the campfire, daily devotions, and vespers will help draw you closer in your relationship with God.

Michigamme Suvivor has limited spaces and is open to all adults and youth who are entering 10th grade in the fall of 2017. Ready to register? You can do so here! If you have any questions about this program, please contact Erica directly at

Greetings from Camp Michigamme,
Each of us, in different ways, experiences a life changing event that re-directs our goals. For many that experience is an encounter with the Holy Spirit, strengthening our faith. My experience occurred in Junior High Camp at Camp Michigamme at the “Closing Campfire” 60 years ago. Many of us have had such experiences at Michigamme over the years.

Each of us has a role in providing for that opportunity for an encounter with Christ.

In 2017, we begin an exciting new year with a new Director, Erica Thomas, in place. A Director with enthusiasm for Christ, for Camp, and for bringing new directions to all of us. She has already shown her dedication, her creativity, and her love of Camp.

Michigamme faces challenges which all of us can help resolve. Camp needs campers, but it needs volunteers for working on projects at camp, it needs those unable to volunteer as counselors, workers, or staff, to sponsor a camper, contribute to a needed project on camp, or contribute to the general fund for running camp. Each of us has a role in providing for that opportunity for an encounter with Christ.
Projects this year emphasize the safety of campers and staff. Electrical wiring to be put underground, new wiring installed in Hampton Chapel, updating lavatory facilities, and new gas heating units in several cabins to ensure safe and comfortable experiences. All of this is needed, as well as, “clean-up crews”, painters, carpenters, and myriad of general volunteers to get Camp ready. Join us on one of three work weekends outlined in the brochure.

Come to Michigamme, visit Michigamme, give to Michigamme

My prayer this year is to re-build, re-vitalize, and re-dedicate. Come to Michigamme, visit Michigamme, give to Michigamme.
Tom Brown, Chairperson
Michigamme Board of Trustees

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