For several years, the United Methodist Church in Michigan has sponsored Camp New Day. This is a week long Christian camping experience for children of incarcerated parents. There are two groups of campers, one consisting of children ages 9-14 and one for senior high age campers. There are typically 35-45 campers in the younger group. The senior high student section is for campers who have attended the younger age group section of Camp New Day. Typically, there are 5-10 senior high campers. Many campers come back year after year. For both groups of campers, as well as the staff, it is an amazing week of fun, faith, and fellowship.
The camp takes place at Albright Park Camp, a United Methodist camp near Reed City, about an hour north of Grand Rapids. Reed City is located near the intersection of highways U.S. 10 and U.S. 131. The address for Albright Park Camp is 3156 190th Avenue, Reed City, MI, 49677. It is located on the Hersey River, two miles east of Reed City and one mile south of U.S. 10.
There are typical summer camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, sports and games, crafts, and campfires. There are also Bible lessons, chapel services, and evening cabin devotions.
There are two adult (18 and over) counselors per cabin. Other staff positions include Camp Dean, Music Leader, Chapel Service Leader, Arts and Crafts Coordinator, Camp Nurse, and general support staff. Many of the cabin counselors and other staff come back year after year. However, most years, there is a need to recruit some new staffers.
Participating in the Camp New Day ministry is on a volunteer basis. Reimbursement for travel expenses is available.
In 2018, camp will be held July 8-13, (Sunday afternoon through Friday morning). Staff will report to Albright Park Camp Saturday, July 7 for some training, team building, and final planning. There is also a staff retreat held during the spring.
For more information on supporting or volunteering at Camp New Day, please contact:
Camp New Day Steering Committee Chairperson