Early teen years involve a time of change, transition, and seeking. Our Jr. High programs focus on camper’s identity in Christ and who He made them to be, not what others might say they should be. They will be challenged by dynamic speakers in chapels, asked to develop deeper relationships with Christ, and grow through personal devotion time in God's Word. Jr. High is where we allow campers to choose their own free times, choose their preferred activities, and learn to interact with a wide variety of other campers and staff.
Jr. High camps are based out of our Ridge Camp. The Ridge offers a more rustic camp experience as campers stay in structures called Tabits. Tabits, commonly known as platform tents, create a more intimate cabin feel where campers really connect with each other and their counselor. There is a modern bath house a short walking distance from the Tabit locations. There are several options to choose from in our Jr. High camp sessions as this is one of our largest camper populations. No matter how you slice it Pine Ridge has what you are looking for.
Get the good ol fashioned camp experience with our Jr. High Classic Camp. This camp session allows each camper to experience all of the great activities and games we have to offer leaving just enough time left over to get some sleep. This camp option will give each camper a holistic camp experience allowing them a taste of many different programs. We will focus on deepening their faith through specific Bible teaching and activities that reinforce that they are God's handiwork and He loves them deeply.
Our Emphasis offerings are an optional add-on that focuses in on career and hobby skill-sets. Our goal is to offer unique programs that speak to each individual camper’s personality and interests and cultivating that God given passion. Each emphasis will be 5 1-hour classes taught by experts in that field and will pair educational instruction with practical application. Check each Emphasis offering below!
Art Emphasis: This Emphasis will explore each campers love of art beyond what is usually offered in the craft shop. The instruction will focus on several projects including stain glass work, stepping stones, and other mediums as time allows. All projects can be taken home by each camper to share with others and remind them of all their hard work.
Culinary Emphasis: This Emphasis will explore the love of food and its preparation. Campers will learn basic knife skills, food safety, nutrition, and work hands on prepping meals they will share with their fellow campers that attend camp that week. In addition each camper will leave with a customized apron to remember their time and all of their hard work.
Fishing Emphasis: Campers will be taught how to catch “the big one” along with all of the minor details in how to fish. Of course we will fish Pine Lake, but we will also try out some other bodies of water around the Cedar Springs area. Bring your own pole and tackle box or use Pine Ridge equipment. If we catch some keepers, we might even end the week with a special fish fry.
Want to get a little more out of your week? Good. Our Jr. High Xtreme Camp is the perfect remedy. This session offers optional, but in-depth, focused activities that can take your week to a whole new level. For a small additional activity fee you get all the classic camp flare with a little kick. Our Xtreme options include Battle Games (Laser Tag & Airsoft), Horsemanship, and Water Sports (tubing, skiing, knee boarding). This camp option for campers seeking a unique camp experience with like minded friends. Allowing them to step out and seek action and adventure throughout the week. Add-on the power, and deep truth of God's Word and you have a recipe for an awesome week!
Horsemanship Emphasis: Campers will be enjoy a daily trail ride, while also deepening their understandings of both horse and rider safety. Daily instruction will focus on emergency equine care, independent saddling and bridling, as well as equitation.
If you are looking for a completely different experience try our Jr. High Adventure Camp on for size. This camp involves a 2 day, 1 night camp out at Ludingon State Park where we will play games on the trail system and enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches of Lake Michigan before coming back to Pine Ridge. This camp calls and caters to the adventuresome soul in all of us. The focus of this camp will be to surround our campers in God's creation and marvel at all He has made. Reminding them that they are His crowning jewel of all they see and that God wants them most of all. On returning to camp campers will get to enjoy many of our amazing activities and games to make this week one great adventure!