Freddy's Friends: Camps for youth and adults with Special Needs


Freddy's Friends Camp at Pine Ridge is an extra special camp opportunity for developmentally disabled campers that provides a safe, fun, and interactive experience. Pine Ridge is one of the few Christian Camps in Michigan who offers this type of camp experience to campers with developmental disabilities. Freddy's Friends is designed to embrace each camper’s physical, social, mental, and spiritual capabilities and allows them to participate at their own level.



Physical Ability:

Each camper must be ambulatory and able to move from place to place with little to no one-on-one assistance. Campers should also be able to adequately communicate daily living needs and desires (either verbally or non-verbally). Campers must need little to no assistance with eating/drinking, showering, dressing/grooming, and toilet needs or menstrual care.


Medical Needs:

Campers must have medical needs that can be met by staff trained in basic first aid. One-on-one care or supervision is limited and should not be planned on at all times. We are unable to accept campers with communicable diseases that are easily transmitted during regular camp activities. We also do not accept seizure active campers or campers who require frequent monitoring, care, or assistance by a trained health professional.


Social Ability:

Campers must be able to willingly integrate into and participate at their own level in our camp setting and camp activities in a non-disruptive manner, including a group environment for housing, eating, instruction, and recreation. Campers must not display harmful or aggressive behavior toward self or others. 


All potential campers for the Freddy's Friends program must be interviewed by Pine Ridge to be accepted into the program. Once accepted, the interview is not necessary again unless the physical, behavioral, or mental status of the camper changes. The interview is typically at the Pine Ridge Office and will take approximately 30 minutes. Please email our Director of Ministries or call the Office to make arrangements.

2019 freddy's friends camp schedule



Program & Cost

Session 1

June 11-15
4 Nights
Tue-Sat a.m.

Freddy's Friends #1

Session 4

July 1-4
3 Nights
Mon-Thur a.m.
 Freddy's Friends #2