Jr. High (7th-9th Grade)

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This camp is absolutely amazing. I met some of my life-long friends here and all the staff is so loving and gracious to every camper. Love this place❤️
Anna
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Junior High Overnight Camps

Our Jr. High overnight camp programs are designed to guide campers through the very formative years of finding their identity in Christ while growing into their independence in life. With housing in our rustic Ridge Camp, every camper will have opportunities for lots of activity action combined with more in depth worship and Bible study. Zipping through the air on our Zip Line and playing laser tag in the woods, campers will experience real (not virtual) activity, as well as develop new and deeper friendships in a jam packed day.

Additional Jr. High Camp Options

AVIATION CAMP

Have you ever wanted to fly a plane? This summer you could make that dream a reality at our Brand New Aviation Camp being offered at Pine Ridge! Aviation camp will allow campers to learn the basics of flight, controls, and even let them fly a plane! Campers will spend the majority of each day Monday through Friday training at SMAT (School of Missionary Aviation Technology) while spending each morning and evening on the Pine Ridge campus.


During this week of exploring mission's aviation, campers will experience ground lessons on pre-flight inspection as well as a briefing prior to each flight, during which the basic concepts of aerodynamics and aircraft control are explained in an abbreviated and simple format. Each camper will experience 3 flights during which the basic skills of ground maneuvering, climbs, level turns, and descents are perfected.

Space is Limited!

STEPPIN' UP CAMP

Steppin’ Up Camp provides a great transition from Oasis to our Jr. High camps. This program allows campers, grades 5-7, to spend a week living in our Ridge camp area, playing new games, and getting a taste of new activities that they can look forward to in the Jr. & Sr. High programs. This camp balances familiar Oasis style programming with new Ridge experiences creating an exciting program for campers to enjoy. There is so much more to explore and experience after Oasis, you won’t want to miss the excitement that occurs during this amazing week! The schedule for this week is shown on the Ridge Camp page and is Session 6.

ADVENTURE TRIP

If you are looking for a completely different camp experience, try our Adventure Trip. This week of camp calls and caters to the adventurous soul in all of us. This week involves an overnight trip to a rustic camp ground, canoeing down the Au Sable River, cooking meals over a campfire, and some hiking. The focus of this camp will be to surround our campers in God's creation, and through rigorous challenge, be stretched for growth in relationship with God and others. On the return to camp, campers will get to enjoy many of our amazing camp activities and games they have come to know and love at Pine Ridge. This will be an adventure they won't want to miss.

Take Camp to the Next Level

Take camp to the next level by adding one of the following additional experiences to your camp week. Enjoy the daily fun of Christian camping while also spending specialized time trying out a new thing or improving on skills you may already have.

Horsemanship

Campers will enjoy a daily trail ride, while also deepening their understanding of both horse and rider safety. Daily instruction will focus on emergency equine care, independent saddling and bridling, as well as equitation.


Campers will get to take care of a horse and learn to saddle and ride it throughout the week. All equipment is included, but we do ask campers to bring their own boots/good riding shoes and extra-long pants to ride in. No prior riding experience is required

Basic Watersports

Our Water Sports program is for all of our adrenaline hungry, water loving campers. Basic Water Sports is for campers that would like to learn how to or to hone their water sports’ skills. These campers spend their entire 60-90 minute daily sessions out on beautiful Pine Lake.


This program includes tubing, knee boarding, water skiing, and wakeboarding. These sessions include teaching and instruction on each water activity to increase the success of each camper. Space is limited so, if you are interested, be sure to register early. Equipment is provided for all.

Advanced Watersports

Take water sports camp to the next level! Advanced Water Sports is for campers that can water ski, wakeboard, and kneeboard. If you do not know how to do any of the above skills we invite you to sign up for our Basic Water Sports week to learn these skills.


Campers will spend a few hours each day having fun on Pine Lake water skiing, tubing, or wakeboarding. Also included is a day trip to Action Water Sports where campers will have the opportunity to practice jumps and tricks at the wake park.​

Band

This Emphasis will allow each camper to improve on their group performance ability with an instrument (bring your own). By the end of the week our “camp band” will have a performance.

Battle Games

This emphasis is for those who want to take Pine Ridge battle activities to the next level! In addition to the laser tag activity that we offer battle games will provide campers with the ability to play paintball throughout the week! All equipment will be included as campers will learn battle strategies and how to work together as a team!

Fishing

Campers will be taught how to catch “the big one”. Of course we will fish in 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. All experience levels are welcome!​

Jr High Camp 2023 Sessions and Costs

 Session  Dates  Costs Optional Add-On
Session 2 June 12-17 Classic $390 Battle Games – $75
Session 3 June 19-24 Adventure Trip $425  
Session 4 June 26 – July 1

Classic $390

Aviation – $400
Fishing – $30
Session 6 July 10-15 Steppin’ Up (Entering grades 5-7) $390 Horsemanship – $75
Session 7 July 17-22 Classic $390 Horsemanship – $75
Advanced Watersports – $75
Session 8 July 24-29 Classic $390 Horsemanship – $75
Basic Watersports -$50
Band Camp – $30

Ready to Sign Up?

Click the link below to sign up for Jr. High Camp Today!

Summer Camp Discounts

Pine Ridge strives to make camp as affordable as possible. However, we realize that families sometimes still need additional support. The first thing to consider is participating in one of our Camper Fundraisers. We have two Food sale fundraisers with dates in March and April, and we also have a Key Card fundraiser that can be done at anytime. We also offer several discounts. Finally, with much gratitude to many friends of Pine Ridge, we are able to offer generous scholarships to help those that have no other options. We have made a $40 scholarship request simple this year as a way to offset the significant price increase due to inflation. No scholarship application is necessary to keep your 2023 summer camp the same as it was in 2022! This simple, no application, request expires on April 30.

Fetchin' Friends Discount

$40 off
Fetchin' Friends Discounts Only Eligible for 5-Night Sessions

Bring a friend to one of our 5-night camps and from a family who has never attended Pine Ridge previously and you will be eligible to receive $40 off your week of camp. Discount can be multiplied per friend!

Sibling Discount

up to $100
Sibling Discounts only Eligible for 5-Night Sessions

  • 2nd Sibling- $50 off
  • 3rd Sibling- $100 off
  • Each additional sibling will receive $100 off.

Pastor/Missionary Discount

up to $150
$150 off for 5-night camps per camper for active Pastors and Missionaries. $50 off for Day and Prime Time camps.

Camper Scholarships

No application is necessary for requests of $40 or less!
Open Application

Here are some helpful important useful things you should know about Summer Camp.

Pine Ridge has helped children make unforgettable memories and life changing impacts since 1946! Through the years, we have a great track record of providing a safe and affordable summer camp for children and youth.

Summer camp has many benefits in all areas of life development. For instance, child experts agree that playing outside is very healthy and beneficial. Camp provides these types of real hands-on experiences and challenges. Our activities are not virtual, but they are live and real!

Summer camp also provides some great social development opportunities. Camp by design is structured for temporary communities to be developed. In other words, camp is a great place to meet new friends and grow other friendships deeper.

Camp will also be a place to try and learn new things. Besides our fun activities, campers might learn to build a fire, or study an ecosystem, or feed a goat. Eating healthy (yes, we still have food kids love) is also encouraged.

Finally, campers will be challenged to consider the truths from God’s Word. Along with this comes character growth and life changing decisions. We have heard parents tell us over the years that after a week at camp, their child might obey better or get along with siblings better.

All in all, summer camp at Pine Ridge is awesome. Kids that attend will create some memories that last forever, make some new friends, and be spiritually nurtured.

All camp check-ins are from 9-10:30 am on the first day of the camp session. You are welcome to come any time between those hours.

Most camp sessions will conclude on the last day in the following manner (please check confirmation letter for any exceptions to this schedule).

Check out tables are open from 9:15 am until 10:30 am. For security of the campers being picked up, photo identification is required to match the pick-up information that Pine Ridge gathers. Please bring your photo I.D.At 9:45 am there will be an optional parents meeting. This meeting will cover highlights of the week and information on other Pine Ridge news. Coffee and sweet rolls will be provided for parents attending the meeting.

At 10:00 am the camper awards and videos will be presented at the chapel. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the closing chapel.

Final dismissal of campers is at 10:30 am.

Pine Ridge has a snack shop, camp store, and craft room. On registration day, Pine Ridge places all spending money into a card system. This system keeps money from being lost or stolen. All excess funds are refunded at check out. Typically, $20-$30 will suffice for the camp session depending on what purchases are made.

Typically, campers will go to snack shop twice a day. The snack shop sells a few healthy snacks as well as pop, ice cream, candy, and chips. We also sell Camp T-shirts, sweat shirts, water bottles, Bibles, and flashlights at our camp store. The Camp craft room has many low cost options to choose from. Most of these options are less than $5 in cost.

There will also be a Missions Offering taken that allows campers an opportunity to give to our selected mission project or missionary.

Pine Ridge has been blessed with generous donors who understand the value of children attending a Christian camp. A limited number of camperships are available each season, and they are awarded based on financial need and available funds. Families may apply for financial aid, but we also strongly encourage families to first consider participating in our Food Sale Fundraisers. These food sales are excellent means for your child to earn his or her way to camp. Also, if your child is involved in a children or youth program at church, many churches offer financial assistance.

  • T-Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sweatshirt (1-2)
  • Jeans (1) (1 per day if doing horsemanship)
  • Rain Jacket/Small umbrella
  • Modest Swimsuit- one piece or tankini (may need 2 if doing watersports camp)
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, and soap
  • Towels and wash cloth (1 for beach and 1 for shower)
  • Athletic shoes (1) (Closed toed shoes needed for battle games, horsemanship, and high adventure activities)
  • Sandals/Flip-flops (1)
  • Bible, Pen/pencil, notebook
  • Sleeping Bag or Sheets & Blankets
  • Pillow
  • Prescription Medications in ORIGINAL CONTAINERS
  • Spending money (the funds are deposited at check-in to a card system with remaining funds returned at End of Week check-out)

Optional Items:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight
  • Swim Goggles or Ear Plugs
  • Camera (needed to participate in Photography camp)
  • Dirty Clothes Bag

THINGS TO LEAVE AT HOME:

  • Any weapons
  • Electronic Devices (we encourage this to happen so campers can focus on building relationships with campers, staff members, and Christ)

*Place camper name on the labels of everything!

Any clothes left at Camp and unclaimed by the completion of our summer programs will be given to a worthy charity. Pine Ridge is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.

Summer Camp Activities