About Camp Staff

Redeemer Summer Kamp is a week long overnight camp for kids that will be entering the 3rd -9th Grade (we also offer a 2 night option for kids entering the 2nd or 3rd grade). Redeemer Summer Kamp is a ministry of Lutheran Church of Redeemer in Birmingham, MI. 2017 will be our 50th consecutive year holding Kamp. Last year we had over 160 campers- our biggest year in history. We hire great counselors and CITs (Counselors in Training) and have very experienced senior staff. Our Camper and Staff retention rate says it all.

Redeemer Summer Kamp Mission Statement: 
Redeemer Summer Kamp strives to give each camper a positive camping experience in a safe, secure, Christian setting.  We integrate bible study and worship with outdoor activities, swimming, crafts, boating, games, and more in an attempt to introduce campers to Jesus, help them grow in their faith, and help them build positive relationships that will last them a lifetime.

We are a Christian Camp:
We are mission of Lutheran Church of Redeemer. We strive to make everything at camp, including activities, games, bible studies and worship, age appropriate.  We welcome kids of all Christian denominations,  along with kids of other faiths or those that have not yet heard about the good news of the Gospel. But we are a Christian camp and and we do teach Christian truths.  Redeemer is a member of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. You can learn more about what the Church believes by visiting the Who are We? page. You can contact the Kamp Director if you have more questions.

Camp Facilities

Since the summer of 2007 we have rented Camp Michawana to host Kamp. Camp Michawana is a Christ-centered camp with beautiful grounds and sits on a big lake, great for swimming and boating. The camp is located just South of Grand Rapids. While it is a bit of a journey to camp we have found that Camp Michawana offers us so many advantages. Camp Michawana has a Christian staff and a Christian mission. They have always been willing to work with us to accommodate our program.   They also offer some great activities we are able to take advantage of including: high ropes course, zip line, archery, climbing wall,  and swimming & boating.

You can check out more information about Camp Michawana here.

**Please remember that Redeemer rents Camp Michawana and that Camp Michawana does not run our camp in any way. Please do not contact them with questions regarding our camp program – contact our camp director or registrar. If you have a question about the camp facilities please first contact us and we will contact the camp if necessary.

Kamp Senior Staff

We have an amazing Kamp staff – it is what sets up apart from other programs, and that starts with our Senior Staff. Our Senior Staff has almost 100 years of combined experience on Kamp Staff!  All our staff from the Kamp Director down to the program directors, counselors,  CITs and volunteers are so passionate about our program. Most of our staff came up through the program as campers and return as staff year after year to provide the best possible Kamp experience for each and every camper, every year.  We would like to introduce you to our Kamp Senior Staff, so you can get to know us a little better.

Tim Springer Jr., Kamp Director:  is a lifelong member at Redeemer. Tim started at Kamp as a 3rd grade camper close to 30 years ago. 2018 will mark Tim’s 20th year on Kamp staff. He has been a Counselor (3 yrs), Program Director (8 yrs), Assistant Director (3 yrs),  and this year will be his 6th year as Kamp Director.   Tim was a long time mentor for the Senior High Youth Group at Redeemer. He is an active member of the Board of Elders at Redeemer.  Tim is an engineering coordinator in his life outside of kamp. He loves being outdoors and spending time with his family. He has three children.

Laura McDonald, Assistant Director:  Laura is also a life long Redeemer member.  2018 will be her 16th summer on Kamp staff.  Laura has been a camper, CIT (3 yrs), counselor (5 yrs), Kat Program Director for (6 yrs) and is now entering her 2nd year as Assistant Director.   Laura is the Director of Middle School, Family Life, & Outreach Ministries at Redeemer. Beyond formal teaching, Laura has a ton of experience working with kids, including:  Redeemer Sunday school and VBS, babysitting & nannying, day camp at the Beverly Hills Club and mission work.

Brian Margosian, Kid Program Director: Brian has been around Kamp for a long time. Brian was a camper, CIT, and counselor. This will be his 2nd year as program director for the Kid Kamp (campers grades 3-6th grade). Brian is also a volunteer mentor for the Senior High Youth program at Redeemer. Brian is a an engineer for an artificial intelligence company.

Erin Springer, Arts Director/Registrar: Erin has also been around Kamp for some time.  2017 will be her 13th year on Kamp staff. Erin has been a camper, CIT (2yrs), Counselor (7 yrs), Kid program director (1 yr),  and Arts Director/registrar (2 yrs).  Erin was a long time volunteer mentor for the High School Youth Program at Redeemer, and a leader and chaperone for many years on the High School Mission program. When not at camp or planning for camp, Erin is an attorney.

Julie Buechner, Camp Nurse: Julie has been our camp nurse for 14 years now and the kids and staff love her. She has her nursing degree from Michigan State University and  worked as a pediatric nurse at Beaumont Hospital for 12 years.  Julie and her husband, Toby,  own Troy Gymnastics. Julie loves taking care of all the campers. She has three kids that have all been campers and are now counselors and CITs – She is always very happy to chat with parents and share her love of Kamp from a parent perspective.

Peter Neumann, Music Director: This summer marks the 19th year that Peter has been with us at Kamp. Peter lives in California with his wife and two adorable sons. Peter was formally a full time worship leader of his church in California for over 10 years. He has recently started his own ministry where he helps churches and other christian groups across the country run successful music ministries. Peter leads worship at countless camps, conferences, and mission programs every year. He has even recorded several CDs.  Back in 1998 a small group of our Senior High youth group met Peter when he was leading worship on a Mission trip. One thing led to the next and Peter was with us at Kamp for the first time in the summer of 1998. The rest is history! Spending time in worship each day is an important part of Kamp and Peter makes worship really fun.  We are so thankful that God has allowed us to take advantage of all of Peter’s talents! You can check out more information about Peter and even hear some of his recorded music on his website: www.neumannmusic.com 

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