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Redeemer Summer Kamp is a week long overnight camp for kids that will be entering the 3rd -9th Grade. Redeemer Summer Kamp is a ministry of Lutheran Church of Redeemer in Birmingham, MI. 2018 will be our 51st consecutive year holding Kamp. Last year we had over 170 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, Tim Springer at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Head Pastor, Rev. Randy Schlak, at 248-644-4010 if you have more questions.
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.
Camp Michawana provides kitchen staff, water front staff and trained staff to assist in certain camp activities such as the ropes course. However our campers are always supervised by our own Counselors , Counselors-in-Training (CITs), and senior staff. All our counselors and CITs are active members/friends of Redeemer. They are all active participants in our senior high and college ministries. God has blessed us with so many eager applicants for Kamp staff each year that was have the luxury to be very selective. All our staff are vetted and hired by a Committee of lay church members who are all former campers and staff members of Redeemer Summer Kamp. We look for teens and young adults that have experience working with children, a demonstrated maturity and a sincere relationship with God. We expect our Counselors and CITs to be excellent role models to our campers, not only for the week of camp, but all year long. We are a licensed camp program through the state of Michigan, which means we follow all state guidelines in hiring staff. If you have any questions about our staff or hiring practices please contact us.
Kamp Senior Staff
We have an amazing Kamp staff – it is what sets us 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: Tim is a lifelong member at Redeemer. Tim started at Kamp as a 3rd grade camper 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 a member of the Board of Elders at Redeemer. Kamp is truly a labor of love and Tim manages to squeeze in Kamp each year while working full time and spending time with his family. Tim works as an engineering coordinator and in his spare time he loves playing sports, being outdoors, reading, and music.
Laura McDonald, Assistant Director: Laura’s hard work and dedication to Kamp over the years have been invaluable. People often wonder what exactly the assistant director does — the answer is everything! Laura handles much of the administration work and record keeping. She keeps everyone organized and on task!
“This will be my 16th year on staff. I am a life long redeemer member and started at Kamp in 3rd grade. I have been a camper, a CIT (3 years), Counselor (5 years), Kid Program Director (6 years) and now 2018 will be my 2nd year as assistant Director. This past year I started work at Redeemer full time as Director of Family Life, Middle School, & Outreach. I was an elementary school teacher for 7 years and have lots of various experience with children… too much to list…. I love Kamp because, as a staff, we are all there working hard together to help the campers grow in their faith lives and to give them a great Kamp experience! I also love Kamp because I love watching the campers interacting with one another (without their phones!) and just having good ol’ fashioned FUN in a safe, Christian atmosphere! I like church and I like kids and I like to decorate and I like to bake.”
Laura’s favorite Bible verse:“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8
Sean McCauley, Kat Program Director: “City Boy” Sean has been on Kamp Staff for the past 14 summers and is an invaluable member of the Kamp senior staff. Sean organizes and runs the Kat Kamp program (7th-9th grade) and is responsible for training and mentoring the wonderful Kat Kamp staff .
“I have spent three years as a Kat Kamper, two years as a CIT, six years as a Counselor, and is now entering my sixth year as the Kat Program Director. This makes me feel very old but also very blessed to be able to spend a week every summer doing something I love. I love Kamp because of the communal Christ-filled experience it offers all those who attend. It is a blessing to be able to think about nothing else except serving others and loving God for an entire week. Sean is a better baker than Laura.”
Sean’s Favorite Bible Verse: “Above all else, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
Brian Margosian, Kid Program Director: Brian is in charge of the day to day activities and program for Kid Kamp (3rd-6th grade). Brian is a great asset to the Kamp program, not only does he plan fun games and activities for Kid Kamp he is also our in-house tech support!
“For the majority of the year, I am a software and hardware engineer at Argo AI, a small startup working on delivering a full self-driving autonomous vehicle system to large-scale automotive companies. Specifically I work on high performance computing design and implementation. However — I’m always looking forward to the first week of August: KAMP TIME! My involvement in Redeemer Summer Kamp’s staff goes back 10 years in 2018! I have been a Counselor in Training for 2, Counselor for 6, and 2018 is my 2nd year as Kid Kamp Program Director. Even before Kamp, I have been involved with Redeemer’s children’s programs since I was young — started volunteering at VBS and Sunday School as far back as middle school! I love being able to “let my ridiculous side out” around the kids, entertaining them while teaching them about God.”
Brian’s favorite Bible verse: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31. I live my life based on this verse; always striving to put others’ needs above my own. Really all of Luke 6:27-36. I can’t think of a time when respectful behaviors and attitudes were not the first “rule” I gave my Kampers when they arrived on their first day.”
Erin Springer, Registrar: Erin manages our camp registration, helps with up our craft program, helps to organize Camp wide activities, keeps our Kamp website up to date and pitches in with whatever else needs to be done.
“2018 will be my 14th year on Kamp Staff. A friend told my family about Redeemer Summer Kamp when I was in 5th grade and I have been around ever since. I have been a camper, a CIT (2 yrs), Counselor (7 yrs) and Kid Program Director (1 yr). This summer will be my 4th year as Craft Director and Registrar. Before I had children of my own I spent many years as a Youth Mentor for the Redeemer Senior High youth group and was a long time chaperone/director of the senior high mission trip. I absolutely love working at Kamp. Being registrar is a great job because not only do I get to know all the campers but I also get to know each and every Kamp family. I really enjoy working with all our Kamp families to make sure every camper has the most rewarding Kamp experience. Outside of my duties at Kamp, I am an attorney specializing in consumer bankruptcy. I have three children ages 6, 3, and 11 months who keep me very busy. I love Kamp because it is a welcoming, accepting place were kids can come together and just be kids all while build positive relationships with their peers and their Lord. Some of my very best friends, and also my Husband, are all people I met at Kamp. God uses our program to change lives!”
Erin’s favorite Bible verse: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” Romans 12:12
Julie Buechner, Camp Nurse: Julie has been our camp nurse for 15 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 – We take the safety and well being of every camper very seriously and having our own camp nurse that we know very well and love is such a huge blessing. If you have any health concerns about your child, Nurse Julie is always happy to talk with you before Kamp and she also would LOVE to chat with anyone about her experiences at camp as both a staff member and mom of a camper.
Peter Neumann, Music Director: This summer marks the 20thyear 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 blessed us with 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