Join us at Camp Chickagami this summer and fall!


It brings us immense joy to invite all ages to come play, learn, and grow at Camp Chickagami this summer! Registration is open now; sign up before space fills!

Since closing up for winter, our staff and diocesan leadership have been hard at work planning another summer of excellent camping and retreats. We can’t wait for warmer weather, when we can gather once again in this thin space along the shores of Lake Esau!

To register, learn more about our 2024 programs and volunteer opportunities, or to apply for employment, look further down in this email or visit

Camp Chickagami is committed to making sure every person that wants to is able to experience camp, regardless of financial ability. If the only thing holding you back from participating in our sessions is the registration cost, please view our scholarship information for more info.

If you have any questions, please email

See you in Presque Isle!


McKenzie Knill
Executive Director



  • June 20-23 – Family Camp
  • June 30-July 5 – Pioneer Camp for 14-17 year olds
  • June 30-July 5 – Overnight Camp for 12-14 year olds; 
  • July 7-12 – Overnight Camp for 9-13 year olds;
  • July 7-12 – Counselors-in-Training: Session I for rising 10-12th graders
  • July 9-12 – Big & Little Camp for 6-9 year olds w/a primary caregiver
  • July 14-19 – Overnight Camp for 9-13 year olds
  • July 14-19 – Counselors-in-Training: Session II for rising 10-12th graders that have completed Session I
  • July 15-18 – Day Camp for rising 1-6th graders
  • July 21-26 – Overnight Camp for 8-12 year olds
  • July 21-26 – Peer Ministry Leadership Camp for 14-17 year olds
  • August 4-7 – Days at the Lake (for individuals and families)


  • May 15-21 – Alumni Volunteer Work Week
  • May 24-27 – Spring Volunteer Work Weekend
  • August 16-18 – Spiritual Practices Retreat
  • August 31-Sept. 2 – Young Adult Retreat
  • September 27-29 – Contemplative Fiber Arts Retreat
  • Oct 11-13 – Fall Volunteer Work Weekend

Or schedule and plan a retreat with your church or other group by contacting us about availability.


Our overnight and day camps feature all the best rustic camp activities: swimming, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, games, and so, so much more. Campers also join our Christian Formation team in exploring their faith through age appropriate, engaging, and self-led program. Throughout the week, our campers build leadership skills, gain independence, and form lifelong friendships.

Depending on the program, tiered pricing starts at $250-400/camper. Learn more on our website.


Big and Little Camp is a new three-night, four-day camp session designed for new and experienced campers to enjoy outdoor living and community experiences with a caregiver.

It encourages a lifelong love of adventure and requires one caregiver to accompany their child. Because we are running concurrent programming with other little ones, all adults must complete a background check before participating. 

Our tiered pricing starts at $300 and includes the cost of the young camper and one adult caregiver. Additional adults and campers may be added in different configurations; email to inquire.


High school-aged young people are invited to spend a week at Camp Chickagami, exploring their faith in the community and growing deeper in leadership skills while being trained in Peer Ministry. 

Peer Ministry is a specific curriculum that aims to gives youth the relational leadership skills to know how to listen, care, help when to seek help, welcome, and the skills needed to love every neighbor.

Our tiered pricing starts at $400/person.


Grandparents, godparents, friends who are family, moms, dads, guardians, and kiddos of all ages are invited to attend this family-friendly session.

Camp Chickagami offers a family-friendly summer getaway on Lake Esau, providing opportunities to reconnect with nature, enjoy family-friendly activities, and relax. Programming and formation for both youth and adults are included.

All meals and lodging are provided, with families being lodged together. Travel campers and tents are also welcome.

Our tiered pricing starts at $300, plus $80 for each additional person in your party. Children under 3 are able to attend at no cost. 


Counselors-in-Training is a residential program focused on leadership development, skills building around child care and development, and program planning. CITs shadow counselors in their cabins and learn from our star team of trainers. And they have fun too! The majority of our counseling staff are alums of our CIT program. 

CIT Session II takes it further, putting our CITs “in-action,” learning through practical application what it means to serve as a camp counselor at Chickagami. Participants in Session II must have completed Session I, whether the earlier session in 2024 or in a previous year.

These sessions have a limited capacity of 10 campers, so please register quickly! Our tiered pricing begins at $250/person.


God invites us to relationship each and every day. Retreats are a great opportunity to take time apart and disconnect from our every day lives, connecting with this call to relationship through exploration of spirituality, prayer life, and community. Retreats are open to all people, regardless of denomination or religious background.

Adults of all genders are invited to join us for several days spent in the community, building a closer relationship with God and creation and journeying deeper into our spiritual practices. The schedule for our retreat is flexible – with time spent alone and in a group. Lodging for this retreat will be in a communal setting assigned by Camp Chickagami. If you have requests for cabin mates, please let us know during registration.

Tiered pricing for this retreat begins at $200 for commuters and $300 for those staying onsite. 


Young adults (college-millenials) are invited to spend their long, Labor Day Weekend at Camp Chick as we form deeper relationships with God. Our flexible program will include time alone and with the larger group with a special focus on our connection to food, creation, and community. Retreat participants are welcome to bring their kids. 

Pricing for this retreat is pay-what-you-can, beginning at $10. This program is subsidized by the Youth and Young Adult Formation Office of the Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan and through the support of other retreatants. 


Fiber artists of all kinds and skill levels are welcome to join us at Camp Chickagami to retreat and create in the Fall of Northern Michigan! Join us for several days spent in community focused on building a closer relationship with God. The schedule for our retreat is flexible – with time spent both alone and in group, in crafting and in reflection. Lodging for this retreat will be in a communal setting assigned by Camp Chickagami. If you have requests for cabin mates, please let us know during registration.

Tiered pricing for this retreat begins at $200 for commuters and $300 for those staying onsite. 


Working with Camp Chickagami staff, you can organize and schedule your own retreat for your congregation or organization. Rent the whole facility, or just part of it; bring your own food or arrange for food service and arrange your own facilitator. Retreats can be what you need them to be and we would love to provide the perfect space for your vestry, church leadership, family or organization.

Fill out our contact form here and someone will be in touch right away.

Click here to visit the retreats page of our website. 


Our camp counselors and volunteers have a deep impact on the lives of campers. At Camp Chickagami, each staff member is an example of loving servant leadership to our campers and one another. We strive to develop a staff with diverse perspectives, life experiences, backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, races, genders, and sexual orientations to reflect the diverse lives of our campers. 

We are now accepting applications for counseling positions, kitchen staff, maintenance staff, and leadership positions. Position descriptions are available on our website. 

Employment dates begin with staff training on June 12th, and extend through the first week of August. Alternative and partial summer employment schedules are possible. Click here for more information to apply.

Contact with any questions.


Whether you’re planning a family vacation or looking for a place to host your vestry retreat, Camp Chickagami would love to be your destination. From our lakeside cottages to our dorm-style cabins, we have accommodations for every price point and comfort level. 

Our renters have full access to our activity spaces, including the beach, boathouse, and sports shed. And we’re just a quick drive away from area attractions, including historical lighthouses, restaurants, Ocquoeoc Falls, and much more. 

Pricing varies. See availability and book accomodations on our website.


It takes many hands and lots of love to keep our beloved camp going. Volunteers of all types are welcomed to share their gifts at Camp Chickagami.

We need volunteers to help us during our programming sessions, volunteers to fix benches and paint buildings, volunteers to weed our garden and teach Arts and Crafts.

Apply to volunteer during residential summer camp sessions.

Upcoming opportunities for facilities volunteering in 2024:

May 15-21 – Alumni Work Week – Calling all boys camp alum and current camp staff! Email Boys Camp alumnus Matt Uren at to register. One-a-zippa!

May 24-27 – Spring Volunteer Work Weekend. Register.

October 11-13 – Fall Volunteer Work Weekend. Register.

If you’d like to coordinate other dates for a large group to come and volunteer, please email our leadership team at