General Assembly of the Church of God in Michigan

Youth Winter Retreat

January 5-7, 2024

Timber Wolf Lake

Lake City, Michigan

Information from our Youth Winter Retreat this past January 2023. Watch for updates and details as plans for 2024 are finalized.

The Church of God State Youth Winter Retreat is ready for January 6-8, 2023, at the beautiful Young Life Camp-Timber Wolf Lake. It is located at 4909 N. Morey Road, Lake City, Michigan. We have wonderful ample space, beautiful facilities, awesome leaders and the great events we always look forward to! Check out the camp at We are anticipating many churches joining us this January. Each group must have adult chaperones for male and female youth, with each church determining the appropriate number for their group. The retreat is open to Middle School-High School students primarily, but some will bring college age youth for helping.

Our theme for this year’s retreat is “Made Known” and the Task Force is so excited to see how God impacts everyone in attendance!

Terry Blackford

Rev. Terry Blackford, speaker

Terry Blackford graduated from Anderson University in 2006 and completed his Master of Arts in Counseling in 2015 from Spring Arbor University. He started working in youth ministry in 2004 and served on the Michigan State Youth Convention Task Force for three years as he was helping plant a church in Battle Creek, Michigan. Terry is passionate about developing healthy churches and healthy Christ followers in the life of the church as he has been the Lead Pastor for six years at Crossroads Community Church in New Albany, Indiana. With amazing love and support from his church family and incredible wife of 18 years, Karissa, and his three boys, Parker, Hunter, and Tucker, Terry has been able to further the call the Lord has given him by speaking at NorthEast Ohio's Youth Winter retreat, Warsaw Camp and Retreat Center, and Warner Family Camp. He will also be the Evangelist for the Warner Family Camp in July 2023.

Cameron Kreager

Rev. Cameron Kreager, worship

Cameron Kreager grew up in Lexington, Kentucky where he felt his call to full-time ministry and pursued Worship Ministry following a mission trip to Mexico in 2003. He is a graduate from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City with a degree in Music & Worship Ministry. Two days after he graduated, he married his wife of 10 years, Jennifer, and they now have two children: Avery (8) and Noah (6). Two weeks after their wedding, they took their first ministry position in Lake Charles, Louisiana as the Worship & Youth Pastor and served there for five years. After those five years, they traveled to Poplar Bluff, Missouri where Cameron served as the Worship & Youth Pastor for five years. He and his family are brand new to the state of Michigan and he serves as the Worship Pastor at Pennway Church of God in Lansing. Cameron has written and recorded songs and music personally and also as a part of a worship collective called “City United." He has lead worship for multiple State Youth Conventions and Church Camps throughout the years and loves spending time worshiping the Father! He desires to develop, lead, and equip people in worshiping God through music and through a life of surrender to the Lord.


Saturday Afternoon Free Time

Game Room- lots of great things to do inside! Ping-pong, pool, foosball, air hockey, and carpet ball, etc..

Gym- climbing wall, basketball court, and space for volleyball, or other games.

Outside- there is a great tubing hill and broom ball court too.

Besides these activities, everyone can join in lots of awesome tournaments for great fun!

There is NO cost for any of the activities at Timberwolf!

The camp has shirts, hats, and other souvenirs to purchase in their Trading Post. There is also a Snack Bar (Blue Ox) and a Coffee Shop (Carltons) as well with yummy treats for purchasing.

Friday - January 6, 2023

7:00-8:00 p.m.
Registration,- Dining Hall – move in, game room and gym open

8:30 p.m.
Get acquainted, weekend kick-off; Sawmill Auditorium

9:45 p.m.
Counselors’ Meeting- Sawmill Auditorium

9:45 p.m.
Game room, tubing (until 11:00 p.m.) and gym; snacks served in game room
     Snack Bar (open 9:45-11:00)

11:15 p.m.
In your rooms!

12:00 a.m.
Lights out!

Saturday - January 7, 2023

9:00 a.m.
Breakfast- Dining Hall

10:00-11:30 a.m.
Singing and sharing with Cameron and Terry
Sawmill Auditorium

12:30 p.m.
Lunch- Cafeteria

1:15-5:00 p.m.
Activity time- contests, tubing, game room, gym 

(Coffee Shop open: 1:00-3:00
Store open: 1:00-5:00
Snack Bar open: 3:00-5:00)

5:30 p.m.
Dinner- Cafeteria

7:00 p.m.
Singing and sharing with Cameron and Terry
Sawmill Auditorium;
Group sharing time, discussion, and snacks

9:30 p.m.
Game room, gym, tubing, and snacks
Snack Bar (open 9:30-11:00)

11:30 p.m.
In your rooms!

12:00 a.m.
Lights out!

Sunday - January 8, 2023

Prior to Breakfast-Packing Up!

9:00 a.m.
Breakfast- Dining Hall (Snack bar, store, and coffee shop are closed today)

9:45-11:30 a.m.
Singing and sharing with Cameron and Terry
Sawmill Auditorium

11:30-12:30 p.m.
Dorm Clean-up (Mandatory!)

Saying your good-byes!


There are limited scholarship funds available for students that might not be able to attend without assistance. For more information, contact Connie Graham at 989 600-0339 or Churches desiring consideration should apply to her no later than Dec. 1.

The cost per person for the entire weekend- all programming, all of the recreation and 4 meals is $135.00. Registration is guaranteed through Dec. 12. After that date, we have to see the availability with the camp. Please report any food allergies on the registration forms or any other special needs.

Groups registering will receive a final email prior to the retreat with last details and reminders.

Go For Free!

Young Life camps strongly emphasize serving one another, so we are required to provide kitchen work crew to help their staff with preparing and serving meals. These are adults each church brings in addition to the counselors that are in attendance for the students. We are asking that every group coming brings one volunteer for every seven paying guests and for smaller groups, bringing at least one person to help. Kitchen crew does stay at NO charge! The facilities where these adults stay are wonderful! Helping in this capacity allows adults the opportunity to see what happens at a winter retreat, but not be a one-on-one counselor, but also getting to serve their church group in a wonderful way. The kitchen crew must complete a guest consent release form.

More Information About the Kitchen Work Crew

The Timber Wolf Lake Staff are looking forward to hosting us for our State Church of God Youth Winter Retreat. Here is some additional information to share for the volunteers in the work Crew:

Who is Work Crew?
     Work Crew serve as volunteers who work directly with the Timber Wolf Lake Food Service Staff as servers in the dining hall, assistant cooks in the kitchen or dishwashers. They will also be disinfecting tables and other surfaces in the dining hall. Work Crew provides a unique opportunity to serve campers and leaders during their time at Timber Work Lake.

Suggestions for Finding Kitchen Crew from your congregation:

  1. Asking Bible study groups to take this on as a ministry project
  2. Asking parents to give back just this 1 weekend of time to their kids
  3. Asking parents of kids that have graduated from the ministry & have seen the blessings of events
  4. The “grandparent” type that still can work and want to bless the younger generation
  5. Those “20 somethings” that have done the retreats & have great memories
  6. People that have the gifts of hospitality & helping that have loved this weekend

A Few Reminders:

• The Crew stays free of charge; meals and housing are provided. Bedding & towels for the Kitchen Crew are provided.
• The Crew must be High School aged or older

Work Crew Responsibilities:
• Upon Friday evening arrival, the Crew will meet with the Food Service Staff and be trained for the weekend. This will take a minimum of 2 hours.
• Wait staff will serve for a minimum of 3 1/2 hours per meal served in the dining hall. They will be responsible for setting tables, serving the meal to guests and cleaning after the meal.
• Assistant cooks will be assigned AM and PM shifts depending on the meals being served for the event. They will assist the Food Service team in preparing food throughout the retreat.
• Dishwashers will serve a minimum of 3 1/2 hours per meal. They will be responsible for cleaning dishes throughout the retreat.
• Crew workers are expected to stay the entire retreat and may be required to work beyond hours listed above based on the needs of the guest group.
• The Work Crew Boss for the retreat will work directly with the Food Service Team to coordinate the Crew.
• On departure day- the crew is required to assist the Food Service Team in cleaning the kitchen and dining hall areas. Adequate time should be allotted in order to complete these tasks before departure.

     Work Crew folks should not attend the retreat as regular campers; their responsibilities in the dining hall will require the majority of their time. Please do not plan on Work Crew serving in other capacities throughout the weekend. It may be possible that individuals will still have time to attend a service or see some of the activities of the retreat, but don’t plan on it.

Important Weekend Reminders

  1. Bring lots of warm clothes and snow gear, a Bible, and personal toiletries.
  2. Leaders and Youth will need to bring bedding or a sleeping bag, and towel this year. Pillows and blankets are furnished.
  3. If anyone has food allergies, please mention this when you register.
  4. Everyone must have when they arrive: (students, leaders, kitchen crew)
    • Medical authorization form signed by parent or guardian (ones you use during the year are fine- leaders keep during the weekend. Area hospitals require these.)
    Timberwolf guest consent release form.

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