Youth Winter Retreat

was held January 19-21, 2018

Timber Wolf Lake, Lake City, Michigan

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Mike Thigpen

Mike Thigpen

Rev. Michael Thigpen is currently the Director of the Cultural Resource Center and Director of Multicultural Student Services at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. A visionary and a leader, Michael has served the body of Christ for almost 20 years-both nationally and internationally. A graduate of Anderson University, he is currently pursuing his MBA there. Michael is able to connect with all ages. He seeks to encourage, empower, and motivate people to authentic relationships with God.

Michael’s greatest joy in life is experiencing his daily journey with God. He lives in Indiana with his wife Melanie and four beautiful daughters- the loves of his life!

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The Lasting Hope

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Dear Youth Leaders/Pastors,

The Church of God State Youth Winter Retreat is planned and will be ready January 19-21, 2018! We will be using a new facility to us- Timber Wolf Lake, located at 4909 N. Morey Road, Lake City, Michigan. It is a awesome Young Life Camp and we will 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 having many churches join us this January, and we will honor registrations by the date they are received. Each group must have adult chaperones for male and female youth, you determine the appropriate number for your group.


The cost is $110.00 per person-a great deal for two night’s lodging, four meals, two evening snacks, all programming, and recreation! A deposit of $50.00 per person is due by January 10 ($60.00 if after Dec. 20.) The remainder of $60.00 per person is due upon arrival at camp. Total cost for the weekend is $110.00 per person if registered by January 10 and $120.00 if received after January 10, 2018. No deposits can be refunded after January 6.

Online Youth Winter Retreat Registration

To assist with PayPal service fees, we add $3.00 per person when you register using PayPal. There are no service fees if you write a check payable to the Church of God in Michigan.

Register and Pay using PayPal
Please include the total number of free kitchen staff members (male and female).

Winter Retreat Registration
Contact & Church (city)
Free Kitchen staff totals


Saturday Afternoon Free Time

The game room has game tables, including ping-pong, pool, foosball, air hockey and carpetball. The gym has a climbing wall, basketball court and space for volleyball or other games. Outside there is a tubing hill and broomball.

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

The camp does have shirts, hats, souvenirs, etc. for sale in their Trading Post. There is also a Snack Bar (Blue Ox) and a Coffee Shop (Carltons).

Friday, January 19

7:00-8:00 Registration,- Dining Hall – move in, game room and gym open
8:30 Get acquainted, weekend kick-off- with Michael and band-Auditorium
9:45 Counselors’ Meeting- Auditorium
9:45 Game room, tubing and gym open and snacks
11:15 In your rooms! 12:00 Lights out!

Saturday, January 20

8:30 Breakfast- cafeteria
10:00-11:30 Singing and sharing with Michael and band –Auditorium
12:30 Lunch- Cafeteria
1:15-5:00 Activity time- contests, tubing, game room, gym
5:30 Dinner- Cafeteria
7:00 Singing and sharing with Michael and band-Auditorium
Group sharing time and “communion to go” 9:30 Game room, gym, tubing and snack
11:30 In your rooms!
12:00 Lights out!

Sunday, January 21

Breakfast- Cafeteria (Trading Post isn’t open today)
9:45-11:30 Singing and sharing with Michael and band- Auditorium
Cleaning up the housing areas and saying your good-byes!

Please be on time for all events.
Involvement= A fantastic weekend!

Go For Free

New This Year- Important!!!

All our meals at Timber Wolf are served family-style and with us eating at the same time. 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 you bring in addition to the counselors that are in attendance for the students. We are asking that every group coming bring one volunteer for every 10 paying guests and for smaller groups bring at least one person to help. Kitchen crew 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 serve their church group in a wonderful way. It may be possible that individuals will still have time to attend a service or see some of the activities of the retreat!

The kitchen crew needs to complete a guest consent release form also.

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 wait staff in the dining hall, assistant cooks in the kitchen or dishwashers. Work Crew provides a unique opportunity to serve campers and leaders during their time at Timber Work Lake.

A Few Reminders:

  • The Crew stay free of charge; meals and housing are provided with linens.
  • The Crew must be High School aged or older and must provide a completed guest consent release form.

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.
  • Work Crew 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.
  • Work Crew assistant cooks will be assigned AM PM shifts depending on the meals being served for the event. They will assist the Food Service team in preparing food throughout the retreat.
  • Work Crew 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.
  • 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. 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.

Weekend Needs and Notes

  1. Each person will need to bring: lots of warn clothes/snow clothes, Bible and toiletries.

  2. The camp furnishes all bedding, blankets and towels!

  3. The camp forbids smoking, alcohol, and illegal use of drugs.

  4. Every group must bring medical authorization forms for your group, signed by the parents, in case of any emergencies. What you use for other events during the year is adequate. The local hospital requires these.

  5. You must download the guest consent release form for EVERYONE- adult chaperones and kitchen crew also! Bring the filled out waivers with you to the retreat.

  6. If there are any food allergies in your group, please let me know when you register.