Youth Winter Retreat

January 7-9, 2022

Timber Wolf Lake, Lake City, Michigan


Circle Zion; count her towers. Consider her walls, climb her palaces, and then go and tell the coming generation of the care and compassion of our God.
Psalm 48:12-13 TPT



Rev. Ben Kreider

Ben Kreider

Ben is a graduate of Asbury University and has served as Youth Pastor at Alma Church of God since 2008. He enjoys working with students and their families and has a heart for small group and one-to-one discipleship.

Ben has two children, Gary (born 2013) and a daughter Shiloh (born 2015). For fun, Ben enjoys anything outdoors- running, playing ultimate Frisbee, family camping, and exploring new places. He also likes participating in worship by playing bass guitar and can be caught from time to time impersonating his favorite movie characters.

Worship Artist

Dave Mead


Dave was with us last year at Winter Retreat and he’s back! Dave Mead started his journey in music as a kid traveling with his parents who were singer/songwriters. He has always loved music! Music inspires him, motivates him, and gives him clarity. What was created at first for his personal benefit is now having an impact on others as well. For the last ten years he has been performing as a solo artist as well as with a band, playing in about every venue under the sun. He has played for groups of 5-10, to crowds in excess of 8000, and opened for bands such as Sanctus Real, Josh Wilson, Bluetree, and Chris Tomlin and is well known at festivals like Big Ticket Festival.

Dear Youth Leaders/Pastors,

The Church of God State Youth Winter Retreat is ready for January 8-10, 2021, at the beautiful Young Life Camp-Timber Wolf Lake. It is located at 4909 N. Morey Road, Lake City, Michigan. We will have wonderful ample space, beautiful facilities, awesome leaders and the great events we always look forward to! Check out Timber Wolf Lake. The camp engages in rigorous safety protocols for COVID. (see section below) 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.

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COVID Camp Information

The following are safety protocols that we will be following while at Timberwolf:


Dining Hall

Medical Screenings

Face Coverings/Mask


Saturday Afternoon Free Time

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

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

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

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).


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

8:30 Get acquainted, weekend kick-off- with Dave and Ben; Sawmill Auditorium

9:45 Counselors’ Meeting- Sawmill Auditorium

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

11:15 In your rooms!

12:00 Lights out!


9:00 a.m. Breakfast- Dining Hall

10:00-11:30 Singing and sharing with Dave and Ben – Sawmill Auditorium

12:30 p.m. Lunch- Cafeteria

1:15-5:00 Activity time- contests, tubing, game room, gym (Snack bar, store and coffee shop open)
(Coffee Shop open: 1:00-3:00
Store open: 1:00-5:00
Snack Bar open: 3:00-5:00)

5:30 Dinner- Cafeteria

7:00 Singing and sharing with Dave and Ben-Sawmill Auditorium; Group sharing time, discussion, and snacks

9:30 Game room, gym, tubing, and snacks

11:30 In your rooms!

12:00 Lights out!


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 Singing and sharing with Dave and Ben- Sawmill Auditorium

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

Saying your good-byes!

Go For Free

All our meals at Timber Wolf are served family-style and with everyone 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 seven paying guests and for smaller groups, bring at least one person to help. Kitchen crew do 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 both the guest consent release form and the Medical Screening 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?

A Few Reminders:

Work Crew Responsibilities:

Important Weekend Reminders

  1. Each person will need to bring: lots of warm clothes/snow clothes, Bible and toiletries.
  2. Everyone will need to bring bedding or a sleeping bag, pillow, and towels!
  3. If anyone has food allergies, please mention this when you register.
  4. Everyone must have when they arrive: (students, leaders, kitchen crew)


Contact Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry

(989) 835-9262;

Youth Ministry