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Day camp in Howard City to open for summer


Camp Scottie (Howard City) was founded in 1975 by the Osterink family. For over forty years, Camp Scottie partnered with Eastminster Presbyterian Church of Grand Rapids, serving churches, Scouts, and others on its 85-acre campus. In December 2014, conversations began between 100-year-old Camp Roger (Rockford) and Camp Scottie, dreaming of a new way to ensure the continued vitality of Camp Scottie.

In the fall of 2015, Camp Scottie officially became part of Camp Roger’s ministry. Camp Roger would now be able to provide an expanded reach, north of the Grand Rapids corridor, through summer camp, outdoor education, and retreats and rentals.

This beautiful haven at 8181 Newcosta Avenue in Howard City has had some exciting new developments and growth within the last couple of years. Camp Scottie’s Day Camp started in 2017, and Camp hopes to double its numbers this summer. This summer, the first five-day session will begin on June 11 for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade, with weekly sessions scheduled until mid-August. 

Matt Zwiep, director of Camp Scottie, says, “We are so excited to be in our second full year of operation at Camp Scottie. It has been fun getting to know community leaders in nearby towns, as well as building relationships with area schools and churches. I am amazed at the transformation of the property, and it is incredibly heartwarming to see campers and students exploring creation!”

Each session of day camp is filled with a variety of activities and experiences that give children a sampling of a typical overnight summer camp experience. A different theme is integrated into each session, catering specific activities and adventures to each age level. Developed by educators and field experts, Camp Scottie’s programming encourages children to be curious about God’s creation, develop friendships, and become more independent. Counselors also enjoy leading children in camp activities such as games, swimming, archery, singing songs, chapel, and hiking.

Camp Scottie is still taking reservations for day camp. Opportunities for financial aid are available. Daily fees could be as low as $25 per day! Bus transportation is available for $40 per session with four handy stops along US-131. 

The expansion of outdoor education at Camp Scottie for science-based, hands-on learning is another great opportunity for kids during the school year. This program is open for homeschoolers and area schools including a curriculum-based approach with interactive learning, team-building, and fun adventures.

The Camp is also available for retreats and rentals. There is a 40-person retreat center with a full-kitchen, two bunk rooms, gathering places, and a center fireplace. This would be a great option for churches, organizations, family reunions, and other events. Other buildings on site include a smaller cottage with a stone fireplace, as well as a rustic 100-seat outdoor chapel that is perfect for weddings.

Camp Scottie is an amazing addition to our community. For more information and to register for day camp, visit www.camproger.com, call 616-874-7286 or email office@camproger.org. 

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Amazing race on snow


 

Late-stage cancer not stopping local mom and daughters from tackling yet another challenge.

 

The sixth annual Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition returns to Camp Roger in Rockford on January 28, 2017. Sara Bard and her daughters will be ready for it. Sara was diagnosed in 2013 with Stage IV Neuroendocrine cancer, the same cancer Steve Jobs had. Sara is using the race as an opportunity to enjoy time with her two daughters and the life God has given her for as long as she can – and as a way to increase awareness of neuroendocrine cancer, a rare cancer often diagnosed in late stage.

Registration is now open at www.miadventurerace.com. Last year’s race drew 430 participants, making it the largest winter adventure race in the U.S. five years running (and slipping and sliding).

Two- or three-person teams will set out running through the woods to hidden checkpoints pre-marked on a map, collecting as many points as they can within three hours. They’ll encounter Amazing Race-like challenges throughout the area along with short snowshoe and fatbike/snowbike sections. Snowshoes and fatbikes will be provided.

Newer racers find that the challenges and checkpoint hunting give them just enough of a break to catch their breath before they run or walk to the next checkpoint. Experienced adventure racers looking for a greater challenge can hunt for checkpoints far from the start/finish, requiring good map reading and basic compass skills (free clinic on January 14 or self-teach with our online tools).

“West Michigan has a culture for challenging outdoor sports like adventure racing, trail running and mountain biking that does not exist in many other areas in the nation. These races draw far more people than larger cities do to similar events,” says Mark VanTongeren, race director. “Camp Roger gives us beautiful terrain and a warm place to hang out, raffle off dozens of prizes, and eat Peppino’s pizza and Honey Creek Inn chili after the race.”

Friends, family and the general public are welcome to experience the race, although keeping up with the racers in the snow is an adventure in itself. Spectators can get copies of the race maps that will direct them to the challenges, several within easy walking distance.

The charity partner selected for this edition of the race is Camp Roger. Proceeds will fund a scholarship for kids who cannot afford summer camp. Camp Roger offers a weekly overnight summer camp experience for young people and serves 10,000 participants in the fall, winter, and spring.

For more information about the race and to register, go to www.miadventurerace.com and visit www.facebook.com/miadventurerace to join a growing community of adventure racers.

 

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Amazing race on snow


 

Last  year’s race drew 350 participants.

Last year’s race drew 350 participants.

Largest winter adventure race in U.S. to take place in Rockford

The Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition returns to Camp Roger in Rockford on February 6, 2016. Last year’s race drew 350 participants, making it the largest winter adventure race in the U.S. four years running (and slipping and sliding).

Registration is now open at www.miadventurerace.com.

Two- or three-person teams will set out running through the woods to hidden checkpoints pre-marked on a map, collecting as many points as they can within three hours. They’ll encounter Amazing Race-like challenges throughout the area along with short snowshoe and fatbike/snowbike sections. Snowshoes and fatbikes will be provided.

Newer racers find that the challenges and checkpoint hunting give them just enough of a break to catch their breath before they run or walk to the next checkpoint. Experienced adventure racers looking for a greater challenge can try for checkpoints far from the start/finish, requiring good map reading and basic compass skills (free clinic on January 23; details on the website).

“West Michigan has a culture for challenging outdoor sports like adventure racing, trail running and mountain biking that does not exist in many other areas in the nation. These races draw far more people than larger cities do to similar events,” says Mark VanTongeren, race director. “Camp Roger gives us beautiful terrain and a warm place to hang out, get a free massage and eat pizza and chili after the race.”

Friends, family and the general public are welcome to experience the race, although keeping up with the racers in the snow is an adventure in itself. Spectators can get copies of the race maps that will direct them to the challenges, many within easy walking distance.

The charity partner selected for this edition of the race is Camp Roger. Proceeds will fund a scholarship for kids who cannot afford summer camp. Camp Roger offers a weekly overnight summer camp experience for young people and serves 10,000 participants in the fall, winter, and spring.

For more information about the race and to register, go to www.MiAdventureRace.com and www.facebook.com/MiAdventureRace.

 

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Amazing race on snow


 

Largest winter adventure race in U.S. to take place in Rockford

ENT-Amazing-race-in-snow1The Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition will be held February 7, 2015, at Camp Roger in Rockford. Registration is now open. Last year’s race drew 300 participants, making it the largest winter adventure race in the U.S.

Two-person teams will set out at 9:30 a.m., running through the woods to hidden checkpoints pre-marked on a map, collecting as many points as they can within three hours. They’ll encounter Amazing Race-like challenges throughout the area along with short snowshoe and fatbike/snowbike sections. Snowshoes and fatbikes will be provided.

Newer racers find that the challenges and checkpoint hunting give them just enough of a break in between the running sections to catch their breath. Experienced adventure racers looking for a greater challenge will face several intermediate level orienteering checkpoints, requiring good map reading and basic compass skills (free clinic on January 31; details on the website).

ENT-Amazing-race-in-snow2“West Michigan has a culture for challenging outdoor sports like adventure racing and trail running that does not exist in many other areas in the nation. These races draw more people than Chicago, Indianapolis and other larger cities do to similar events,” says Mark VanTongeren, race director. “We always get a great turnout because of this. Racers are also looking forward to a new venue, Camp Roger, which gives us beautiful terrain and a warm place to hang, get a free massage and eat pizza after the race.

Friends, family and the general public are welcome to experience the race, although keeping up with the racers in the snow is an adventure in itself. Spectators can get copies of the race maps that will direct them to the challenges, many within easy walking distance.

The charity partner selected for this edition of the race is Camp Roger. Camp Roger offers a weekly overnight summer camp experience for young people and serves 10,000 participants in the fall, winter, and spring.

For more information about the race and to register, go to www.MiAdventureRace.com and visit www.facebook.com/MIAdventureRace to join a growing community of adventure racers.

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