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Camp Au Sable
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Conference Contact
Ken Micheff, Camp Director
Michigan Conference
P.O. Box 19009
Lansing, MI 48901
Phone: (517) 316-1500
Fax: (517) 316-1574
  Camp Contact
 Ken Micheff, Camp Manager
2590 Camp Au Sable Dr.
Grayling, MI 49738
Phone: (989) 348-5491
Fax: (989) 348-5117

Camp History
The story began in 1947 when two men, scouting for property for a new youth camp, spotted 840 acres complete with a private lake near Grayling, Michigan. On December 3, 1947, the property was purchased for $30,000. Lake Shellenbarger had previously been used in the production of marl for a fertilizer and the making of cement, and the cutting of ice, so it was a relatively shallow lake—away from the bustle and noise previously incurred at the original Michigan campsite. In the summer of 1948, a dining lodge and a restroom were constructed. Work was also started on two cabins. The first camp was held for boys, ages 12-16, from July 31 through August 7, 1949. The first camp for girls, ages 9-16, was held from August 14-21, 1949.

Information on Property and Camp Facilities
Today there stands a conference meeting auditorium with guest rooms, medical building, crafts building, cedar lodge, forest lodge, 15 cabins, a nature center, shop, and barn facilities. The camp capacity is 380 people, and each year multitudes of weekend guests and summer campers have the opportunity to enjoy nature in this beautiful setting. We are proud to provide one of the finest nature centers in the NAD camping system with many live specimens to study and enjoy. A prayer chapel in the prayer garden is truly a blessing for campers young and old. The camp currently maintains 21 horses. For a peaceful experience in nature, guests of all ages can enjoy a walk around our lake on our boardwalk which provides convenience and ease. A full-scale Indian village, wagon train, and fort provides extensive backdrops for evening programming.

Camp Programs and Special Features
A 10-week summer camp program, including four weeks of Family camp, is provided. Special features include a Ski Nautique speedboat, torpedo, blob, shallow/deep swimming area with diving board, go-karts, mountain bikes, a complete horse program, nature classes,woodshop, climbing wall and high ropes course, craft classes, an archery range, softball field, athletic building, canoeing on the lake and the Au Sable River, and extensive programming facilities to make evening campfires.

Camp Mission
Our mission is to provide an atmosphere for learning to know Jesus as your Friend. And to provide an atmosphere to train youth and adults to better carry out the mission of the SDA church which is to carry the Gospel to the world through the ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing.

Directions to Camp
From Galesburg and West: Take I-74 East to Exit 54 (Route 97). Turn left to Hwy 150 East to Co. Rd. #12 and turn Right (South) to first gravel road. Turn Left (East) and follow to Camp entrance.
From Peoria and the South: Take I-74 West and exit at Hwy 78. Exit and turn Right (North) to Hwy 150 West (Left turn and follow directions ).
From Chicago and North: take I-55 South to I-80 West. Follow to exit #33, Hwy 78. Turn Left (South) to Hwy 150 West. (Just past Laura). Take Hwy 150 West and cross the Spoon River. Next paved road, Co. Rd. #11 turn Left (South) and follow to first gravel road and turn Right (West) and follow to the camp (1200N).
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