Plan now for 2016 Riverbend Men's Camp
*August 2nd-5th* (Tues-Fri)
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AUGUST 2-5, 2016
Tuesday night through Friday night
Camp located on 55 Acres on the Rifle River in Arenac County, Michigan.
- This is a wilderness camp, bring everything you need to survive.
- Men and Boys of all ages are welcome to come and fellowship.
- You may attend a single session or stay the entire week.
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NEW FOR 2016
A corporate donor has given the camp a generous donation!
This donation will be used for special youth events and prizes, plus this year.... ALL KIDS CAMP FREE!! All boys under 18 will be free when brought by an adult parent/sponsor. We will have a kayak scavenger hunt, wilderness survival skills contest, wooden spear making and throwing skills competition, and other events. There will be prizes for top place finishers. Some events such as the kayak scavenger hunt will be for the boys to team up with their Dad, Grandpa, Uncle or any Adult sponsor. This is brand new for the camp- come and be a part of it. Spread the news!
The FIRST ANNUAL shed building day at the IDES headquarters in Noblesville IN Saturday Feb 20 was a huge success- THANKS to all the guys who came! We had guys from all over MI and IN. The shed components were completed by 2 PM as well as some improvements to the warehouse. If you would like more information about IDES click here.
There is several trees down on trails that need cut up, please bring a chain saw to help clear paths and generate some campfire wood.
Camp Details for 2016!
Friday July 29: Campground opens 2 PM for workers and set up
(Open to anyone with a willingness to help. We will be cutting wood and painting)
Saturday July 30: Campground open for work day
Sunday July 31: Informal Worship for workers
Monday: August 1: Big Tents go up, final preparations, all welcome
August 2nd, Tuesday: 5:30 Hog Roast. 7 PM opening svc. All Invited!
August 3rd, Wednesday: 9 AM and 7 PM Menscamp services
August 4th, Thursday: 9 AM and 7 PM Menscamp services
August 5th, Friday: 9 AM and 7 PM Menscamp services
August 6th, Saturday: Depart to Serve!
Speakers for 2016 include;
We Care Ministries
West Monroe LA
Larry will be sharing with about his travelling ministry. He has held successful evangelism training seminars all over the USA and in other countries as well. His ministry is a part of the Whites Ferry Road Church of Christ where they are seeing consistent additions of new converts weekly. He also will share with us some insights into the "Duck Dynasty" story, Larry's daughter is Missy Robertson from the show.
Metro Detroit MI
Wissam- "There are two kinds of people who are talking about Islam today: Muslims, and non-Muslims. The latter often couldn't give an accurate description of Islam, while the former wouldn't tell you the whole truth about Islam." Wissam will be sharing with us his journey from being born a Sunni Muslim in Baghdad, to rejecting the Islam faith and becoming an Atheist, then investigating the Bible and becoming a Christian, leaving his family and homeland behind in the process. There will be ample time for Q&A to help us better understand Islam and the Muslims that practice it. His perspective will help us in the world in which we find ourselves living in today.
Summit Theological Seminary
George will be sharing with us some new material he has not presented before, and he often challenges us to look at scripture to see things that will help us in our walk. He will also provide us with insights from his involvement as Founder of Summit, which is dedicated to training men for the ministry.
First Church of Christ
Shane is the Minister at Peru, a Prof at Summit Theological, and Instructor of "Wilderness Survival School". He will be sharing a message from 2 Peter 1, "You can know", plus working with the boys in a survival class.
Kenny Melton, Kendall Faull and Jason Stoner will be leading us in music
*Christian Audio Tapes will make available recordings of all sessions
If you wish to volunteer please send us an email. If you have a ministry group who may benefit from the camp please email for more details.
*Current 2016 camp news*
- There are trees blocking trails that need cut and campfire wood stocks are down. Bring your chainsaw.
- We have some guys interested in paintball so if you have equipment and are interested bring it along.
- 2 person kayaks or small kids flat float boards are needed if you wish to donate
- Need Leaders for:
- Capture-the-flag, paintball, BMX bikes, Cornhole tournament
-Click here to volunteer
If you would like promotional materials regarding the camp sent to you or your church, please email us. We have flyers, business cards and magnets imprinted with the website you may hand out. Or if you would like a presentation made on behalf of the camp to your church or group let us know, one of the directors will be happy to make a personal visit to present the camp work and to answer any questions.
Riverbend is an official 501(c)3 non profit entity incorporated in the State of Michigan. We operate as an independent ministry. All gifts will be recognized as charitable contributions. We have a modest mortgage on the 55 acres. If you wish to contribute you may do so securely on this website OR donations can be sent to; Riverbend Christian Retreat, 22712 Antwerp Rd, Harlan IN 46743.
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