Camp Updates, Downloads, Policies, & FAQs

Updates, downloads, policies and frequent questions related to Camp Paradise, a ministry of Willow Creek Community Church.

Directions and Forms

If you have attended a Dads Camp Session, work week, or winter event, go to for event photographs. 

    Cabin Assignment Policy

    Select up to four dads to room with on your request form. Every attempt is made to accommodate your cabin requests. Once cabin assignments are made, they are final.

    Switching Sessions Policy

    If you receive a spot at camp, please do everything you can to attend that camp, working other events around those dates if possible. The switching policy is as follows:

    • Switching sessions is allowed if there is an opening in the session you want to move to AND no waiting list for that session at the time of your request.
    • Switching is NOT be possible if sessions are full or have a waiting list.
    • You may not request to be on the waiting list for an additional session if you are already registered.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    To cancel, please call the camp office (224) 512-2199. Refunds are available when canceling 30 days before your session begins, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Please allow 15 days for your refund to be processed.

    Wait List Policy

    Please don't worry if you don't receive a spot right away; our  intent is to fill every bunk at camp! We will contact you immediately if an opening becomes available for you. We will use the email address you provided when you made your request. Once contacted, you will have 48 hours to confirm your spot by making your payment using the link in the email. If we do not hear from you during this timeframe, your spot will be given to the next requester on the waiting list for that session. If a spot doesn't open up for you this summer, register again next year and we'll make sure you get in the following summer! 

    Scholarship Policy

    Scholarship requests can be emailed to Brett Riggs between January 1–March 7. We will do our best to assist you, but please be aware that funds are limited. We cannot provide assistance for multiple camps within the same family, or provide continuing assistance to a family from one year to the next. Contact:  Brett Riggs 

    Special Diet Policy

    Because Camp Paradise is in a remote location and serves 150 people at each meal, we have unique challenges when it comes to special diets. Please download and read our Food Policy document here. Contact:  Jessica Riggs (224) 512-1865  if you have any questions or special requests.

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    Camp FAQs


    How much does it cost for a Dads Camp session?

    One Dads Camp session is $425 per pair. This does not include the cost of travel to Camp Paradise or anything you'd like to buy at the camp store while you're there. 

    What do I pack?

    Pack a good sleeping bag and pillow in a labeled, large plastic trash bag. Pack one suitcase or bag per person with the following: washcloth; towel; toiletries; swimsuit; clothes for rainy, chilly, and warm weather; two pairs of shoes; bug spray; flashlight (fire regulations permit battery-lanterns only); Bible; notebook; pen or pencil.

    Optional but welcome: hiking boots, fishing poles and tackle, compass, binoculars, camera.
    PLEASE DON’T BRING: radios, CD players, DVD players, iPods, electronic games, cell phones (leave in car), alcohol, tobacco, firearms, or the family pet!

    How much money should I bring to camp?

    Bring money for meals for your trip to and from camp. You may also wish to bring cash to spend at the camp store, which sells: snacks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats during the afternoon. This is optional and is the only place you would need money at camp.

    What are the sleeping arrangements?

    Five dads and their five kids share a cabin. Each father/child pair have bunk beds and cubbies as their space for the session.

    When are the arrival, departure, and meal times at camp?

    We suggest that you leave for Camp Paradise by 7 a.m. The trip will take approximately 9–10 hours, depending on weather and number of stops. The first and last days of your camp session are travel days. You will need to arrive between 4–5 p.m. (Chicago time). The last boat going to Camp Paradise will leave at 5:15 p.m. If you arrive later than 5 p.m., you will miss the 6 p.m. dinner and will not be picked up until 7 p.m. Upon arrival, staff will show you where to park and will help load your luggage into a boat. You will travel ½ mile up the Tahquamenon River to the camp. Once settled in your cabin, listen for the bell and head to the main lodge for dinner.

    • On the morning of your last day, a continental breakfast will be available before boat service begins at 7:00 a.m.
    • Camp Paradise stays on Chicago time, so don’t change your watch! Meals are served at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.

    How can I be contacted while at camp?

    While at camp, only emergency messages will be relayed to you through the camp office (224) 512-2199. Messages are checked frequently during camp season.

    “God has changed me and my family more that I could ever write or say. Camp is the first place in my life that I’ve ever spent an hour of quiet with God. I am so grateful.”