Dads Camp

Camp is a five-day retreat designed for dads and their kids to create rich memories together.

All Camp Paradise sessions are full at this time. Sign up to be added to the waitlist here.

2017 Dads Camp Schedule 

Dads Camps Father/Son
Father/Son 1, June 17–21 (10–12 year-old sons)
Father/Son 2, June 22–26 (10–12 year-old sons)
*Elevate's Collide Summer Retreat is June 23-25 at Wheaton College.
Father/Son 3, June 28–July 2 (10–12 year-old sons)
Father/Son 4 , July 2–6 (8–10 year-old sons)
Father/Son 5, July 8-12 (8–10 year-old sons)

Dads Camps Father/Daughter
Father/Daughter 1, July 13-17 (10–12 year-old daughters)
Father/Daughter 2, July 17-21 (10–12 year-old daughters)
Father/Daughter 3, July 23-27 (10–12 year-old daughters)
Father/Daughter 4 , July 28-August 1 (8–10 year-old daughters)
Father/Daughter 5, August 3-7 (8–10 year-old daughters)

Camp Paradise offers quality teaching, focused one-on-one time with your child, and adventurous activities that can deepen your relationships and spiritual perspective. Bring your son or daughter to conquer the 50-foot climbing tower, wake up early to canoe along the Tahquamenon River, explore our hiking trails, learn to shoot at our archery/bb gun range, and enjoy the evening campfires. There are an abundance of fun camp activities to experience together.

With no electricity and no running water, Camp Paradise is not for the faint of heart. There are hand pump wells, wood-burning water heaters, and Camp Paradise original bucket showers. Clean, comfortable cabins are outfitted with bunk beds and shelves for you and your child to have your own space among your cabin mates. The state-of-the-art kitchen and dining room are in the Lodge, where three delicious home-cooked meals are served each day. Camp Paradise’s Pavillion serves as our camp store and our game room. While dads are experiencing solitude, kids can craft and learn in our Longhouse with their friends and leaders. Every morning, all of camp gathers together in our Chapel—the most beautiful building on the Tahquamenon River. It is a quarter-mile walk from our Lodge, the perfect place to worship, celebrate, and reflect.

Dads Camps are available for fathers to bring their son or daughter (ages 8–12). Come and experience an adventure that will give you a foundation for a growing relationship to last a lifetime.


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If you are experiencing financial difficulties and are in need of scholarship assistance, email your request to the Camp office as soon as possible, or call (224) 512-2199 for more information. We will do our best to assist you! However, please note that funds are limited. We cannot provide assistance for multiple camps for the same family, or provide continuing assistance to a family from one year to the next.


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The time and space away with a son or daughter provides dads with moments to reflect on their  vital role as fathers.

Camp Paradise


Tim VandenBos
(224) 512-1940

Laura Kamptner
(224) 512-2199

Tahquamenon River
McMillan Township, MI
 Camp Paradise Site Map 

Upcoming Events

  • Camp Paradise Men's Reunion

    August 10 @ 12:00 AM

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