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Work on new gym has begun

Watch live webcam of the changes happening every day as our new gym is being built!    Powered by Ivideon     It’s 54 years since Spruce Lake’s first two weeks of Summer Camp in 1963. Year after year, week after week, God keeps calling children to Himself through the life-giving influence of Wilderness Camp! […]

Groundbreaking photo album

Photos of Spruce Lake’s groundbreaking ceremony for Spruce Lake’s new gym and activity center, Sunday, September 10, 2017, can be viewed by clicking this online link. Groundbreaking took place at the site of the new gym/activity center at 3:00 p.m. on a pleasant sunny day. Executive Director Mark Swartley overviewed the Youth Center project, and […]

A miracle reunion at Spruce Lake

Vocalist Jon Sheptock presented a concert July 12, 2017, during Spruce Lake’s Family Week. Despite his incredible voice and godly charisma on stage, this was no ordinary concert. In the audience sat his biological mother and several other family members, listening…they had never heard Jon sing like this! In fact, they had not heard him […]

Open House shines despite rain

Spruce Lake’s Spring Fest Open House June 4th was a shining success – in spite of the showers! Yes, for the third year in a row, our community Open House has coincided with wet weather but nevertheless, approximately 800 participants enjoyed the afternoon of music, food, fun and fellowship. God has a sense of humor, […]

Spruce Lake buys beloved mountain

As of settlement February 15, 2017, Spruce Lake became the new permanent caretaker of Spruce Mountain, secured for future generations to continue hiking, playing and worshiping along its trails, waterfalls and vistas! For the past 54 years, Spruce Lake had leased the 499-acre mountain from Spruce Mountain Associates, a family group who cared for the […]

Spruce Lake participates in outreach

Do you know that Spruce Lake participates in the local “Ecumenical Community Meal Ministry” in nearby Mountainhome? In this ministry, sponsored by Most Holy Trinity Catholic parish, a free meal is served every Wednesday for area residents, and for some, this is the special outing of their week. Spruce Lake contributes a meal on a […]

Spruce Lake hosts spring classes

Spruce Lake is hosting Wilderness First Aid and Lifeguard Training classes in Spring, 2017. Staff from other camps and retreat centers are invited to register to receive the training required for safety certifications at the pool, on the trail and other outdoor leadership activities. To reserve your space, or for information, please contact Stacie Farris, Youth Ministries […]

Day Camp makes positive impact

“This is what every kid’s summer should look like!” said one Day Camp parent. “We just love everything about Spruce Lake Day Camp! Our daughter will have lasting memories from being at Spruce Lake.” Another parent said, “Thank you for a great summer; my son had an amazing time. The staff are amazing! We love […]

50th reunion at Spruce Lake July 4th

July 4th Weekend in 1966 set an East Coast heat record at 105 degrees that still stands! On that sweltering weekend, John Sauder and his brother, Marty, brought their spouses and little ones to Spruce Lake to try out John’s new camper. They had heard about the new Franconia Mennonite Conference camp in the Pocono […]

JAF recognizes longtime participants

During each of their three Family Retreats, Joni & Friends (JAF) is commemorating their 25th year at Spruce Lake in 2016! During Family Retreat #2 (June 26-July 1), Frances Palermo received the gift of a lovely handmade quilt to recognize her 21st consecutive year serving as a Short Term missionary (STM)! (STMs are paired with […]

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