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Bambi is growing

by Mick Schatz

ROSCOMMON, MI – There are many places in Michigan that one can view the creativity of our almighty God. One of these places is Bambi Lake Baptist Retreat and Conference Center. Especially during the fall, I am constantly struck with the beauty of the lake, the trees, and the night sky.

It allows you to begin to grasp the awesomeness of our Creator and marvel at His glory. However, the glory of God does not end at the tree line, and I would like to remind you how Bambi Lake ministers to our local community, all of Michigan and beyond.

A large part of the ministry at Bambi is providing an opportunity for groups and individuals to come and experience God in a way that is meaningful and unique. It is exciting and encouraging throughout the year to experience God’s spirit move through the lives of adults and teenagers alike.

We provide summer camp opportunities such as Filipino Camp, Girls Camp, Mom and Me Camp, Wild Week Camp, and Through the Roof Camp. Every summer we see lives impacted by the gospel, and new believers birthed into the Kingdom.

Along with weeklong camps, Bambi Lake also hosts and produces weekend retreats throughout the year. You will find retreats for women, men, pastors, pastors/wives, leader training, married couples, and youth.

Themes can vary from being a simple getaway to a time of training and growing in your walk with Christ. Weekend retreats are a great opportunity for believers to come and be refreshed and rejuvenated in their walk with Christ.

Our hope is that Bambi will not only be a place to experience God, but a place for believers to be equipped for the ministry and create long lasting friendships that extend past their time at Bambi Lake.

Over the last few years, God has allowed us to begin having a greater impact in our local and regional community. We have been able to partner with four different schools for band and cross-country camps, and that number is growing as more schools discover what we have to offer.

Additionally, we have made major improvements in our campground and lake front areas to accommodate the significant increase in guests who love the great outdoors.

Over the Memorial Day weekend every room we had including the Campground was filled - there was no room left in the Inn! It was exciting to see the hard work and renovations in the campground, and lakefront being enjoyed by returning guests and many first-timers.

Bambi Lake truly has a lot to offer the churches and residents of our state and beyond. God is continually blessing us with new groups and guests who are excited about Bambi Lake. Our prayer is that God’s presence would be tangibly known and experienced by all who enter our property.

Come join us!



Mick Schatz serves on the staff of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. He is the State Director of Spiritual Enrichment and Retreats and lives at Bambi Lake.


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