2018-08-12 / News

Church camp attracts thousands

BY STEVEN KOVAC
810-452-2689 • elevine@mihomepaper.com


More than 100 members of the giant Tuckey clan, originally from Cass City, attended Brown City Camp last week. From left to right are a few of the relatives: Eric Haglund, Dan Tuckey, Andrea Tuckey, Eleanor Mason (9 months), Michelle Tuckey, Matt Tuckey and Sydney Mason. 
Photos by Steven Kovac More than 100 members of the giant Tuckey clan, originally from Cass City, attended Brown City Camp last week. From left to right are a few of the relatives: Eric Haglund, Dan Tuckey, Andrea Tuckey, Eleanor Mason (9 months), Michelle Tuckey, Matt Tuckey and Sydney Mason. Photos by Steven Kovac BURNSIDE TWP. — For 10 days every summer about 2,400 Christians representing dozens of mostly Missionary churches from across Michigan and the United States gather at Brown City Camp to celebrate their faith and reconnect with old friends.

This year’s camp session went from Thursday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 12.

The camp is available to other churches to rent during the rest of the fair-weather season.

The 100-acre, 560-lot campground is just southwest of town at 8700 Wilcox Rd. It offers electricity, sewer, and water connections servicing an eclectic mix of accommodations ranging from a solid stone cottage, many vintage cabins, a number of modern cottages, an 18-room senior citizen dormitory, motor homes, travel trailers, and old mobile homes. Rustic campsites are also available.


A group of people learned about world missions at Brown City Camp last week. A group of people learned about world missions at Brown City Camp last week. “People own the structures and recreational vehicles,” said camp Director Tom Knight of Brown City, “but they rent the lots beneath them from the camp. The annual lot lease is $150.”

The campground has a bookstore, snack shack, general store, prayer chapel, numerous classroom buildings, offices, and a food service facility which serves hundreds of meals each day.

Knight, who has been a Missionary pastor for 48 years, and is currently serving at a church in Millington has a real affection for the camp.

“I came here for the first time when I was 24 years old,” said Knight. “This place continues to grow even though we don’t have a lake or even a swimming pool. The Lord is working here. We minister to the whole family. We have about 600 teenagers with us and 102 young, mostly single, adults. That is important for the future of the camp.


Young adults enjoyed a game of volleyball during church camp. Young adults enjoyed a game of volleyball during church camp. “We have morning worship and afternoon classes and seminars every day for everyone from very young children to senior citizens. The kids have time for recreation and fun in the afternoons. Then we all gather in the big tabernacle for evening services. Between the campers and visitors who come to see them, the daily evening service can attract about 2,000 people inside the tabernacle, with another few hundred worshippers outside.”

Knight said the camp has an annual budget of around $120,000. It has three full-time employees.

“One of our goals is the construction of a year-around lodge on the northwest corner of the property,” said Knight.

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