Plan now for 2023 Riverbend Men's Camp (10th annual)
*July 31 - August 3, 2023 (Mon-Thurs)
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"Fathers in the Faith"
God's plan for the family man
Speakers confirmed for 2022;
Jim Book, Sr. Minister, Kissimmee Christian Church
Kerry Allen, President, Louisville Bible College
Steve Thornton, Minister/Church planter, Lexington KY
Monday night (7 pm) through Thursday night
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Camp located on 55 Acres on the Rifle River in Arenac County, Michigan
This is a wilderness camp, bring everything you need
ALL are welcome to come and fellowship
You may attend a single session or stay the entire week
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MEN'S CAMP 2022
Kayak trips EACH DAY
Nature walk by Bob Dispenza Thursday afternoon
Camp cook-off challenge Thursday afternoon
Music led by Brian Massey
Youth led by Lynn Hart
Youth Recreation Events
2022 Family camping will be available on the 150 acres east of Men's Camp. Guys may stay there and hike over to menscamp for activities. Campsites, water, and portajons will be provided. We still have plans to build the ladies shower building pending funding and participation. Contact us if willing to be involved.
-If your Church has a need to use the camp for a week or a weekend please email us and we will try to get you on the schedule. Youth, Leadership, and Men's groups, to name a few, can make great use of this facility!
-If you wish to volunteer please send us an email. If you have a ministry group who may benefit from the camp please email for more details.
On Saturday, March 26, 2022 at IDES main office in Noblesville, IN. 30 guys put in a great day, many projects were tackled and completed inside the offices, plus a new concrete entry at the front door was undertaken. The weather was a surprise with 3" of new snow overnight. Another great day!
On Saturday, March 27, 2021 at IDES main office in Noblesville, IN. 25 guys built a 20x20 steel building at their headquarters. Several smaller projects were also completed including removing carpet and installing a new laminate floor in a large office room, patching an 8" concrete loading dock wall and securing an LP station near the building. There were groups from Grand Rapids and Bronson MI, as well as from Wabash, Grissom, Ft. Wayne, Harlan IN plus fathers/sons from near South Bend and south of Indianapolis. Thanks to all who turned out it was a great day!
4 men from Bronson helped IDES July 27- Aug 2, 2020 on the way to camp which is only 35 minutes away. We appreciate guys willing to step up and assist with flooding relief!
3 Riverbend guys attended a mission trip led by IDES to West End Bahamas in February 2020. Rob Daniels, Jerry Gates and Denny Kees. Several homes were roofed and drywalled that were damaged by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. If you would like more information about IDES click here.
December 2017- Riverbend Men joined others in Beaumont TX to build 30 storage sheds in the flood area.
March 2nd 2019- 50 men and boys from Riverbend Men's Camp and affiliated churches built walls at the IDES warehouse in Noblesville, IN for 4 panelized new homes to be sent to North Carolina hurricane relief . We were able to build all the wall panels required for all four homes in one day. See Riverbend Facebook and Instagram for photos and more.
-If you would like promotional materials regarding the camp sent to you, someone you know, or your church, please email us. We have flyers, business cards and magnets imprinted with the website you may hand out. Or if you would like a presentation made on behalf of the camp to your church or group let us know, one of the directors will be happy to make a personal visit to present the camp work and to answer any questions.
-Riverbend is an official 501(c)3 non-profit entity incorporated in the State of Michigan. We operate as an independent ministry. All gifts will be recognized as charitable contributions. We have a modest mortgage on the 55 acres. If you wish to contribute you may do so securely on this website OR donations can be sent to; Riverbend Christian Retreat, 22712 Antwerp Rd, Harlan IN 46743.
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