Our Philosophy

Welcome To Cedar Lodge!

Camp Philosophy:

Over the last 39 years or more of our lives in Lawrence, Michigan, we have striven to create an environment where children of all ages, backgrounds and races could come grow with us in a healthy, safe setting. We have tried to build that world with you, the parent, in mind. Our concerns echo yours–that your child is safe and happy during their stay away from home.

Because of our small size(60 camper capacity) and our general camp philosophy, we are lucky to attract a varied group of campers from different states and different countries who are drawn to Cedar Lodge for a variety of different reasons. They return to Cedar Lodge for two universal reasons; they learn new things and they have fun!

We believe in creating a low-pressured, non-competitive atmosphere where children choose how to spend their day, one day at a time. The Cedar Lodge Staff works hard with the campers of each week to offer a varied, unique program with those campers in mind. Our goal is to not only offer the kinds of programs that our campers want, but to expose them to experiences that they may never have had a chance to have before. Though riding is a scheduled class, the other daily activities change every day giving a exciting blend to each week. Our motto is “We’re flexible”, and we keep that motto in mind all summer long.

Cedar Lodge is small by choice to enable us to better know every camper. Our hope is that by the end of their stay, they feel that they are part of our extended Cedar Lodge camp family. With our unique size we feel better able to evaluate each camper’s special needs.

Our staff stresses the importance of making your own decisions, and with their guidance, carrying through with these decisions to a conclusion. We believe that we are not only here to teach young people, but also to learn from them.

Cedar Lodge’s varied group of campers and staff give us, “The Directors”, a unique feeling toward those we serve. We want all of our campers and staff to feel that Cedar Lodge is their “home away from home”. This has proved itself over and ever through the years, and our campers and staff are always coming home again.

We hope that maybe you will give us a try and join our extended family.