Camp Au Sable's Story

About Us

The year was 1947. The place was a hotel in Saginaw, Michigan. The date was December 3. It took only a stroke of a pen and a check for $30,000 and 840 acres of woods with a 100 acre private lake belonged to the Michigan Conference of SDA. It was there that the story of what we call Camp Au Sable began.

Camp Au Sable

HIstory

  • 1948 – The dining hall and two cabins were constructed
  • 1949 – First camps at Au Sable:
    • July 31- August 7 – First boy’s camp
    • August 7 – 14 Second boy’s camp
    • August 14- 21 – First girl’s camp (almost everyone stayed in tents)
  • 1951 – Medical building and three more double cabins
  • 1953 – Staff building and Chapel in The Woods
  • 1954 – Craft building erected
  • 1955 – First permanent caretaker moved onto camp property
  • 1957 – First wilderness camp and winter camp
  • 1965 – Forest fire which destroyed only about 2 acres
  • 1966 – Cedar village built and first year both boys and girls had camp at the same time.
  • 1970 – New shop built
  • 1971 – A busy year when the barn was built and the horse area was established
    • Fort Shellenbarger completed – Mission Village cabin built across the lake. First wedding performed at Chapel in the Woods – Athletic shed built Saw mill constructed – Camp Director’s cabin erected
  • 1973 – Nature Center opened
  • 1975 – Cedar Lodge built
  • 1977 – New entrance sign over road
  • 1978 – New home built for camp manager
  • 1979 – Parking lot and part of road paved
  • 1980 – New road built from entrance on M-72
  • 1981 – Entrance sign moved to M-72 entrance – road paved from highway to dining hall
  • 1982 – 1986 Mini-Mac bridge built – barn enlarged and horse shed constructed
  • 1987 – Nature Center enlarged and new modern rest rooms built
  • 1991 – Updated tack shed with classroom for teaching horsemanship
  • 1993 – Forest Lodge built
  • 1994 – Auditorium completed
  • 1997 – Car Insurance at Diggy Go Cart track finished
  • 2001 – Astronomy Observatory
  • 2002 – Fort rebuilt with treated poles
  • 2003 – RV Park built
  • 2008 – Store remodeled and expanded
  • 2009 – New docks for swimming area
  • 2009 – New kitchen

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COVID-19 Update

February 9, 2021

Presently, the staff are busy making plans for the 2021 summer camp season to go forward as scheduled. We have been busy making plans and adjustments to minimize the risk to keep our campers safe under the current pandemic. That being said, we are regularly monitoring and evaluating the current COVID-19 situation with the state of Michigan and the Michigan Conference administration.

Camp Au Sable has been dedicated to God, and we have placed our trust in His divine care and providence.