Frequently Asked Questions

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about Higher Ground at Lake Louise. Listed below are several frequently asked questions. If you do not find the answer you are looking for, email hello@hgatll.com or, if the question is in regards to registration, registrar@hgatll.com

Camp Operations

How do I contact my child while he or she is at camp?

In the event of an emergency, call the camp directly at 231-549-2889. Staff are in and out of the office throughout the day. If there is not an immediate answer, leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. If it is not an emergency, we encourage you to connect with your camper via snail mail or to utilize our Email Your Camper form. Campers love to get mail! With younger campers, a phone call from parents may increase feelings of being homesick.

Can my child attend a different camp from the one for the grade he or she is going into?

We feel that campers will get the most out of their camp experience by attending with other campers of the same age. However, we do make exceptions upon request. We understand siblings or friends can be a grade apart but still want to attend the same camp, so we allow campers to attend a camp one grade above or below the grade they will be entering in the fall.

Which camp should my child attend?

Youth camps are segemented by school grade. We suggest that your camper attends the camp designated for the grade that he or she will be going into in the fall.

Is Higher Ground at Lake Louise a particular denominational camp?

In recent years, the camp, under the direction of a Board of Directors, has sought to expand its reach to the wider Christian community as well as the unchurched.  To be sensitive to a broader demographic, we are now known as Higher Ground at Lake Louise. The camp will always have American Baptist roots and connections, but will continue to partner with multiple Christian denominations and organizations to maximize our Kingdom impact.

What time is check in, and what time can I pick my camper up?

Check-in is from 2:00-3:00 pm on the day of arrival. We appreciate your adherence the set time as it gives our Resident Staff flexibility to attend Sunday morning church services. If you arrive early, please take time to look around the camp and enjoy the view. We will start registration promptly at 2:00 pm.

Pick-up is at 11:00 am on the day of departure. Brunch is available at 10:00 am for campers and parents with a closing program for the week starting immediately following brunch. We encourage parents and friends to attend the closing program. We ask that parents arrive on time for pick-up. A prompt depature allows our staff to get the camp clean and ready for the next week’s campers.

Please note: You must show your photo ID and sign your camper out at the time of check-out before we can release your camper(s) to you.


Is financial assistance available?

Yes. We have funds set aside for camper scholarships that can be applied for. Please visit our Scholarships Page for more information and the scholarship application.

Are there refunds if my child is unable to attend camp?

The $50 deposit due when you register is non-refundable, however anything above the $50 non-refundable deposit (including camp store deposits) will be refunded to you if your child is unable to attend camp.


Are there lifeguards on duty when the campers are swimming?

Yes.  We hire multiple summer staff who are Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certified and campers are not allowed on the waterfront unless at least one certified lifeguard is present.  Per Michigan licensure, in a given swim area the swimmer to lifeguard ratio will never exceed 25:1, however at Higher Ground at Lake Louise that ratio is often closer to 15:1 and additionally includes adults present as aquatic observers.  The swim area has clear water and the ground can be seen at the swim area’s maximum depth of 12 feet.

What if my child has food allergies or other special dietary needs?

Your child is definitely not alone.  We can accommodate for a variety of food allergies and dietary needs.  Please indicate those needs/restrictions on your child’s registration form, and we will also have our Head Cook at check-in on the first day of camp to discuss alternative food options for your child.

Who is responsible for watching over my child while he or she is at camp?

We have a team of permanent summer staff who work in the operational areas of the camp (kitchen, maintenance, lifeguarding, etc.).  Additionally, each week there is a team of volunteers who come, serve and work directly with the campers as cabin leaders.  All staff, whether permanent or volunteer, are trained to put the safety of the campers as their number one priority.  Anyone working or volunteering on the camp grounds must also pass criminal background checks as well as submit three personal character references.  We take the responsibility of ensuring your child’s safety very seriously.

Are there trained medical personnel on site during camp?

Yes. We have multiple staff on site that are CPR and First Aid certified.  We also have a Health Officer on site at all times with advanced certifications which meet the state of Michigan requirements to be a Camp Health Officer.  In addition to first aid, the Health Officer distributes daily medications to children and cabin leaders so no medications are ever kept unlocked in cabins.

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