Hospitality

To us, “hospitality” means providing life-changing experiences through the thoughtful design, creation, and implementation of the reception of our guests. Your reception is always friendly and generous and is always in the best interest of our community and environment.
We create intentional menus that are culturally fitting for our guests and campers, and our menus focus on equitable, inclusive, accessible options. That means many of the menu selections are allergen free, can accommodate medical or religious accommodations, and are crafted with a sensitivity to guests who may be in twelve step programs. All of the food that we serve is clearly labeled so that our guests can identify which foods are right for them.

At Pretty Lake Camp, no one experiences hunger, and we always provide enough food for our extremely active days. For our campers, we are committed to serving the healthiest versions of the foods that kids want and we let them know that there is more food if they need it.

Because we recognize that our society has huge wealth and income inequities, we work creatively and collaboratively with clients and guests to create events and retreats that fit their budget. We also use our purchasing power in ways that support economic justice by supporting BIPOC vendors and contractors whenever possible.

In an effort to reduce our impact on the environment, we are constantly researching new ways to reduce our food waste, to move away from the use of plastics, to use compostable goods whenever possible, and provide robust vegetarian and vegan options.

Retreat & Conference Rentals

Enjoy your next meeting, retreat, or conference in a relaxed, natural setting.  Consider Pretty Lake as a venue for life’s special events such as birthdays, graduation, showers, weddings, holidays, and family reunions.  When Summer Camp is not in session, Pretty Lake Camp provides a beautiful setting for your retreat or conference needs – large or small. Your group can enjoy a variety of activities in the peaceful surroundings and natural beauty of Pretty Lake.

A beautiful place to retreat

Powell Deck

We are located on over 250 acres of nature just a few miles southwest of Kalamazoo. Overnight guests will find a variety of lodging suited to their needs, from all-season cabins to our cozy Retreat Centre. Our food service will enhance your retreat experience by allowing you to relax and focus on your event.

Our entire camp has the capacity to host a group of approximately 225 people. We have a wide range of facilities including our Retreat Centre, conference rooms, winterized cabins, dining hall, and a private outpost lodge.

Retreat Center Great Room Wide View

You can also arrange group programming provided by the Adventure Centre that provides team-building activities that inspire, motivate, and challenge our client groups to greater achievement through the building of trust, improved communication, and a sense of collaboration.

All of the revenue generated from our rentals goes directly into supporting our mission and vision to provide life-changing experiences through free summer camp and experiential learning in order to build stronger communities and a more just, inclusive, and compassionate world. Click here to view our pricing guide or contact us by calling (269) 375-1950 or fill out the form below.

All meals are served buffet style unless otherwise noted and are priced per guest.  Foodservice at Pretty Lake is available for groups of 15 or more. We welcome and encourage accommodation requests. Allergen Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian menu item alternatives are available for all menu selections. Please discuss any and all dietary accommodation needs with us prior to the finalization of your event contract.  Click Here for our Food & Beverage Dining Menu.

Dining Hall Interior

For more information

Our friendly, helpful staff is ready to assist you in planning your conference or retreat. Weekends typically fill up fast! Contact us at (269) 375-1950 or fill out the form below to discuss all your event needs!

The Michigan Career Development Model strongly recommends outdoor educational experiences during the school year.

Our educational department can bring your lessons to life through experiential learning programs that cultivate students’ sense of confidence so they can thrive. We invite students to expand their comfort levels by providing opportunities to identify physical, social, and emotional challenges that may block personal achievement. We invite them to reflect on their experiences, take healthy risks, and build knowledge in collaboration with their peers. We encourage self-discovery and social awareness in order to build the foundation for success as part of a healthy community in a diverse society.

 

Our Framework

We follow the Experiential Learning Approach, which refers to the process in which students engage in hands-on activities and reflect on their experiences.  Learning is considered experiential when the following four elements are present:

  • Experience: A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes.
  • Reflection: The critical analysis and synthesis of the experience.
  • Thinking: The opportunities to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically.
  • Action: The opportunities to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results.

This process allows students to connect knowledge with actions and results, and further make adjustments for continuous growth.

Our programs are specially designed to support students’ social and emotional learning.

Participants

  • Elementary, middle, and high school students
  • Sport teams
  • Teachers and school staff

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Map & Directions

Where is Pretty Lake Camp located?

Pretty Lake Camp is located just ten minutes from Kalamazoo (southwest of the I-94/US-131 interchange) on Q Avenue in Texas Township.

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