Join us this summer for an amazing adventure!

Oregon Pilgrimage - Pacific Northwest

Current 11th-12th graders

June 8-17

Cost:  $1,100 or $550 w/banquet participation + $ for food (deposit:  $50; 1st payment of $525 or $250 by 3/25; final payment of $525 or $250 by 5/21)

“Boot camp for the soul”—that’s what some have called it.  If you have ever really hoped to connect with God but struggled because of all of the "stuff" of normal life, then this trip is for you.  Does the thought of climbing a volcanic mountain, hiking back into a lava cave, or standing on the edge of a cliff looking down on the blue Pacific Ocean get your blood pumping?  Tent-camping in rugged outdoor locations, group activities, quiet times, meaningful conversations, and campfire talks are all things that we hope will be transformational as God speaks into your hearts and minds.  This trip is a long-term investment in life!  There is an application process for this trip.   Applications for this trip are due by Sunday, February 4.  Priority will be given to students actively engaged in CMC ministry.

Capacity:  12 students, 4 adults     


Camp Sunshine

Camp Blodgett, West Olive
 July 30-August 2 or August 3-6

Camp Henry, Newaygo
July 1-4 or July 5-8

(for 16-year-old males & 17-year-old females & older)

No Cost!

How about serving as a counselor at Camp Sunshine for an awesome opportunity to impact a camper’s life? You will be paired up with one camper for the entire three-night, four-day session.

Camp Sunshine offers people ages 12 – 50 with mild to moderate cognitive impairments the opportunity to attend summer camp in a safe, caring, and inclusive environment. Through positive words and actions, the camp provides an atmosphere that honors all people with total acceptance and unconditional love.

It is an amazing, transformational experience and one that has changed the lives of many CMC members and students! Talk to Caleb Nykamp for more information and/or for a reference on the counselor application form. Caleb and Rita Nykamp will be at the July 1-4 session at Camp Henry if you’d like to join them!

Apply online at: http://campsunshine.info/counselors/


West Virginia Experience - Mount Hope, WV

Current 7th graders

June 17-21

Cost:  $600 or $300 w/banquet participation (Deposit:  $50; 1st payment of $275 or $125 by 3/25; final payment of $275 or $125 by 6/3)

Are you ready to dive into community, faith, and life?  Do you like adventure?  If “yes,” then prepare yourself for a week of having fun with friends as you raft down some of the world’s greatest whitewater river rapids!  This trip will challenge you spiritually, emotionally, and physically as you are immersed in the stunning beauty of the New River Gorge National Park located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.  You won’t want to miss out on this adventure of a lifetime!

Capacity:  25 students, 10 adults     


Nashville with CSM* - Nashville, TN

Current 8th-12th graders

June 24-29

Cost:  $700 or $350 w/banquet participation (deposit:  $50; 1st payment of $325 or $150 by 3/25; final payment of $325 or $150 by 6/3)

Although Nashville is most well known as home to America’s country music industry, there is a contrasting side.  Many of its folks are living off minimum wage in a city requiring twice that income to survive.  From CSM’s host site, Eastland Baptist Church, groups of students and leaders will go out daily to assist with summer day camp programming for children and youth from low-income neighborhoods, pass out water and hygiene bags to the homeless, help with distributing food at Loaves and Fishes, and more.  The evenings will include a devotional time, worship, and reflection on the day’s activities!

 *Center for Student Missions (CSM), a non-profit inter-denominational Christian mission organization that focuses on building bridges from the suburbs to the urban centers in the US.  Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, its focus has been to give youth groups and churches a life-changing, eye-opening, and faith-building mission experience for youth. For more info, go to www.csm.org.

Capacity:  65 students, 25 adults     


Waltman Lake - Pierson, MI

Current 5th-6th graders

July 18-20

Cost:  $60

The Waltman trip is our well-loved introductory experience to youth ministry at CMC. Come for two nights and three days filled with exciting camp activities such as hiking, canoeing, Capture the Flag, swimming, and more! We will also spend time each day singing songs and having meaningful conversations around the campfire with our awesome high school students and adult leaders.

Capacity:  60 students, 20 adults


July 20-22 (for families)

Cost:  $25 per person ($100 maximum per family)

If you love camping, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy this beautiful setting with your family and the company of others. Housing options: cabins, RV hookups, and bunkhouses

Capacity:  100                                            

Registration Deadline (for both options):  Monday, July 2

Use this link on for registering family members for Waltman Lake Family Camp :  FAMILY CAMP REGISTRATION



As a participant in CMC’s summer youth opportunities, you as parent and student(s) are expected to fulfill the following requirements:


  • registration form online (www.cmcholland.org/youth) or hard copy
  • deposit + payments
  • health/liability forms as required by CMC and/or location

Youth Banquet Participation
For all trips except Waltman Lake, you and your family are requested to participate in the youth banquet on Monday, April 23, 6:30 PM, at Christ Memorial Church which will allow you to pay half the cost of the trip. 

Details are:

  • Parent(s): host a table for eight adults—number includes host parent(s); no children, please.
  • Students: set-up, serving, clean-up.  They will receive serving instructions on Sunday, April 22, 10:00-10:30 AM, in the youth center, and are expected to serve at the banquet on Monday from 5-9 PM.


*Please note that if you choose not to participate in the banquet, you will then be responsible for the higher cost for the trip.



The $50 deposit and/or trip payments may be made electronically at www.cmcholland.org.  Click on the “Give” tab; then “Give Now;” then “Quick Give.”  No spot will be held without the deposit.



Sunday,  February 25 (except for Waltman Lake Camps and that deadline is Sunday, July 1)



Once a trip is at “full” capacity, a waiting list will be created. 
Priority will be given to older students or those actively engaged in the ministries of Christ Memorial Church. 



Limited scholarship money is available for students with financial needs.   E-mail dorisvk@christmemorial.org for the detailed application.



Contact Doris Van Kooten,
Administrative Assistant, Christ Memorial Church Youth Dept.

616.796.3342       E-mail:  dorisvk@christmemorial.org 



No registration will be accepted without deposit/payment.

Once you have completed THIS form, you will be sent an email confirmation from

Christ Memorial with the online link to pay for your trip.




In checking YES, I AGREE on this document, I hereby certify that the ALL of the enclosed information is correct. In the event that I cannot be reached, I hereby give permission to the physician selected by the CMC staff to obtain proper medical diagnosis, hospitalize, secure proper treatment for and to order injection, anesthesia or surgery for my child as named above.

I also acknowledge I have read, understand and accept the terms listed below:


The PARTICIPANT, their PARENTS, GUARDIANS, HEIRS, ASSIGNS and REPRESENTATIVES hereby release Christ Memorial Reformed Church, its staff members, volunteers, agents and representatives of any and all liability for any loss, injury, or property damage which may be the result of any aspect of any mission trip, retreat, event, excursion or regular programming/classes including transportation to/from these activities. The Participant may participate in activities as mentioned above located both on and off CMC property for the duration of this release. The Participant and the Participant's Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) understand, acknowledge and accept that there are inherent risks, both known and unknown, in travel and in the activities in which the participant will engage in during mission trip, retreat, event, excursion or regular programming/classes.

The Participant and the Participant's Parent(s) and/or Guardians also understand and acknowledge that individual Participants are not covered under any policy of insurance held by Christ Memorial Reformed Church and that Participants must provide any and all insurance coverage for themselves, including, but not limited to health, life and liability insurance.

Photographs or videos may be taken during the experience of the mission trip, retreat, event, excursion, or regular programming/classes you or your child will be participating in. By signing this form, you are authorizing Christ Memorial Church to use those videos and/or photographs in any manner deemed appropriate by Christ Memorial Church, including, but not limited to use in promotional materials or church services.

This release is valid from December 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.


Household / Adult Primary Contact

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