Schools

No distractions. Just interactions.

Outdoor Education & Retreats

CRISTA Camps offers an experience that brings your classroom to the great outdoors. Equipped to lead Outdoor Education retreats or host your school retreat with the utmost hospitality and service, CRISTA Camps at Island Lake and Miracle Ranch is ready to give your students a “beyond the classroom” experience they’ll never forget.

A school retreat at CRISTA Camps brings:

  • Hands-on learning surrounded by fresh air and pines
  • Engagement with camp staff whose mission is to serve your group with kindness and expertise
  • Indoor and outdoor meeting spaces to bring your students together
  • A unique way to interact with your students away from the distractions of technology and everyday life

Outdoor Education

Our Outdoor Education programs for grades 3–8 allows your students to organically engage with the environmental sciences. Our Outdoor Education staff provides engaging, hands-on classes in the following areas:

  • Animal Science
  • Owl Pellets
  • Survival I
  • Forestry
  • Archery
  • Survival II
  • Wetland Studies
  • Boating
  • Bouldering
  • Orienteering
  • Pond Study
  • Fishing

School Retreats

Bring your own program to one of our two properties at Island Lake or Miracle Ranch. Our staff is here to tailor your needs so that your program comes to life seamlessly. Your job is to teach, the students’ to learn, and ours to serve. Inquire here or call 877.974.8378 to talk with our staff about creating your custom school retreat.

Retreat Packages

Mix n’ Match

Run your best programs while we take care of the details. Includes:

  • Daily itinerary
  • Lodging
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Rec games run by staff
  • Daily meals
  • Adventure Activities (additional cost per person)

The Basic

This is for the group looking for a place to rest their head at night and spacious places to gather for speakers and meals. Includes:

  • Daily itinerary
  • Lodging
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Rec games run by staff
  • Daily meals
  • Adventure Activities (additional cost per person)

Custom Built

Want to custom build your ideal retreat? Take bits and pieces from what you see above to create a weekend perfectly suited to your group.

Give us a call at 877-974-8378 or contact us here, and we’ll help you create your custom package.

Activities

Camp Should Be an Adventure!

Retreats at Island Lake and Miracle Ranch are alive with adventure! Choose one or all of our summer programs below to experience fun, adventure and new friendships. See you at camp!

Meeting Rooms

CRISTA Camps has a variety of meeting rooms to fit your needs.

Our large and small spaces provide the perfect setting for gathering in one central location. Various meeting rooms at each property can host large or small groups, bands, banquets, and even hold productions. Each meeting room has the versatility to bring your group comfortably together.

From devotional times to campfire gatherings, CRISTA Camps has what you’re looking for. See our offerings below.

Lodging

If you prefer the simple mountain life, our rustic cabins offer the perfect setting. Rest up in a cozy environment before getting outside to enjoy our various activities.

Food

CRISTA Camps at Island Lake and Miracle Ranch prides itself on creating a dining experience that not only brings friends and family together around the table, but puts a homecooked, chef-created meal in front of you. Our chefs guarantee a meal you can gather around to talk, laugh and simply enjoy.

Sample Menus

Friday Dinner

Penne Pasta: Soft penne pasta with a delicious marinara sauce and meatballs. Served with freshly tossed Caesar salad and our own crusty French or garlic bread. Warm triple chocolate brownie for dessert.

Saturday Breakfast

Flap Jacks: Our delicious pancakes served with real butter and warm maple syrup, oven-baked sausage links and sliced peaches. An old-fashioned oatmeal bar is also provided. Served with milk, coffee and tea.

Saturday Lunch

Chicken Fajitas: Chicken grilled with fresh bell peppers, onions and a hint of lime. Served with freshly diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sliced black olives, guacamole, sour cream and shredded cheese. Warm flour tortillas, corn tacos and tri-colored chips with salsa accompany this meal, and a warm churro tops it off as dessert.

Saturday Dinner

Pork Tenderloin: Served with white rice, seasoned steamed vegetables, corn bread, butter and honey. Our homemade lemon bars complete this hearty meal.

Sunday Breakfast

Scrambled Eggs: Fluffy scrambled eggs, seasoned hash browns, bacon, butter flake biscuits with peppered gravy, raspberry jam and fresh fruit. Served with orange juice, coffee and tea.

* We also offer special dietary options upon request.

** 24-hour coffee and beverage service available for all groups

We’d Love to Show You Around the Place

CRISTA Camps have a lot to offer, and we’re delighted to show them off! To schedule a tour, contact Erik Henrikson at ehenrikson@cristacamps.com or 877.974.8378. We think the beautiful settings, the incredible amenities, and our caring staff will leave you feeling like you’ve found a new home away from home.

If you’d like to discuss booking and event details, please complete the inquiry form and we’ll contact you shortly.