Through the rich history of the Anabaptist faith tradition, Spruce Lake Retreat has encouraged persons from a variety of traditions to a deeper faith in God through Jesus Christ.
Founded in 1963, Spruce Lake’s purpose is to Point People Toward Christ! God’s awesome creation serves alongside attentive staff to create a sanctuary where people feel at peace, cared for, and ready to listen for God.
Spruce Lake’s purpose is expressed through five core ministries: Retreat programs for families and individuals; plan-your-own group retreats, outdoor education for Christian schools and homeschoolers, summer camp, and day camp.
A body of individuals collectively called Franconia Mennonite Camp Association, Inc. is the supportive foundation for Spruce Lake. These persons have paid a one-time membership that is placed into an endowment that continues to benefit Spruce Lake guests and staff. Anyone who believes in the life-transforming ministry of Spruce Lake and its foundational beliefs may become an Association member.
Spruce Lake is a member of Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) and Mennonite Camping Association (MCA). The summer Wilderness Camp program is accredited by American Camping Association (ACA).
Underlying Spruce Lake Retreat is the foundational belief that the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are central to our lives. As the complete revelation of who God is, Jesus becomes for us the Holy Light which guides our thoughts and actions. He is the Creator, Savior, Lord and Sustainer of our lives, declared to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead. Click here for our Statement of Faith & Core Values.