Friends of Camp Batawagama

Friends of Camp Batawagama


Come join us to sing all our favorite Camp songs! 🎶🌲 🎵
I'm trying to find a Batawagama T-shirt or hat for a gift for a friend who attended camp as a kid, back in the late 80s/early 90s. Can anyone help point me in the right direction?

The vision of Friends of Camp Batawagama is to take an active role in the support of the camp by pro

In 1995, five former campers and friends founded the Friends of Camp BATAWAGAMA. It was their mission to support Camp BATAWAGAMA by volunteering for FOCB (Friends of Camp BATAWAGAMA) activities, providing financial support and helping to preserve the traditional programs and environment at Camp. Each year the Camp Director, Brian Schulze, provides the FOCB with a "Wish List" of items that would be

Operating as usual

2023 Golf Outing 08/18/2023

Looking for a fun way to support Camp Batawagama? We still have team openings for our golf outing next Saturday, August 26!

2023 Golf Outing Annual Golf Outing Iron River Country Club in Iron River, MI Saturday, August 26 Registration: 8:30-9:15 a.m. ​Shotgun Start: 10:00 a.m. ​Theme: Retro Golf

Photos from Friends of Camp Batawagama's post 07/26/2023

Old Folks, Young Folks, everybody in between - we all had an incredible time at our Friends of Camp Batawagama Spaghetti Dinner and Dance! Thank you to everyone who joined us! Your support is so appreciated. We’d like to thank our volunteers who helped make this happen, and thank you to those who aren’t pictured because they were working so hard behind the scenes! Thank you everyone - what an amazing show of support for Camp!


For everyone coming to Saturday's dinner and dance: We will be selling tickets for raffle baskets and a 50/50. You can also pay $20 for dinner song requests! We will have our Square so we can take credit cards for all of these purchases plus camp apparel sales.

See you at camp!!


We still have tickets remaining for this event next weekend! Reserve yours today for your friends and family and join us at camp!

Get your tickets starting June 20 for our summer fundraiser!


Thank you to all the Friends of Camp Batawagama, who have been raising funds for the new boys camper bathroom for the past two years. Here's how it looks!

Photos from Iron County Medical Care Facility's post 06/17/2023

Senior Days returned to camp this week!! ❤️


Get your tickets starting June 20 for our summer fundraiser!

Camp Batawagama - Official Site 01/31/2023

Wednesday is I ❤️ Camp Day - a day to celebrate our love for camp and how it has positively affected our lives.

If you ❤️ Batawagama, please share a camp picture on Social Media tomorrow with “I ❤️ Camp Day” in your caption and a link to the camp website!

Camp Batawagama - Official Site Camp Batawagama is one of the most popular youth camps in Iron County, Michigan. The fun experiences had here last a life time.

Camp Batawagama - Official Site 10/17/2022

Dates for the 2023 Camping Season:

Staff Orientation - June 10 - 13
Senior Days - June 14 - 16
Week 1 - June 18 - 24
Week 2 - June 25 - July 1
Week 3 - July 2 - 8
Week 4 - July 9 - 15
Week 5 - July 16 - 22
Week 6 - July 23 - 29

Registration instructions will be posted here:

Camp Batawagama - Official Site Camp Batawagama is one of the most popular youth camps in Iron County, Michigan. The fun experiences had here last a life time.


FOCB Meeting will be Saturday, Oct. 8th from 9am-Noon in Iron River, Michigan.


Our concert starts at 3:00 p.m. central time today at Friends Hall!


Do you see what I see?


CRYSTAL FALLS — Voters in the county will be asked in November to renew a half-mill levy for funding the Iron County Youth Camp from 2023 through 2026.

The Iron County Board earlier this month authorized placing the .5 mill measure, or 50 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value, on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Camp Batawagama is at 909 Pentoga Trail on Indian Lake, off County Road 424 west of Alpha and east of Gaastra. The camp was established in 1945 by “two Iron County educators who were committed to creating an outdoor education experience for young people; a place they could come to learn camping skills and how to work together all while sharing an appreciation for the wilderness,” according to the Camp Batawagama website.


Campers have returned to the Iron County Youth Camp. The songs, friendships, outdoor adventures, campfires, lifelong lessons, and magical times are back at Indian Lake.

Friends of Camp Batawagama, a non-profit organization continues to work to enhance the infrastructure at camp. You may remember our “Caring for Camp Fundraiser” that began in November 2020 to support the new bathroom building project for the boy campers. As you can imagine, the costs of materials for this bathroom project have increased significantly in the last two years. With construction finishing this month, we are asking you to make a gift to bring this project across the finish line.

This project will have a huge impact on present and future generations of campers. Camp has raised 80% of the funds needed to complete this project and with your help, we are hoping to raise the remaining 20%.

Donations of $250 or more to this phase of the fundraiser will receive a plaque in Friends Hall.

The previous boy camper bathroom will be reused as a staff bathroom facility. The new C-Unit bathroom is being constructed on the site where the old staff bathroom stood.

Please help us continue to preserve the magic of Camp Batawagama.

The Friends of Camp Batawagama Board 2022



We are taking registrations for the Friends of Camp Batawagama 4-Person Golf Scramble. Please share this post with your favorite golfers.

Iron County Youth Camp - Online Payments 04/28/2022

Camp Batawagama is now taking CREDIT CARD/DEBIT CARD AND E-CHECK PAYMENTS. If you have a camper that is attending camp this summer, save some time on drop-off day and get everything paid for AHEAD of time. Follow this link to pay for your camper's registration, camper t-shirt, and/or canteen book.

Iron County Youth Camp - Online Payments Please complete the form below. When finished, click the Continue button and you will be asked to review the information for accuracy before your payment is processed.


The FOCB Board met this past weekend & had a very productive meeting! We are so happy that Camp will be open this summer!

Photos from Friends of Camp Batawagama's post 11/15/2021

update - - "Camp is so very appreciative and thankful for the continued support of DACF and its' most generous donors that donate financially to DACF to benefit organizations like ours and invest in our children! Over the last seven years, Camp has received over $16,000 in grant monies that have allowed us to purchase many items that we normally would not be able to afford such as - many new tents for overnights, a new fleet of ocean kayaks, life jackets, a new fleet of paddle boards, a new swim raft, arts & crafts items, and many other things. These items greatly improve the experience for campers and will continue to benefit campers for many years to come. We are so very grateful for our partnership with DACF, it's staff and most importantly, the donors that continue to invest in our future - our children. We could not provide the experiences that we do without DACF. Thank-you so very much!!"

Even though we have been a little quiet, lots of things have been happening at camp. A huge THANK YOU to Dickinson Area Community Foundation and the Forest Park Student Advisory Board for the 2021 grant which enabled Camp Batawagama to purchase 24 four-man Mountain Smith tents. Campers can assembly these dome tents In under five minutes. These tents come with a lifetime warranty and a waterproof "bathtub" floor. These tents will be a great addition to the camping program In 2022.


#CaringForCamp Batawagama (ICYC), organized by Andrew LaCombe

Friends we need your help sharing our GoFund Me. We were hoping for 1000 donors to donate $25 from Nov. 25 to Dec. 25th. Please share this post and tag some friends and family that share your love of Camp Batawagama. Take a second and think about the magic of summer camp: the songs, outdoor adventures… Andrew LaCombe needs your support for Batawagama (ICYC)


#CaringForCamp Batawagama (ICYC), organized by Andrew LaCombe

We are about one-third of the way to our goal for this fundraiser! Please consider a donation on this 😍 Take a second and think about the magic of summer camp: the songs, outdoor adventures… Andrew LaCombe needs your support for Batawagama (ICYC)


Friends of Camp Batawagama's cover photo


#CaringForCamp Batawagama (ICYC), organized by Andrew LaCombe

: By December 25, we would like 1,000 people to donate $25 to support the construction of a new bathroom building for our boy campers. Read more and donate here! Take a second and think about the magic of summer camp: the songs, outdoor adventures… Andrew LaCombe needs your support for Batawagama (ICYC)


Camp Batawagama just posted more pictures of improvements that happened this summer. Check out for more pictures!



The Dickinson Area Community Foundation and the Forest Park Student Advisory Board awarded a grant to the Friends of Camp Batawagama for the purchase of six Isle paddle boards and twelve REI life jackets.

Twelve REI life jackets arrived at the Youth Camp in February of 2020. Six “Cruiser” paddle boards arrived recently at Batawagama from California on a snowy October morning. The “Cruiser” paddle boards could not be ordered until this fall because the company was temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Brian was able to negotiate a great price for the six boards which included paddles, ankle safety straps, and free shipping from California,. a savings of $550. Camp now has a total of twelve “Cruiser” paddle boards made possible by the Friends of Camp Batawagama .

The “Cruiser” model paddle board is one of Isle’s most popular. It is super durable and weighs only 28 lbs. The board has a full soft deck pad making it a great choice for all skill levels from recreational paddling to surf-board yoga. The “Cruiser” comes equipped with a six- point bungee system for holding gear and lunch for those summer Indian Lake adventures

Thank You! Denise for writing this grant for the Friends. Thank You! Brian for researching and ordering the boards and life jackets for Friends. Thank You! Dickinson Area Community Foundation and Forest Park Student Advisory Board for awarding this grant to the Friends of Camp Batawagama and all future Batawagama Campers.


On November 2, 2020 we received notification that a Grant written by Denise Maloney was awarded to Friends of Camp Batawagama by the John E. Force Forestry Education Fund. This grant will enable us to purchase of 18 REI backpacks. These backpacks had been listed for $150. Brian was able to get them for $59 each. This will be a great addition to Camp’s outdoor camping program. Thank you again to Denise for writing this grant!


Check out Camp Batawagama's website,, to see the descriptions of what work was done this summer at Iron County Youth Camp.


This gave me a good chuckle!!


Do your eyes fool you?


Even though camp was unable to host campers in the summer of 2020, much needed work was done.


This photo reminds me of the time, out at Hunter's Point, staying up all night just watching the Stars, Shooting Stars and telling stories!! Great times!!


Camp Batawagama - Official Site

Please check out for the official word on this summer's programs. Camp Batawagama is one of the most popular youth camps in Iron County, Michigan. The fun experiences had here last a life time.

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Staff men’s choir
Every dance night there is a performance by staff. Pretty amazing.
The new entrance gate at Camp Batawagama was installed in the spring of 2015. This gate has been several years in the ma...



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