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Camp Balsams

A Place Apart

Camp Balsams is a church-owned camp in the northwoods of Wisconsin.  It is a place set apart for rest and renewal, for enjoying fellowship andlake bass
the grandeur of God’s creation.  It is a place for families and groups to gather and renew their bonds and for individuals to renew their spirits.  It is truly our “Jewel of the Northwoods”!

The six-acre property was given to MCC in the 1950s by the Chase family, members of the church, who had formerly operated the camp as a resort beginning in the 1920’s.  It is at the northeast end of Bass Lake, six miles east of Eagle River.

There are six cabins on the property.  Three cabins are along the lakeshore with two, three, and four bedrooms, respectively.  There is a one-bedroom cabin (the “honeymoon” cabin) located a short distance from the lake.  Charlie’s Cabin is a year-round cabin built in 2015. It’s a short distance from the lake with a great room with a gas fireplace, a screen porch, one handicapped accessible Balsams613 008bathroom on the main floor, a second bathroom with a full bathtub downstairs and a fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher.  There are two main floor bedrooms with queen beds (one has air-conditioning) and one bedroom with twin beds.  In the lower level there are two partially finished but usable bedrooms with twin beds.  The sixth cabin is used for storage.

Charlie’s Cabin can be used for retreats by MCCUCC groups free of charge during the fall, winter and spring.

 

The Lake

TripNorth912 033Bass Lake is a 266-acre spring-fed lake.  It is used for fishing and boating by the lake residents and their guests.  Northern pike, musky, bass, and panfish, can be found in the lake.  There is much wildlife in the area, with regular sightings of loons, ducks, eagles, and deer.  Every now and then, a bear is seen as well!

Canoes, paddle boats, kayaks and row boats are available for use by camp users.  Boat motors may be rented in the area.  There is a swimming area with a swimming raft.

 

 

 

 

The Cabins

Balsams613 006The four rental cabins built in the 1920’s, though rustic, are fully furnished.  Each cabin has its own indoor bathroom and shower.  The kitchens are fully supplied with dishes, pots and pans, utensils, a gas range, refrigerator, microwave, and small appliances.  Each cabin also has a fireplace and gas heater for cool nights.  Two cabins have screen porches for warm evenings. Rentals range between $225-$450/week. These summer only cabins are available May 30 – October 5. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit due at registration.

Charlie’s Cabin, built in 2015, offers a year-round handicapped accessible retreat experience. The BalsamsCharlie's116 007 (1)cabin has three bedrooms on the main floor (one with air-conditioning) and two partially finished but usable bedrooms in the basement, central heating, a gas fireplace, a three season screened in porch, and a fully equipped modern kitchen. Rental is $100 a day or $700 a week. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit due at registration.

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Charlie’s Cabin can be used for retreats by MCCUCC groups free of charge during the fall, winter and spring.

There are no telephones or televisions in the cabins.  Most people are able to get a cell phone signal.  Each cabin has a radio.

There is a fire pit for the common use of Balsams users.  There are nightly vespers services at the fire pit.  Vespers booklets are provided in each cabin.

 

Your Week at the Balsams

Sign-up for the summer season begins in February or March with a lottery sign-up after Sunday worship. The 2017 summer sign-up schedule is shown below.

The rental week begins and ends at noon on Sunday.  Cabin users should bring their own bedding, towels, food, and personal items.  The cabins are stocked with cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, and kitchen towels.  Any of these items that are used should be laundered or replaced.  Cabin renters are expected to leave the cabins clean at the end of their rental week.  Rents are reasonable and depend on the size of the cabin.

In addition to the rent, camp users are asked to provide “sweat equity” in the form of painting, repair, and maintenance of the camp.  In lieu of “sweat equity,” camp users may purchase items on the “wish list” inside each cabin.

Eagle River is a short distance to the west, providing quick access to groceries, laundry, shopping, HouseEngageBalsams510 035movies, and other amusements.  The Nicolet National Forest is a short distance to the east with a wide variety of activities for day use.

 

Summer 2017 Sign-up

Summer cabin reservations happen through a lottery system, held during coffee hour. Each member household will draw a number, and they may reserve one full week once their number is called.  This initial sign up is in person. All reservations require a $50 non-refundable deposit.

 

It is the intention of the Camp Balsams Committee that the camp be accessible to all members.

If the rates present a hardship, please contact Pastor Jim or Camp Chair Dave Drapcho–(608)556-5510 or ddrapcho@charter.net  

 

Members who need to rent Charlie’s cabin for reasons of handicap accessibility, or for medical reasons need a bedroom with an air-conditioner, may reserve one week prior to the lottery, by contacting Dave Drapcho.  

 

Feb. 18 – 25:  Church members with a medical or accessibility need as stated above, may rent Charlie’s cabin.  Contact David Drapcho:  ddrapcho@charter.net, or (608) 556-5510.

Feb. 26: Summer Reservation Lottery: Church Members may reserve any one cabin for one week.

*Feb. 27 – March 12: Church members who missed the lottery may reserve one week.

*March 13– March 26: Church members may reserve one cabin for one additional week.

*March 27: Church members may reserve any cabin for any additional weeks.

*April 24: Church members may reserve any cabin for individual days.

 

*Reserve cabin by calling or visiting MCCUCC office: (608) 831-4694

 

For information about rentals, contact the church office mccucc@middletonucc.org or call 608-831-4694.

Weekly Schedule

Sunday Worship 9:30am

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Sunday School 9:45am

Sunday Coffee & Cookies Fellowship 10:30am

Church Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-Noon

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See our 2016 Annual Report

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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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