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Circle Pines Center

Circle Pines Center teaches peace, social justice, and environmental stewardship through cooperation in work, education, and recreation.

We are a member-based, cooperatively-governed (501(c)3) non-profit.  We co-create a children’s summer camp and year-round retreat center with programs for families, children, and adults, and have facilities which are available for rent (school, faith-based and other groups, retreats, weddings, family reunions, etc.).

Located between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo off the North Country National Scenic Trail,  the center is nearly 300 acres in Southwest Michigan.  Filled with rolling hills, hardwood and pine forests, meadows and frontage on spring-fed Stewart Lake, we have miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, diverse wildlife and an organic garden and orchard.

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Please consider supporting us with a donation.

Upcoming Events

Circle Pines Center 80 Year Reunion

August 17 - August 19

Return to Circle Pines to spend time with friends, eat great food, swim in the lake, sauna and more.  Daily crafts and activities for the young and the young at heart will be held.  Guided yoga, nature hikes, frisbee, and games. Daily Highlights: Friday Jam Session Camp Fire Saturday Field trip to...

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PEOPLE’S INSTITUTE 2018

August 30 @ 2:00 pm - September 3 @ 4:00 pm

An exciting mix of speakers, discussions, demonstrations, and workshops over four days. There will be time to enjoy camp life, and, of course, socializing and laughing with the intellectual stimulation that Circle Pines Center is known for. People’s Institute is being organized through the coopera...

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Buttermilk Jamboree

Buttermilk Jamboree

In our 8th year, our annual music festival attracts families from across the area. All are welcome to celebrate and enjoy our grounds.

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Lodging

Lodging

Our property is the ideal setting for weddings, rustic corporate retreats, family reunions, and community gatherings, with lodging options to house up to 78.

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Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Our program combines elements of a traditional summer camp with cooperative work projects. We teach cooperation as a way of life.

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Volunteer at Circle Pines Center

Please consider volunteering with us at one of our upcoming work days.

All the smiling faces.

  • #cpcsummercamp #nootherhashtagnecessary
  • Staff outing to visit Tom and Kat and Lake Michigan. It was the Summer Camp gardener's, Micah from L.A., first time seeing the lake. It was probably 50 degrees in the water, but he jumped right in. Sasha, our New director is in the foreground with Micah deep. Kitchen assistant, Shannon edges another pic and Kitchen Manager Gerardo is basking last.
  • #mutualaid Talking about #peoplesinstitute #2018 Coming this #LaborDay at #CPC
  • The first director of Circle Pines when it formed in 1938, David Sonquist, wrote some of the words that we still use today alongside some of the questions we still ask. #cooperationasawayoflife #centralstatescooperativeleague
  • #campiscoming #campcounselor #cooperationisamazing #cooperativefunandgamesthatsright #organic #inclusive #liveoutdoorsallsummerlikearockstar #yakovsmirnoffssonworkedhereonceisntthattheperfectreasontoapply
  • The #bmwmotorcycle club came out to #volunteer to clear ahead of their retreat later this year. They cleared the way to reclaim this beautiful old chimney for human use again. #cooperatorsunite #cpc #buttermilkjamboree
  • #campislikehittingtheheartbuttonforreal
  • #summercampdanceparty #goofin #boomintheroom #zoomazoom
  • #jordanhamilton #piesandjams
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