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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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Upcoming Events

Maple Syrup Weekend

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 3:00 pm

MAPLE SYRUP WEEKEND! With a little help from mother nature, the sweet smell of boiling sap will fill the air this weekend here at Circle Pines Center. Please come join us for a weekend in the sugar bush when the forest transforms into this agricultural opus. Learn about maple sugaring, learn how to ...

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Equitable Pioneers Co-op Weekend

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - March 17 @ 2:00 pm

Equitable Pioneers is an informal think tank for hashing out cooperative endeavors. This is a great group of cooperative minds with whom to bounce ideas around. Take this weekend to get away from it all to connect with nature’s winter wonderland and other co-op friends from near and far. Bring...

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Workbee and Weekend Retreat

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - April 21 @ 3:00 pm

Open to all, workbees cost participants nothing but labor. Worker bees are welcome to arrive Friday evening and we start work Saturday morning after breakfast. We work both morning and afternoon on Saturday and again Sunday morning. Friday & Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon are free time. ...

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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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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.

  • If you didn't know, #ThemeDay is a thing at #summercamp. Counselors pick a theme and create a day of activity and discussion. During protest day campers joined a topic they were interested in, debated it, and then took a side. Then we had a campwide demonstration to see what it feels like to #beradical  #cpcsummercamp #changeyourselfchangetheworld
  • #Quidditch anyone? #Summercamp2019
  • #SummerCamp 
Tell your friends.
  • Choose your own rate! One more room available for up to 3 people this weekend! #getouttocpc sign up.
  • I made a list of all the words that I think of when I think of summer camp at Circle Pines. Jokes. Nonsense. Stories. Ideas. Field Games. Laughing. Work. Togetherness. Individuality. Play. Art. Swimming. Dance Party. Sharing Night. Adventure. Friendship. Cooperation. Did I miss any?
  • Buttermilk has ig!?! @buttermilk.jamboree (Band announcements are there waiting for you)
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#chicagoholidayparty #paulcollins #danceparty #internationalfolkdance
  • #earlyfarmhouse #cedarshakes
  • Shoveling the roof so the ice dams don't back up into the kitchen and I found something I hadn't seen before today. #myfootkeptsinkinginthesnow #quietdayasidefromwindandmachinery #earlyfarmhouse
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