Since 1922, Camp Arcadia has served families and individuals, offering unique “vacations with God” along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Inspired by a Ludington-based Methodist Episcopal Camp, “Epworth Heights”, Camp Arcadia came into being through a generous gift of land from the Henry Starke family, the town of Arcadia’s lumber baron and a dedicated Lutheran.
Inaugurated by the Walther League (the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s national youth organization) as a “young persons training camp”, Arcadia quickly broadened its embrace to people of all ages. Its three original buildings (the Assembly, Inn, and Wigwam) were constructed by local builder Leo Tondu and his sons. The buildings remain today, a testimony to Leo’s talent and the sturdy old-growth wood harvested from the ground which they inhabit.
Today the camp is run by the Lutheran Camp Association (LCA) and has been since 1969.