Escape Your World of Distractions. . .
Come Home to the Brethren Retreat at Shipshewana Lake!

since 1920
We seek to extend the Kingdom of God by utilizing the outdoor setting
to provide encounters with Jesus Christ and foster healthy relationships


April.jpgThat is exactly how our guests feel when they enter into our cheerful hospitality and peaceful outdoor setting. The Brethren Retreat at Shipshewana Lake offers camps, retreats, and events which promote the teachings of Jesus Christ. We promote Bible study, prayer, and community with Christ-followers as the focus for achieving our mission. We invite you to experience this valuable and distinctive Christian camping ministry located in beautiful Shipshewana, Indiana. We specialize in Christian hospitality for families, churches, and special interest groups. The Brethren Retreat has been in operation since 1920 and a member of the Christian Camp and Conference Association since 1973.

Are you seeking to develop spiritual growth in a special community? Do you desire to create distinctive moments that will stand out from other memories? Then come home to the Brethren Retreat at Shipshewana Lake. Allow us to serve you with pleasant staff, clean facilities, and hearty meals in a wholesome Christian atmosphere. An event hosted by the Brethren Retreat at Shipshewana Lake will help build relationships and refresh spirits for your church or family event. Take a casual look around. Big or small, we offer many opportunities to complement your objectives to provide Bible teaching, prayerful reflection, and foster healty relationships through our comfortable facility and peaceful outdoor setting.

Please let us know how we can help you with planning your next retreat, event, camp, or family outing.


Looking for a quality time of relationship buildling, prayerful reflection, or undistracted bible study?
Enjoy a stay in our cozy, affordable cottages with your family or a special group of friends. 
Contact us to book your next visit to Shipshewana in a cozy cottage:
  Coming soon: Lakeview

Also visit to assist in planning your travels to Shipshewana, Indiana.


SEPTEMBER 4th - 7th:  51st Annual Labor Day Weekend Family Camp

Family Camp Registration Form

Family Camp Schedule

SEPTEMBER 7th:  95th Anniversary "An EPIC Adventure"

EVENT PROMOTIONAL INFORMATION: Come celebrate with us on Labor Day. We are offering a Hog Roast, Concert, Entertainmetn, Activities and Games. THis event only happens every five years. Do not miss this one!

SEPTEMBER 12th:   22nd Annual Fall Golf Scramble @ McCormick Creek Golf Club, Nappanee, IN. Our Grandest Fund & Friend Raising event of the year. Join over 70 golfers & many sponsors as we have fun on the links supporting this Valuable & Distictintive outdoor ministry efforts to impact youth, refresh adutls, and reconnect families.  Registration Form

THE  POWER  OF  CAMP!   Click here for a fun filled & informative two minute video. Visit for more information on why youth need a positive summer experience to renrich their lives. Please consider Camp Shipshewana as the place for your loved ones to enrich their life this summer.

BECAUSE OF CAMP - What will your child say about camp? Enjoy this forty-eigth second video listing numberous impacts that camp has had on people's lives. Do you have a something to share about your Camp Shipshewna experience?

Young @ Heart: September 14 - 17! Brochure HERE


C.I.T. Camp 

Taking  2015  Applications

Counselor-in-Training (C.I.T.) Camp instructs youth in valuable Servant Leadership characteristics.  C.I.T. Camp is a 21-point program featuring devotions, Bible lessons, team-building activities, and support-staff experiences.

C.I.T. Application      Reference Form

Opportunity for LaGrange County Families to Attend Camp for FREE!



Completed September 20, 2011.
The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is a 16.2-mile biking/hiking trail that connects Shipshewana,
Middlebury, and Goshen. This Rails2Trails project bisects the Brethren Retreat across more than 1,000 feet.

Some GPS devices direct to an incorrect address. Please enter "9095 W 280 N" to locate us with GPS devices. Our physical location is at the intersection of W 275 N  and N 915 W.
Our GPS coordinates are: N 41' 40.791 W 085' 36.173

As of November 9, 2010: Internet sites have corrected the directional errors for the Brethren Retreat. In time, GPS devices will be updated to provide the corrected info as well. Currently you will be placed at the intersection of 275 N & 675 W (2.25 miles directly east). Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Contact us at the number below if you have any questions.

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Get Involved this Summer at The Brethren Retreat!

2015 Registration Booklet -here

2015 Camp Shipshewana - Schedule & Theme

Summer Staff Applications - click here

2015 Camp registration forms - here


Young @ Heart: September 14th - 17th brochure HERE