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Walther League Camp – Camp Arcadia
Photograph of a two-story frame building with casual decorations and a garden in front
The Wigwam in 2018
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Location in Michigan
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Location in the United States
Location 3046 Oak Street,
Arcadia Township, Manistee County, Michigan
NRHP reference No. 100000884
Added to NRHP April 17, 2017

Camp Arcadia is a Lutheran camp, owned and operated by the Lutheran Camp Association. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the small town of Arcadia, Michigan, Camp Arcadia has been in continuous operation since its opening in 1922.


Camp Arcadia is located in Arcadia Township in Manistee County, Michigan. The main access road is M-22.


Camp Arcadia opened in 1922 under the direction of the Walther League, the young adult group of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. From its opening until his death in 1963, William "Chief" Wieherman ran the camp along with his wife Hildegard, affectionately known as "Mom". When the Walther League ceased operations in 1968. the future of the camp was uncertain, until a group of dedicated campers formed the Lutheran Camp Association and bought all 110 acres (0.45 km2) of the camp. The LCA, a non-profit corporation, has operated the camp ever since. The camp was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.


Camp Arcadia continues to run under the direction of the LCA. The current president is Stan Scheumann. Each summer, 39 college-age adults live and work at the camp. These employees cook, clean, and run the programs for the campers. In addition to the summer staff, Camp Arcadia employs the following year-round management team: executive director (Chip May), food service director (Andrew Hillary), office manager (Rachel Catanese), program director (Jess McCallum), caretakers (Franco Marano and Joe Frederick), and operations director (Leah Sallach). The archives manager is Ryan McKenna.

The camp opens on Memorial Day weekend. During this event, campers are invited to stay for free, provided they help in getting the property ready for the summer. After a week to train the summer staff, the camp begins its summer retreats, most of which are family weeks. After Labor Day weekend, the camp generally runs retreats through October, when it is then closed for winter.


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