Who We Are

Founded in 1921 as a fresh air camp for less fortunate youths, The Salvation Army's Echo Grove Camp and Retreat Center draws from a rich history of helping kids of all ages experience the best of the outdoors. Located on Lakeville Lake near Oxford in North Oakland County, Echo Grove offers something for everyone. From swimming and boating to nature trails and adventure learning, Echo Grove is the perfect spot to unwind, refocus or learn new skills

During the summer months, Echo Grove serves children and adults from Salvation Army community centers throughout Eastern Michigan. In the off season, the facility is available to rental groups with proceeds from rental fees going to support our core programming.

With a location that is close to home, various accommodation styles that are up-to-date, and a sharp focus on customer satisfaction, Echo Grove is the outing and retreat destination of choice for hundreds of groups each year.

The Echo Grove Mission

Echo Grove is a great place to meet God in His great outdoors. Through relaxation, adventure and rich fellowship, we endeavor to bring all campers close to Him. It's a GREAT day at Echo Grove!

The Echo Grove Vision

Echo Grove will be a redemptive force in Eastern Michigan by offering excellent resources to Salvation Army units, to churches, to educational entities, organizations and area residents-centered on the Gospel of Jesus and capitalizing on the natural beauty of the setting and the creativity, talent and dedication of the Echo Grove team.

The Salvation Army Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Echo Grove Core Values

Be Christ Centered

We will seek to make God the source of every dream, of all our strength and effectiveness.

Be Loyal to our Heritage

We are committed to our mission as an integral part of The Salvation Army.

Be Joyful

We are children of God in Christ and His likeness will be evident in us.

Be Famous for Quality and Innovation

We will pursue increasing excellence with a servant attitude for our guests.

Be Evangelists

We will take the initiative in drawing all people to Jesus through the ministry of Echo Grove.