Camp Lord Willing was founded in 1959 by Alfred E. and Dolores Haines.  

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Prior to 1959, the State of Michigan worked this land and pulled out dirt for the construction of I-75.  They left the land in disarray.  A while later, Alfred and Dolores Haines were interested in purchasing the wooded area next door, but then saw the potential for this piece of land.  From that point in 1959, the vision of Camp Lord Willing took its root.  Alfred and Dolores were now proud owners of 50 acres that needed a lot of work.  Alfred dug channels and started the small man made lakes.  They allowed people onto the property to swim and tent camp on the little island up front.  The waters were stocked with fish and fishing became a popular pastime for many.  Gradually, trailers started pulling in wanting to stay, and the inner circle became the first official part of the campground.

In 1988, the family created a corporation consisting of Alfred E., Dolores and their 10 children.  Alfred served as President until later, their youngest son, Charles Haines was voted in as President of the Corporation. Chuck ran the campground for roughly twelve years.  As President, he changed the name of the campground from Camp Lord Willing to Shady Creek.  The name lasted for about three years and was then changed back to
Camp Lord Willing in February of 2006.  At that same time, Alfred E Haines, at 85 yrs old, was voted back in as President and holds that title today.  Senior Vice President is Rick Haines.  Office Administrator and Treasurer is Pam (the Oldest Daughter) and her husband Greg Bentschneider is Secretary. 


© Pamela Bentschneider 2014