Conference Services

Plaid Serves Camp

June 11-15, 2023

About the Camp

Prospective and incoming students are invited to join Alma College in the opportunity to not only serve but to utilize their own unique skill sets and bring leadership to identify and meet the needs of their community through a service-based camp experience. 

This 5-day service and leadership experience provides students the opportunity to serve within the Mid-Michigan community through various service projects. In addition, students will learn the importance of community organizing and how to use their knowledge to become a leader and encourage others to serve.

Students who serve as high school leaders (faith-based youth groups, National Honor Society, Interact Club, etc.), are considering a profession in the nonprofit sector, aim to serve the community through health professions, or are interested in international studies are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity. 

During this camp, students will:

  • Earn at least 20 community service hours; 
  • Work hands on with other students and community members through local and national service organizations;
  • Explore the process for creating service-based efforts and non-profits in their own communities;
  • Learn about resource development and stewardship of gifts and assets to maximize service efforts;
  • Create contextually based service proposals to lead other students and adults in participants’ hometowns;
  • Explore and analyze the benefits of mission-tourism, short and long term service efforts, and the advantages of partnerships across faith and cultural distinctions;
  • Use an interfaith approach to work with people of differing backgrounds with a common goal of compassionate service to one’s shared community.

Community Partnerships 

Throughout the Plaid Serves Camp experience, students will have the opportunity to serve, learn, and grow from many local community partners and organizations. Some of the community partners may include United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties, Gratiot County Hope House, Alma First Presbyterian Church, Day Dreams/Dream Works, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Gratiot County Circuit Court, and many others.


This experience costs $350 per student and includes housing in our newly remodeled residence halls that are at the heart of campus, meals, travel, site materials, and hands-on learning activities.

Tuition Credit

Students who attend camp and ultimately enroll at Alma College will receive a credit of up to $350 on their account October 1 of their first year.

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