Part of our mission is caring for this natural setting with which we have been entrusted.
Our property is nearly 300 acres, 140 of those acres are conservation wetlands. We care for 2.25 miles of lakefront. Guests can watch the sunrise and set over Lake Griffin every day, stroll under canopies of live oaks, water oaks, and magnolias. Dozens of bird species can be observed on the property, and alligators can be seen floating in the lake. As the day comes to its end, a chorus of frogs and cicadas fill the night air.
We’ve worked to create spaces on the property to help guests interact with this natural space. Four activity fields create plenty of space for outdoor games. Campfire circles are available for groups small and large. Docks and lakefront sidewalks draw guests to the waterfront, and plenty of outdoor seating is available. The Labyrinth and nearby Prayer Chapel are great places for quiet contemplation, and the rocking chair porch is a perfect spot for conversation. We have many recreational spots as well, see our Recreation page for more information.
We strive to help you achieve your goals during your stay at camp. Below you will find answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions. You may also reference our Guest Use Agreement and Safety Polices, as they may help in your preparation and your stay at camp. As always, if you need any more information, or would like to speak with someone about your retreat, please call the camp office anytime Toll-free at: (866) UMCAMPS Option 3 or dial direct at: 352-787-4345.
What do we do in case of an emergency while at camp?
In the event you have an emergency during your stay at camp. We ask that you dial 911 when needed. We provide an on-call host number to all group leaders. Please keep us informed of all emergency situations.
How do I make a reservation for a retreat?
Click here to request a quote for your event, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our reservation team at 352-787-4345 ext. 4150 with an approximate number of people and a few options of dates. They will check availability and discuss meeting spaces, meals and recreation options. You will receive a contract for your retreat by email.
When are deposits due?
You will have approximately 21 days from the date on the contract to pay a 20% non-refundable reservation deposit. Approximately 60 days before the date of your retreat, the 30% confirmation deposit is due. If your retreat is less than 90 days from the date of the Stewardship Covenant, a single non-refundable 50% deposit is due 21 days from the date of the Stewardship Covenant.
What other paperwork do we need?
We will need a current copy of your Certificate of Tax Exemption and a Certificate of Liability Insurance. The Certificate of Liability insurance needs to show $1,000,000.00 liability insurance per incident and list the Warren Willis Camp & Conference Center / The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church as additional insured for the dates of the retreat. This certificate should be requested of your insurance agent and can be faxed to our office at (352) 787-8650, sent by email, or mailed.
If your group is scheduled to participate on our Challenge Course, a copy of our Challenge Course Waiver form must be completed and signed for each person participating. Anyone under 18 must have their form signed by a parent.
Can we make our own meals?
Groups of 30 or less have the option of providing their own meals or eating in our dining room. Groups over 30 are required to purchase their meals in our dining room.
When is our final count due?
Your final participant count is due 7 days before your group is scheduled to arrive.
If we have not received the final count by 12:00pm on the Monday before arrival, the contracted number of guests will be your guaranteed number for food and lodging. When we have received your final count, we will email you the final invoice.
When is the final payment due?
The final payment is due upon check in for your retreat.
What if we have to cancel our retreat? Can we transfer our deposits?
Deposits may be transferred to another date within the year if the transfer is made three months prior to the event. Groups have 30 days from the cancellation to rebook their retreat to have their 20% non-refundable reservation deposit transferred to the new retreat. Warren Willis Camp & Conference Center must approve all transfers. The deposit is transferable only once.
What do we need to bring?
Guests staying in campside housing must provide their own bedding, pillows, towels, and toiletries. Each group should have their own First Aid kit.
Packing these items may help you have the best experience in this natural setting: insect repellant, flashlight, closed-toed shoes, and a rain jacket/umbrella.
What can’t we bring?
We are a drug-free, alcohol-free and firearm-free facility.
Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, fireworks, guns, weapons and pets are not allowed at Warren Willis Camp & Conference Center.
Can we bring our pets?
Only service animals that are ADA compliant are allowed in our buildings and cabins. Click here to read our service animal policy.