Taking FIRST to new levels

FIRST Mentor Camp – Retreat to the River

Join the FIRST Badges Development Team for a 1 day retreat in beautiful Indian River, Michigan. The goal of this camp is for FRC mentors to educate, inspire, and support each other. We will have sessions featuring the how to use the FIRST Badges Program to potentially  earn high school credit for your students and everything FRC!

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017  8am to 5pm
Where: Inland Lakes High School 4363 South Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749 (Home of FRC team 3537 Team Delta Force)

Tentative Schedule:
8am-9am Breakfast (provided)
9am-4pm – Workshops on sustainability, team management, programming, machining, using the FIRST Badges system.
4pm-5pm – Wrap up / Door prizes

Last year’s schedule included presentations on the FIRST Badges, programming languages mentoring strategies, team management, recruitment,  fabrication and basic electronics.  We are looking for mentors to share their knowledge and information to inspire others – you don’t have to be an expert to be a presenter!   Contact Tom Ochs via email by September 30, 2017 to be a presenter.  As an added bonus, registration fees are waived for confirmed presenters.

Click here to access the SignUp Genius link to register and pay for the event

Registration will close at on 9/6/2017 at 10:00pm.  Onsite registration will be available.  Registration costs will be waived for confirmed presenters
Other information: NO students please.
Lodging: On your own. Suggested lodging at:

Crooked River Lodge Alanson, MI
Warm, riverside lodge with knotty wood decor, an indoor pool & a fire pit, plus free breakfast.
Free Wi-Fi Free breakfast

Northwoods Lodge   Indian River, MI
About a mile north of town. Nice Place
Rooms around $70 a night. Continental Breakfast
Has a north woods design, rooms were all redone in 2015

Woodlands Resort     Indian River, MI
Rustic woodland lodging with WiFi, BBQ grills & picnic tables, plus a playground & campfire nights.

Hometown Inn  (Used to be a Holiday
Inn Express) Right by the off ramp I-75
Indian River, MI
Modest rooms & suites in a low-key hotel with an indoor pool & hot tub, plus free breakfast.
Free Wi-Fi Free breakfast

Coach House Motel
Indian River, MI

Casual motel rooms & 2-bedroom mobile homes, plus direct access to snowmobile trails.
Free breakfast

Brentwood Lodging
Indian River, MI
3.6 Stars
Motel rooms, simple cabins & houses offered in a lakeside setting with ATV & snowmobile rentals.

Indian River Motel & Cottages

Low-key motel rooms, apartments & rustic riverfront cabins, plus a putting green & a play