Ready, Set, Summer! These camps are ready to rock your kid’s summer
Daycroft Discovery Days
1095 N. Zeeb Rd.
734-930-0333 | daycroft.org (click on the Programs tab)
Age Range: Preschool-Grade 8
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:12
Dates/Time: 9 weeks, June 18-August 17. from 9am-4:30pm. Free before-camp care is from 8-9 am. After-camp care available until 5 pm for a small fee.
Cost: $245 to $295 for one week, depending on the subject of the camp.
What to Expect: Creative exploration of art, STEM, robotics, martial arts, baking, chess, theater, LEGO building, dance, and world culture themes in addition to sprinkler water activities.
CampPurrs Animal Photography
Age range: 12-27
Staff/camper ratio: 1:6
Dates/times: Mondays for 4 weeks, July 9-30.
Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 – 10 a.m.-noon – ages 12-14
Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 – 1-3 p.m. – ages 15-17
What to expect: Catastic fun! Join professional photographer Anne Savage to learn tips, tricks and techniques to getting great animals of photos. We’ll have the whole Tiny Lions cat café to ourselves to practice taking beautiful and fun photos of the friendly felines. We’ll provide one small snack during the program; participants are encouraged to bring water bottles and any alternative snacks needed due to allergies or dietary restrictions.
That’s cool!: Anywhere from 9-20 cats will be wandering around the “campsite.”
Humane Society of Huron Valley Camps
Camp PAWS, Jr (Pets Are Worth Saving):
Age Range: 4-5
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:5
Dates/Times: June 11-15, Monday-Friday, 9am–noon June 11-15
What to Expect: Five fun-filled mornings that will surely make your tail wag! Young campers will enjoy stories, games and crafts focused on how to care for and respect our animal friends. And they’ll get to visit the adoptable animals, too—including kittens, dogs, rabbits and small mammals. HSHV will provide
a small snack each day.
That’s Cool!: Campers will receive a paw-tastic Camp PAWS T-shirt along with other animal-themed goodies throughout the week!
Ann Arbor YMCA
400 West Washington St.
734-996-9622 | annarborymca.org
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:8
Dates & Times: The Ann Arbor YMCA offers eleven weeks of full and half-day camps for kids ages 5–16 at the downtown Ann Arbor YMCA facility and at Camp Birkett on Silver Lake in Pinckney. Weekly sessions of Camp Birkett run from June 18-August 31. Camp Al-Gon-Quian, a co-ed overnight camp for ages 8-16 on Burt Lake in northern Michigan, has one and two-week sessions running from June 23-August 26, with a four day mini-camp for youth ages 6-10. Registration for all camps is available on the Ann Arbor YMCA website.
Cost: Price varies. Financial assistance is available.
What to Expect: The Ann Arbor YMCA strives to foster kids’ curiosity. Rooted in caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, The Y’s holistic approach works wonders, preparing kids for life one fantastic summer at a time. The Y is a place where everyone belongs and can be themselves while engaging in new experiences, building new skills and making new friends. Camp Birkett, an ACA-accredited program, provides a traditional camp experience (transportation to and from Ann Arbor available), and is the perfect place for your child to explore the summer outdoors. The Y also has a wide variety of sports and specialty camps from Physics to Fishing or Bowling to Basketball as well as service-learning opportunities and more for teens. Pre and post care is offered for campers at the downtown Ann Arbor location. The full brochure of offerings is at annarborymca.org.
That’s Cool!: The Y has several opportunities for teens ages 12-16, including Babysitter Boot Camp, Teen Adventure: a traditional full-day camp where each day teens travel and embark on new adventures including river trips, and challenge courses, Bizology: a perfect camp for young entrepreneurs and innovative problem solvers, and Media Madness, a hands-on opportunity for teens to create social change in their community through the art of video production. They also have the award-winning Youth Volunteer Corps program which offers service-learning opportunities all summer long.
Saline Parks & Recreation Kids Camp
Saline Rec Center
1866 Woodland Dr., Saline
734-429-3502 | cityofsaline.org/parks
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:10
Dates & Times: Monday-Friday, June 18-August 31 from 7am-6pm
Cost: The best value is to sign up for the full week. The weekly rate is $195 for Rec Center members, $235 for non-members. Sign up early and save an additional $15 per week. Sibling discounts are also available on weekly rates. For those families who need a little more flexibility, single day registrations are available: $50/$65 per-day.
What to Expect: Campers who attend the Saline Parks & Rec Summer Camp can expect an action filled summer full of friends and fun. We will swim, create, explore and play. With the camp based out of the Saline Rec Center and Tefft Park, there are endless opportunities for games and activities. Parents can expect an exceptional program that is fun, flexible, affordable and led by trained and enthusiastic staff. For a schedule of weekly activities, weekly field trips as well as the parent handbook and camper forms, go to cityofsaline.org/parks.
That’s Cool!: Camper favorites each year include the annual egg drop contest, sand castle building contests, dance parties, ga-ga ball tournaments and our field trips!
Randazzo Dance Summer Dance Camps
4569 Washtenaw Ave.
734-477-9350 | randazzodance.com (register through website)
Ages: 3-10; however camps are catered to certain age groups.
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:5
Dates & Times: July 24 – August 16, 2018
Various sessions throughout the Summer
Cost: $50-$85 per two or three day session, discounted rates apply when you register for multiple sessions.
What to Expect: Randazzo Dance camps are great experience for kids who are new to dance as well as for kids who have danced before. Come feel safe and comfortable exploring the creative movement of dance as well as musical theater and hip-hop.
Dance alongside some of your favorite characters and sing some of your favorite broadway songs as we explore the wonderful world of dance. Our main goal is that every camper has a great time dancing and making new friends. With a new theme every session, activities will include a dance lesson, theme based games and crafts as well as a snack.
That’s Cool!: With our fun themes kids and parents can pick what fits their interests best. You will sing and dance to some of your favorite broadway and Disney songs.
Wild Swan Theater
6175 Jackson Rd.
734-995-0530 | wildswantheater.org
Ages: 4-10; however camps are catered to certain age groups.
Staff/Camper Ratio: No more than 1:6
Dates & Times:
June 25-29: Adventures in Space, 9:30am-12:30pm
July 9-13: Let’s Laugh, 9:30am-12:30pm
July 16–July 20: Ferdinand the Bull, 9:30am-12:30pm
July 23–July 27: African Arts, 9:30am-12:30pm
July 30–August 3: Under the Sea, 10am-12pm
August 6–August 10: Around the World, 10am-12pm
August 13–August 17: Stories from the Rainforest, 9:30am-12:30pm
What to Expect: Wild Swan Theater drama camps are fun experiences where kids can feel safe and comfortable exploring the imaginative world of theater. Our main goal is that every camper has a great time cultivating their creativity and leaves camp feeling successful. With a new theme every week, activities will include warm-ups, theater games, and improvisations that bring people together in a nurturing, memorable way. Some weeks will also include craft activities such as making props and costume pieces.
That’s Cool!: Each week culminates in a special performance created, costumed, and designed by the campers for their friends and family!
Ann Arbor Rec & Ed Camps
1515 S Seventh St. (camp office)
734-994-2300 | aarecedcamps.com
Staff/Camper Ratio: 2:24
Dates & Times: June 18 – August 31, 9am-4pm, extended care available until 5:30pm or 6pm depending on the camp.
Cost: Varies. A 1/2-day 4-day camp can be $69, up to a full day 5-day camp of $359/wk.
What to Expect: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed camps’ goal is for every camper to feel at home at camp. All of Rec & Ed’s art, science, and academic camps are capped at 24 children and divided into age-appropriate groups. There’s magic and learning in their new science, S.T.E.A.M. and reading & writing camps and a tasting adventure in the cooking & baking camps. Sports camps range from baseball to soccer to volleyball and include swimming every day with KidSport and A2Sports. Preschoolers can also grow and learn in their new sports and S.T.E.A.M. camps.
Fun Fact: Rec & Ed has had summer camp programming for over 30 years! They have also partnered with the Ann Arbor Police Department for many years to bring Safety Town to Ann Arbor children.
Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center
2960 Washtenaw Ave.| 734-971-6355
Independence Lake County Park
3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake | 734-449-4437
Rolling Hills County Park
7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti 734-484-9676 |
Age Range: Grade 1-age 11
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:10
Dates/Time: One week sessions start June 18 and run Monday-Friday, 9:15am-4:15pm. One hour of precare and postcare are available for an additional fee.
Cost: $150-$165 per-week, depending on camp location
What to Expect: Washtenaw County Parks offers three camps featuring age-appropriate activities and exciting learning experiences. Your child will have the opportunity to participate in swimming, nature hikes, craft projects, games and more. The fee includes a t-shirt, park entrance, a Friday snack and hotdog lunch. Visit parks.ewashtenaw.org for more information.
That’s Cool!: Be sure to pack their bathing suit, towel, water shoes, goggles, and Coast Guard approved life vest — we swim every day!
Double H Equestrian Center
1138 Five Mile Rd, Whitmore Lake
248-231-4838 | Doubleheq.com
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1: 5
Dates & Times: Weekly programs offered June 18th thru August 17th. Daily camp hours are 8:30am-4pm.
What to Expect: Our theme is “Own a horse for a week”. Each rider will take part in the typical process of owning a horse: feeding, cleaning, riding, and grooming. Each week also features over 25 hours of planned ride time.
Fun Fact: The camp emphasizes leadership, responsibility and safety. For those campers that want to try, we also set a goal to have them swimming with their horse by the end of the week.
2704 Baker Road, Dexter
734-424-4180 ext. 1302 | dexterschools.org/campdexter
Ages: 5-11 years (KG – 5th grade, for children who have completed one full year of school)
Staff/Camper Ratio: usually 1:15, with lower ratios for field trips.
Dates & Times: June 18 through August 17, except June 25-29 and August 6-10, when we offer Camp Invention. Camp is 8:45am-3:15pm with before care starting at 7:30am and after care ending at 6pm.
Cost: Early bird fees (though May 4): $220/week, $200/week for siblings, or $55/day. After May 4: $240/week or $220/week siblings, or $60/day.
What to Expect: Camp Dexter is a traditional day camp offering weekly themes, indoor and outdoor games, swimming, crafts and board games, local walking trips to the library and parks, and weekly field trips including destinations such as museums, zoos, water parks, a baseball game, and more! Sign up for full weeks or a minimum of three days per week. Students are grouped by age and staff are CPR and First Aid certified. Download registration forms from their website. Early bird pricing is available through May 4.
Fun Fact: Camp Dexter is located within walking distance to seven parks, a wonderful library, and the border-to-border trail!
Honey Creek Summer Camp
1735 S. Wagner Rd.
734-994-2636 x 2240 | honeycreekschool.org/summer-program
Age Range: 4yrs 9mos-13yrs
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:10
Dates & Times: June 20-August 24 from 8am-6pm; Additional Specialty Camps from 8:30am-2pm, 8:30am-11:30am and from 12:30-3:30pm
Cost: $55/day for the 8am-6pm day camp. Specialty Camps are $280/week for full-day camps (8:30am-2pm) and $180/week for half-day camps (8:30-11:30am and 12:30-3:30pm). Before/After/Lunch care is available for an extra charge in our summer day camp program for specialty campers who need extended care.
What to Expect: Spend your summer having outdoor adventures, defeating dark wizards, creating artistic masterpieces, completing mythological quests, conducting crazy science experiments, and making new friends! Daily swimming and weekly field trips are included to enhance the summer celebration. Honey Creek offers something for everyone, whether you come for a day, a week, or the entire summer. Flexible scheduling, themed weeks, and specialty camps help you customize your summer to fill your child’s days with FUN. Specialty camps include: Theatre; Band; Jewelry Making; Earthwork Art; Environmental Ed-ventures; K-2 Crafting; and Lego Storytelling, Newspaper Geometry, Junkyard Wars: Chain Reactions and Marble Mazes with Brain Monkeys.
Fun Fact: Honey Creek Summer Camp was voted #1 Summer Day Camp in 2017 by Ann Arbor Family Magazine readers. Thank you!
St. Paul Ann Arbor Summer Camps
495 Earhart Rd.
734-665-0604 | school.stpaulannarbor.org/ news-events/summer-camp-2017
Age Range: Completed Kindergarten – Grade 8
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:15 or less
Dates/Times: June 18 – August 17
Cost: A range between $100 (half-day) and $275 (full-day)
What to Expect: Exciting half-day and full-day camps for all ages and all interests! Their adventurous camps include golf, Minecraft, Flipside Art, robotics, basketball, volleyball, computer coding, chess, Harry Potter, German theater, and even a traditional American outdoor camp!
That’s Cool!: They have one of a kind camps found nowhere else! Camps are taught by energetic teachers, parents and professionals who are passionate about their programs. They also offer the flexibility of half- and full-day classes in a variety of areas like science, sports, technology and art.
Toledo Zoo Summer Safari Camp
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-5721 | Toledozoo.org
Sessions begin in June and run through August.
Prices, ages, and camp themes vary.
Most kids only dream of spending a full week at the Zoo, but fortunately for Toledo-area children, the Toledo Zoo offers a huge variety of camps featuring fun games and activities, live animal visitors, and cool crafts. Camps are divided by age: 4-5 year olds (9am-noon, $135 for members and $160 non-members), 6-10 year olds (9am-3pm, $180 for members and $230 for non-members), experience camps for 6-10 year olds (9am-3pm, $195 for members and $245 for non-members), experience camps for 11-15 year olds ($300 for members and $350 for non-members), and fishing camps for 9-10 year olds ($300 for members and $350 for non-members). In addition, Encore! week offers individual, themed classes each day to give kids 6-10 years old a unique experience.
Children’s Center for Growth and Development Camps
Ann Arbor Location:
6276 Jackson Rd., Suite K
12319 Highland Rd., Suite 501
Ages: Entering Kindergarten in the Fall
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:3
Dates & Times:
Hartland: Tuesdays, July 10-August 15; 9:30am-12:30pm; $400
Ann Arbor: Session I: August 13-16; 9am-12:30pm; $310 or $560 for both sessions
Session II: August 20-23; 9am-12:30pm; $310 or $560 for both sessions
Cost: See above.
What to Expect: A structured half-day camp taught by an Occupational and Speech Therapist with an emphasis on introducing your child to the skills needed to be successful from day one! Self-help skills, following directions and learning to manage independent work will be practiced each day they arrive!
Fun Fact: Gardening improves children’s desire to learn and boosts their confidence!
Super Sleuths Writing Camp!
Ages: Rising 4th-6th graders
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:2
Dates & Times:(Ann Arbor Location Only) Wednesdays, July 11-August 8, 9am-10:30am
What to Expect: A unique writing camp led by our Speech Therapist combining interactive, hands-on activities for the curious mind! This camp will promote critical thinking and problem solving skills combined with the ability to express ideas in a written format! Your child will focus on expository writing including main idea, supporting details, and a conclusion while being introduced to tips and strategies in fun and engaging activities.
Fun Fact: When Dr. Seuss was stuck writing his books, he would go to a secret closet filled with hundreds of hats and wear them till the words came.