2015 Summer Camp Guide

Summer Camp Guide Part 2

Whether swimming, cycling or horseback riding, memorable experiences are just ahead! 

Bricks 4 Kidz


Lori Stevens, lstevens@bricks4kidz.com

Our half day camps (3hrs) are typically station activities that rotate every 20-30 minutes. Each of our camps have a different theme and different activities, which might include LEGO Bricks building, building with technics and motors, paper crafts, perler beads and other crafts, creative play and LEGO games.

Ages: Most of our camps start at age 6. We want all campers to have completed a year of full time classroom experience. Our specialized and technology based camps have a higher age minimum. We divide kids into groups by age, so a 4th grader won’t be paired with a 1st grader.

Staff/camper ratio: 1:10.

Cost: For a half day of camp: M-F for 3 hrs each day. $150, depending on location.

Dates: June 15 – August 28


Challenge Island  (hands-on STEM based camps)


Lori Stevens, lstevens@challengeisland.com

Our half day camps (3hrs) are comprised of 2 challenges where the campers will complete as a “tribe”. Tribes are created by age group. Challenges involve making themed projects and presenting their projects each day.

Ages: Most of our camps start at age 6. We want all campers to have completed a year of full time classroom experience.  We divide kids into groups by age, so a 4th grader won’t be paired with a 1st grader.

Staff/camper ratio: 1:15.

Cost: M-F 3 hrs each day. $150, depending on location.

Dates: June 15 – August 28


Go Like the Wind Montessori

3540 Dixboro Ln. 

734.747.7422, golikethewind.com

Camp days are filled with activities that are fun and challenging.  There is a theme for each week of camp, sprinkled with water fun, field trips and enrichment activities.  Enrichment activities include things like soccer, Chinese, Zumba, gardening, art, legos, water- fun and a mud bowl.  We have a 40 acre campus so there’s a lot of room to play and have summer fun. Camp runs from 8:45am to either 1:00 or 3:00pm. AM and PM care is also available: 7:30-8:45am and 3:15-6:00pm. 

Ages: 3-9 years.

Staff/camper ratio: At the minimum, it is 1:10 and with camp counselors even lower than that.  There are two lead teachers in each of the camp classrooms.

Cost: $220 per week. There is an extra cost for the enrichment programs that run weekly.

Dates:  June 10 – August 26.


Michigan Theater

603 E. Liberty St. 

734.668.8397, michtheater.org

Kids take part in educational group activities (film history and screenings) and film activities (production related activities such as story boarding, camera placement, etc.) in addition to actual filmmaking (campers make 3-4 short films in small groups).

Ages: We offer two one-week sessions for kids 11-14 years, and another one week intermediate session for kids 13-17 years with prior film camp or film making experience.

Staff/camper ratio:  4 campers to 1 group leader.

Cost: Michigan Theater members: $479  Non-members: $529. We do have early bird prices available until Friday, May 22 of $429 for members and $479 for non members. Per one week session. 

Dates: Session 1: July 6-10  (for ages 11-14). Session 2: July 20-24 (for ages 11-14). Session 3: July 27-31  (for ages 13-17 with prior film camp or film making experience).


Varsity Day Camp

3420 Cordley Lake Rd., Pinckley, MI. 

734.878.3515, varsitydaycamp.com

Varsity Day Camp has been privately owned and operated on Cordley Lake in Pinckney, Michigan since 1950.  Campers arrive between 8:45 and 9:15am. Flag Raising begins at 9:20am and is followed by two periods: period 1, 9:40-10:40; period 2, 10:50-11:50; followed by lunch, Noon-1pm; afternoon announcements, 1-1:20pm; period 3, 1:20-2:20pm; period 4, 2:30-3:30pm; Flag Lowering, 3:45pm; camper pick-up, 4:20pm. Campers are free to choose what they would like to do during each activity period. We also offer extended care: Before Care, 7am-8:45am; After Care 4:20pm-6pm.

A typical day at Varsity begins with campers, and many car-poolers, being dropped off at their assigned zone. The staff member(s) at that drop off point will check the campers in and the driver will initial the check in board. Campers then hang their bags in the bath houses and proceed to Flag Raising. We begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and morning announcements follow. After announcements, which include the day’s lunch menu, each counselor will announce their morning period assignments. There are two morning activity periods and campers choose their activities. We always have a C.O.D. (counselor of the day) who is there to supervise and help everyone get to an activity, like the very popular, twice-a-week tie-dye.  

The second morning period features General Swim and the children are taught and tested in accordance with the Red Cross Swimming Program. We have “buddy calls,” or checks, every 10 or so minutes, which means the campers must come out of the water for a head count. The middle of the day is lunch, dessert, rest, joke and story period. Everyone checks in with their counsellors. Then announcements for the afternoon follow.

There are two afternoon periods again filled with activities to choose from. Then it’s flag lowering and again all campers are lined up in their group. The groups go back to the benches where they were dropped off and pick up/sign out begins. We also have extended care both before and after camp!

Ages: *6 years, (must have completed a year of full day kindergarten) through13 years.

Staff/camper ratio: 1:8, at the most. 

Cost: $40/day per camper. Includes lunch, all instruction and activity supplies.

Dates: Monday through Friday, June 15 – August 7.


Spring Hill Camps


A typical day of camp includes time spent in activities, lessons and meals with your cabin group. Age groups stay together and counselors remain with kids for the entire day. Activities and life lessons work together to encourage kids to try new things, face fears and see how important friendships are in daily life. There is a strong emphasis on faith and how we see God working in everything from a meal together in the dining hall, to horseback riding in the woods, or zip lining over the lake.

Ages: We serve kids starting in kindergarten at our day camps all the way through 12th grade at our overnight camps.

Staff/camper ratio: 1:3.

Cost: Camp ranges in price. $179 per week, starting rate for Day Camp. $500 per week, average rate for Overnight Camp. 

Dates: June 21 through August 2.


YMCA/JCC Summer Camps

Toledo Locations vary



YMCA camps provide a variety of opportunities to help ensure that youth are learning and being physically active in the summer. Campers also learn how to be responsible and resourceful, work in groups, solve problems and make decisions that will help them grow as individuals – all while having fun.

Ages: Grades 1-5, Day Camp. Ages 11-13, Teen Camp. Grades 2-12, Storer Overnight Camp. Ages vary, Sports and Specialty Camps.

Cost: $135-$300, with most camps being $175, for Zoo members. $155-$325, with most camps being $200, for non-members. $15 discount for siblings and/or multiple camp registrations. 

Dates: June 8-August 14.


The Toledo Zoo

2 Hippo Way

419-385-5721 toledozoo.org/camps

Peggy Coucher, peggy.coucher@toledozoo.org

Toledo Zoo summer camps feature classroom encounters with live animals, games and activities, animal themed crafts and tours of Zoo exhibits.  Camps are themed on specific topics throughout the summer that provides a focus to the weeks activities.  Campers are provided with a daily snack, 2 camp t-shirts, and a camp water bottle.

Ages: We offer camps for ages 4-15. 4-5 years old camps are 3 hour sessions. 6 years and older are 6 hour sessions.  All camps are Monday-Friday.

Staff/camper ratio: The staff ratio varies based on the age and type of experience.  For most ages, it is 1 paid staff and 1 teen volunteer for 10 campers.  For the 4-5 years old, it is 2 paid staff and 2 teens for 16 campers.

Cost: For Toledo Zoo Members, the costs range from $135-$300, most camps are $175. For non-members, the costs range from $155-$325, most camps are $200. We offer $15 discount for siblings and/or multiple camp registrations.

Dates: Our camps run June 8 to August 14.


University of Michigan 

Museum of Natural History

1109 Geddes Ave., Room 1011

734.647.6421, lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/publicprograms/summercamp

We offer Morning sessions (8am-noon) and Afternoon sessions (1-4pm) with lunch supervision if enrolled in both sessions. Each session is a new experience which includes daily experiments, hands-on activities, related games, outside exploration and plenty of fun! Session topics include Astronomy, Paleontology, Archaeology and Zoology.

Ages: 6-12 years.

Staff/camper ratio: 1:9 or less.

Cost: $175 per session.

Dates: June 15-August 14


Wild Swan Theater

6175 Jackson Rd.

734.995.0530, wildswantheater.org

Wild Swan Theater drama camps are fun experiences where kids can feel safe and comfortable while 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.

Ages: 4-14 years.

Staff/camper ratio: 1:8.

Cost: 9:30am-2:30pm sessions, $160. 10am-noon, $110.

Dates: June 29-August 14.



400 W. Washington St.

734-661-8047, annarborymca.org

There is no such thing as a typical day at Y camp! We have a wide range of programs; from basketball camp on the court, to canoeing at Silver Lake, to performing at the West Park Band Shell, there is something for every kind of camper. 

In downtown Ann Arbor, we will be offering full and half day offerings. Campers can mix and match: those staying for both morning and afternoon will eat lunch with Y staff and their friends before joining their afternoon activity. The full-day offerings include Kidventure (ages 5-10, 8:30am-4:30pm) and Teen Adventure (ages 12-16, 8:30am-4:30pm), which let teens enjoy themselves as they take day trips to nearby sites to canoe, rock climb, watch a Tigers game or play Laser Tag. Pre and post-care is available from 7:30-8:30am and 4:30-6:00pm every day camp is in session.

For those campers choosing Camp Birkett (ages 5-12), bus transportation to and from Silver Lake is available from Ann Arbor.  Campers can be dropped off between 7:45am and 8:20am and then picked up again  between 5 and 5:30pm in Ann Arbor. These campers will love exploring the outdoors while experiencing traditional camp activities like canoeing, arts and crafts, and archery. This summer, each week will have a special theme ranging from “Minecraft Mania” to “Birkett Olympics”.

Ages: We have camp programs for ages 4-16. Is your 4 year old ready for something new? Kinder-Camp guides participants through traditional camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, group games and trips to the park while providing the additional care and supervision our youngest campers need. Kids (5-12 years) can choose from a wide array of camps: everything from arts and crafts, sports camps, “Crazy Chemists” or “Survival Camp”. Teens (12-16 years) can choose from the all-day Teen Adventure or half-day specialty camps like Babysitter Boot Camp, Creative Expressions scrap-booking camp or even Counselor-in-Training programs, which are free and by application only.

Teens interested in community service may be interested in our Expanding Horizons program where teens travel together on foot or via public transportation to pre-arranged projects in the Washtenaw County area.  Depending on the project and agency involved, participants can spend anywhere from a few hours to a full week completing the service. Examples of agencies that has served in the past include The Oaks, Natural Area Preserve, SOS Community Services, Hands on Museum and many more. Expanding Horizons runs Monday-Thursday, 9am- 3pm.  

Staff/camper ratio: 1:8 in order to provide the best experience for all our campers.

Cost: Most half-day camps run $125/week, with a discounted rate of $115/week for Ann Arbor YMCA members. Camp Birkett (full-day), $295/week, $260/week for Y members. Kidventure (full-day) $235/week, $215/week for Ann Arbor YMCA members. Expanding Horizons, $75/week.

Dates: This summer, due to a late Labor Day, there will be 12 weekly sessions of camp, beginning June 15 and ending September 4.


Gym America Gymnastics

5555 Hines Drive, Ann Arbor, 48108

734-971-1667, gymamericagymnastics.com

The Full Day Camp offers gymnastics, trampoline, swimming at Buhr, brown bag lunch, games and fun. Campers will receive a free t-shirt

The Pre-School Camp, includes 1 hour of gymnastics, snacks and daily themed activities.

The Once Upon a Time Ballet Camp, features Frozen, Cinderella and Peter Pan themed weeks. The days include storytime, ballet, snack time, crafts and more ballet.

Ages: Pre School Camp, 3-5 years. Mini & Gold Camp, 6 years and up

Staff/camper ratio: 1:8.

Cost: $170.

Dates: June 13 – August 21.

Summer Camp Guide Part 2

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