Ann Arbor Summer Camp Guide 2022

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Gearing up for summer? With the end of the school year approaching, we’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of local Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter, Ypsi, and all of Washtenaw County’s favorite summer camps!  Choosing the best camp for your child can be a hard process; this article can help.  

Don’t see some of your favorites?  Email annarboreditor@adamsstreetpublishing.com to have them added!

Local Washtenaw County Summer Day Camp Favorites

Click on the links below to learn more about what these favorite local spots have in store for youth camps this summer!

Sleepaway Camps in Michigan

Is your child ready for a sleepaway camp?  Michigan has so many to offer with a variety of camp focuses. Check out our list below.  Don’t see one of your favorites?  Email us at: annarboreditor@adamsstreetpublishing.com.

  • Camp Walden (Cheboygan)
      • Founded in 1959, Waldeen is a coef overnight camp for campers entering 2nd through 11th grade. Located in Northern Michigan’s Lower Peninsula on a pristine 100 acres outside of the town of Cheboygan, Walden stretches along Long Lake, a clear, spring-fed body of water.
      • Early registration completed before December 15, 2021 will get you an additional $200 off!
      • Prices/Dates
        • Full season (7 weeks, June 20-August 6) $9,000
        • 1st session (4 weeks, June 20-July 16) $6,000
        • 2nd session (3 weeks, July 18-August 6) $4,800 
        • Mini Session I (2 weeks, June 20-July 2) $3,600 → Campers entering 2nd-6th grade or first time capers entering 7th and 8th grade only
        • Mini Session II (2 weeks, July 18-July 30) $3,600
        • Mini Mini (July 20-August 2) $650 → Campers entering 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade only
      • Registration information or to read more about the camp can be found on their website.
  • Black River Farm and Ranch (Croswell)
      • From riding and grooming horses, bottle feeding a new calf or baby goat to boating on Lake lorely, swimming in a horse-shaped heated pool Black River Farm and Ranch offers a one-of-a-kind sleepaway camp for girls age 6-15.
      • Early registration discounts
        • November 1st – December 15th – 10% off full price tuition
        • December 16th – January 31st – 5% off full price tuition
      • Prices/Dates
        • 1st session: Starter Camp (June 19-June 22) $925 *required for 1st year campers and those less than 10 years old
        • 2nd session: June 26-July 2 (one week $1,825)
        • 3rd session: July 3 – July 16 (two weeks $3,100)
        • 4th session: July 17-July 30 (two weeks $3,100)
        • 5th session: July 31-August 13 (two weeks $3,100) 
        • 6th session: August 14-August 20 (one week $1,825)
        • Any four weeks – $5,890 (additional 5% off 2 week sessions) Campers can combine sessions for a 3 or 4 week stay, however they do not allow campers to stay overnight at camp between session 2&3 or 5&6.
      • For more information or to register for camp, visit their website.
  • Circle Pines Summer Camp (Delton) 
      • A summer camp aimed to create independent, thoughtful, and socially and environmentally conscious young children that promotes peace, social justice, environmental stewardship, and cooperation, Circle Pines is a wonderful place for kids ages 7-15. 
      • Registration opens December 20, 2021.
      • Prices/Dates
        • Sessions 1 : July 3-16, $1,300 (this is a 2 week session with a 1 week option for $750)
        • Session 2: July 17-23, $700 (this is a 1 week session)
        • Session 3: July 24-August 6, $1,300 (this is a 2 week session with a 1 week option for $750)
      • To register or read more about the camp’s values, visit their website.
  • Camp Lookout (Frankfort)
      • Camp Lookout looks to empower young people ages 7-17 through experiential learning by making a positive impact on each member of the community and fostering an imaginative environment for kids to play and explore.
      • Registration opens December 15, 2021.
      • Prices/Dates
        • 3 night super starters session 1: July 10-13, $660
        • 3 night super starters session 2: July 19-22. $660
        • 1 week session A: June 12-17, $1,135
        • 1 week session X: June 19-24, $1,135
        • 1 week session E: August 7-12, $1,135
        • 2 week session B: June 26-July 8, $2,485
        • 2 week session C: July 10-22, $2,485
        • 2 week session D: July 24-August 5, $2,485
        • Add on 2 day adventures + $475 – $485
        • Teen leadership sessions will be announced at a later date
      • To register or read more, visit their website.
  • YMCA Camp Ohiyesa (Holly)
      • A great way to unplug and experience the magic of overnight camp for those ages 4-16, this camp offers a nurturing, genuine, and enthusiastic staff from all over the world.
      • Registration is open now!
      • Sessions
        • Overnight camp A (Galaxy Adventure): June 19-25
        • Overnight camp B (World of Wizardry): June 26-July 2
        • Overnight camp C (Animals Uncaged): July 3-9
        • Overnight camp D (Olympics): July 10-16
        • Overnight camp E (Pirates of Fish Lake): August 7-13
        • Overnight camp F (Survivor): August 14-20
        • Overnight camp G (Camp Rewind): August 21-27
      • Prices
        • Traditional overnight camp: $609 (by 12/31), $649 (by 2/28), $679 (after 3/1)
        • Overnight camp Leaders in training & Counselors in training: $1,149 (by 12/31), $1,199 (by 2/28), $1,249 (after 3/1)
        • Ponderosa camp: $129 
      • To read more or register, visit their website
  • YMCA Camp Manitou-In (Middleville)
      • While you’re spending your days soaking up the sun, making a splash in Barlow Lake, or horseback riding, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin offers a unique and memorable experience for those entering grades 2-8 with a different theme every week.
      • Register before December 31, 2021 and save up to $75 on your overnight camp registration with an early bird offer!
      • Prices
        • Overnight camp $750
        • Horse overnight camp $875
        • Mini cam $436 
        • Leaders in training $875
        • Counselor in training $750
      • For a complete list of camps and to register, visit their website
  • YMCA Camp Nissokone (Oscoda)
      • Northern Michigan’s premier overnight camping destination for kids ages 5-18, Camp Nissokone focuses on developing self-confidence through teaching how to be caring, honest, respectful, and responsible.
      • Registration is open!
      • Dates/Themes
        • Overnight camp week A: June 19-25 (Fairytales and Dragons)
        • Overnight camp week B: June 26-July 2 (Around the World: The Race is On!)
        • Overnight camp week C: July 3-9 (Holiday Extravaganza)
        • Overnight camp week D: July 10-16 (Battle for the Galaxy)
        • Overnight camp week E: July 17-23 (Wizarding World of Magic)
        • Overnight camp week F: July 24-20 (Pirates vs. Kraken)
      • Prices
        • Register by 12/31: $579
        • Register by 2/28: $599
        • Register after 3/1: $639
      • To register or read more about the camp, visit their website.
  • Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake)
      • Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp is a summer school of the arts for kids entering grades 5-12 on a 1,600 acre campus in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest. 
      • Dates
        • Session 1: June 22-July 3
        • Session 2: July 6-17
        • Session 3: July 20-31
        • Session 4: August 3-14
      • Registration date has not been announced yet, to read more visit their website.
  • Camp Miniwanca (Shelby)
      • Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Camp Miniwanca is a breathtaking and inspiring camp setting for kids entering grades 3-12, providing a perfect setting for swimming, sailing, and canoeing. 
      • Registration is open now!
      • Dates
        • Session A: June 26-July 8
        • Session B: July 10-29
      • For prices and registration information, visit their website.
  • Camp Carvela (Traverse City)
      • Camp Carvela empowers young people ages 7-17 through experiential learning and focuses on building a community with a stronger sense of self and independence, and a better understanding of how to relate to and communicate with others.
      • Registration opens December 15, 2021
      • To view the long list of dates, prices, and sessions, visit their website.
  • Van Buren Youth Camp (Bloomingdale)
      • Since 1950, Van Buren Youth Co-ed Camp helps young people ages 6-18 discover themselves, grow as individuals, and develop leadership skills on the shores of Great Bear Lake.
      • No info for 2022 yet
      • https://vbyc.org/schedule/ 
  • YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha (Central Lake)
      • Camp Hayo-Went-Ha has been providing young men entering grades 3-11 outstanding adventures for 110 years on the shores of beautiful Torch Lake.
      • No info for 2022 yet
      • https://hayowentha.org/introduction/ 
  • Greenwoods Boys Camp (Decatur)
      • More than a sports camp, Greenwoods is a community focused on inclusion and character development that teaches sportsmanship on the field and teamwork in the bunks for boys age 6-15
      • No info for 2022 yet
      • https://www.lwcgwc.com/boys-camp/ 
  • Lake of the Woods Camp for Girls (Decatur)
      • A camp focused on guiding girls and teens on how to become their best selves, Lake of the Woods provides an encouraging atmosphere where campers age 6-15 are challenged to take healthy risks and form authentic relationships with peers and counselors.
      • No info for 2022 yet
      • https://www.lwcgwc.com/girls-camp/ 
  • Michigan State University GATE Summer Program (East Lansing)
      • Offering an advanced curriculum in STEM areas for those entering grades 6-11, as well as a leadership worship, this camp is perfect for stimulating stimulating students to learn about the new developments in mathematics, science, and technology.
      • No info for 2022 yet
      • https://gifted.msu.edu/programs/summer-programs/residential-option 
  • YMCA Copneconic Overnight Camps (Fenton)
  • Indian Trails Camp (Grand Rapids)
  • Camp Wonder at the Howell Nature Center (Howell)
  • Camp Newaygo Girls Resident Camp (Newaygo)
    • Campers ages 7-17 from around the country and throughout the world have enjoyed fun-filled summers for more than 90 summers on the 101-acre area along Pickerel Lake in the Manistee National Forest region.
    • No info for 2022 yet
    • https://campnewaygo.org/girls-resident-camp/