Summer Camp Guide 2016: Part 2

Ring of Steel Summer Stunt Camp

Ringstar Studio | 3907 Varsity Dr.
734-320-1147 |

Age Range: 8 to 18-years-old
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:5
Dates: June 27 to July 1, July 18 to 22, July 25 to 29, August 8 to 12, August 22 to 26. Camps run Monday through Friday, 9am-3:30pm.
Cost: $295 per week
What to Expect: Campers are introduced to a range of exciting theatrical combat and stunt activities including swordplay, foam sword fighting, mini trampoline, high falls, tumbling, lightsaber combat, flying and much more. Campers are also treated to exciting demonstrations of choreographed fights, special f/x, and are taught how to tell “good” fights from “bad” fights in movies. Healthy snacks are provided twice a day. 
What to Pack: Campers must bring their own lunches. They are welcome to bring a pair of indoor-only athletic shoes.


Ann Arbor Young Actors Guild Summer Theatre Academy

UM Student Theatre Arts Complex | 1202 Kipke Dr.
734-926-5629 |

Age Range: Students entering grades 3 to 12.
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:8
Dates/Time: July 11 to July 23. 9am-3:45pm, Monday-Friday.
Cost: $475
What to Expect: Morning instruction offers an exciting range of theatre and performance techniques. Afternoons are dedicated to building a performance at Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College.
What to pack: A brown bag lunch (morning snack provided).


University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

1109 Geddes Ave. | 734-647-6421

Age Range: 4 to 12-years-old 
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:9
Dates/Time: Camp runs June 20 to August 19. Morning sessions run from 8am-Noon. Afternoon sessions run from 1-4pm. Little Explorers sessions run from 8:30am-Noon.
Cost: $175 per morning or afternoon session, $130 per Little Explorers session.
What to Expect: All Camp Explorations programs include daily experiments, hands-on activities, related games, journaling and plenty of play! Camp Explorations offers nine sessions and each session is a new experience. Session topics include Archaeology, Paleontology, Astronomy, Forensic Science, Zoology and much more!  If your child is enrolled in an all-day session, lunch is between Noon-1:00 PM and is supervised. There will be three weeks of Little Explorers Sessions for ages 4 to 5-years-old. 
What to pack: It’s suggested your child bring a backpack, water bottle, snack (nut-free), sunscreen, bug spray and lunch (if needed).


Game Start

2765 Plymouth Rd.
734-926-9213 |

Age Range: Grades 1 to 8
Staff/Camper Ratio: N/A
Dates/Time: Half Day (grades 1-3): 9am-Noon. Full Day (grades 3-8): 9am-4pm. Camp runs June 13 to August 31. Please visit our website for more details.  
Cost: $149 (Half Day) or $399 (Full Day)
What to Expect: Half Day – The students will learn the fundamentals of computer science using Minecraft in the morning. 
Full Day – The students will learn the fundamentals of computer science using Minecraft in the morning. Following lunch at 11:30a, students will participate in an outdoor activity at the nearby Bromley Park. The afternoon will include more game design and development with the week’s special topic, a healthy snack provided by GameStart, and some free gaming time. 
What to pack: Half Day – There is no lunch time as part of the half-day camp, so no need to pack a lunch.
Full Day – Lunch: Students are expected to bring their own lunch. GameStart School cannot provide a microwave or fridge space, so please plan accordingly.


Daycroft Montessori School Preschool Campus

100 Oakbrook Drive
734-930-0333 |

Age Range: 3 to 6-years-old. Children must be toilet-trained
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:10
Dates/Time: 9 weeks, June 13 to August 19; half day camp hours: 8:30am-11:30am; Full day camp hours: 8:30am-3:30pm.
Cost: $175 for one week of half-day camps; $230 for one week of full-day camps
What to Expect: Creative exploration of art, science and animal themes in addition to sprinkler water play
What to pack: Half-day campers may bring a snack; full-day campers should bring a cold lunch on Monday through Thursday (Friday pizza will be provided). All children should bring a bathing suit, towel and sunscreen for water play. Full-day campers should bring a small blanket, and if needed, a small pillow and/or small stuffed animal for napping.


Montibeller Park Day Camp

4305 Ellsworth Rd.  
734-822-2120 | 

Age Range: 5 to 12-years-old
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:10, plus Camp Supervisor
Dates/Time: June 20–August 26 from 9am-4pm. Before care is available starting at 8am.
Cost: $100/week, $95/week for Pittsfield Township Residents. There is an extra fee for weekly field trips. Before care is available for an additional $20/week.
What to Expect: Montibeller Park Day Camp, a State of Michigan Licensed Day Camp, gives campers a choice of themed weekly games, arts and crafts, small group activities, large group activities and free play. All camps are coed and feature weekly field trips and swimming! 
What to pack: Campers should bring snacks, a packed lunch, and an extra set of clothes. If kids want to swim, they should also bring a swimsuit.


Phlox: An Online Summer Camp from Thinking Habitats Online camp | 419-419-5115

Cost: $320        
Ages: Grades 9 to 12
Staff/camper ratio: Phlox is an interactive online learning program. Each learner is paired with an expert mentor who will give them personalized tips and feedback daily.
Dates/Time: Day or night, in a public library, or at your home!
Program length: Two weeks at one hour per weekday. 10 total hours of learning time. The program is self-paced. Offered in June, July, and August.
What to Expect: Phlox is all about college and career readiness. Put together a toolbox of good thinking skills and reading strategies. Unbox your thinking to be successful in life. Make thinking fun again.


Daycroft Montessori School Elementary Campus

1095 N. Zeeb Rd.
734-930-0333 |

Age Range: Kindergarten to grade 6    
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:12
Dates/Time: 9 weeks, June 13 to August 19. 9am-4:15pm; Before Camp Care is 8-9am. No after-camp care available.
Cost: $245 to $295 for one week, depending on the subject of the camp
What to Expect: Creative exploration of art, science, robotics, martial arts, baking, and world culture themes in addition to sprinkler water play.
What to pack: Campers should bring a cold lunch on Monday through Thursday (Friday pizza will be provided at no extra cost). All children should bring a bathing suit, towel and sunscreen for water play.


Summer Drama Camps (at Pointless Brewery and Theatre)

3014 Packard Rd.  
989-455-4484 |

Age Range: Morning Camps, ages 5 to 9-years-old; Afternoon Camps, ages 10 to 13-years-old
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:6
Dates/Time: Morning Camps are one-week sessions, 9am-12pm Mon-Fri from June 27th to August 15th. Afternoon Camps are 3pm-5pm/Monday-Thursday; July 18 to 21 and July 25 to 28.
Cost: Morning Camps are $150 before June 1st, $170 after June 1st. Afternoon Camps are $160 before June 1st, $180 after June 1st.
What to Expect: The Morning Drama Camps camps are focused on providing young people with a safe place to explore their creativity. Each class includes warm up exercises, drama games, improvisation exercises, crafts and, of course, lots of fun. The activities will be focused around the theme for the week, making each class a unique experience. 
In Afternoon Camps, called Pointless Playmaking, students will create and perform their own original play. This two week program cultivates skills such as community building, critical thinking, writing, improv, acting, directing, movement, editing, and general stagecraft. Students will work together under the guidance of teacher Michelle Weiss (MA Theatre Education).
What to pack: An allergy-friendly snack, drink, and your imagination!