Summer Camp Guide 2019: Part 1

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

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 for more information and visit to register.

Grade 1-age 11 | Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:10
$150-$165 per-week, depending on camp location
One week sessions start June 17 and run Monday-Friday, 9:15am-4:15pm. One hour of pre-care and post-care are available for an additional fee.

Camp DoYaWanna

Wild Swan Theater’s Studio
6175 Jackson Rd. | 734-995-0530 |

Wild Swan Theater drama camps are fun experiences where kids can feel safe and comfortable exploring the imaginative world of theater. Their 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.

Ages 4-12 | Staff/Camper Ratio: 1/10
$125 – $175
Week-long camps: June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2

Unity in Learning Camps

Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd.

Yankee Air Museum
47884 D St., Belleville | 734-997-1553

Through the Unity in Learning partnership, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Leslie Science & Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum now offer families incredible day camps and drop off programs at two fantastic locations in Ann Arbor and Belleville. Adventure, friendship, and discovery await you! They even offer overnight camps for your older children. Post-care is available until 5:30 for an additional fee.

Preschool-8th grade. Robust volunteer program for ages 13 and above.
Staff/Camper ratio: 9:1, with staff and one high school volunteer with each group.
Week-long camps run June 17-August 29.

Ann Arbor YMCA

400 West Washington St.
734-996-9622 |

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 for teens. Pre and post care is available.

Ages 5-16
Staff/camper ratio varies by age.
Price varies. Financial assistance is available.
Eleven weeks of full and half-day camps at the downtown Ann Arbor YMCA facility and at Camp Birkett on Silver Lake in Pinckney. Weekly sessions of Camp Birkett run from June 17-August 30. Camp Al-Gon-Quian has one and two-week sessions running from June 22-August 25, with a four day mini-camp for youth ages 6-10.

Daycroft Discovery Days

Toddler & Preschool Campus
100 Oakbrook Dr. | 734-930-0333

Young 5, Kindergarten & Elementary Campus
1095 N. Zeeb Rd. | 734-662-3335

Daycroft Discovery Days camps offer a huge variety of summer fun. Creative exploration of art, clay, STEM, robotics, sharks, spies, mermaids, American Girl, martial arts, baking/cooking, chess, LEGO building, dance, world culture themes and sprinkler water fun, to name a few! Their elementary campus offers free pre-camp care from 8-9am and post-camp care until 5pm for a small fee.

Ages 33 months-8th grade
Staff/camper ratio: Toddler 1:4, Preschool 1:10, Young 5’s, Kdg & Elementary 1:15
$180-$295, depending on the subject of the
camp and half or full day
Week-long camps June 10-August 16. 9am-4:30pm

Camp PAWS Jr. (Pets Are Worth Saving)

Humane Society of Huron Valley
3100 Cherry Hill Rd. |

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. Campers will receive a paw-tastic Camp PAWS T-shirt along with other animal-themed goodies throughout the week!

Ages 4-5
Staff/Camper Ratio: 1:5
June 10-14 and July 22-26, 9am–noon


CampPAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving)

Humane Society of Huron Valley
3100 Cherry Hill Rd. |

Animals, animals, animals! This fun-filled camp includes visits from animal rescue groups and daily interactions with adoptable animals, games, humane education and more. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch and drink each day; HSHV will provide an afternoon snack and a “paw-tastic” T-shirt! Aftercare from 4-5pm is also available for an additional fee. Not only will you engage with animals through toys you make, treats you give and tricks you learn, but also you’ll prepare to become a responsible and compassionate future pet owner!

Ages 6-11
Staff/Camper Ratio: Minimum 1:10
Different sessions from June through August, 9am-4pm

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed Camps

1515 S. Seventh St. | 734-994-2300

At Rec & Ed camps, young people form friendships, explore, and learn together. Their summer camps are designed to give your child an exciting and enriching summer experience under the supervision of trained and experienced leadership. It is their goal to provide your child with a safe and fun summer with age-appropriate, enriching programs that include sports, creative arts, outdoor education, and much more.

Ages 3-15
Staff/Camper Ratio: 2:24
June 17-August 30. 9am-4pm (extended care available depending on camp)

Technical Theatre Camp

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
322 W. Ann St. | 734-971-2228 |

Come learn about what goes on behind the scenes in this very hands-on camp, led by Brice O’Neal, of Community High School’s Community Ensemble Theatre (CET). Each day of the one-week, full-day camp will focus on accomplishing a specific goal or project. Each full day session will include hands-on work in the A2CT scene shop (building set pieces, painting flats, etc.) and studio work (lighting, sound, etc.). In addition, participants will create a notebook with all the information they learn, and will participate in an end-of-camp showcase.

For those entering grades 4-12.
$280 for A2CT members, $300 for non-members
June 24-28. 9am-4pm

Global Spark Camp

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
322 W. Ann St. | 734-971-2228 |

Spinning Dot Theatre is excited to bring you this interdisciplinary and interactive camp! In collaboration with A2CT, Global Spark! combines theater arts, movement, music and visual arts as well as language skills in multiple foreign languages. The culmination of the camp is a performance crafted from top to bottom by the young people – thus providing them learning experiences in not only acting but choreography, directing, costumes, lighting, set design, producing, etc.

For kids entering grades 2-6.
$280 before June 1/$300 after
July 15-26. 9am-12pm

Bemis Farms Summer Camp

77 W Bemis Rd., Saline
734-944-1709 |

The Bemis Farms Summer Camp is for school-age children 5-12 years old. Campers may register for the entire summer, for 2 week sessions, or a portion thereof. Daily activities are planned around their weekly field trips. Contact them for more information!

Ages 5-12
Staff/camper ratio: 1:18
Contact for pricing information.
June 17-August 22

Camp Westminster

116 Westminster Dr., Roscommon
989-821-9474 |

At Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake, they want to give your child the opportunity to try new and exciting activities, gain confidence, make real connections with new friends and positive role-models, spend valuable time splashing in crystal clear Higgins Lake, and grow in their faith in a safe and encouraging community. They are youth development specialists and that’s what they’ve been doing for 90 years.

Ages 7-17
Contact for pricing.
One and two-week sessions offered June 16-August 3.