Summer Camp Guide Part 2

. April 29, 2015.

Summer Camp Guide Part 1

Liberty Athletic Club

2975 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor


Create lasting memories at our Summer Day Camp! Liberty Athletic Club Summer Day Camp has a long-standing tradition of providing children with a friendly and safe environment. Each week has a special theme and fun activities that are related to that theme. All of our camp sessions include four hours of daily physical activity utilizing both the indoor and outdoor facilities, including our famous waterparks. 

Ages: Preschool Camp, 3-5 years. Day Camp, 5-12 years. Lightsaber Camp, 7 years and older.

Staff/camper ratio: 10:1.

Cost: Full Day: $360/$435. Half Day: $220/$265. Preschool: $132/$158. Member price listed first.

Dates: June 15-August 28.


Ann Arbor Young Actors Guild 

University of Michigan Student Theater Arts Complex, 1202 Kipke Drive, Ann Arbor


A typical day begins at 9am when all of our students get together for warmups. After breaking into their age groups, the campers go to workshops focusing on specialized theater skills, such as makeup, improv and storytelling. The campers then break to eat their packed lunch on the lawn. Then they go back to their age groups to work with directors. At 3:30pm we do a showcase of what the campers  learned that day. Students are picked up at 3:45pm.

Ages: Our youngest group is for students entering grades 2-5. We also have programs for student entering grades 5-9, and high school students entering grades 9-12.

Staff/camper ratio: On average, 1:6-10. Usually we get between 60-90 participants. We also have a director, who has an assistant, for each age group.

Cost: $450.

Dates: Monday-Friday, July 6-10 and July 13-17. Performances are Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18.


Michigan Theater

603 E. Liberty St. 


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).


Wild Swan Theater

6175 Jackson Rd.


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.

Ages: 4-14 years.

Staff/camper ratio: 1:8.

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

Dates: June 29-August 14.


Toledo Zoo 

2 Hippo Way, Toledo


Toledo Zoo summer camps feature live classroom encounters with animals, games and activities, animal-themed crafts and tours of Zoo exhibits. Camps are focused on specific topics throughout the summer that provides a theme to the week’s activities. Campers are provided with a daily snack, 2 camp t-shirts, and a camp water bottle.

Ages: 4-15 years. 4-5 year old camps are 3 hour sessions; 6 years and older are 6 hour sessions.

Staff/camper ratio: Varies, but for most ages, it is 1 staff and 1 teen volunteer for 10 campers. For the 4-5 year olds, it is 2 staff and 2 teens for 16 campers.

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.


Leslie Science and Nature Center

1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor


LSNC campers start off with a morning activity and get together as a group to understand the day ahead before they quickly move into a fun outdoor activity, which can be anything from a hike to visiting with one of our resident animals.  After exploring Black Pond Woods or enjoying another nature activity, such as going on a plant scavenger hunt, the campers have lunch outside and enjoy 30 minutes of “free time” outdoors, followed by some quiet time in or out of doors. For LSNC, quiet time is meant for rejuvenation and centering, and the quiet time activity can include sketching our resident raptors, cloud watching, observing wildlife, nature journaling, among other relaxing surprises. What makes LSNC camps unique is our choice time – a chance when campers get to pick from 3-5 options of activities designed to enhance their understanding and joy of nature and the outdoors!  Our day ends with an afternoon activity centered around the camp’s themes, followed by a final craft or game before pick up.

Ages: 4-13 years. 

Staff/camper ratio: 2:16-18. We also work to include at least one high school volunteer.

Cost: Ranges between $125/half day with 4 year old Tykes camp, to $330 for our excursion-based games for grades 6-7, which include transportation to overnight facilities.

Dates: June 15 – September 1.



400 W. Washington St.


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.


University of Michigan 

Museum of Natural History

1109 Geddes Ave., Room 1011


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 and 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.


Varsity Day Camp

3420 Cordley Lake Rd., Pinckley, MI. 


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 periods 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. At this time everyone visits with their counsellors who check them in and out each day 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) through 13 years.

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

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

Dates: Monday-Friday, June 15-August 7.


Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, 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 camps are offered at three locations within the park system: The fee includes a t-shirt and Friday snack and cookout.

Ages: 1st grade-11 years. 

Staff/camper ratio: 1:10.

Cost:  $135-$155 a week, depending on camp location.

Dates: One week sessions start June 15, Monday-Friday, 9:15am-4:15pm. One-hour of pre- and post-care is also available for an additional fee. 


Kenville Studios of Dance and Creativity

323 E. Hoover St.


When campers arrive for the creative movement/fairy day camp, we run to the backyard to check our fairy houses, see if the fairies have been there, and make necessary changes and improvements to the fairy homes. Then we go into the studio with lots of bubbling energy and begin our creative movement activity. During snacktime we check the fairy houses again. After lunch in the backyard with the fairies, we might take a walk to a local park or Washtenaw Dairy for an ice cream. After lunch we settle in to our art project.  Later, after our snack, we have free time to finish up our projects and make our fairy village even better.

Ages: For Art & Movement, ages 6 to 11. 

Staff/camper ratio: 1:6, with a maximum capacity of 12 students, head staff, assist staff. 

Cost: $240 per week, with discount if a camper attends more than one week.

Dates: July 20-24 and July 27-31.

Summer Camp Guide Part 1