After being stuck inside all winter, we’re here to tell you that Spring is around the corner! And with warmer weather and the anticipation of our children’s last day of school comes summer vacation. Have you had a moment to sit down and solidify your summer plans to keep the kids busy yet? With sunshine quickly approaching, we couldn’t be more excited to launch our annual Summer Camp Guide! We’re moms that understand the importance of summer camp to many families in + around Genesee County. GCMB’s goal is to make your life a little easier by sharing a list of summer camps that you may want to learn a little more about. We have some wonderful and enriching programs just waiting for your child this summer!
YMCA Camp Nissokone
Sparkling waters, breathtaking sunsets, trails leading to extraordinary adventure. Camp Nissokone is northern Michigan’s premier overnight camping destination for kids. One of Michigan’s longest-running summer camps, with more than 100 years of experience, ensuring your child will have a positive camp experience. Programs are focused on developing self-confidence, and based on our four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. At camp, safety is their top priority. All staff are certified in first aid and CPR and have been carefully screened during a character-based hiring process with the highest standards of child safety practices, including multiple professional and personal background checks on each applicant to ensure that they have the best staff working with your child. Great camps are built on tradition. Since 1914, campers from around the world have come together to experience adventure, friendship, and laughter on Camp Nissokone’s shores, in its cabins, and in its woods. Discover 103 summers of tradition. Discover summer at its best. Discover Camp Nissokone.
Camp Dates: June 25th – August 5th, 2017
Genesee County Parks Summer Playground Programs
Genesee County Parks’ FREE summer playground and lunch program is back! Kids ages 4-18, all abilities, can drop in daily for crafts, gardening, nature, games and all kinds of fun stuff! Pre-registration not required, but parents/guardians must complete a release form before kids can participate.
Multiple Park Locations: Bluebell Beach, Pavilion 1. Davison Roadside Park, Pavilion. Flushing County Park, Pavilion 1. Max Brandon Park, Pavilion 2, near MLK and Stewart Ave. McKinley Park, Vista Center Area
For more information, a complete copy or the Genesee County Parks Family Fun Guide and location directions visit geneseecountyparks.org.
Program Dates: June 26th-August 25th, 2017. Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm. Lunch is served at noon. Cost: FREE!
4-H Camp Kidwell
4-H Camp Kidwell is set on beautiful Eagle Lake in Bloomingdale, Michigan. Through safe, fun and exciting overnight and day camp programs children learn about themselves and explore nature. All the fun includes activities like horseback riding, rock climbing, water trampoline, canoeing, archery and more. Their programs are designed for children ages 4-16. Sessions run weekly, Sunday through Friday.
Camp Dates: June 26th – August 11th, 2017
Camp Lu Lay Lea
Camp Lu Lay Lea is a Christian summer camp now entering its 69th summer of operation, open to all boys and girls ages 8-14. Lu Lay Lea is located on picturesque Henderson Lake in one of the state’s loveliest regions, with abundant trees and foliage providing a gorgeous backdrop for camp activity. They offer seven one-week sessions, each accommodating up to 86 campers per week (Sunday through Saturday). Young people need positive, constructive, interesting and challenging things to do with their time. Camp Lu Lay Lea structures its schedule to provide these opportunities along with plenty of fun. Campers play, learn, develop their creativity, strengthen their faith in a Christian environment, create new friendships, and grow, all while being surrounded by the charming elegance of Northern Michigan. They strive to give campers an unforgettable summer experience, along with growing their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Camp Dates: June 25th – August 12th, 2017
Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium
The 2017 summer camps and programs for Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium are here! Your child will be able touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science or history is really all about. Using simple, real world science techniques that allow even the youngest campers to enjoy learning about their environment. This summer Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium have more than 40 science, history, and geography activities for kids age 4 through 8th grade. Students will create, build and assemble a variety of take-home projects while exploring how science and history affects the world around us. Children have so much fun that they don’t realize they’re learning! Please visit the link below for detailed information and registration.
Camp Dates: June 26th – August 7th
Van Buren Youth Camp
Van Buren Youth Camp is a non-profit, co-ed, residential summer camp program serving youth ages 6-18. The camp is located on Great Bear Lake in Bloomingdale, Michigan on 100 acres of deciduous woodlands with wetland trails, a football field and an outdoor camping area. Their Leadership Workshop was founded in 1952 and is the longest continuously running Leadership program in the state of Michigan. Van Buren’s program and camp goals focus on building self esteem, teaching leadership and community service, good citizenship, 21st Century skills and fostering lifelong friendships. Campers play a role in every aspect of the program from planning and implementing various parts of the day, to brain storming future programs and promotions, planning the Junior Leadership week, and evaluation of facilities and activities. No technology rules for campers help their youth learn to communicate more effectively, develop an appreciation of the outdoors and understand their connection to the world they live in.
Camp Dates: June 25th – August 4th, 2017
A Joyful Noise Music Studio
A Joyful Noise Music Studio is excited to share the wonderful world of music with your children in the 2017 summer months. They are pleased to offer a variety of summer music camps for students between the ages of 18 months and 18 years old. Their unique and educational music programs have been developed with a deeply rooted passion to nurture and inspire every student’s potential for growth in a positive environment. Get fired up for these hot summer camp classes to come: Bucket Drumming, Music & Movement, A Cappella Palooza, Musical Theatre Workshop, Vocal Health & Performance, Songwriters Camp, FUNdamentals of Music, Mini Maestros & Accelerated Maestros.
McCracken Basketball Camp
The McCracken Basketball Camp is beginning its 55th summer of offering quality, instructional basketball camps to boys and girls, ages 7 to 18. They work with players of all skill levels and abilities, and over 125,000 have gone through their camp program. McCracken offers many camp options: overnight camps, extended day camps (9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) and day camps (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Group and sibling discounts are available.
Camp are offered at 11 locations in four states, including these Michigan sites:
Whitmore Lake High School:
June 19th – 22nd, 2017
July 5th – 8th, 2017
July 16th -19th, 2017
July 23rd – 26th, 2017
July 9th – 16th and July 16th – 19th, 2017
Saline High School:
August 7th – 10th, 2017
Pretty Pony Pastures
Hooked on Horses gives your horse-crazy child a chance to work with the horses on the ground as well as the saddle. Each day consists of three sessions that includes one riding lesson, one horse related, hands-on learning activity, and one horse-centered craft. Riders must be at least 6 years old and can ride independently. Riders are grouped by experience and all activities and the riding lesson are based on the rider’s ability and skill levels based on Pony Club standards. Attendance is capped at 12 riders so there are only four riders at a time. Everyone gets more attention and a chance to better develop their skills. Select one, two, or all three sessions.
July 10th – 13th, 2017
July 24th – 27th, 2017
August 7th – 10th, 2017