Beat Summer Boredom
While the kids may enjoy those first few carefree days of summer without any planned activities, it won’t be long before parents and kids alike are wishing for a summer camp experience that will entertain, educate, and enrich the children’s lives. Michigan’s summer camps feature a wide variety of specialties, so there’s sure to be one fit for every child’s interest.
Creative kids are encouraged to explore their artistic sides at Interlochen Arts Camp, which offers residential visual and performance arts programs for children in grades 3-12. Children from around the world participate in music, dance, creative writing, theatre and visual arts. Programs for younger children are open to all, while older children must audition to earn their space at camp. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
4000 Highway M-137, Interlochen, MI, 49643; Price: Varies per program – ranges from $651 - $1000 per week.
If your child is fascinated by computers and technology, iD Tech camps are the perfect summer pastime. A nationwide program with a local home on the University of Michigan campus, iD Tech offers computer programming, website design and even video game camps to kids aged 7-17. Day and overnight (ages 10 and older) programs are both available, and make use of the University of Michigan campus, allowing students to eat in the dining halls and sleep in the dorms.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Price: $779 for a weeklong day camp to $1249 for a weeklong overnight camp.
You may be in the Midwest, but you'll feel like you're in the Wild West at Northfork Outback horse and adventure camps. Programs are available for horseback riders of every experience level, and the program will focus on riding as well as horse care, including grooming. The daily schedule will also include sports, arts and crafts, swimming and themed adventures. Kids aged six and up are welcome at the day camp, and children nine and older have the option of sleepover camp, where they will enjoy hayrides, campfires, cookouts and more.
3637 Morrice Road, Webberville, MI, 48892; Price: $200 for a weeklong day camp and $400 for a weeklong overnight camp.
High Velocity sports complex offers action-packed sports camps for kids aged five through twelve. Your child can focus on soccer, basketball or volleyball, or may sign up for the all-sports program, which will introduce your child to a wider variety of athletic games. Only day camps are available, but before and after care are also offered. Your kids are sure to have a ball!
46245 Michigan Ave., Canton, MI, 48188; Price: $95-$200 per week.
With a goal of personal growth through outdoor adventure programming, your daughter is sure to have a rewarding summer at Camp Innisfree. The camp is owned by the Girl Scouts of America and is set on 1,140 wooded acres with two lakes, sports field, challenge course/program, and an excellent equestrian center. The camp offers programs for girls in grades kindergarten through eleven, both day camps and sleepover.
2005 West Schafer, Howell, MI, 48843; Price: $201 - $350 per week.
Children with special needs can enjoy a summer sleepover camp by attending Camp Grace Bentley. This residential camp for children with physical and/or mental disabilities welcomes 7-16 year-olds. Campers stay for a nine day session, beginning when the camp opens in late June and running through mid-August. The counselor to camper ratio is 1:3, and activities offered include swimming, arts and crafts, team sports, dance and karaoke.
8250 Lakeshore Road, Burtchville, MI, 48059; Price: $400 per session.