Good morning, friends! Can you believe it’s the last week of April already? I don’t know about you, but I’m getting antsy for school to be out and for summer to finally be here! Today on the blog I am bringing you information on summer camps here in Northern Michigan.
I work from home year-round and the last few years we have taken advantage of a local day camp provided by Bayview Association here in Petoskey. Last summer was the first summer all 3 kiddos attended. Our youngest was finally old enough to join Bay View’s Tot Lot program for 3-4 year old’s. Not only does dropping them off for a few hours offer me a break where I can get my work done, the kids love it. They do crafts, nature walks, field trips, you name it. Plus, Bayview includes a tennis or swim lesson in the afternoon at their private beach along Lake Michigan. For us, having the kids take swim lessons was a no brainer. We are out on our boat almost every day during the summer months and living around lakes year-round it’s simply a necessity. Bayview’s camp is only 2 hours Monday-Friday and that worked really well for us. I didn’t want the kids to be gone all day, but 2 hours is enough time for all of us to get out of the house.
Northern Michigan Summer & Day Camps –
Bayview Association – Location: Petoskey. Ages: 3-14 years old. Hours: 9:30am-11:30am Monday-Friday starting June 22nd. You can register for an entire season or select weeks if you do not want to commit the entire summer. Bayview is a private association located in Petoskey however, you do not have to be a member to participate in their summer programs. For more information on the program head over here.
The Harborage Summer Camp – Location: Harbor Springs. Ages: 2nd – 4th grade. Hours: 7am-6pm Monday-Friday starting June 15th (before and after care is also available). This newer summer camp program is run through Shay Elementary School in Harbor Springs. You can register for the entire season or choose to pay and attend select weeks. Activities include: math and reading workshops taught by certified teachers, outdoor adventures and more. For more information, call 231-526-4507 or head over here.
Northern Lights Gymnastics – Location: Harbor Springs. Ages: current Kindergarten-4th grade. Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm starting June 14th. This unique camp offers gymnastics, weekly themes, arts and crafts plus, indoor and outdoor activities. Two snacks per day and milk or juice are also provided. For more information head over here or call 231-753-2010.
Kids Camp of Petoskey – Location: Petoskey. Ages: 5-12. Hours: 8am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday starting June 15th. This city run program is held at the Winter Sports Park near downtown Petoskey. Activities include: indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, daily craft activities and walking field trips. You can register your child full time, part time or daily (minimum of 11 days). Each week of camp also has it’s own theme. For more information on Kids Camp of Petoskey call 231-330-1231.
YMCA Camp Petosega Day Camp – Location: Camp Petosega, Petoskey. Ages 5-12. Kids 13-15 years of age can participate in the YMCA’s Counselor in Training program. Hours: 9am-3:30pm, with the option of extended hours. Monday-Friday starting June 15th. This camp is located right down the road from us about 10 minutes outside of Petoskey on beautiful Pickeral Lake. The YMCA offers two convenient drop-off and pick-up locations for your child. Camp activities include: swimming, arts & crafts, field trips and more! For more information on the YMCA Camp Petosega program head over here.
Camp Daggett – Location: Petoskey. Ages: 7-15. Hours: Camp Daggett is an overnight camp run throughout the summer months. Sessions start June 21st and go through August 9th. Camp Daggett teaches teamwork, responsible back country and survival skills, as well as first aid instruction. For more information on Camp Daggett, or to register your child for one of the overnight camping sessions, please visit their website.
Wolverine Camps – Location: Wolverine. Ages: 2nd grade – 12th grade. Hours: Like Camp Daggett, Wolverine Camps is an overnight camp experience for your child, however their programs are slightly different as they offer sports, fine arts and band camp options. For more information visit the Wolverine Camps website.
Camp Walden – Location: Cheboygan. Ages: 2nd grade – 11th grade. Another overnight camping experience for your child, Camp Walden offers a minimal 3 night mini mini session for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders all the way up to a 7 week stay for older children. This camping experience offers a multitude of fun experiences for kids from horseback riding to performing arts. For more information visit the Camp Walden website.
Do you send your child to camp? If so, which have you participated in? We would love to hear stories! Did I miss a camp on my list? Please leave a note in the comment sections!