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Best Summer Camps in Michigan

June 12, 2014 1:39 PM

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Summertime in Michigan is the perfect setting for children to immerse themselves in camp life. Summer camps allow children the chance to make new friends, learn new skills and participate in group activities all while experiencing a different form of independence. -S. L. Stoddart

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Digital Media Academy at U-M
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Featured in the New York Times and named by Worth.com as one of the Ten Best Camps in the World, the DMA camps were founded at Stanford. The camp teaches Video Game Design, Java Programming, App & Game Development in addition to Filmmaking, Web Design, Photography, and various creative digital art courses to teens and kids (ages 6-17).

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Challenger British Soccer Camp

ITC Community Sports Parks
51000 Eight Mile Rd.
Northville, MI 48167
(248) 347-0588
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This popular North American soccer camp comes to Novi! A five day camp, it follows the ever popular World Cup theme. Each player receives a free soccer ball, t-shirt, camp gift and camp evaluation. Instructed by Challenger British Soccer staff. Registration ends first week of June. Camps start second week of July. Beginner and single day camps available.

interlochen Best Summer Camps in Michigan

Situated between two lakes in scenic northern Michigan, Interlochen offers summer arts programs for grades 3-12. (Credit: camp.interlochen.org)

Interlochen Arts Camp

9900 Diamond Park Road
Interlochen, Mich. 49643
(231) 276-7472
www.camp.interlochen.org

Interlochen Arts Camp is located in northwestern Michigan at the Interlochen Center for the Arts campus in Interlochen. The camp offers a variety of multi-weeklong overnight creative programs for children grades 3 through 12. Programs focus on topics such as creative writing, dance, general arts, motion picture arts, music, theatre arts and visual arts. The average student-staff member ratio is 12-to-1. Outside of instructional courses, campers can participate in recreational activities such as team sports, water sports, crafts, special performances, talent shows and off-campus field trips. Although the camp is co-ed, campers live in age- and gender-appropriate divisions. Campers are provided meals from the campus cafeterias.

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YMCA Camp Nissokone is located in the northeastern Michigan City of Oscoda. (Credit: ymcadetroit.org)

YMCA Camp Nissokone

6836 F-41
Oscoda, Mich. 48750
(248) 887-4533
www.ymcadetroit.org

YMCA Residence Camps are national programs that offer a variety of traditional summer camps for children grades K through 11. YMCA Camp Nissokone is located in the northeastern Michigan City of Oscoda. Specialty camps include ranch camp, adventure camp, day camp, overnight camp and leadership programs. Instructional activities include themes such as rock climbing, water sports, team sports, drama, creative arts, horseback riding, cooking, archery and a skate park. Group outings include overnight campouts, talent shows and off-campus field trips. Although the camp is co-ed, campers are housed in separate dorm facilities by age and gender. Campers are provided meals from the camp cafeteria.

vanburen Best Summer Camps in Michigan

Van Buren Youth Camp offers weeklong overnight recreational programs for children ages 8 to 18. (Credit: vbyc.org)

Van Buren Youth Camp

12370 45th St.
Bloomingdale, Mich. 49026
(269) 521-3855
www.vbyc.org

Van Buren Youth Camp is located in southwestern Michigan in Bloomingdale. The camp offers weeklong overnight recreational programs for children ages 8 to 18. Programs focus on topics such as swimming, boating, canoeing, crafts, nature, archery, sports, initiatives, folk dancing and singing. Activities that require participation from the entire camp include capture the flag, trail day, carnivals, talent shows, scavenger hunts, campfires and beach parties. Although the camp is co-ed, campers live in age- and gender-separated quarters. Campers are provided meals from the camp kitchen.

idcamps Best Summer Camps in Michigan

Programs at iD focus on topics such as video game design, Flash animation, programming, robotics, digital arts and video editing. (Credit: internaldrive.com)

iD Tech Camp

University Of Michigan
911 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104
(408) 871-2227
www.iDTech.com

iD Tech Camps are a national program that offer a variety of weeklong day and overnight technology camps for children ages 7 to 17. Michigan’s main iD Tech Camp is located in southeastern Michigan at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. Programs focus on topics such as video game design, Flash animation, programming, robotics, digital arts and video editing. Outside of the lab, campers can participate in group activities such as team sports, video game tournaments, movie nights, talent shows and campus tours. Campers will have access to their own computer and will receive plenty of personalized instruction, with the average student-staff member ratio of 6-to-1. Although the camp is co-ed, overnight campers are housed in separate dorm facilities. Campers are provided meals from the campus cafeterias.

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