Disclosure: This is a compilation of our featured summer camp sponsors. For an even longer list of camps in + around the Detroit area, please see the upcoming ‘The 2017 Summer Camps In + Around Detroit’.
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 Detroit. DMB’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 Metro Detroit
Like many programs at the YMCA, day camp focuses on teaching life skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Every new experience comes with a chance to learn and grow. At the Y, we strive to give every child and teen opportunities to test their own limits and explore their potential. Summer day camp is offered all summer long at various locations throughout Metro Detroit.
- Boll Family YMCA – Detroit
- Birmingham Family YMCA – Birmingham
- Carls Family YMCA – Milford
- Downriver Family YMCA – Southgate
- Farmington Family YMCA – Farmington
- Lakeshore Family YMCA – St. Clair Shores
- Livonia Family YMCA – Livonia
- Macomb Family YMCA – Mt. Clemens
- North Oakland Family YMCA – Auburn Hills
- Plymouth Family YMCA – Plymouth
- Westland YMCA Day Camp – Westland
- South Oakland Family YMCA – Royal Oak
Camp Dates: June 12th – September 1st
Troy Recreation Department
Troy Recreation Department has been offering summer camps for kids ages 3–18 since 1977. From June through August, we run more than 45 day camps for all interests. Become a star at Fame Performing Arts Camp. Learn how to survive a zombie takeover at Zombie Survival Camp. Build your own robot at one of our Robot Camps. Plus preschool camps, art camps, and over 20 sports camps! Come out and play with Troy Recreation this summer!
Camp Dates: June 19 through September 1
Shine Day Camp
Shine Day Camp: An amazing experience your child will never forget!
Shine day camp is a 9 week Summer experience for kids entering Kindergarten-7th grade in the fall. Each week, kids will experience tons of high energy large group and
cooperative games, creative crafts, interactive technology, and engaging elective classes.
Fun gets crazy at Ultimate Tuesday events such as the Color Wars, Wet N’ Wild water day, and The Amazing Parkour Race. Weekly field trips include a party at Dave and Buster’s, zip lining through the trees at the Adventure Park, and playing unlimited laser tag at Castaway play café.
Shine is a fully licensed day camp through the state of Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs division and has been creating summer experiences for kids for more than 25 years. Our handpicked staff must complete a background check, health screening, and intensive training before joining our team of counselors.
Camp Dates: June 19th-August 18th
Black River Farms & Ranch
For more than 50 years, Black River Farm and Ranch has been a place for girls to escape to the best summer horse camp on earth! A short drive from Detroit, Black River Farm and Ranch is a horse-lover’s paradise! Campers ages 6-14 can enjoy 1-week or 2-week sessions filled with riding lessons, trail rides, vaulting, swimming, arts and crafts, low ropes course, petting zoo, boating, archery and much more!
With over 70 horses to love and care for, Black River is every girl’s dream! Girls come to have fun with friends and horses in a safe, beautiful and peaceful setting and enjoy a variety of summer camp activities. Black River is located in the thumb of Michigan and is the premier summer camp for girls who love horses.
Black River has been family owned and operated for three generations and is licensed by the State, approved by the Health Department and accredited by the American Camping Association.
Starter Camp: June 18 -21
One Week Camp: June 25-July 1
Two Week Camp: July 2-15
Two Week Camp: July 16-29
Two Week Camp: July 30-August 12
One Week Camp: August 13-19
**1, 2, 3 or 4 week camper sessions available. Combine sessions for a 3 or 4 week stay. Camper sessions have early registration discounts.
West Bloomfield Parks
West Bloomfield Parks offers more than 35 different camps to fit nearly every child’s interest. Our action-packed day camp, Camp WB, features unique arts and crafts projects, sports, games, swimming at the Family Aquatic Center, trips to Marshbank Park for canoeing, fishing and nature education and field trips to new and exciting destinations weekly. Camp WB sold out every week last year so we recommend saving your spot early! We also offer a full slate of outdoor educational camps for the nature-lover in your family. Our Nature Camps can include critter encounters, horseback riding, archery, kayaking, zip lining, hikes and interactions with the live animals that call our Nature Room home. Our camps are some of the most affordable options in the area and are led by passionate, highly-trained counselors.
Registration details and scheduling information can be found online at wbparks.org. Register before June 1st and save $10 off each week of camp.
Camp Dates: Camps start the week of June 19th and the last offering is the week of August 28th.
Southfield Parks & Recreation
Southfield Parks and Recreation is offering 11 weeks of summer camp fun! Children ages 5-13 can enjoy arts & crafts, field trips, swimming and making friends at our traditional day camps, offered Monday through Friday from June 19-August 25. We also offer a variety of specialty camps, including basketball, volleyball and golf. Camp ages and times vary, beginning June 19th and ending September 1.
Camp Dates: Monday through Friday from June 19-August 25
Farmington Hills Unplugged Summer Camps
A summer filled with adventure, exploration, and fun! Farmington Hills Unplugged Summer Camps have something for everyone ages 3 to 18 – art, theatre, music, sports, archery, skateboard, nature, and STEM. Or for the generalist in the crowd, give our Day Camps a try. Enjoy a wide variety of activities at Camp Costick including games, crafts, sports and special events. If hiking the trails, cooling off at the Splash Pad, or playing outdoor games are more your style, check out our Heritage Park Camps. We also have camps designed to teach children age’s 4-7 everyday safety, camps focused on Teen Leadership and over 30 field trips for youth in 6th to 8th grade.
For a complete list of camps please see our online brochure. For more information, please call (248) 473-1800.
Camp Dates: June 19 – September 1
Make new discoveries. Make new friends. Make your summer happen at Everbrook Academy. With our themed experiences, you can be an artist. A scientist. Spy. Performer. Chef. Or anything you want to be. Discover awesome weekly themes, hands-on experiences, exciting field trips, and healthy meals and snacks. Plus, campers receive a new T-shirt, water bottle, and backpack for summer adventures! Visit EverbrookAcademy.com/summer to learn more.
Camp Dates: Monday, June 19 thru Friday, September 1
Cranbrook Art Museum
Design, sketch, build, invent – Create Camps are for making! Campers explore contemporary and traditional processes in art, architecture, and design. Create Camps are held in the Cranbrook Academy of Art studios with multiple visits to the Art Museum each week. One and two week day camps available for grades 1-8, as well as boarding and commuter sessions for High School students. Also, NEW! Mini Makers half day camps for 4 and 5 year olds!
Camp Dates: One and two week options offered between, June 19 – August 18, 2017
Berkley Parks & Recreation
Summer Day Camps at Berkley Parks and Recreation offer swimming at outdoor local pools, beaches, spray parks, our firehose sprinkler and waterparks, weekly age appropriate field trips, crafts, sports, movies, ice cream, games, out-to-lunch trips, our own inflatable bouncer, 4-H demos, weekly themes and include a free T-shirt for group identification on field trips! Camp is divided into 4 age groups based on Camper’s grade in the Fall:
KIDS KAMP: Kindergarten – 1st grade
JUNIOR KAMP: 2nd – 3rd grade
SENIOR KAMP: 4th – 5th grade
TEEN KAMP: 6th grade and Up
Camp hours are from 8:45am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday and before-care and after-care are available for an additional fee. Berkley Parks and Recreation Summer camps cost $155 per week for residents, $170 per week for non-residents PLUS a 1-time $25 registration fee – 3 and 4 day prices available as well. You can register for ALL 10 weeks of Berkley Summer Day Camp 2017 plus Week 11 Vacation Camp for $1,550 per resident ($1450 if you register by May 26) or $1,700 for non-resident ($1,600 if you register by May 26).
Camp Dates: June 19th through August 31st
The Bees Knees
At The Bee’s Knees Pottery, Campers will build skills in creativity, confidence, problem solving, and focus while exercising their non-verbal skills to communicate. All this in a fun relaxed atmosphere where they will enjoy a different form of art each day that encourages them to explore and express their own artistic style. We will create several projects in pottery painting, clay hand building, canvas painting, mosaic and more.
Fairy and Gnome Garden Summer Camp: June 26-29
Game Time!: July 10-13
Creature Clay Camp: July 17-20
Paint & Trade Shopkins: July 24-27
My Own Super Hero!: July 31-August 3
Jewelry Art Camp: August 7-10
Steam Punk Collage Camp: August 14-17
Leslie Science & Nature Center
This summer, experience adventure in the great outdoors by hiking, conducting science experiments, and visiting LSNC’s resident raptors and critters! Campers who have completed 2nd and 3rd grade enjoy an off-site field trip and nearly every 4th and 5th grade camp has a field trip and an on-site overnight. For the first time, LSNC will offer three full-day “Tykes” camp sessions for preschool and young 5campers. This includes campers who are 4 or 5 years old by the first day of camp, including those who have completed a Young 5s program. Tykes campers must be able to use the bathroom and wash their hands independently.
LSNC summer camps are split by age range based on the grade in school that your child has just completed. In order to ensure that LSNC camps are available to multiple students, there is a 3 session limit per camper. LSNC Members receive a discount on any camp session.
Whether you’ve been to LSNC one or one hundred times, adventure and discovery await you this summer!This summer, experience adventure in the great outdoors by hiking, conducting science experiments, and visiting LSNC’s resident raptors and critters!
Leslie Science & Nature Center Camps are week-long camps throughout the summer June 19th – August 31st. Sessions are split by grade level (Prek/young5s, K/1, 2/3, and 4/5). Daily camp runs from 8:30a-3:30p with Camp Cool-Down available to extend the day to 5:30p for grades K and up.
Total Soccer Royal Oak
Soccer Stars is a child development program for kids ages 18 months to 5 years old. It uses a variety of fun games to delight and engage kids in physical activity. Classes are designed to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness, and self-confidence.
Classes are for 8 weeks and each class is 45 minutes long. Classes will be outside behind the tennis courts.
Participants should wear clothes to run around in, gym or soccer shoes and bring a water bottle. No special equipment needed.
Summer Soccer Stars Cost $99/8 classes
-Session 1: May 9 – June 28
-Session 2: July 11 – Aug 30
Tuesday Night Classes: 5:00 Teddies / Teddies II, 5:45 Koalas, 6:30 Cubs, 7:15 Cubs II / Pandas
Wednesday Night Classes: 5:00 Teddies / Teddies II, 5:45 Koalas, 6:30 Cubs, 7:15 Cubs II / Pandas
-Teddies: 18 to 26 months (parent/child)
-Teddies II: 24 to 36 months (parent/child)
-Koalas: 3 year old beginners
-Cubs: 3.5 to 4 year olds
-Cubs II: 4 year olds
-Pandas: 5 year olds
Camp #1 June 19 – 23 9:30 – 12 pm $119*
Camp #2 July 10 – 14 9:30 – 12 pm $119*
Camp #3 July 24 – 28 9:30 – 12 pm $119*
Camp #4 Aug 7 – 11 9:30 – 12 pm $119*
*Teams of 8 or more receive $10 off per player. Family discount: $10 off each child
Kids on Campus (Schoolcraft College)
Kids on Campus at Schoolcraft College offers fun and educational day camps for pre-schoolers (ages 3 – 5) through high school seniors. Campers can choose from activities including science, math, career exploration, computers, art, writing and more. Camps run all day for one week, allowing campers to get involved in several different camps. KOC also offers half-day Academic Skill classes that run for two weeks and allow students to practice or refresh classroom skills in math, English, study skills and more.
Camp Dates: July 10 – Aug 11
Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation
The Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation Department will again be offering a wonderful day camp experience in the park for youth ages 5 – 12. Meet new friends! Have fun in active games, arts-n-crafts, swimming, water slides, theme weeks, and field trips. This is a State of Michigan Licensed Day Camp. Sign up for any number of the 10 weeks. Limit 60 kids/week. Pre-registration is required.
Camp Dates: Weekly Camp beginning June 26 through the week of August 21
School of Rock – Farmington
Your kid rocks…you just don’t know it yet. Have a blast with us at one of our 1 week Performance Camps! All levels available from ages 8-17. Rock 101 camp for ages 7-11 and Performance Camps 12-17. Play with others, learn about being in a band and have a blast rocking out!
Sign up today and get a 25% discount. Use promo code EARLYBIRD2017 (Good until 6/1/17)
2017 Rock 101 Camp: Jul 17-Jul 21 (Ages 7-11)
2017 Rock N’ Roll Performance Camp: Aug 7-Aug 11 (Ages 12-17)
Downriver Youth Performing Arts
Camp Dates: June 27 – August 5 T,W,Th
Mosaic Youth Theatre Camps
July 10-14, 2017
July 17-21, 2017
July 24- 28, 2017
July 31-Aug 4, 2017