Our state features a full spectrum of summer camps.

From half-day to sleepaway, here is a look at the state’s most spectacular summer spots.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp on the banks of Little Blue Lake, east of Whitehall has been around almost 60 years.

Blue Lake breaks into Central Camp for older kids and Camp Bernstein for the younger ones.

Camp Cavell of Lexington is a 55-acre summer haven on Lake Huron. Cavell kids can go kayaking, among other things.

Camp Michigania is a rustic retreat on Walloon Lake by Boyne City.

One must be a University of Michigan Alumni Association member to stay there.

Among the activities are: archery, arts & crafts, and boating.


Camp Mirage is billed as “The Coolest Summer Day Camp Around.”

The Plymouth-area group operates a junior day camp from pre-k to second grade, and summer day camp for second to eighth grades.

Camp Mirage includes Gaga tournaments, mud pits and water slides.

Camp Newaygo is a picturesque 104-acre property on the edge of Pickerel Lake about 45 minutes north of Grand Rapids.

The West Michigan spot offers Co-Ed day camp, Girls overnight camp, and a Spanish immersion camp for first through seventh-graders. 

Camp Tall Tree in Howell sits on the outskirts of Pleasant Lake.

Tall Tree is a specialized summer camp for children with autism, DiGeorge syndrome and their siblings.

A host of health care specialists are on staff to help ensure a safe and enjoyable stay.

Camp Tanuga in Kalkaska has been a Northern Michigan summer destination since 1952.

Campers make “Tanuga Magic” on the idyllic Manistee Lake.

Some special events are: Cabin days, Carnival, Color War, 4th of July Field Day and Olympic Day.

Camp Walden of Cheboygan has a country charm all its own.

For 65 years, this Long Lake locale has given kids memories to last a lifetime.

They have ceramics, sailing, horseback riding, volleyball and so much more.

Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills have a number of summer camps, such as: Robotics, STEM, Summer Art Studio, and Young Authors Camp.

The scenic 319-acre campus serves as an ideal setting. 


Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Camp Linden is located west of Fenton.

Camp Linden lets girls pick from various themes like Time Travelers or Wild, Wild West.

Canoeing and rock climbing are among the day-to-day adventures.

Indian Trails Camp in Grand Rapids is a pastoral place for people who face serious health issues. It is a wonderful world that fosters joy and happiness.

From IKUS Life: “With a permanent grant of fifteen acres from the City of Grand Rapids and a small building built with help from local G.R. Rotary Club, Indian Trails Camp began serving children with disabilities.”

Interlochen Center for the Arts holds several summer camps, they include: creative writing, dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

The camps are held at their 1,200-acre hamlet on Green Lake. Hiking, swimming and water sports are all part of the program.

Lions Bear Lake Camp in Lapeer is a non-profit outfit that oversees a Blind and Visually Impaired Youth Camp, as well as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Camp.

Bear Lake attendees have access to a low ropes course, climbing tower, nature trails and wildlife.

North Star Reach rests on the former Fresh Air Camp in Pinckney.

North Star provides life-changing, year-round programs for children with serious health challenges and their families, free of charge.

Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp on Cedar Lake specializes in hunter safety, target shooting and wilderness survival. 

The Washtenaw County camp also teaches fishing and archery.

Skull Island Camp on the south end of Pontiac Lake has provided little ones over two decades of daytime summer fun.


Numerous faith-based collectives hold summer sessions across the state:

Christian Camps

Camp Au Sable of Grayling

Camp Barakel in Fairview

Camp Birkett of Pinckney

Camp CoBeAc in Prudenville

Camp Daggett of Petoskey

Camp Greenwood in Gowen

Camp Henry of Newaygo

Camp Leelanau & Kohahna in Maple City

Camp Living Waters of Luther

Camp Lu Lay Lea in Lupton

Camp Ozanam of Carsonville 

Camp Sancta Maria in Gaylord

Camp Scottie of Howard City

Mancelona Camp in Antrim County

Michigan Christian Youth Camp of Attica

SpringHill Camps of Evart

St. Francis Camp On the Lake in Jerome

Wildwood Camp Ranch and Retreat in Howell 

Aside from those, a number of Jewish Camps can be found in different parts of the state:

Camp Tavor of Three Rivers

Tamarack Camps in Brighton and Ortonville

Willoway Day Camp of Milford

Campers get ready for a summer to remember.