• Ages 7-16 • Camp size: 60 campers and 23 staff • Creative approach to activities • Rustic “up north” facility • Campers live in groups of 4-8 with a counselor in simple screened cabins
Crystalaire Adventures Coed Wilderness Programs:
• Ages 8-17 • Hiking, paddling, backpacking, caving, biking, camping and winter camping • Isle Royal, Manitou Islands, Grand Island, Manistee River • Based out of Camp Lookout
Camp is located:
• Just outside of Frankfort, MI • 40 Minutes southwest of Traverse City, MI • On a heavily wooded peninsula between Lower Herring Lake and Lake Michigan. • On Lake Michigan, so we use its beach as one of our waterfronts • In an area with no access by car. Access for campers is by pontoon boat.
Camp Lookout was established in 1917 and is still providing campers with fantastic experiences and a world of adventure. Through our unique programming and culture, the camp experience stokes the creative fire within each camper.
Days at Camp Lookout vary as widely as the creativity and imaginations of our campers and staff. No two days are ever the same! During three daily program meetings, campers and staff organize and choose the daily activities. Instead of movie nights, electronic games or motorized sports, campers and staff work together to create imaginative games, sports and special events. We focus on activities that foster active, individual participation and group involvement.
Want more wilderness adventure? Crystalaire Adventures, part of Camp Lookout, is a wilderness adventure program and has worked with groups of young men and women of all experience levels. Our adventures are based on community involvement with trip participants included in helping plan and preparing for the trip, choosing daily activities and itineraries as well as preparing meals, fetching water and making fires.
Through hiding, paddling, backpacking, caving, biking and camping we hope to foster a sense of belonging to the natural world and of wonder for the environment around us. Our trips are not about conquering mountains or pushing personal limits, but helping one discover what it feels like to sleep out under the starts, come across a moose on a woodland trail and sit around a campfire telling stories with a group of friends.
"Our son went to another camp for four years and Camp Lookout is superior in terms of [the small] size, how nice the kids and staff are and the fact that there are no cliques. I love the aspect of stressing cooperation and having the kids pick out their own activities. And the beauty of the camp is wonderful." – Satisfied Parent
At camp we spend a lot of time playing on the Lake Michigan beach. Recently awarded the "most beautiful place in America," by Good Morning America, it offers our campers the ability to stroll along the beach, swim in the clean waters, and play on the seemingly endless sand dunes.
Our camp is small enough for everyone to know each other, yet large enough to offer diversified and interesting programs. We serve our meals "family style," which means no waiting in long buffet lines. This unique aspect of camp allows campers to talk to each other creating relationships that can last a lifetime.
"Wilderness….is a spiritual necessity. An antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium. I found that people go to the wilderness for many things, but the most important of these is perspective. They may think they go for the fishing or the scenery or companionship, but in reality it is something far deeper. They go to the wilderness for the good of their souls." – Sigurd Olson