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Best Specialty Camps for Kids in Michigan

Traditional camp will always be in style, but these days, there are a lot more options for how your child whiles away his summer days. Here are 10 types that are breaking the mold of your childhood and getting today's kids psyched for summer.

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What comes to mind when you think about summer camp? Days spent splashing in the lake with friends. Or evenings around the campfire roasting marshmallows. Maybe it's learning to tie square knots or identifying plants and flowers on a hike. While you can still find plenty of traditional summer camps that offer kids these types of experiences, more and more summer camps are going specialized.

Kids can trade in their sneakers and sweats for chef hats to become bakers for a week. They can learn more about pets by attending a summer camps all about helping, training and caring for animals. The list of specialty camp offerings is going up each year, which means you can match your child's specific interests with a camp all about that topic.

Here's our list of the top 10 hottest kinds of summer specialty camps around.

For each type of trendy camp, you'll find information about a few locations in southeast Michigan where you can sign up your child.

Please note: Those listed are day camps unless otherwise marked.

Sports

Why they're popular: Justin Verlander, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Missy Franklin. If your kids are regularly chatting about their favorite baseball, tennis, basketball, swimming or any other type of sports star, they'd jump at the chance to go to sports camp.

What they offer: There are several different kinds of sports camps. For younger children, there are camps that introduce kids to a range of sports instead of concentrating on one. Grade- and high-schoolers can choose from camps that will help them develop skills needed for their specific sport.

Sports camp options

Camp BHC – Beverly Hills Club

  • Address: 31555 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills
  • Phone: 248-642-8500

Sports skills, swimming, tennis

Franklin Athletic Club

  • Address: 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-352-8000, ext. 247

Sports skills, tennis, basketball, swimming, synchronized swimming

TGA Premier Junior Golf Camps

  • Address: Locations in Glen Oaks, Holly, Madison Heights, Northville, Sycamore Hills, Troy and Oakland Township
  • Phone: 248-252-0208

Theater

Why they're popular: Many kids like to spend some time in the spotlight. Theater camps give them the chance to discover more about stagecraft – from preparing sets and costumes to acting and performance skills.

What they offer: For many of these theater camps, your child doesn't need any previous experience to participate. Some of these camps also include a performance at the end of the session, so that you can see the campers demonstrate their skills. 

Theater camp options

Mosiac's Broadway Workshop's Summer Musical Theatre Intensive

  • Address: 2251 Antietam Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-872-6910

Drama, music, theater

Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit

  • Address: 19176 Northrop St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-531-3720

Drama, film, theater

Roeper Summer Programs

  • Address: 41190 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 248-203-7370

Summer Stock Theatre divided by age group

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