Summer Camp Fun: Your 2021 List

This summer will be the best ever for your child. Metro Parent's advertising partners share their top camp offerings.

Swimming, arts and crafts (and fine arts, too!), cycling, tennis or just the time to really explore that academic subject your kid is really into — this is what summer is all about. We’re lucky that with summer’s longer days and generous school breaks, there is ample time to enjoy everything summer has to offer. We’re also lucky that so many camps are offering diverse experiences for kids, including in-person and virtual options. Whatever type of summer camp experience your child is ready for, Metro Parent’s advertising partners fit the bill. Check out what’s on offer.

Cranbrook Summer Camps

Cranbrook Schools is a leader in academic experiences, so it’s little wonder the school approaches summer day camps for kids with the same focus on excellence. On Cranbrook’s 319-acre green and forested Bloomfield Hills campus, kids come from near and far to engage in all the traditional summer day camp experiences in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. At Cranbrook Camp (for boys, grades two through nine) and Kingswood Camp (for girls, grades two through nine), campers make full use of the expansive Cranbrook educational campus to explore canoeing, team sports, drama, yoga, arts and crafts and much more. For campers in grades two through nine, Cranbrook’s specialty camps allow kids to pursue their passions — like art, robotics, theater, writing and STEM — and spend dedicated time exploring interests with like-minded peers.

YMCA Camp Ohiyesa

Ohiyesa offers day and overnight camp options, with traditional fun for all campers. The overnight program offers towers to climb, slides, campfires and memories. Kids ages 4-16 will love experiences like boating, archery, horseback riding a petting farm, and a waterfront, all situated on 300 acres. Day camp sessions include weekly themes, from Jurassic Camp to the Battle of the Bands to Survivor. Add-on a saddle club option for day campers to give them time to ride a horse. Before and after care is also available for campers attending day camp.

Multimedia Makeup Academy

There are 10 weeks of day camps offered for aspiring makeup artists ages 9-16. Kids can learn to master makeup use for FX techniques (like creating lacerations and gore) or go “Beyond Beauty” to grasp the fundamentals of makeup artistry. Each day camp includes five days of lessons with a healthy, allergy conscious lunch provided and an option for extended care. All classrooms now have HEPA air purifiers and each classroom has a special Sterlilight UV-C disinfecting case which students will be taught to use to sterilize their tools, brushes and even cell phone.  

Lawrence Technological University

For the academically engaged high school student, summer is the time to plug into immersive experiences that challenge and stretch the mind. This summer, LTU, a private university in the Southfield City Centre, welcomes rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to fun and engaging week-long summer camps. Campers can attend as day campers, or as residential campers, living in student housing, eating in the cafeteria and participating in fun evening activities. All camp experiences follow the same social distancing and masking requirements LTU students, faculty and staff have followed during the regular school year. Campers can select programs in art, architecture and design, technology, graphic design, marketing, sketching and visual communication, psychology, industrial engineering and medicine.

Pontiac Sailing Education Foundation Junior Sailing Program at Pontiac Yacht Club

Learning how to sail is a dream come true for kids in metro Detroit. Through Pontiac Sailing Education Foundation, the Junior Sailing Program at Pontiac Yacht Club is bringing its popular, decades-old summer sailing camp to kids again this year. Held on beautiful Cass Lake, summer sailing camp is a perfect opportunity for kids 6-18 to learn about sailing. No experience required! Through the sport of sailing, kids learn how to work with others to set goals and communicate effectively. They learn camaraderie and inclusive teamwork. From stringent safety protocols to social distancing, PSEF sailing camp is a safe place for kids to spend their time this summer. All coaches are avid sailors and the camp follows all CDC, state and local guidelines for safety.

YMCA Camp Copneconic

Fantastic campfire songs are just the start, offering day and overnight camps with programs for ages 4 to high school seniors. Campers take action-packed field trips, go ziplining, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing, plus enjoy weekly themes like searching for gold or building a time machine. Parents can anticipate additional enhanced protocols, like health screenings and daily temperature checks as well as social distancing, masking and increased cleaning in common areas. Camp Tall Tree, set on the grounds of Camp Copneconic, is a traditional summer experience for kids ages 7-18 with special needs like autism — plus skill-building for ages 13 to mid-20s, and a program for siblings of people with autism.

Bayshore Camp

Choose from traditional overnight camps — with all the makings of a fun summer — overnight sports camps and overnight arts camps, all of which are rooted in the Christian faith. Arts camps include weeks for music, theater and worship arts. Sports camps are designed for athletes in soccer, softball, baseball, volleyball, basketball and fishing. Day camps are held on site or on the road to places like nearby Pathfinder Church, Frankenmuth UMC, Grace Church or Milwood UMC. There are even a few fun day camps for parent and child together that include singing, dancing and crafts.

Interlochen Arts Camp

For creative kids ages 8 to 19, Interlochen Arts Camp is the summer experience of a lifetime in an idyllic northern Michigan setting. Campers can select programs in creative writing, dance, interdisciplinary arts, film and new media, music, theater or visual arts — and not all programs require an audition for entry. This summer, as part of Interlochen’s COVID-19 preparedness plan, students will be grouped by their program and will experience all aspects of camp within their cohort, including classes, recreational activities and meals — enhancing safety while facilitating deep bonds and giving each student personalized attention. For those who prefer a virtual arts education experience, Interlochen offers its highly rated Interlochen Online.

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