Summer Camp For Kids

Summer camp is a rite of passage for kids here in southeast Michigan, but with so many options out there, it can be a challenge for mom and dad to find the perfect one for their child. 

That’s the inspiration behind this summer camp guide. Here, we offer you a breakdown of different camp options for kids interested in everything from a traditional nature camp experience to STEM camp, art camp, sports camp and more. There’s even options for kids with disabilities and drop-in camps (in case you dropped the ball and forgot to sign your child up for a camp this year). Plus, get tips on choosing the right camp for your child and tips on camping as a family, too. 

Bookmark this page and return to it year after year for updated information — we add new camp content to it regularly. 

Good luck! 

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Camping Advice

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Choosing a summer camp for your child for the first time can be scary. After all, you’re sending them off to spend the night in the wilderness with new friends and hoping that they have fun. To help ease your mind, we offer you tips on choosing a camp for your child, information on why camp is a must-have experience for kids and updates on what’s going on with camps in the age of COVID. Not feeling camp for your child this year? No worries, we have information on how you can create a camping experience for your family at or near home, too.

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Finding a Great Summer Day Camp for Your Kids

From assessing children's interests to scoping out security and asking lots of questions, here are six solid ways to find enrichment that's the right fit.

Camp Friendships are Unique Experiences for Kids

Making friends at camp can result in some of the best relationships children have, giving more insight into themselves and the bigger world.

Is Overnight Camp Right For Your Child?

Summer rite of passage or a scary proposition? For many parents, including this local mom, it's a toss up. Read on for the pros, cons and many perspectives.

Choose a Camp Checklist for Parents and Kids

Summer experiences have long-term perks for kids. Use our choose a camp checklist to find a great fit, and check out Metro Parent's Camp Expo and Summer Camp Guide for Kids, too.

Overnight Camps

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An overnight camp is a great way for kids to develop a sense of independence, make new friends and spread their wings away from mom and dad while they gain a greater appreciation of nature. Explore some great overnight and nature summer camps in Michigan and take a deeper dive into some camps that support Metro Parent.

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Best Outdoor and Nature Overnight Summer Camps in Michigan

From overnight summer camps in Michigan and outdoor immersion programs for teens to day camps for tykes, discover top options that span the state.
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Day Camps

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Not sure a night (or week) away from mom and dad is the right fit for your kiddo? No problem! Day camps are a solid middle ground for parents who want their kids to get an exciting summer experience without leaving town — and best of all, day camps come in a wide variety of options like STEM, art and sports, so you’re sure to find one that will fit your child’s interests.

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Camps for Kids with Mental and Physical Disabilities

Looking for a summer camp where your child can interact with kids with similar abilities? Consider one of these camps for kids with special needs.

Top Enrichment Camps in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Think your child's summer shouldn't be squandered? Try these A-plus enrichment camps in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor where kids learn, grow and achieve.

Best Specialty Camps for Kids in Michigan

Traditional camps will always be among the best kids’ summer camp options. But here are 10 types of specialty camps for kids that break the mold.

Virtual Summer Camps for Kids

Help your child experience something new, or learn more about the skill they love, with these virtual spring and summer break camps

School Break Camps

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Summer isn’t the only time of year for your child to get their camp on. Many local organizations host camp experiences during kids’ breaks from school — including winter and spring break — that double as a fun time for them and childcare for you.

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Winter and Holiday Break Day Camps for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Need to keep your children entertained during the upcoming holiday break? Check out these great holiday break day camps for kids.

Things to Do on Spring Break: Fun for Kids and Families

What are some things to do on spring break in metro Detroit with your kids? When it comes to the April break, we've got southeast Michigan covered.
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Metro Parent’s Annual Camp Fair

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Each spring, Metro Parent brings local families together with dozens of camps across the state. The camp fair is an opportunity for camps to show off their unique offerings and for parents to score the latest information about the camps that their kids are most interested in. Check MetroParent.com each winter for updates on the FREE yearly event. 

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