Looking for a kids camp in metro Detroit — and beyond? You’ve come to the right place! Metro Parent’s first-ever Virtual Camp Fair is packed with top-notch overnight camps, day camps and specialty camps ready to give your kids a safe, memorable and fun summer. Discover what camps offer, explore our Official Camp Planning Guide, check out a the Camp Chat videos and more. Happy camping!


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Official Guide to Summer Camp

Ready for camp? Metro Parent’s guide is here to help! Get kids in gear for an exciting experience with practical tips and tons of activities to keep the fun going all summer long.

Harness the excitement of summer camp with our action-packed official guide. Discover key questions to ask camps and must-pack goods for kiddos — plus, try our “Camp This, Do That” activities to help kids get stoked for day camp, sports camp, STEM camp, art camp or nature camp (or keep the fun going when camp has ended). You’ll also get details on ALL of the camps here at Virtual Camp Fair Week. Bonus: Challenge the kids to find the camp names in the fun word search worksheet!

Our Fair Camp Booths in 2021

Here’s a peek at the 28 camps that joined Metro Parent’s Virtual Camp Fair in 2021. The booths are now closed, but you can still see the name and type of camp, ages it’s for and a small description!

Cranbrook Summer Camps

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 3-17
Each summer, Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps host more than 1,800 campers from 20 states and nine countries. The offerings include Brookside Tots, Brookside Camp, Cranbrook Camp, Kingswood Camp, Art Studio, Robotics, STEM, Theater School and Young Authors, plus multiple sports camps, including ice hockey and soccer.

AccelerateKID Summer Tech Camps

Program Type: Day Camp, Virtual Ages: Grades K-8
Knowing computer science is as fundamental as learning math and reading and this camp offers many different computer programming languages depending on your child’s level including Scratch, JavaScript, Python and Java. The camps will be with a live virtual instructor.

Aloha Beach Camp Hawaii

Program Type:Overnight Camp
Ages: 7-16
Spend a week in Hawaii and take part in more than 50 camp activities in this fun, safe sleep-away program. Think white sandy beach, clean cabins and activities unique to Hawaii right on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore, just 45-minutes from downtown Honolulu and world-famous Waikiki Beach.

Bay Shore Camp and Family Ministries

Program Type: Overnight Camp
Ages: 6-17
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. There are even a few fun camps for parent and child together.

Camp Carvela & Crystalaire Adventures

Program Type: Day Camp, Overnight Camp
Ages: 6-17
Camp Carvela, located near Traverse City, empowers campers through experiential learning, is non-competitive and all activities are meant to create positive connections and meaningful experiences. Days vary as widely as the creativity and campers and staff allow, with special programming and day trips. At Crystalaire Adventures, campers will camp, hike, bike, sail, kayak and more.

Camp Everbrook at Everbrook Academy South Lyon

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 3-11
Campers enjoy a variety of weekly camp themes – think Zoology and art as just a few examples – and interesting visitors. All-day campers receive healthy meals and snacks, camp backpack, T-shirt and baseball cap.

Camp Kodiak

Program Type: Overnight Camp, Special Needs
Ages: 6-17
Camp Kodiak is an integrated summer program for children and teens with and without learning disabilities, ADHD and high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. It offers an integrated social skills program, an academic program and more than 50 activi-ties, including horseback riding, sports and creative arts.

Camp Newaygo

Program Type: Day Camp, Overnight Camp
This historic camp offers week-long and multiweek sessions for the girls overnight camp (ages 7-17) and co-ed day camp for grades 1-7. The camp sits along Pickerel Lake in the Manistee National Forest area. It even offers mom and me and family camping experi-ences and more.

Deborah’s Stage Door Summer Camps

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 2-17
This performing arts camp offers themed summer classes (and a performance for mom and dad!), including Princess Camp, TikTok Camp, World of Dance Camp, Harry Potter Camp and Hip Hop Video Camp.

Detroit Catholic Central High School Summer Camps

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 9-14 (grades 4-8 in the fall)
Run by coaches and teachers at Catholic Central, while athletic camps are the most traditional offerings, it has also offered robotics, quiz bowl, art and more.

Detroit Country Day Summer Programs

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 3-17
The summer is fill with academics, athletics and arts. Program length varies per camp, but campers can expect lots of time to enjoy the outdoors, making friends and plenty of fun activities.

Franklin Athletic Club

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 2-17
There is fun and games and lots of learning at these camps, with campers swimming, playing games, making arts and crafts and exploring a giant inflatable sports arena and double slide. Campers will experience enrichment classes as well as in-house field trips.

Friendship Circle Summer Camp

Program Type: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Special Needs
Ages: 5 and up
Friendship Circle offers three fun summer camp options: Day Camp at Friendship Circle where campers learn critical social skills while enjoying arts and crafts, sports, water play and music; Rubin Family Day Camp and Rubin Family Overnight Camp at North Star Reach in Pinckney offer a more traditional camp experience with swimming, canoeing, nature walks, sports and talent shows.

Gilden Woods Summer Explorers

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 5-10
Weeks are filled with fun outdoor and indoor activities, singing, creative crafts and plenty of group games. Plus, campers will spend time in lesson-based learning featuring the ‘When I Grow Up’ curriculum and field trips.

iCode Troy

Program Type:Day Camp, Virtual and Onsite available
Ages: 7-18
Campers immerse themselves in a world of coding, robotics, drones and design. These week-long camps are perfect for kids who have great imaginations, enjoy solving challenges or simply love technology. They’ll explore AI, game making and more.

Interlochen Arts Camp

Program Type: Overnight Camp
Ages: Grades 3-12
Interlochen Arts Camp each summer welcomes more than 2,500 students from all over the world to study creative writing, dance, interdisciplinary arts, film and new media, music, theater and visual arts.

JCC Day Camps of Metro Detroit

Program Type: Day Camp, Special Needs
Ages: Grades K-9
Camps provide a fun and safe summer for kids with swimming, nature, fire pit, sports and more as specialty camps are focused on sports, cooking and performing arts. It also offers KAT, an inclusion program for children with special needs that is part of the Camp Kehilla program where they do all of the social, physical and fun activities of traditional camp with support.

Life Time Fitness

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 6-11
Life Time prides itself for offering a camp for every child and every schedule. Its full- and half- day options include weekly themes, STEAM activities, specialized electives and, of course, sports, fitness, swimming and gym games.

Michigan Science Center Summer of Science Camps

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 6-11
The mission of the Michigan Science Center is to inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment.

Michigan State University’s Gifted and Talented Education

Program Type: Day Camp, Online this year
Ages: 9-17
Multiple camp options are available to help gifted children soar this summer and build on their skills through a variety of accelerated exploratory educational presentations and hands-on experiences taught by MSU’s talented professors and faculty.

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 6-17
Campers are in for an adventure every day caring for animals at the farm, afternoon hikes, STEM projects as well as investigating nature explores. Many themes offered.

Roeper Summer Experience

Program Type: Day Camp
Summer Camp at Roeper is a tradition! This year we are offering in-person camps with a focus on the outdoors: day camp; science camp; soccer camp; and tech camp. We are also offering live virtual online classes. Have fun this summer and experience the Roeper difference.

St. Francis Camp on the Lake

Program Type: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Special Needs
Ages: 6-17
This camp offers a personalized camping experience for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Camper-to-staff remains low at 3:1, and the staff is trained to meet each camper’s behavior, medical and dietary needs.

STEAAM at The Montessori School Rochester

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 2 months-17
Expect a summer filled with outdoor activities and adventure incorporating technology and science with nature. Some of the themes include photography, dance, woodworking, time travel, 3D printing and knitting & sewing.

TreeRunner Adventure Camp

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 7-13
Campers will test themselves daily through aerial obstacles and challenges, building their self-confidence, learning that they can overcome challenges and making friends. Four week-long sessions to choose from.

Unplugged Summer Camps (Farmington Hills Community Center)

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 6-17
Every day is an adventure for campers, whether they want a nature, sports, arts or traditional day camp. There are plenty to choose from here.

YMCA Camp Ohiyesa & YMCA Camp Nissokone

Program Type: Day Camp, Overnight Camp
Ages: Under 6-17
Ohiyesa offers both program options, with traditional fun for all campers. The overnight program offers towers to climb, slides, campfires and memories. Nissokone is located near Lake Huron in Oscoda with both day and overnight camps. The programs are focused on four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

American Camp Association

The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who joined together to ensure the quality of camp programs. Find an interactive camp directory and tips for making this summer awesome.


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