New Detroit Camp Enterprise                     
David J. Gamlin
Director, Youth Development / New Detroit, Inc.
Phone:  313-664-2046
New Detroit is accepting applications for the 2013 Camp Enterprise at Michigan State University 
in East Lansing, July 17 - 21, 2013. The first day is at Wayne State University.The camp is exclusively 
for students that will be juniors and seniors in the fall of 2013 and interested in college, business, entrepreneurship and professional development. There is no cost for the students selected to attend. 

Southfield Youth Police Academy                   
Phone:  248-795-5360
The Southfield Police Dept. is looking for students, ages 14-18 to participate in a one-week youth 
police academy. The FREE academy runs noon-4 p.m. June 17-21st, 2013 at the Southfield Civic Center, 
26000 Evergreen Road. Space is limited. Applications must be received by the Police Dept. no later
than May 31st. Students will be exposed to law enforcement operations including crime scene investigation, drug awareness, traffic safety and gun safety. They will also learn leadership skills, job interview and application skills and conflict resolution.

The University of Detroit Summer Enrichment Program         
Phone:  313-494-6652
A FREE, six-week initiative that will run from May 20th thru June 28th, 2013 to expose students to careers 
in dentistry, increase the number of disadvantaged students pursuing dental careers and help students become successful dental school applicants! Selected students will strengthen their academic skills, network with dental students, faculty and professionals and participate in hands-on activities, seminars, workshops and other active-learning opportunities. They will also practice strategies for taking the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and receive assistance with the dental school application process. The program 
is open to undergraduate students who have completed at least 2 years of college. Applications must 
be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27th, 2013.  

Macomb County CARE / Project FOCUS Summer Youth Camp         
31900 Utica Road
Fraser  MI  48026
Phone:  586-541-0033         Camp Reservation #  586-541-2273 #128
Sponsors a free youth support camp for kids, ages 3-18, who are concerned about a family member's substance abuse problem or have a family member in recovery.
2013 Camp will be held:
St. Mark Lutheran Church
26830 W. Park Street
Roseville MI   (SW corner 696 service drive / 11 Mile & Gratiot)
June 17-21 & June 24-28th, 2013   8:30 a.m. to noon   Also a Parenting group!
Through fun, play, art, crafts, games and small group discussions, children, youth and teens learn that they are not alone with family members who have substance use and addiction.  They also learn to identify and process feelings, how to be safe, how to handle peer pressure, conflict resolution, making healthy choices and life skill building.  This camp is FREE!

Celebration Camp                              
Oakwood Family Center
18501 Rotunda 
Dearborn MI  48124
Phone:  313-695-1322
FREE Substance Abuse and Prevention Program including Family Dinner on Saturday March 9th, 
March 16th and March 23rd, 2013  from 12 noon to 4 p.m..  All ages 5 years and older welcome.  
Parents and Caregivers are invited to attend a parent workshop that meets at the same time.  
Child Care is available for 2 1/2 to 4 year-olds.  Dinner will be served to children and parents and/or caregivers staying for the camp sessions.  

Henry Ford Health System's Maplegrove Center        
Phone for Registration:  248-661-6170  OR  734-285-4001
Hosting FREE summer camp education and support programs for children ages 5 to 17 who are living
in families with alcohol/drug abuse, mental illness, or other extraordinary stress.  The programs are educational support groups that help children & teens learn about addiction, appropriate ways of expressing their feelings, safe decision-making and how to get help.  Parents & caregivers are encouraged to participate in sessions where they have an opportunity to develop complementary parenting skills. 
Camps are available in:  
Livonia--St. Colette Catholic High School, 9 a.m. to noon, June 24--28th, 2013
Maplegrove Center--West Bloomfield, 8 a.m. to noon, July 22-26th, 2013
Riverview--St. Cyprian Catholic Church, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. , July 12-16th, 2013
Rochester--Rochester Church of Christ, 9 a.m. to noon, July 12-16th, 2013
Ferndale--Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, 9 a.m. to noon, July 19-23rd, 2013

Third Annual Michigan Girls With Disabilities Event- Her Power! Her Pride! Her Voice!
Camp Fish Tales       
Pinconning  MI 
 If you are a high school girl with a disability between the ages of 14-19 [or if you know one] and you 
would like to meet other girls with disabilities from across the State of Michigan, then this is the event 
for you. This event will take place on August 24-27, 2012. The event cost is on a suggested scale that ranges from $35-$70 per girl. This includes: food, lodging, activities, T-shirt and art supplies. Girls will challenge stereotypes and shatter myths about what it means to be a girl with a disability. This event 
will be an interactive weekend. We will use art-based activities to learn from each other and teach the world how we see ourselves. This four day event will be packed with fun, smiles, laughter, creativity, 
and new friends. The registration deadline is August 3, 2012, but please register early because space 
is limited.

Novi Youth Police & Fire Academy                                                          
Phone: 248-347-0546
The free, one-week course is set for        and features police staff providing education on patrol operations, the use of force, traffic stops and the K9 program.  Fire Department staff will offer instruction on home safety as well as fire and emergency rescue equipment.  Participants must be 13-18 years old, 
be Novi residents and pass a background check.  

Super Kids / Smart Choices Summer Socialization Program                     
Phone: 586-329-6722
Monday through Thursday, week of July 16th and the week of July 23rd, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., there willl be a program for students ages 5 through 15 who are on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum are invited to attend.  There will be a morning session and an afternoon session and will be held at a school in Macomb County.  The cost of the program is $25 per student but financial aid is available!

Youth Support Summer Camp         
 First Presbyterian Church
168 Cass Avenue                              July 23, 24, 25, 26 30, 31 and August 1, 2, 2012 
Mt. Clemens MI  48043
Phone:  586-541-0033 
Free summer program for youth ages 5-15 affected by a loved one's use of alcohol or other drugs or with a family member in recovery.  An optional parent/caregiver support group is offered by attendance is not required.  Childcare is available for children ages 3-5 when caregivers attend.  Free breakfast and snack
is included! 

Metro Detroit Girl Scouts
Phone: 313-972-4475
Offers many types of summer programs and camps.  Scholarships are available!

Kids Burn Camp    University of Michigan Burn Camp           
Phone:  734-232-3813
A child between the ages of 8 and 17 who has been treated for a burn injury in Michigan can attend the Kids Burn Camp with activities including swimming, horse-back riding and kayaking.  Camp counselors include firefighters, nurses and therapists.  The camp is scheduled for June 17-22, 2012 at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville.  Offered free because of donations, fund-raisers and community support.

Great Lakes Burn Camp                     
1709 N. West Ave.
Jackson MI  49202
Phone: 517-937-5527  OR  800-989-2571
Ages 6 to 17 who has been treated for a burn injury.  Transportation is free as well as the camp.  
Camp will be at Pretty Lake Vacation Camp near Kalamazoo.

KOA Cancer Care Camps
(click on "Come Camp & Care With Us Weekend")
Sends children with cancer and their siblings to one of 35 special summer camps.

Camp Sunshine
35 Acadia Rd.
Casco ME  04215
Phone:   205-655-3800
Sponsored by www.Camp  (family parks)
Free camps in Casco, Maine for children and their families with life-threatening illnesses.  

Southeast Michigan Weekend Family Retreat  / Epilepsy Foundation
20300 Civic Center Drive  Suite 250
Southfield MI  48076
Phone:  248-351-7979
This is a family retreat for children with epilepsy and their families.  Activities will be led by highly-trained Epilepsy Foundation MSW staff.  The retreat will be a mix of team-building exercises, psycho-educational sessions, and social activities.  On this retreat you can expect to:  have fun, discover strengths, build stronger family relationships, develop new skills, face challenges, and meet other families.  All children who attend must be between the ages of 8 and 18.

Camp Discovery                                              
Phone: 1-800-377-6226
The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan's Camp Discovery provides youth with epilepsy a safe, structured and encouraging home away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.  Camp Discovery will be held at Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center in Augusta, MI.  Staff includes Foundation staff, pediatric neurologists, and Registered Nurse.  Financial assistance is available.  Space is limited!  Also holds family retreats!

Youth Development Commission
1274 Library  #201
Detroit MI  48226
Phone:  313-963-8916
More than 1,000 Metro Detroit youths will spend their summer vacations participating in a variety of inter-active programs thanks to grants awarded earlier this year to community-based organizations.  Provides positive youth development activities in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.  Check the website for programs in YOUR area!

Children's Hospital of Michigan/Project Challenge (Detroit Medical Center)
3901 Beaubien Street, 5th Floor
Detroit MI  48201
Phone:  313-745-4892  (program coordinator)
                313-966-0601  (mentor/project coordinator)
A summer and winter day camp providing a full range of psychosocial and recreational programs 
to improve the quality of life for children infected or affected by HIV.

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan  
1169 Oak Valley Drive  Suite #108
Ann Arbor  MI  48108
Phone:  734-222-9800  OR  800-482-1455
Detroit Office: 
1900 E. Jefferson Ave., Suite 222
Detroit MI  48207
Phone:  313-259-1574  OR  866-574-1574
Programs include patient and family camps, peer mentoring.  Scholarships available.  Children's 
Camp is a week-long camping experience at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI where more than 30 
children on dialysis (ages 8-16) or with a transplant, spend the week with 150 other campers who 
do not have kidney failure.  
Contact Bob Meyer at the NKFM at 800-482-1455  OR email 

Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
1921 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI  48197
Phone: 800-482-3041 
Camp for children ages 6 to 13 with hemophilia and related bleeding disorders.

Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan
100 Silver Creek Road
Marquette, MI  49855
Phone: 800-292-5260  OR  906-249-5437
Social service program offering treatment and care of troubled boys and girls throughout the country. Programs include summer camp.

Hartford Agape House
18515 James Couzens Hwy.
Detroit MI  48235
Phone: 313-861-1200
Provides youth and teen programming for the following zip code areas:  48221, 48219, 48235.

Little Scholars of Detroit Performing Arts Summer Camp
19000 Grand River 
Detroit MI 
Gompers Elementary
20601 W. Davison
Detroit MI 
Phone: 313-272-2747
Day camp offering classes for children who want to try art, drama, music and dance.  At the end of the camp, the children showcase their new talents in a production.    (Funded by the Summer Dreams project of Detroit Free Press)

Detroit Hispanic Development Corp. Summer Youth Program
1211 Trumbull 
Detroit MI
Phone: 313-967-4880
The program serves children of all races and ethnicity ages 6 to 17 in southwest Detroit.  (The camp's main source of funding is the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Detroit Free Press's 
Summer Dreams Program).   

City Mission
20405 Schoolcraft   
P.O. Box 231135
Detroit MI  48223
Phone: 313-541-3531 
Four days, starting July 2nd at Huron Forest Camp Cherith, an interdenominational Christian camp 
in the Huron National Forest near Oscoda.  The camp is about learning about God, swimming, nature, 
hunts, fishing, and other typical "camp stuff".

Challenge the Wind Youth Sailing Program
Harbor Hill Marina 
P.O. Box 32622
Detroit  MI  48232
Phone: 313-862-9272
A summer camp that offers 10 to 18 year olds in Metro Detroit an opportunity to learn about sailing.  Accepts a group of about 40 students from low-to-moderate income families.    

Alternatives for Girls   (Rise n' Shine)
903 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit MI  48208
Phone: 313-361-4000 
A six-week summer program initiative sponsored by Alternatives for Girls.  Fifty girls will participate 
in activities designed to broaden girl's horizons.  Activities also include doing volunteer work.

Peoples IALAC Community Center/Peoples United Methodist Church
Pine Ridge Bible Camp
Phone: 313-342-7868
Runs from mid-June to August for youths age 5 to 18.  Offers art, music, cooking, reading, field trips, etc.  

The Greening of Detroit
1418 Michigan Avenue
Detroit MI  48216            
Phone: 313-237-8733
Day camps for more than 700 Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park for children ages 3 to 17.  
The goal of the daylong camps is to instill in the children an appreciation of nature that starts in their neighborhoods and reaches the ends of the Earth.

Wayne-Metropolitan Community Action Agency
2121 Biddle Ave. (main office)
Wyandotte MI  48192
Phone:  313-284-6999  
The KEY program---which stands for Keeping an Eye on Youth--serves about 60 kids each summer 
whose families live in the.Wayne County Family Center shelter in Westland, run by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.  Homeless kids ages 5-17 will go on several field trip as well as other educational activities

Eagle Village Inc.'s Adventure Learning Center
4507 170th Ave.
Hershey MI  49639
Phone: 231-832-2234
Held at a 683-acre camp in Hershey in central-lower Michigan for kids ages 5 to 17, including those who have emotional or behavioral impairments.  There agre 14 sessions ranging from four to seven days and running from mid-June to mid-August.  The camp philosophy is to create a positive environment that allows participants to develop a positive self-concept and learn the value of cooperation and support within a group.

Alkebu-lan Village
REACH-Detroit Partnership
7701 Harper
Detroit MI  48213
Phone: 313-921-1616
An eight-week camp from 1 to 5 p.m. daily for ages 5 to 17.  About 98% of the campers are African-American and about 95% are from low-income households.  The camp focuses on math, language arts, social studies and physical fitness and includes activities such as gardening, martial arts, roller skating, African dance and drums, and hip-hop dance.  There will also be career guidance for older students.  

Fresh Air Society & Tamarack Camps
6735 Telegraph Road  #380
Bloomfield Hills MI  48301
Phone: 248-647-1100
A group of camps and experiences aimed at instilling a sense of community in Jewish children.  Tamarack now has a wilderness camp in the Upper Peninsula, an outpost in Ontario, and it sponsors trips out West and to Alaska for older kids.  This year, nearly 1,100 mostly Jewish children ages 7 to 14 from metro Detroit are to attend Tamarack Camp's residential summer program at Camp Maas in Ortonville.  Kids can spend two or 3 1/2 weeks at the 1,500 acre camp.  The youths come from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and one-third of them have a financial need.

Starfish Family Services
30000 Hiveley
Inkster MI  48141                                 
Phone:  734-728-3400
Each summer Starfish offers as many as 250 children ages 6-12 an opportunity to garden, fish, and learn about the environment and about the foods they eat.   There are also field trips.  

Special Days Camps
Summer Camp:
7260 S. Stoney Lake Road
Jackson MI  48821
Winter Camp:
6921 N. Stoney Lake Road
Jackson MI  48821
Phone: 734-717-5591  OR  866-448-4710
Special Days Camps will take place at the YMCA Camp Storer in Jackson, on 1,200 acres alongside Stoney Lake for kids who have had cancer and their siblings.  The camp offers group games, sports, 
arts and crafts, boating and more, with activities separated by age groups.  A medical staff is present 
24/7.   Supported by the Summer Dreams Project of the Detroit Free Press.

Kids Kicking Cancer
645 Griswold  #444
Detroit MI  48226
Phone:  313-557-0024
Founded for children in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties in 1999, and now includes children with other chronic diseases.  Children with cancer, sickle-cell anemia and other illnesses focus on building strength to deal with pain, fear and anxiety.  Offers a karate training program and will add day camp activities such as museum visits,sporting events and outdoor experiences to build camaraderie among the children and their relatives.  Camps are also for the siblings.  

Marygrove College Summer Theater Intensive Camp
8425 W. McNichols
Detroit MI  48221
Phone: 313-927-927-1583  OR  313-927-1306  
The Institute of Music and Dance at Marygrove College each summer raises the curtain on 3 camps for 
72 children ages 5 through 18.  About 95% are from Detroit and 90% come from low-to moderate-income families.  Different performing camps offered.

Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles Inc.  (OATS)
3090 Weidemann Drive
Clarkston MI  48348
Phone: 248-620-0505  OR  248-620-1775
OATS has a summer day camp for 2 weeks in July for children.  The non-profit is housed on 50 acres 
near M-15 and Seymour Lake Road in Clarkston.

Crossroads for Youth
930 E. Drahner   PO Box 9
Oxford MI  48371
Phone:  248-628-2561 ext. 250
Website: OR
On the shores of Handsome Lake, Adventure Camp welcomes 300 to 400 children from southeast Michigan from mid-June through mid-August and is run by Crossroads, a nonprofit children's services agency and offers various programs for children based on their needs.  Some of the programs are designed for low-income youngsters ages 7 to 17 who have behavioral or emotional problems.  Ask 
about scholarships!

Westside Cultural & Athletic Club's Summer Camp
Phone: 313-898-5185
Young people who participate in the program can enjoy baseball, softball, T-ball, basketball and track, 
plus field trips, a talent show, educational table games, a teen club and arts and crafts.  The program serves about 170 low-income African-American, Native American, Arab-American and Hispanic children ages 5 to 18 who live in the area surrounded by I-94, I-96, Jackson Street and Scotten.  Lunch is served.

Brightmoor Camp Adventure
14451 Burt Road
Detroit MI  48223
Phone: 313-531-0305
Brightmoor Community Center staff will take children ages 6 to 12 to different Metroparks 4 days a week and they will also visit Greenfield Village and the Detroit Zoo.  Children can sign up for one week or for the entire six-week program.  About 80% of the children receive camperships for low-income families.

YMCA Storer Camps
7260 S. Stoney Lake Road
Jackson MI  49201
Phone: 800-536-8607  
From June to August, the camps offer summer experiences for more than 1,600 kids from grades 2 to 12 
in Jackson MI on 1,200 acres in the Irish Hills.  Most of the children are from Michigan and Ohio.  The camp's mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through various programs in the natural environment.

Clark Park Coalition
1130 Clark Street  #207
Detroit MI  48209
Phone:  313-297-9328
The camp, located at the Clark Park Recreation Center on Clark and the I-75 service drive, runs from the end of the school year to the start of school, about Aug. 21st from five days a week from 10:30 a.m. to sundown.  The camp is free and serves about 100 youngsters, ages 9 to 17, almost all of them from households in the southwest Detroit neighborhood surrounding the center.  The youngsters receive a free lunch and go on weekly field trips such as the zoo, museums, water parks or a baseball game.  

Camp Starlight     
Michigan Dyslexia Institute & Dyslexia Association of America
Phone: 517-485-4000
Held at YMCA Lansing's Mystic Lake Camp, they spend most of the time enjoying traditional camp activities along with role-playing skits on issues they'll likely face, presentations by successful speakers who are dyslexic and instruction on developing reading and writing skills.  Campers age 7 to 16 come from Michigan and out of state.  About 46% receive full or partial camperships.  

Camp Beechpoint
3212 125th Avenue
Allegan MI  49010
Phone:  800-991-2267
A non-denominational, Christian-theme camp along the shores of Dumont Lake in southwest Michigan each summer.  For kids ages 8 to 14.  Its primary purpose is to spread the gospel to urban youth through 
a quality Christian camping experience.  Most participants are from the Chicago, Detroit and Grand Rapids areas.  Eight one-week sessions that run from mid-June through the beginning of August

Grace Adventures
Phone:  231-873-3662
The non-denominational Christian camp mixes worship and Bible studies with traditional camp fun at Grace Adventures youth camp on Upper Silver Lake just north of Muskegon.  For ages 6 to 17.  Last year, Grace Adventures provided nearly $40,000 in scholarships to 400 campers.  Grace offers other summer programs, including camp for children dealing with loss, children from broken homes and for those who have been through the juvenile court system.

YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit/ Camp Cavell
3335 Lakeshore
Lexington MI  48450
Phone: 810-359-2267
One overnight camp at Camp Cavell outside of Lexington, MI and 4 day camps in downtown Detroit, Clawson, Redford Twp., and Wyandotte.  Ask about scholarships for low-income AND military children.

Think Detroit PAL   (Police Athletic League)
111 West Willis
Detroit MI  48201
Phone: 313-833-1600
The programs serves about 1,600 youngsters ages 4 to 19, with hundreds of volunteers from throughout metro Detroit.  Think Detroit PAL focuses on building character.  Its coaches go through three levels of training so they can recognize moments when they should stop and teach life lessons, such as when a team loses a game.  The programs fields about 100 baseball, T-ball and softball teams.

Plymouth Township Youth Police Academy
9955 N. Haggerty Road
Plymouth MI  48170
Phone:  734-453-3840
The free program is open to just 24 students currently in grades 6-8.  Topics are to include patrol procedures, SWAT, criminal law and accident investigations.  Applications are available at school counselor's offices and at the Police Dept. 

Detroit Children's Museum Friends
5134 Second Avenue
Detroit MI  48202
Phone:  313-873-8100
Four hour-long sessions will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Children ages 4-12 can go to just 
one session or all four.  Participants have come from all over metro Detroit and programs will incorporate everything from African drumming to storytelling to puppetry.  The camp tries to educate children about the rest of the world.  

Great Improvement Summer Camp
Phone:  313-850-9314
For boys and girls ages 8-17 for programs in baseball, basketball, soccer, golf and step team.   
$15 per child. 

Young Adult Retreat for Cancer Survivors
18505 W. Twelve Mile Road
Southfield MI  48076
Phone:  248-557-5353
Cancer survivors between the ages of 16-20 years old are invited to attend a four-day summer retreat, compliments of the American Cancer Society.  

Salvation Army of Monroe
815 E. First Street
Monroe MI  48161
Phone:  734-241-0440    
To register a child, fill out an application at the above address.

Youth Police Academy
45175 W. Ten Mile Road
Novi  MI  48375
Phone:  248-347-0538
Anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 can apply for the free Youth Academy.   During the academy, officers will talk to teenagers about patrolling the community, the K9 program, firearms and crime scene investigations.  This is the second year of the academy.   For an application, teens should go to the city's website.

Wyandotte Recreation Department Volleyball Clinic
The Wyandotte Recreation Dept. is sponsoring a youth volleyball clinic at Wyandotte BASF Park.  
Its a co-ed clinic for Wyandotte children ages 10 to 14 who want to learn the fundamentals of volleyball, including passing, setting, serving and spiking; basic game strategies; and daily competitions.  The clinic ends with a tournament.  This free program is coached by current and former players from Roosevelt High School.

Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia MI   48152
Phone: 734-462-4400

Camp 9-1-1
Phone:  734-477-6781  Jason Trojan
Monroe County Ambulance will hold its free, two-day annual Camp 9-1-1 day camps for those ages 8-12 
at two locations in Monroe County.  The day camps activities include touring an ambulance, learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation and visiting a local emergency room.  MCA paramedics and emergency medical technicians serve as "camp counselors", teaching campers about safety at home and at play, how to perform lifesaving skills on injured victims and all about emergency service careers.  

Maplegrove Camp                                                      
Phone:  248-661-6170             
Free educational and support program and summer camps for children ages 5-17 to help children in families with alcohol or other drug abuse, mental illness or other extraordinary stress, learn skills to promote healthy and safe behavior, with a special program for parents.  

Bloomfield Township Library
1099 Lone Pine Road (and Telegraph)
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302-2410
Phone:  248-642-5800   TTY:  248-642-5983
Children ages 9-14 can attend a crime-lab workshop at the library.   With help from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, workshop participants will read clues, conduct procedures to find the culprit, match evidence, rule out suspects and discover what reasonable doubt is all about.  

Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club Driving Range
9339 Belleville
Grosse Ile MI
Phone:  734-785-7705  ext.  7153
A free youth golf clinic for children ages 7 and up to kick off the annual Budd Lynch Celebrity Golf  
Classic to benefit the Guidance Center.  Children will be taught proper golfing technique and will have 
the opportunity to participate in contests and fun activities for a chance to win prizes.  Participants will receive a free snack and coupons and are eligible for a drawing for movie passes and a bowling party.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and are encouraged to bring their own clubs.  Demonstration clubs will be available for children who need them.  

Camp Mak-A-Dream
Children's Oncology Camp Foundation
PO Box 1450
Missoula, MT  49806
Phone:  406-549-5987
A medically run,cost-free camp for children ages 6 up to young adult age 25 with cancer.  There is also 
a sibling camp experience too!  

Camp Fire USA
16250 Northland Dr.
Southfield MI  48075
Phone:  248-559-5840
Wathana Summer Day Camps, After-school programs and residential outdoor camp.

Camp MICHI-MAC                        
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America--Michigan Chapter
17520 West 12 Mile   Suite 102
Southfield MI  48076
Phone:  586-465-0163
For children ages 8 to 15 with significant asthma who are on daily med's & might be at-risk attending "regular" camp.  Financial assistance available!

FA-HO-LO Deaf Family Camps
3000 Mt. Hope Road
Grass Lake MI  48240
Phone:  517-522-6800
For deaf children ages 4-18 and their families.  Sliding fees/family discounts and scholarships available.

Lions Bear Lake Camp
3409 North Five Lakes Road
Lapeer MI  48446
Phone:  810-245-0726
A camp for kids age 4-18 who have visual or hearing impairments.

The Rainbow Connection
621 W. University
Rochester MI  48307
Phone:  248-601-9474
A camp for ill children ages 3 to 18.  

For a list of many more camps across the nation that accept children from Michigan, go to this national website of The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps:    Some are free and some require private funds.  Created by actor Paul Newman.

Trails Edge Camp
Mott Respiratory Care
200 E. Hospital Drive
Ann Arbor  MI  48109-0208
Phone:  313-763-2420
No cost to campers who have special medical needs.  Campers must have tracheotomies or need 
ventilator assistance and are ages 3 to 18.  Held at Camp Fowler in Mayville, 30 miles north of Lapeer.

St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital
Phone:  248-967-7917
Pediatric program designed to provide special needs children (3 to 6 years) in tri-county area with physical, occupational and speech therapy during the summer months.

Catholic Youth Organization Summer Camp Program
Phone:  810-622-8744  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Provides a safe and affordable camp experience for youth ages 7-16 years old.  

PO Box 51924
Livonia MI  48151-5924
Phone:  734-427-8552  OR  800-777-8552
Summer reading program for blind children

Positive Social Opportunities Network
Wings Over The Lake
Applegate MI
Phone:  810-359-2800
A camp for those of all ages with HIV/AIDS that is free or low-cost.

The Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind & Visually Impaired
16625 Grand River
Detroit MI  48227                           
Phone:  313-272-3900
Offers a Summer Enrichment Camp for children who are blind or visually-impaired with activities to help them become more independent.  The camp offers activities that help children ages 6 to 15 learn daily living skills, such as cooking, cleaning and money management, while also participating in activities such as judo and rock-climbing.

Allen Park Martial Arts Center
7318 Park Ave.
Allen Park  MI  48101
Phone:  313-928-5288
Dr. Matthew Gonzalez, a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist, owns the Center and wants to use his business as a way to alleviate some of the stresses faced by children of Veterans.  The Center will provide martial arts scholarships to children of soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan (ages 3 to 14), who have a parent who has died or become significantly disabled as a direct result of combat deployment.  

Camp Grace Bentley
Michigan League for Crippled Children
Phone:  313-962-8242
The camp accepts boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 with disabilities that range from cerebral palsy and spina bifida to autism and Down syndrome.  For nine days in 4 different sessions each summer (running from late June through mid-August), there is lifeguard-supervised swimming, arts & crafts, plays and skits, movie nights, campfires and sing-a-longs, team sports and a Friday night dance.  At the session end, 
each camper goes home with a DVD of their camp experience.  $400 for nine days BUT sponsorships are available for those who have limited resources!

Epilepsy Foundation
Joining forces with Outward Bound to offer a 7 day Outward Bound adventure in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to young people age 16 to 25 with epilepsy.  
Limited scholarships may be available! 
Outward Bound
910 Jackson Street
Golden CO  80401
Phone:  207-230-5600
Email:    for financial scholarships
        for general info

Upward Bound
Wayne State University Main Campus/ACCESS & U.S. Dept. of Education
Phone: 313-577-7777    William Tandy
Live on campus like a college student.  Upward Bound provides a wide range of academic support services for Detroit-area students.  The program has two phases:  a six-week residential program held on the WSU campus, and an eight-month after-school tutorial and counseling program.  9th and 10th graders and first-semester 11th graders from Detroit and Inkster public high schools are eligible.  Participants MUST be their family's first generation to enter college and/or low-income and need academic support.  
No application deadline.  Applications can be obtained from the Upward Bound office or Detroit or Inkster public high schools.  FREE!  Ages 14 to 17.  

Math Corps. Summer Camp and High School Bridge Program         
Wayne State University Main Campus
Phone:  313-577-2609
A six-week mathematics enrichment and mentoring program beginning July 9th, 2012 in which Detroit middle and high-school students learn mathematics together with college students in a college setting.  Detroit public schools or charter school students entering grades 7 through 12th in fall 2012 are eligible.  Applications are available at eligible schools or   Ages 11 to 18.   FREE!

Detroit NASA SEMAA Program
Wayne State University and NASA
4841 Cass Ave.  1147 Old Main Building
Detroit MI  48201
A one-week hands-on science based program for students in grades K-12 from 9 a.m. until noon.  With a curriculum planned by NASA, the goal is to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM related areas.
FREE!  Ages 5 to 18.

Project SEED  (Summer Educational Experience for Disadvantaged Students)
Wayne State University Dept. of Chemistry
Phone:  313-577-0278   
Selected high school students, currently at the junior and senior levels, will engage in research projects under the direction of WSU facility, with a final research paper drafted at the end of the program.  Students will also participate in workshops on directed at applying for college, and searching for scholarships.
Additionally participants go on field trips to various chemistry-related structures in the area.  Eligible students should have excelled in a chemistry course, meet the income requirement, desire to pursue chemistry as a major in college, and are in good academic standing.  Applications are available via email.  Research assignments are made in early June.  FREE and students are paid!  

E-Commerce Summer Camp
5201 Cass Avenue, Prentis Building
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-577-4510  
Established in 2001 to address the need to increase tomorrow's workforce so it is prepared to use the ever-increasing applications of technology.  The Camp is an intensive nine-week experience for students completing their junior year in high school.  During the morning of the first four weeks, the campers are taught computer skills and applications as well as the business and behavioral skills necessary to succeed in the professional work setting.  Each afternoon, the students go to their paid internship where they apply the skills they have learned.  Students spend the final five weeks of the summer full-time on their internships.  The camp ends with a graduation ceremony attended by dignitaries, family and friends.  In addition to the paid internship, experience and education, all campers receive certificates of completion. The top third students who demonstrate exceptional performance and participation in the Camp are awarded a new computer system!  FREE with paid internship!  

Salvation Army Outdoors Program
Phone:  877-725-6424
A program designed to provide disadvantaged youths and families with entertaining and educational outdoor experiences.  Participants join in activities such as fishing, boating, walking, biking, camping and hunting.  It not only introduces children to the outdoor activities but it also encourages them to continue the hobbies by supplying them with camping equipment, fishing poles, coats and other supplies.  This program will offer outdoor activities to more than 106,000 children though social service programming 
and Salvation Army community centers.  

Camp Kesem
Run by both Michigan State and University of Michigan for children affected by a parent's cancer.

Friends of Jacob Foundation
200 Kirts Blvd., Suite D
Troy MI  48084
Phone:  586-596-9197
The Friends of Jacob Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to providing a vacation of a lifetime and a network of support to families with children who have Autism or other Pervasive Development Disabilities
(PDD's).  Each year the foundation will organize the ultimate family vacation for a large group of families with special needs children by providing the transportation and accommodations for them to travel and experience the magic together. 

The Sporting Lands Alliance
333 E. Second Street
Rochester MI  48307
Phone:  248-601-1241
Takes disabled adults and children out to enjoy the resources of Michigan!  

The National Center for Health Marketing's Global Health Odyssey Museum 
Will be offering the 2009 CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC).  DDC is an academic day camp for students who will be high school juniors and seniors during the 2009-2010 school year.  Campers will take on the roles of disease detectives and learn how the CDC safeguards the nations's health. This camp is FREE! 

American Legion
Sponsors a week-long summer leadership program called Boys State.  This year's program will be held 
at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.  If you are a junior interested in a leadership opportunity, see your guidance counselor ASAP for more information or check the above website.  This camp is FREE!  

City Year, Washington DC (Americorps)
918 U Street, NW , 2nd Floor
Washington DC
Phone:  202-776-7780
Graduating seniors who are not sure what they want to do after high school, should consider applying 
for a paid community service position with City Year, a group of 17-24 year olds committed to full-time service for ten months in the Washington, DC community.  Benefits include:  living stipend ($200 per week), health care coverage, free metro pass, and $4,725 educational scholarship.  

The Salvation Army Detroit Brightmoror Corps Summer Day Camp
15133 Burgess
Detroit MI  48223
Phone:  313-532-1500 
Runs a day camp during the summer to provide a safe, fun and affordable place where children can 
spend the summer months playing and learning, give the youth experiences to see what is outside of 
their neighborhood, provide youth leadership and training to teenagers as well as conflict resolution, organizational skills and leadership skills.   Also for teenagers to gain the respect of the younger children by acting maturely, enforcing the rules and standing behind their decisions. 

Salvation Army Grandale Corps
Phone: 313-835-3736
Website:  See above
The 6-week summer program is geared for children ages 6 to 12, and includes daily activities of arts 
and crafts, character building and devotion.  The summer day camp runs from 9 am to 3 p.m. weekdays.  
It serves about 50 children in low-income families in the Grandale neighborhood of Detroit. 

Salvation Army Harbor Light System
Phone:  313-361-6136
Emotional, physical, mental and spiritual development for homeless and/or low-income children.  Character building, recreation, arts and crafts, field trips and a traditional camping experience.

Salvation Army Downriver
Phone:  734-282-0930  OR  734-282-0933
Summer Day Camp program strives to be a spiritual as well as a positive character-building program.

Salvation Army Harding Corps.
Phone:  313-822-2800
Educational activities, arts and crafts, etiquette and more.:  

Salvation Army Royal Oak Citadel
Phone:  248-585-5600

Salvation Army Temple Corps.
Phone:  313-897-2914
Field trips, a talent show and daily structured indoor and outdoor activities.

Salvation Army Warren Worship & Service Center
Phone:  586-754-7400
A safe, structured environment of field trips, beach days, Bible classes, art & crafts, cooking, 
singing, and recreation.

Detroit HIspanic Development Corporation
1211 Trumbull
Detroit MI  48216
Phone:  313-967-4880
Operates "Summer Youth" during the summer for youths ages 11-18.  Older youth ages 14-18 are able
to gain work experience and training while earning minimum wage.  All youth participate in substance
abuse and violence prevention workshops, weekly field trips and community service projects. 

Connecting Families
Matrix Human Services
Phone:  313-526-4000
Runs an eight-week summer program designed to give youths a fun experience focusing on areas including literacy, nutrition and accountability.  The camp operates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Also has a year-round program including after-school tutoring, computer literacy and arts 
& recreation.  

Foundation for Exceptional Children
Phone:  313-885-8660
The five-week camp runs Monday-Friday and is housed in the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and offers 
a beautiful playground on Lake St. Clair.  Serving up to 36 children ages 3-16, the foundation provides a memorable summer camp experience for children with special needs.  It stresses structured learning activities for children with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, cognitive impairments and other seizure disorders. 

Holley Ear Institute                              
Phone:  313-343-4084
At Holley Family Village in Brooklyn, hearing-impaired campers, ages 18 months to 18 years, are given 
a summer camp experience catered to their unique needs.  Participants learn enhanced communication skills and get lessons in visual and performing arts. A primarily deaf staff runs the program adding the extra dimension of positive role models for campers.  

Judson Center
Phone:  248-549-4339
About 500 southeast MI children from pre-schoolers to those age 18, largely from lower-income families, go through the summer program at Judson Center each year.  The Judson Center offers about 20 services, ranging from foster care to residential care.  It has 3 respite homes and six group homes for 

Latino Family Services
Phone:  313-841-7380
A summer day camp for kindergarten through high school in southwest Detroit.   In addition, character building and alcohol-and-drug-prevention programs, kids also immerse themselves in the fun stuff, like painting and computer animation and trips to a wave pool.

Lighthouse PATH
130 Center Street
Pontiac MI  
Phone:  248-335-1950
A Montessori-based summer day camp in Pontiac that runs eight hours a day, Monday-Friday.   Many are the children of once-homeless mothers now participating in Lighthouse PATH, a two-year residential program in Pontiac.  

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
Phone: 313-872-6810 ext 4016
Classes taught by professional artists foster a child's abilities in acting, singing and movement while introducing them to other aspects of the arts.  Each camp session culminates in a performance at the General Motors Mosaic Theatre at 610 Antoinette,in Detroit.  About half the participants are from Detroit,
with the remaining coming from the suburbs.  Camp is in session six hours a day, Monday through 
Friday in three-week sessions.

Neighborhood Centers   (Urban Neighborhood Initiatives)        
All Saints Neighborhood Center
8300 Longworth
Detroit MI  
Phone:  313-841-4447
A day program that runs weekdays for 6 weeks beginning July 9th, 2012.  

Peoples IALAC Community Center
Peoples United Methodist Church
19370 Greenfield 
Detroit MI 
Phone:  313-963-5353
The church runs a vacation school on Monday afternoons and a summer program which runs Tuesday
through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day for ages 5 to 17. The last week of the program features a residentail camp experieance at Judson Collins Camp in Onsted for the particpants in sixth grade and up.  The younger children end the program with a cookout at Lake Erie Metropark. 

Sickle Cell Disease Association
Phone:  313-864-4406
Sickle Cell Disease Association of Michigan will sponsor children this summer, but limit the first 25 
spots to first-time campers to offer more kids the experience of attending a camp where their activities
are integrated with others who don't have their debilitating disease.  SCDAA's campers are 8 to 17 years
old, most from low-income families.   

Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS)
Salina Elementary
Dearborn MI 
Phone:  313-842-6757
A six-week academic enrichment program runs Monday through Thursday and accomodates up to 180 low-income elementary students ages 6-12.  Math and reading enrichment are offered as well as computer instruction.  Thursdays are field trip days!

Camp Fire USA
Phone: 248-559-5840
Provides camping opportunities for children ages 8-17 who live in S.E. Michigan and northwestern Ohio 
at a weeklong residential camp at Camp Wathana in Holly.  

Bear Hug Foundation
Phone:  248-594-7000
Each summer for 8 three-day camping sessions in July and August, the foundation sends more than 300 campers, ages 6-17 to Camp Tanuga near Kalkaska.  The camp mixes sports and crafts with character-building lessons.  Some students are developmentally disabled children and some campers need a one-on-one counselor because of their special needs.

Vision Hope Community Development Corp.
Phone: 586-362-2431
The two one-week resident camps are designed to help severly abused and neglected children.  
The camp has served nearly 500 children, most between the ages of 7 and 11.  

Life Organization of Detroit
Phone:  313-965-7862
Full-day, 10-week summer camp for low-income youths ages 5-13 who are falling behind in school 
academically and/or socially.

MSU Extension 4- Youth Development Oakland County
Phone: 248-979-2212  OR  248-858-1018

Michigan Technological University's Summer Youth Programs
Phone:  906-487-2219
More than70 exciting pre-college career explorations, ranging from wolf ecology to learning to build bridges, dams and skyscrapers.  Residential experience gives participants a taste of college life.

New Center Community Mental Health 
Phone:  313-961-3720
Drugs, gangs, violence prevention and mental health resiliency program equips youth with the skills, knowledge and self-esteem they need to make responsible decisions.  Helps parents-caregivers, 
teachers and others become primary prevention partners.

Rainbow Alliance
Phone:  248-486-3872
Provides a safe, accepting and enriching recreational environment to children and families who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Save Our Children
Phone:  313-538-8240  OR  313-580-9186
Basketball camp teaches boys and girls regardless of ability levels to develop leadership skills, improve skills and appreciate physical fitness.

Second Mile Center
Phone:  313-245-5252
Weekly themes include competitive sports, woodworking and crafts, jewelry making, bicycle and small equipment repair, overnight camping, book club and chess, and field trips.

Skyline Camp & Conference Center
Phone: 248-644-2043
Camp for differently-abled campers.  Outdoor activities, field games, drumming, arts and crafts, nature hikes, geocoaching, fishing, swimming and canoeing.  

St. Louis Center for Exceptional Children & Adults
Phone:  734-475-9430
Children with developmental disabilites enjoy crafts, hikes, parties, group sports and trips to 
Tiger games and the zoo.

Wayne County 4-H Community Center
Phone:  313-833-3419  OR  313-921-5080
Team sports, agricultural education, literacy, field trips teen leadership training activities.

Westside Cultural & Athletic Club
Phone:  313-898-5185
Free constructive activities for children from at-risk homes.  Sports, life skills sessions, conflict 
resolution, arts and crafts, job training and field trips.

The YES Foundation
Phone:  248-646-5696
Early elementary kids develop reading skills in a cheerful nature-focused camp environment.  
Weekly themes about bugs, birds and fish, tied to field trips, make learning fun.

The Front Porch
Phone:  313-300-2766
Youths read Detroit Public Library books and do science experiments and art projects.  They walk 
2 miles a day to lessons at local swimming pools, get tennis instruction and learn about positive food choices.

Franklin-Wright Settlements
Phone: 313-579-1000
Working with low-income Detroit youth to improve their cognitive, emotional and physical well-being.
Wide variety of games, activities and sports.

Joshua Harvest Ministries
Phone:  248-333-1320
Four-week summer camp for Wayne County and Oakland County youths where they earn a weekly 
stipend and use skills learned in financial literacy and entrepreneurship development to operate their 
own business in a mock marketplace.

Joy of Jesus
Website: www
Urban youths trade city life for a week or more to explore nature, themselves, and community life.  
Hiking, fishing, canoeing,  archery, obstacle courses, swimming, group studies, talent shows, teamwork and lots of encouragement.

(Free OR Low-Cost/Scholarships Available)
Please check under "Grief Resources" for camps 
                    that help kids cope with grief! 
This page was last updated: December 16, 2013