Youth must be members to participate in Boys & Girls Club programs; however, membership is free and available to all youth in grades 1st-12th (must have completed kindergarten prior to summer to be eligible). Click here for membership information. 

Please call 269-349-4485 with any questions.

Summer 2017

June 19 – August 25

Empowering PLAY

This summer, Boys & Girls Club is celebrating the power of play by offering a wide variety of FUN, hands-on and engaging activities, and field trips. Members will use play to investigate the world around them, develop new skills, connect with others, and create lasting friendships. (#ownthesummer)

Weekly Themes

Week 1: June 19-23 Play with the Club

Week 2: June 26-30 Play with Nature

Week 3: July 5-7 Play with Space

Week 4: July 10-14 Play with Tools

Week 5: July 17-21 Play with Water

Week 6: July 24-28 Play with Animals

Week 7: July 31-Aug 4 Play with Sports

Week 8: Aug 7-11 Play with Food

Week 9: Aug 14-18 Play with Music

Week 10: Aug 21-25 Play with Kalamazoo

ARTS ACADEMY (1st-6th grade members)

June 26-August 24

Lake Street Unit

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

Arts Academy offers daily classes in Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and Music. Participants will display their newly developed skills in an end-of-summer showcase on August 24th. Arts Academy participants will receive free breakfast and lunch daily through the USDA summer lunch program. Registration is required and space is limited! To register, print out and complete the Summer Arts Academy Registration Form 2017 and return to any one of our three units, email to DeShe Woods at deshew@bgckzoo.org or fax to 269-383-2642. 

DROP-IN (1st-12th grade members)

June 19-August 25

Drop-in activities and programs include social recreation and physical education, technology programs, arts and crafts, health and life skills programs, career and education programs, and field trips. Drop-in hours are listed below. Please note: Northeastern Unit begins June 20th. Registration not required.

Lake Street

915 Lake St., Kalamazoo

269-349-4485

1st-6th: Mon-Fri 1:00-6:00 p.m.

7th-12th: Mon-Thu 1:00-8:00 p.m.

7th-12th: Fri 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Northeastern

2433 Gertrude St., Kalamazoo

269-492-1120

1st-12th: Mon-Thu 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Douglass

1000 W. Paterson, Kalamazoo

269-344-5350

1st-6th: Mon-Fri 3:00-6:00 p.m.

7th-12th: Mon-Fri 3:00-8:00 p.m.

 


Summer Camp 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo provides the opportunity for youth to enjoy nature, meet new people, and to experience the lasting memories of Summer Camp – all free of charge to all youth. Camp is rewarding, relaxing, and most of all…FUN!

Who: Youth, ages 8-13 (Must be a Boys & Girls Club member). CLUB MEMBERSHIP IS FREE! Parents and/or guardians must attend a New Member Orientation with each child becoming a member. Please call 269-349-4485 for the orientation schedule.

What: Hiking, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, sports, biking, campfires, cabins, friends, and S’MORES! The daily schedule allows for structured activities with each cabin, camper’s choice, rest time, and full camp group activities. Nutritious daily meals are provided through the USDA summer food service program.

When:

2017 Camp Schedule (Please note this has changed – we will not have a session beginning June 27th. A final session for girls has been added for 8/15 – 8/18.)

Session #1 (Boys) 7/11 – 7/14
 
Session #2 (Girls) 7/18 – 7/21
 
Session #3 (Boys) 7/25 – 7/28
 
Session #4 (Girls) 8/1 – 8/4
 
Session #5 (Boys) 8/8 – 8/11
 
Session #6 (Girls) 8/15 – 8/18
 

Where: The camp is located near Hastings, MI, approximately 40 miles north of Kalamazoo. Campers will be transported to and from camp on the Club bus.

How long: Each camp session is 4 days and 3 nights. Campers meet at the Lake Street Unit on Tuesday mornings to depart at 10:00 a.m. and return to the Lake Street Unit on Fridays by 1:00 p.m.

Click here to view and print a camp application. Camp applications can be emailed to the Camp Director, Caitlin Koole – caitlink@bgckzoo.org, dropped off at any of our 3 locations, mailed to 915 Lake St., Kalamazoo, MI 49001 or faxed to 269-383-2642.

For more information, please call 269-349-4485. 


Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Camp

What are the check-in and check-out procedures?
Registration begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday morning of your session at the Lake Street Unit at 915 Lake Street in Kalamazoo. At that time, the Camp Director will introduce each camper to their cabin counselor for the session. Any camper who has not checked in at registration by 9:45 a.m. will lose their spot, and it will be given to a child on the waiting list. The bus to Camp leaves at 10:00 a.m. On Friday morning, campers will return to the Lake Street Unit by 1:00 p.m. The Drop-In Program opens at 1:00 p.m., campers may stay if needed.

Where will my child be sleeping and what will they be eating?
At check-in, campers are assigned to a specific cabin. Each cabin can house up to 8 campers and is equipped with bunk beds. Shower and toilet facilities are in a separate building. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served family style in the main building and consist of well-balanced meals that meet USDA guidelines.

What if my child is on medication or has special needs?
Any medications must be checked in with the Camp Director at registration. The Camp Director is a certified Health Officer and will administer medication while the child is at camp. All medications are safely locked up at camp. All unused medication will be returned to a parent or guardian (not child) on Friday. If your child has special needs, we recommend discussing these needs with the Camp Director prior to enrollment to ensure camp is a good fit and a positive experience for your child.

Is the camp licensed?
The Boys & Girls Club Camp is licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Human Services.

What if my child cannot swim?
Campers will be swimming in a pool that is no deeper than 5 foot in any spot. A certified lifeguard is present at all times, and all counselors are trained as aquatic observers. When not in use, the pool area is locked.

What if my child becomes hurt or ill?
There are two trained Camp Health Officers on staff to treat any injury or illness. All counselors are certified in CPR and First Aid. The main building has two infirmary rooms for campers who are not feeling well.