Summer Camp at Boys & Girls Clubs!
For nearly 60 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo has maintained a strong single focus—to provide positive role models for local children and to help them believe in their own value and abilities. In addition to a wide variety of programs at our 3 Kalamazoo locations, the Boys & Girls Club also 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!
Residential Summer Camp
What: Camp is lots of fun! 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.
Where: The camp is located near Hastings, Michigan, approximately 45 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.
How Much: CAMP IS FREE to Club members 8-13 years of age! CLUB MEMBERSHIP IS FREE! Parent and child must attend a new member orientation and fill out a new membership form.
Orientation Schedule for June 15 – August 14, 2015
Lake Street Unit – Tuesdays @ 5:00 pm
915 Lake Street, Kalamazoo – 269.349.4485 ex 105
Douglass Unit – Thursdays @ 5:00 pm
1000 W. Paterson, Kalamazoo – 269.344.5350
Spring Valley – Mondays @ 5:00 pm
3530 Mt Olivet Rd, Kalamazoo – 269-349-4485
Parents and/or guardians must attend a new member orientation with each child becoming a member. Orientation lasts 45 minutes – no appointment is required.
2015 Camp Sessions:
Camp sessions are not coed – girls and boys sessions alternate during the summer.
Boys Sessions: June 30 – July 3 • July 14-17 • July 28-31
Girls Sessions: July 7-10 • July 21-24 • August 4-7
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 am will lose their spot, and it will be given to a child on the waiting list. The bus to Camp leaves at 10:00 am. On Friday morning, campers will return to the Lake Street Unit by 1:00 p.m. The Drop-In Program opens at 1:00 pm, so 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 2 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 2 infirmary rooms for campers who are not feeling well.