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Kalamazoo Area Summer Camp Guide 2015



Our 2016 Summer Camp Guide is here! Check out the latest information for summer camps for your kids this summer.


Please bookmark our latest guide as we’ll be adding to the guide all season.







Summer Camp Overview

Use this Summer Camps Guide to plan exciting performing, arts, and sports camps, specialty camps, day camps and more. Also, camps are still being added – check back often!  Summer will be here before you know it and camp spots fill up quickly. Make sure you make your kids summer camp reservations soon!

Here, you will find links to Kalamazoo area summer camp programs and information about their:

  • facilities
  • programs
  • unique features

To use our guide, click on the arrows to the left and in the table below.

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Sherman Lake YMCA

YOU BELONG HERE at Sherman Lake YMCA Camp — conveniently located a short drive off I-94 in Augusta, Michigan. With over 365 acres of woodlands, prairie, and pristine lakefront, there’s no end to the adventure for summer campers!

Sherman Lake YMCA Camp offers choices and challenges providing a summer of growth for your child and an experience that lasts a lifetime! Choose from day camp, resident camp or high school leadership camp. There’s something new and different each week and each year. That’s why campers keep coming back to Sherman Lake YMCA Summer Camp. Accredited by the American Camp Association.

Click to download a brochure for our Day Camps and Resident Camps.

Camp Scholarships Available!

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 6225 N. 39th S., Augusta, MI 49012
  • Phone: 269-731-3000
  • Email: Registrar@ymcasl.org


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Van Buren Youth Camp

Co-Ed, non-profit residential summer camp with over 100 acres of property along Great Bear Lake. Partial week, one week and two week session offerings. Traditional camp programs like nature, canoeing, kayaking, archery and crafts. Professional quality staff. Leadership training for high school students. Outdoor education programs. ACA Accredited, licensed with State of Michigan.

Camperships (scholarships) available for 25, 50, 75% of tuition fees.

Contact Information 



  • ADDRESS:  12370 45th St., Bloomingdale, MI 49026
  • Phone: 269-521-3855


The Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School Summer Session

The Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School Summer Session camps challenge and develop the intellectual, physical, creative and artistic interests of students who want to reap the benefits of exciting experiences when school lets out in June. Here at Kazoo School Summer Session, not only do we celebrate extraordinary minds, but we are also experts in fun!

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 1401 Cherry Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • Phone: 269-345-3239
  • Email: kbishop@kazooschool.org


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The Civic Academy of Theatre Arts

We will be offering two exciting camps this summer! One camp will provide an opportunity for students to expand their horizons as they write, direct, and act in an original production. The second camp will encourage singers and dancers to explore the musical numbers made famous in movie musicals; as they learn to act, sing and dance simultaneously.

Financial aid is available. Visit www.kazoocivic.com for more information.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 329 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • Phone: 269-343-2280
  • Email: education@kazoocivic.com

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Kids Being Scientists Camp at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s Kids Being Scientists summer day camps encourage critical thinking and teamwork through a focus on science and outdoor exploration. Kids enjoy hiking, fishing, playing games, conducting experiments, and getting dirty! 1st -6th graders join us for Earth Explorers, Aquatic Adventurers, or Winged Wonders. 7th and 8th graders join us for Natural Leaders Week! Registration begins March 1st.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 12685 East C Avenue, Augusta, MI 49012
  • Phone: 269-671-2510
  • Email: birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu


Crescendo Academy of Music

Crescendo has music for infants to adults. In addition to private lessons we have Crescendo Fiddlers; Music Together and Music Together Big Kids; string, wind, and guitar chamber ensembles; Epic Broadway Musical Theater Camp; and more this summer!

Crescendo provides individualized music instruction in a positive and supportive atmosphere to all persons regardless of age, ability or income. Financial aid is available to qualified students.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 12, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • Phone: 269-345-6664
  • Emai: information@crescendoacademy.com




YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

Our full day camps at both Portage and Maple branches meet State of Michigan licensing requirements, which focus on health, safety, and program quality. We are committed to providing a wide variety of experiences to all campers. Each week will include games, outdoor activities, art projects, quiet reading time, swimming, field trips, and more! We will follow the YMCA mission of providing programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. See brochure for the  Y Summer Camp_2015.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: Maple Branch, 1001 W. Maple Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 and Portage Branch, 2900 W. Centre Street, Portage, MI 49024
  • Phone: 269-345-9622 ext. 166
  • Email: bludwick@kzooymca.org



Kalamazoo Nature Center


Experience a summer full of fun at the all new KNC Camp at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Check out the new facilities and great program additions! Swoosh down the giant Slip ‘n Slide, splash around in the Nature Playground, and horse around with our farmyard friends. Older campers will enjoy the zip line, team-building courses, on and off-site adventures, and campouts! All this and the best counselors who know how to have fun outside!

Visit KNCCamp.org for a full camp descriptions.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • Phone: 269-381-1574, Ext. 24




WMU Summer Camps

Western Michigan University offers a wide variety of camps geared toward students of all ages during the summer months. Our camps range from academic to athletic, with a little bit of everything in between. These camps vary in cost based on requirements, but there are some that offer scholarships to assist with the expenses.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 1903 W. Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49008




Kingdom Sports

Kingdom Sports Camps are committed to providing a safe, fun, and skill-focused experience for athletes ages 2 -17. Under the expert care of our camp coaches, kids not only learn individual, sport-oriented skills, but they also develop personally and socially, learning teamwork and building character and life skills through sports. Camps are offered June through August.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 8151 Merchant Place Portage, MI 49002 and also offered at local schools
  • Phone: 269-226-2000
  • Email: info@kicsports.net




Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Summer Camp

The KIA’s art school is offering 1-week day camps for ages 4-17 starting June 13, and running all summer. Half day camps are available for ages 4-10; full day camps for ages 6-16. Specialty camps for 11 and up include multimedia, toy and model design, and filmmaking. Eight-week summer classes are on tap for ages 6-18, including drawing, ceramics, photography, painting, and creative writing. Members enjoy discounts for all camps and classes, and a family membership is just $85.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • Phone: 269-349 – 7775
  • Email: barbs@kiarts.org


Bair Lake Bible Camp

Bair Lake Bible Camp is a camp with a purpose. Exciting, week long and ½ week Residential Camps, Day Camps and Family Camps are waiting for you. 90% of our campers want to return! Why…it’s a blast, food is delicious, counselors rock, camp is beautiful and campers are guided in their spiritual walk. Choosing a camp? Choose Bair Lake Bible Camp. Click here for our summer camp brochure.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 12500 Prang St, Jones, MI 49061
  • Phone: 888-899-7712
  • Email: information@blbc.com


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Kalamazoo Math and Science Center

Get ready for a Sizzlin’ Summer Math and Science program! Your kids will have fun with math, science, and technology. We have so many options for summer camps-from Bug Science to Rocketry to Fun with Physics, there’s something for everyone here. Check out STEM fun for pre-K to high school students!

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 600 West Vine Street Suite 400, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • Phone: 269-337-0004
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Suzuki Academy of Music

Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo offers two Summer String Camps.Violin Discovery! Camp is for children 5-10 who have played the violin for 0 to 2 years. Violin Practice Champs Camp is for children 7 and up who have played two years or more. Registration information for both camps:

  • Session 1 July 6-10, 9am to 5pm $285
  • Session 2 July 13-17 9am to 5pm $285

Call 269-459-9259 or email suzukiacademykalamazoo@gmail.com. Click here for Suzuki Summer Camp Registration.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 3054 South 9th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.
  • Phone: 269-459-9259
  • Email: suzukiacademykalamazoo@gmail.com



Art Bayou Summer Camp

We will be making projects out of glass, clay, bisque, mosaic and paper. 9:00-Noon daily.

Camps offered:

  • Great Outdoors June 15th-19th. Camping, ocean and beach life inspired us for the week.
  • Around the World August 10th-14th. We will be “visiting” Africa, India, Mexico, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. We will also have two special guests named Godzilla and Woobie!

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 3306 Stadium Drive Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • Phone: 269-375-2600
  • Email: artbayoustudio@gmail.com

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Family Center for the Arts

We’ll be offering a variety of camps this summer. At Family Center for the Arts, you’ll find such a great variety of camps such as:

  • Dance, Drama, Art Camps
  • Fairytale Princess
  • Bitty Baby
  • American Girl Doll
  • Drama and Art Camps
  • A Pirate’s Life for Me
  • Superheroes to the Rescue
  • Astronauts and Aliens
  • Specialty Camps
  • American Girl Doll “Drama, Fashion, and Art”
  • Young Author’s Storytelling
  • Musical Theatre Camp is a 3 week camp with the production “Really Rosie”

and much more! Check out our website for more detailed information.


Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 6136 South Westnedge Ave Portage, Mi 49024 (located on the backside of Southland Mall)
  • Phone: 269-321-8385
  • Email: familycenter4thearts@gmail.com

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4-H Camp Kidwell

At Camp Kidwell camper experience fun and exciting activities and learn so much about themselves and the world around them. Offering day and resident camp to children ages 4-16, campers can experience horseback riding, swimming, singing, archery, crafts, climbing wall/ropes activities, water trampoline, campfire, drama, friends and so much more!

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 39000 1st Ave, Bloomingdale, MI 49026
  • Phone: 269-521-3559
  • Email: campkidwell@btc-bci.com


School of FISH Day Camp, presented by the Portage Parks and Recreation Department

During this unique day camp adventure, youth will have the opportunity to explore the outdoors while learning skills necessary to start their own fishing memories. Professional guidance is provided and each camper receives their very own fishing rod! $85 registration fee is due 2 weeks prior to the start of camp.

Registration information for both camps:

  • Little Lunkers: Age 7-12 July 13-16
  • Advanced Anglers: Age 9-14 August 10-13

Youth Scholarships available! Click here for full summer brochure and camp listings!

Contact Information



  •  ADDRESS: Ramona Park 8600 South Sprinkle Road Portage, MI
  • Phone: 269-329-4522
  • Email: parks.rec@portagemi.gov


City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Summer Camp in KZOO

Summer Camp in KZOO is a 9 week long day camp licensed by the State of Michigan. Registrations are accepted for the entire camp, or on a weekly basis. Camp is held from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Camps are held in three different locations around Kalamazoo; campers will have the opportunity to participate in various sports, games, crafts, performing arts, field trips, and weekly special activities. Camp is for children entering first grade – 12 years of age.

Scholarships are available. Please contact our office for more information. Click here for our Family Fun Guide for 2015.


Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 251 Mills St. Kalamazoo, MI 49048
  • Phone: 269-337-8191
  • Email: cokparksandrecreation@kalamazoocity.org


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Kalamazoo Valley Community College Sports Camps


The athletic department at Kalamazoo Valley Community College is hosting summer sports camps for youth interested in improving their skills and techniques in volleyball, softball, and basketball. The primary purpose of our Cougar Camps is to develop individual skills while emphasizing the importance of teamwork, self-discipline and sportsmanship.
We want to motivate each camper not only to set high goals, but also to search out realistic ways to approach the attainment of those goals. We want campers to learn to appreciate the value of fundamental correctness, as well as the value of practice itself.
Our overall aim is to provide the kind of experiences that will enable all of us to feel the joy that comes from sharing with and relating to others in a positive way. We want each camper to discover that real winning involves a proper attitude every bit as much as it does effort and ability.

Contact Information


  • ADDRESS: 6767 West O Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • Phone: 269-488-4799
  • Email: athletics@kvcc.edu