Kalamazoo Area Summer Camp Guide 2017-Fun Starts Here! 2017-06-12T11:16:30+00:00

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Summer Camp Overview

School might not be out for summer vacation yet, but it is not too early to begin planning your summer! When making summer plans, why not include some fun, exciting, learning opportunities for your children? Make this summer one they will never forget by registering them for one (or more!) of the amazing summer camps listed in this Summer Camp Guide!

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


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Sherman Lake YMCA

Sherman Lake YMCA offers a summer of growth for your child and memories that will last a lifetime! Through discovery of the great outdoors, skill development, and the building of healthy relationships, campers leave with a renewed sense of belonging, confidence and courage to try new things. That’s what keeps campers coming back to Sherman Lake YMCA Summer Camp!

Contact Information

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

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Kingdom Sports Summer Camps

Grow, Learn, and Have Fun!

Kingdom Sports Camps are committed to providing a safe, fun, and skill-focused experience for athletes ages 2 through high school. Under the expert care of our sports 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. Kingdom Sports Camps are offered in the summer months, June through August.

We have multiple camps at multiple locations around the area.

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: 8151 Merchant Place Portage, MI 49002
  • Phone: 269-226-2000
  • Email: info@kicsports.net

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4-H Camp Kidwell

Would your child enjoy riding horses, jumping on a water trampoline, doing crafts, shooting archery, or climbing a 40ft rockwall? Would you like your child to learn to make decisions for themselves? Make friends? Gain a sense of responsibility? 4-H Camp Kidwell offers camp programs for children ages 4-16 to enjoy all these and more in overnight and day programs.

Contact Information

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

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Kalamazoo Nature Center


Don’t stay inside this summer when you can be OUTSIDE having fun! Swoosh down the giant Slip ‘n Slide, splash around in Nature’s 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!

Contact Information



  • ADDRESS: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • Phone: 269-381-1574
  • Email: register@naturecenter.org






Gilden Woods & AppleTree Early Care and Preschool – Summer Explorers

Summer Explorers offers school-age day camps during elementary school breaks so your family routine can stay consistent throughout the year.

Our themed curriculum will keep your child’s mind active during the summer. We provide outdoor and indoor activities: crafts, water play days and plenty of exciting group games in addition to many field trips to local attractions.

Contact Information

  • Kalamazoo – 4620 Arboretum Parkway
  • Otsego – 909 Dix Street
  • Portage – 1518 East Centre Avenue
  • Phone: 616-454-5432
  • Email: appletreeinc@appletreekids.cc

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Gilmore Piano Camp

Gilmore Piano Camp welcomes pianists of all levels. Day Camp features daily small group piano lessons, jazzy jams, and music-related arts activities, plus classic Sherman Lake camp activities. Overnight Campers enjoy daily lessons, performances, and electives including recording, composition, jazz & improvisation, piano ensemble, Sherman Lake camp activities, and more.

Contact Information

ADDRESS: Sherman Lake YMCA, 6225 N. 39th St. Augusta, MI 49012
Phone: 269-342-1166
Email: ASchumaker@thegilmore.org


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Van Buren Youth Camp

Van Buren Youth Camp is a non-profit, co-ed, recreational summer program specializing in Leadership Training for youth 6-18 years old. We are located on 100 acres of deciduous woodlands situated on Great Bear Lake in SW Michigan featuring wetlands, hiking trails and natural play areas.

Contact Information 



  • ADDRESS:  12370 45th St., Bloomingdale, MI 49026
  • Phone: 269-521-3855
  • Email: director@vbyc.org





Crescendo Academy of Music

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

Contact Information



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





WMU Summer Camps

Western Michigan University offers a wide variety of camps geared toward students of all ages. Our camps range from academic to sports, with a little bit of everything in between. Camps vary in cost based on requirements. For more information on any of our exciting camps, visit our website: wmich.edu/admissions/camps.

Contact Information

ADDRESS: 1903 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: 269-387-2773

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Kalamazoo Civic Academy of Theatre Arts

The Civic’s Academy of Theatre Arts will be offering two exciting camps this summer. In “On the Scene!” campers will work together and in small groups to create a one-of-a-kind world premiere theatre piece in this week long camp. In the two week camp, “Broadway Revisited”, campers will focus on the fantastic songs that are not the first that come to mind from Broadway, including great Act II numbers, big dance numbers and finales that time forgot!

Financial aid is available. View 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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Summer Time Adventure Camp

Every day is an adventure full of fun and learning at Rota-Kiwan Scout Reservation where boys and girls ages 6 to 12 will have the experience of a lifetime! Come for one week or up to five weeks and enjoy swimming, nature exploration, arts and crafts, boating, field games and many more activities!

Contact Information

ADDRESS: 6278 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Phone: 269-375-0027
Email: Dianna.Marsh@scouting.org


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Art Bayou Summer Camp

The Beach and My Room are our themes this year.

*We will be make projects using hand built clay, glass fusing, mosaics and learning pottery techniques on bisque with additional goodies sprinkled throughout the week.

*Teachers are state certified!!!!!

*Classes run from 9 AM- Noon Monday through Friday for each themed week.

*Suitable for ages 8 and up… including adults!

Contact Information



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




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





Bair Lake Bible Camp

Bair Lake 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.

Contact Information



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


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Camp Kzoo

Camp is held Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. We do offer an early morning drop off program for those that need it which begins at 7:30am. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in various sports, games, crafts, performing arts, field trips, guest visitors, and activities. Breakfast and lunch is provided.

Contact Information



  • Mayors’ Riverfront Park at 251 Mills Street
  • Douglass Community Center at 1000 W. Patterson
  • Youth Development Center at 230 E. Crosstown Pkwy
  • Phone: 269-337-8191
  • Email: cokparksandrecreation@kalamazoocity.org

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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! Register online beginning April 1 at kamsconline.com.

Contact Information



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



True Vine Equestrian Center

Whether your child or teen has loved horses for years or just wants to try something new, True Vine is the place to be this summer! Campers receive expert riding instruction from certified teachers in a peaceful country setting. Campers not only experience horses through riding and grooming, but also experience God through His creation and His word – join us!

Young Rider Clinics 1 & 2, for ages 5-9, take place June 14-16 and July 5-7. Horse Clinics 1 & 2, for ages 9-18, take place June 19-23 and June 26-30. Our Young Rider camps are 9:30 am – noon and our Horse Camps are 9:00am – noon. It’s not too late to take advantage of our April 1 Early Bird Discount with a full payment – see you soon!


Contact Information

ADDRESS: 72861 28th St., Lawton, MI 49065
Phone: 269-501-0529
Email: info@truevineequestrian.org


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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Summer Camp

Your children will love the fun and creativity of a week at the KIA art camp. For ages 4-K, the Kirk Newman Art School offers 5-day morning art camps the weeks of June 19, June 26, July 10 and July 24. For grades 1-5, there are 5-day camps, full or half days, through August 4 (excluding the week of July 4). Specialty camps include two sessions each of Mixed Media Art Camp for ages 11-16 (July 17 & 31) and Teen Filmmaking Camp for ages 12-17 (June 26 & July 24); and one session of Toy and Model Design Camp for ages 9-12 (July 10).

Registration is open for Spring Break Art Camp, April 3-7, and Spring Art Classes, Saturdays beginning April 15.


Contact Information

ADDRESS: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: 269-349-7775

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Bruin Youth Programming

Kellogg Community College has launched a robust new initiative focused on connecting area youth with experiences related to education and careers, as well as sports camps and Bruin Bots robotics initiatives, serving kids ages 8-18 years.

Contact Information

ADDRESS: 450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017
Phone: 269-965-4134
Email: ll-info@kellogg.edu

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Remote Controlled Truck Build and Race Camp

Learn How To:

  • Build your R/C Truck
  • Paint a Custom Body
  • Race It With Your Friends
  • Keep Your Built Vehicle Maintained for Endless Racing Fun!

Four Camps to Choose from:

  • June 27-29
  • July 18-20
  • August 8-10
  • August 29-31

Time: 10am-1pm
Ages: 7+
Cost: $249.99 Vehicle Included
Sign up now space it limited!

Racing School
Spend three days learning to build an R/C Truck and drive it on our outdoor race track.

Keep the truck you built, painted and master driving techniques.

Perfect for ages 7 and up!

Contact Information

ADDRESS: 9782 Portage Rd, Portage MI 49002
Phone: 269-323-3686
Email: info@hobby-sports.com



Kalamazoo Country Day School

Offer your pre-schooler a summer program, run by certified teachers and packed with fun-filled days of both indoor and outdoor play! Half-day or full day, the choice is yours.

Since the entire school can be our playground, the kids will enjoy stories in the library, messy projects in the art room, the kitchen will be available for baking, and, of course, the gym and playgrounds will be available for plenty of running around. Plus, we promise that water will be an integral part of everyday!

Our 2017 summer program:

• Session 1: June 19-23
• Session 2: June 26-30
• Session 3: July 5-7
• Session 4: July 10-14
• Session 5: July 17-21
• Session 6: July 31- August 4
• Session 7: August 7 – August 11
• Session 8: August 14 – August 18

Each Session will have its own theme:
– Messy science
– Old school yard games
– Board games – Uno, Candy-land, Chutes & Ladders
– Camping
– Gardening & Cooking


Full-day 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Half-day 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Aftercare is provided until 6:00 pm for an additional cost.

Click for the KCDS Summer Camp Brochure.

Contact Information

ADDRESS: 4221 East Milham, Portage MI, 49002
Phone: 269-329-0116
Email: bkissman@mykcds.org

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