The Ultimate Guide to Kalamazoo Summer Camps – 2021

Kalamazoo Summer Camp

Wondering Where to Send Your Kids to Camp this Summer?

Warm days may seem like just a dream while we are still bundled up in our bulky coats in Southwest Michigan.

But, no worries. Warmer weather promises to be here before we know it.

And since that is the case, many families are already looking ahead to summer. Have you had a moment to solidify your summer plans? Lock in Kalamazoo summer camps now for the kids, before the warm weather hits and you’re outdoors, soaking it all up.

Note: Due to COVID-19, some Kalamazoo summer camps are still solidifying their schedules for 2021. Be sure to keep this guide bookmarked as it will continue to be updated as more camps become available.

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Sherman Lake YMCA Camp

6225 North 39th Street, Augusta, MI 49012
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(269) 731-3000

You belong here at Sherman Lake YMCA Camp – conveniently located off I-94, approximately 2.5 hours from Chicago.

Campers won’t be bored with activities abound, including swimming, hiking, archery, arts and boating as they explore 365 acres of woodlands, prariries and lakefront on Sherman Lake in Augusta.

State of the art facilities include all-season carpeted cabins, each with a shower and bath plus an indoor recreation center and pool.

At Sherman Lake YMCA, campers experience the power of living through HCRR (Hick-er). The Y’s four core principles – Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility – are emphasized in each camp program. Our camp programs offer choices and challenges, providing a summer of growth for your child and an experience that lasts a lifetime!

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.


2021 Kalamazoo Summer Camps

In your vacation and summer day planning, be sure to include fun and exciting learning opportunities for the kids.

Use this guide to pore through performing arts, sports, STEAM, specialty, and day camps. Kalamazoo summer camps cover all ages and interests; sign up today!


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Sherman Lake YMCA Camp


T E S T I M O N I A L

I cannot begin to describe the smile that is still on Rachel’s face! This was the best time/experience she has ever had at camp. I wanted to express my gratitude for the experiences you continue to offer kids of all ages.
- Sherman Lake YMCA Camp Parent

Ages Served
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jun 21 - 25
  • Jun 28 - Jul 2
  • Jul 5 - 9
  • Jul 12 - 16
  • Jul 19 - 23
  • Jul 26 - 30
  • Aug 2 - 6
  • Aug 9 - 13

As the newest camp in the state of Michigan, Sherman Lake YMCA Camp ties together the spirit of camps of the past, with the innovations of today making us one of the best summer camps in Michigan, and we believe, the country. With 365 acres of woodlands, prairie, and pristine lakefront on Sherman Lake, Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center offers unsurpassed natural beauty and an array of traditional and non-traditional camp programs.

At Sherman Lake YMCA Camp, campers are engaged in tackling a variety of adventures. Activities include swimming, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, indoor & outdoor climbing, sports, horseback riding, and ropes courses.

At Sherman Lake YMCA Camp, campers experience the power of living through HCRR (Hick-er). The Y’s four core values – Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility – are emphasized in every camp program.

Through the discovery of the great outdoors, skill development, and the building of healthy relationships, campers leave camp with a renewed sense of achievement, belonging, confidence and the courage to try something new.

Grace Adventures


Ages Served
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jun 21 - 25
  • Jun 28 - Jul 2
  • Jul 5 - 9
  • Jul 12 - 16
  • Jul 19 - 23
  • Jul 26 - 30
  • Aug 2 - 6
  • Aug 9 - 13

Grace Adventures Overnight Summer Youth Camps create an incredibly fun and safe environment while challenging kids to try new experiences and teach them principles from God’s Word. Being at camp has proven mental, social, emotional, and spiritual health benefits for kids by being outside, interacting with peers, and removing distractions from everyday life. Our highly trained staff will take care of and mentor your child as they explore new activities, make new friends, and learn more about God.

Grace Adventures Overnight Horse Camps at Paradise Ranch provide fun for kids as they learn quality horsemanship and about their walk with Jesus Christ. Campers will care for, feed, and ride a horse every day while being mentored and cared for by our highly trained equestrian staff.

Kalamazoo Country Day School


Ages Served
  • Preschool
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jun 14 - 18
  • Jun 21 - 25
  • Jun 28 - Jul 2
  • Jul 5 - 9
  • Jul 12 - 16
  • Jul 19 - 23
  • Jul 26 - 30
  • Aug 2 - 6
  • Aug 9 - 13

Welcome to Kalamazoo Country Day School Summer Camps 2021!

We invite all 3-6-year-olds on a nine-week journey of exciting adventures and endless fun! Every camp with a unique theme is bound to foster curiosity and develop a variety of social and academic skills - in a safe and caring environment!

Based on a regular preschool day, each week integrates age-appropriate math, language arts, science and technology; offering the children a unique opportunity to learn through hands-on play. Join us, as we sail the high seas, go on an archaeological dig, mix crazy concoctions and don our superhero capes!

We also welcome students aged 7-14 to our Portage campus for themed camps providing a learner-centered, supportive and challenging summer experience.

4-H Camp Kidwell


Ages Served
  • Preschool
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jul 12 - 16
  • Jul 19 - 23
  • Jul 26 - 30
  • Aug 2 - 6
  • Aug 9 - 13

4-H Camp Kidwell is a state-licensed and American Camp Association accredited camp, located in Bloomingdale, Michigan.

We are set on Eagle Lake featuring 150 beautiful acres. Our overnight and day camp programs offer children ages 4-16 the chance to learn about themselves, develop cooperation skills, challenge themselves by stepping outside of their comfort zones, explore nature, make friends, have fun, become more independent and grow as individuals.

The magic of attending 4-H Camp Kidwell includes horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, rock climbing, water trampoline, campfire songs, canoeing, archery, sports and so much more.

We would love for your family to join us for this for “KRAZY FOR KIDWELL!” Check out our website, www.campkidwell.org for more details!

AppleTree & Gilden Woods Summer Explorers


Ages Served
  • Preschool
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jun 7 - 11
  • Jun 14 - 18
  • Jun 21 - 25
  • Jun 28 - Jul 2
  • Jul 5 - 9
  • Jul 12 - 16
  • Jul 19 - 23
  • Jul 26 - 30
  • Aug 2 - 6
  • Aug 9 - 13
  • Aug 16 - 20
  • Aug 23 - 27

Calling all school-agers! Join us for an exciting summer of exploring and fantastic fun at Gilden Woods and AppleTree Summer Explorers Camp!

Take a variety of virtual and safe in-person field trips weekly, play games, create art projects, and make lots of friends.

Healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included daily. Enroll Today!

Locations:
Gilden Woods – Kalamazoo
4620 Arboretum Pkwy
269-459-9301

Gilden Woods – Portage
1518 East Centre Ave
269-359-1115

AppleTree – Otsego
909 Dix Street
269-692-3675

Milestones Child Development Center


Ages Served
  • Preschool
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jun 7 - 11
  • Jun 14 - 18
  • Jun 21 - 25
  • Jun 28 - Jul 2
  • Jul 5 - 9
  • Jul 12 - 16
  • Jul 19 - 23
  • Jul 26 - 30
  • Aug 2 - 6

Milestones Child Development Center is locally owned and offers summer camp programing for School Age children at our four locations, Portage, Belmont, Cascade and Caledonia.

Open since 2005, Milestones enriches each child’s life with intentional educational techniques and authentic experiences all while providing a nurturing and safe environment.

Milestones' state-of-the-art facilities offer secure buildings, warm interiors and expansive natural playgrounds. School-Age children can find an exciting adventure with Milestones this summer!

Air Zoo


Ages Served
  • Preschool
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jun 21 - 25
  • Jun 28 - Jul 2
  • Jul 5 - 9
  • Jul 12 - 16
  • Jul 19 - 23

Choose from a variety of in-person OR live-virtual science-based day camp programs that engage children to learn about the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Utilizing fun and highly interactive programming, the Air Zoo educators guide young minds (K-12th grade) through creative and inquiry-based experiences that instill a lifelong passion for learning. Your camper’s experience is guaranteed to be out-of-this-world.

Day camps range from $30-$240/camper and all live-virtual campers will receive a science materials kit to keep and discover beyond the camp. Explore the assortment of Air Zoo STEAM camps available this summer at airzoo.org/camps.

Gilmore Piano Camp


Ages Served
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jun 28 - Jul 2

Since its creation 22 years ago, Gilmore Piano Camp has welcomed hundreds of young pianists to its natural outdoor setting at Sherman Lake for fun and study.

The camp provides classical and jazz piano training, a wide range of music-related electives, and many traditional camp activities. Treasured as the Midwest’s only piano-specific summer music camp, Gilmore Piano Camp welcomes pianists of all levels of experience.

This year’s Gilmore Piano Camp is being planned for in-person attendance, adhering strictly to Sherman Lake YMCA and state health protocols.

Crescendo Academy of Music Summer Programs


Ages Served
  • Preschool
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Adults
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jun 7 - 11
  • Jun 14 - 18
  • Jun 21 - 25
  • Jun 28 - Jul 2
  • Jul 5 - 9
  • Jul 12 - 16
  • Jul 19 - 23
  • Jul 26 - 30
  • Aug 2 - 6
  • Aug 9 - 13
  • Aug 16 - 20

This summer, join Crescendo Academy of Music for programs for all ages, even infants!

JUNE
• Crescendo Fiddlers, Chamber Ensembles, and Music Together (Ages 0-4)
• June 21-25: Epic Broadway! Musical Theater Camp (Ages 12-17)

JULY
• Rhythm Kids Camps (Ages 4-7)

Private lessons and group classes are available year-round for strings, winds, guitar, mandolin, piano, percussion, and voice.

Need-based financial aid is available for all programs. Virtual programs are available. See our website for all the details.

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Camps


Ages Served
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jul 12 - 16
  • Jul 19 - 23
  • Jul 26 - 30
  • Aug 2 - 6

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Camps offer high-adventure, safe programming in an all-girl space where your girl can be herself, take risks, and grow her leadership skills, all while having fun with friends!

With locations in Plainwell, Linden, and Brooklyn, we have so many options for your girl to choose her ideal summer adventure. No matter her age or experience with camp, we have an option for her.

Check out our website for a preview of all the options available for your girl! PS: She doesn’t need to be a Girl Scout to attend!

True Vine Equestrian Center


Ages Served
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jun 7 - 11
  • Jun 14 - 18
  • Jun 21 - 25
  • Jul 5 - 9

Receive expert riding instruction from certified teachers while experiencing God through His creation and His word!

Young Rider Clinics 1 & 2 (Ages 5-9)
• June 11-12, 4-7 PM & June 18-19, 9 AM-Noon

Horsemanship Clinics 1 & 2 (Ages 9-18)
• June 18-19, 4-7 PM & June 25-26, 9 AM-Noon

Horse Mania Clinic (Ages 9-18)
• July 6-9, 9 AM-Noon

Join us!

KAMSC Sizzlin' Summer


Ages Served
  • Preschool
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
 
Weeks Offered
  • Jun 21 - 25
  • Jun 28 - Jul 2
  • Jul 5 - 9
  • Jul 12 - 16
  • Jul 19 - 23
  • Jul 26 - 30
  • Aug 2 - 6

KAMSC's Sizzlin' Summer Math and Science Program offers fun STEM experiences from bones to rockets to programming for Pre-K to high school students regardless of race, religion, gender, country of origin, or physical or intellectual disability.

We hope to offer a full schedule in 2021, with appropriate safety considerations.

Please check our website in April for guidelines and registration information.

More Summer Camps

  • Air Zoo Summer Day Camps | 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
    Apple Tree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool – multiple locations
    Art Bayou | 3306 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • AYSO American Youth Soccer Organization – multiple locations
    Berean Baptist Church | 7813 S 12th St, Portage, MI 49024
    Bair Lake Bible Camp | 12500 Prang St, Jones, MI 49061
    Camp Eberhart | 10481 Camp Eberhart Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093
    Camp Kzoo – multiple locations
    Camp Wakeshma |  59149 Camp Wakeshma Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093
    Cedar Lodge Summer Camp | 47000 52nd St, Lawrence, MI 49064
    Color Adventures at Art Bayou | 3306 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    Crawlspace Theatre Productions Improv Summer Camp | 315 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    Crescendo Academy of Music Summer Programs | 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 12, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    Dollars & Sense Financial Literacy Camp | Room 2145, Schneider Hall, Haworth College of Business, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    4-H Camp Kidwell | 39000 1st Ave, Bloomingdale, MI 49026
    Gilmore Piano Camp | 6225 N 39th St, Augusta, MI 49012
  • Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan – multiple locations
    Glass Art Kalamazoo Summer Glass Camp | 326 W Kalamazoo Ave #100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    Grace Adventures | 2100 N Ridge Rd, Mears, MI 49436
    Indian Lake Nazarene Camp | 8258 Victory St, Vicksburg, MI 49097
    Kalamazoo Country Day School Summer Camp | 4221 East Milham Ave, Portage, MI 49002
    Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Summer Camp | 314 S Park, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    KAMSC Sizzlin’ Summer |  600 West Vine Street, Suite 400, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    Kazoo School Summer Session | 1401 Cherry St, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    Kids Gym |  9027 Portage Industrial Dr, Portage, MI 49024
    Kingdom Sports | 8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
    KNC Summer Camp | 7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
    The Little Gym | 408 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024
    Michigan Maritime Museum | 260 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI 49090
  • Milestones Child Development Center – multiple locations
    Miracle Camp |  25281 80th Ave, Lawton, MI 49065
    Next Level Performance Summer Clinics | The Dome Sports Center, 12733 N US Hwy 131, Schoolcraft, MI 49087
    Portage Public Schools Enriched for Life: Community Enrichment Program | 8107 Mustang Dr, Portage, MI 49002
    Public Media Network Youth Media Camp
     | 359 South Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 300, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • Sherman Lake YMCA | 6225 N 39th St, Augusta, MI 49012
    Small World Learning Center
     | 3616 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
    The Civic Academy of Theatre Arts 
    | 329 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    True Vine Equestrian Center
     | 72861 28th St, Lawton, MI 49065
    Van Buren Youth Camp 
    | 12370 45th St, Bloomingdale, MI 49026
    Wellspring Youth Creativity Camps
     | 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 204, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    WMU Summer Camps
     | 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    YMCA Summer Day Camps – Maple 
    | 1001 W Maple St, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    YMCA Summer Day Camps – Portage 
    | 2900 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024

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