WIN! Van Buren Youth Camp – “Little Bear Camp”

Van Buren Youth Camp

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Van Buren Youth Camp

12370 45th Street, Bloomindgale, MI

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This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner, Kristie!

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When my children were younger they begged to go to an overnight camp. I wish I had known about Van Buren Youth Camp.

Van Buren Youth Camp is a place where children can be themselves. VBYC helps young people discover themselves and grow as individuals. Campers build self-confidence, positive relationships, personal integrity and  responsibility.

Not to mention campers have a boatload of FUN- VBYC is all about leadership, fellowship, creativity and fun!

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Lifelong Friendships are Made at Camp

The Van Buren Youth Camp experience begins with Little Bear Camp. It is a short session (three days and two nights) designed to help campers adjust to living comfortably in a group setting, assist children with exploring outdoors and participating in the camp experience. Campers will swim, canoe*, play games, sing, dance, participate in skits, and eat great camp food. (*Weather or wind permitted).

There are a wide range of camp options for grade levels up through high school.

The Explorer session allows campers (grades 3 – 7) to continue to learn and improve upon camp skills, encourage leadership, and build community, but with a specific focus on nature and outdoor living skills. This camp is held in mid-August – ideal for when kids have complained of boredom for the umpteenth time.

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More Details Van Buren Youth Camp

Van Buren Youth Camp is a residential, co-ed camp on the shores of Great Bear Lake, in Bloomingdale, Michigan about 35 minutes northeast of Kalamazoo.

Every Camp session includes campfire skits and songs and all-camp games like water wars and Capture the Flag. Each camp session provides time for campers to plan activities together, take polar-bear swims and participate in Evening Rec every night. At Evening Rec. campers may participate in a carnival or whatever wacky surprise the staff devises.

All of these activities and classes promote opportunities for making friends, sharing, and laughing all the while having a fun-filled camp week.

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Enter to WIN

We’re excited to give you a chance to win a Free Session (July 5 – 7) of Little Bear Camp at Van Buren Youth Camp. This is the perfect opportunity for a 1st through 3rd grader to experience the zany magic that is sleep away camp! (prize value $120)

Prize cannot be applied to a current camp registration at Van Buren Youth Camp. Child must be entering 1st grade through 3rd grade. Winner must be available to claim their prize and attend the July 5 – 7, 2018 camp.

1: For a first entry, leave a comment below telling us what you think your child’s favorite camp experience at Van Buren Youth Camp would be.

2. Get a second entry by “liking” Van Buren Youth Camp on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling us you did so. (Note: Only comments on this article will be counted for this giveaway.)



This giveaway will close on May 30, 2018 at midnight and the winners will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond by email accepting the prize. No purchase necessary to enter the contest. Leaving a comment on this blog post is not a requirement of entry. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used to enter the contest and notify winners. Entrants will release Facebook from all liability. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Michigan. Only one entry per household or IP address. Entrants may also enter the contest by sending an email to win at grkids dot com containing their name, address, phone number and email address along with the words: Van Buren Youth Camp: Little Bear Camp in the subject line. Grand Rapids Kids’ liability is limited to the value of the prize.

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60 thoughts on “WIN! Van Buren Youth Camp – “Little Bear Camp””

  1. This would be my daughters first camp experience! As a child I wish I was able to go but my family just never had the extra money to send me! I want my children to experience the camp life and make many new friends! This would be the best summer experience for her!

  2. Kendrah Streeter

    I think my upcoming 2nd grader would love the lake, swimming and canoeing!

  3. Amanda Whittaker

    My son would love the water activities! He loves anything outdoors. He could really use the leadership skills! He is kind of shy & I think camp would bring him out of his shell!

  4. Lynneea Brown

    My daughter is going into 3rd grade in fall and has been begging to go to camp!! We hope we get the chance.

  5. Nina Bostocky

    My daughter is going into third grade this year. She is out going and kind. She loves making new friends! I think she would love the chance to make new friends, sing and perform at camp times. We would love to send her!

  6. Kristie Jaffke

    I went to VBYC and LOVED everything about that glorious week out of the summer. Camp songs especially at campfire or thought will stay in any child’s heart forever!! Whoever wins this will have a blessed child for sure!!!!

  7. Catherine Lawson

    I think that my granddaughter would enjoy meeting new friends, swimming, and join her new friends in singing and performing for them.

  8. Julie Rietdyk

    This would be my son’s first camp experience. He would love all the outdoor time. From fishing, to kayaking, to hiking, to having a bonfire. He would be in heaven!

  9. How exciting! My daughter would love to have some new experiences and give Camp a try!

  10. I would love for my daughter to spend the time meeting new friends, being outdoors, making boho meals, Smores, singing campfire songs, playing kickball, all the fun memories I have from youth camp!

  11. My daughter would be thrilled with over night camp! She has never experienced it before but I know she would love every minute! I think she would especially enjoy the lake activities!

  12. I would love for my granddaughter have an experience out side of the city. She would love the nature and fellowship.

  13. Janis Verhage

    My daughter has never been to camp, but I’m sure she would enjoy everything about this camp! Swimming will probably be her favorite part.

  14. My son would enjoy spending time with other kids. He enjoys socializing. He is the only male in the home; he would benefit from the male mentors and male peers companionship.

  15. My daughter would love to be outdoors, meet new friends and learn how to be a little more independent 🙂

  16. Courtney Kingma

    This is a fantastic giveaway! It would be my daughter’s first overnight camp experience and she’s more ready than we are!
    She loves meeting new friends, and is a total tomboy so anything this camp has to offer will peek her interest. I’m most excited for her to meet new friends and experience a little more independence in being away from us. PICK HER, SHE’s the ONE! 🙂

  17. Hannah Thomas-Gentz

    My daughter would love the time spent around the campfire and swimming!

  18. My 7 year old son loves adventure and challenging new experiences, the polar swim would absolutely be a favorite of his!

  19. Coree Walker-Null

    My son joined cub scouts last year and would love an opportunity to participate in a camp experience to learn even more.

  20. My daughter would love a chance to attend camp since she missed an opportunity last year due to a broken arm. She would especially enjoy the singing, dancing and skits.

  21. Stephanie Halvorsen

    My son would love making new friends and having adventures with them! He loves meeting new people and going new places, he would love camp!

  22. Stephanie Halvorsen

    I liked the Van Buren Youth Camp fb page. Thank you for this opportunity!

  23. This would be awesome! My 8 YO was very unsure about going to camp for a week this year with her older brother. I think this would be a great transition camp for her, and little brother could go to! We’re going to check into it!

  24. Nicole Newton

    I think mine would love the magic of making friends and the sleepover experiment!!

  25. Courtney Horn

    As a VBYC alum, I am very excited for my 7 year old to experience camp for the first time. My son is a lover of nature and enjoys watching survival shows. He’s excited about canoeing and archery. He plans on joining the Polar Bear Club with a morning dip in tbe lake. He talks about campfires and making friends. My child is so excited to attend camp!! I know that this experience will be amazing for him!!

  26. Alicia VanMaanen

    I’d love for my oldest to be able to experience camp anx meet new people.

  27. My daughter Maddy would love her first camp experience no matter what she did. She would love the whole experience! ❤️

  28. I think my girl would love the entire camp experience. She’s been asking to go to an overnight camp for awhile and I think this would be perfect.

  29. I have 2 boys who would love to win and go. know it says 1 winner but if one won the other would have to go too. They have never been to camp and have just moved to Michigan and so far are loving everything they try. They are very interested in everything outdoors and I think camp would be a great way to learn more. They are attending an evening VBS at our church in late June.

  30. Whitney galan

    My son would love everything about it. He loves being outside and making new friends!

  31. Laura Heckelman

    My daughter would love everything about this camp from the swimming to catching fireflies.

  32. Lauren Jozlin

    My son’s favorite experience at summer camp would probably be sitting around the camp fire or swimming. How can you choose one favorite??

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