by Jill Piwko



[note] Thanks to Sherman Lake YMCA for their generous donation of a week of Classic Summer Resident Camp. All opinions are my own. Congratulations to Jessica English who was the winner of this giveaway.[/note]

A Summer To Remember

What do you remember when you think about your own camp experiences as a kid? Do you remember being nervous but then finding you had the confidence to climb a tower or lead a camp song? Were you unsure that you would get along with the other kids but then formed a lifelong friendship? Do you still remember the special feeling of that evening campfire when all seemed right with the world and you were truly a member of a community?

When you send your child to summer camp, you’re giving them the gift of a summer to remember.


Endless Adventures

Overnight summer camp helps to prepare your child for adulthood. They learn valuable lessons such as teamwork, resilience, how to make decisions and try new things they would never experience outside of camp. At Sherman Lake YMCA Camp, there’s no end to the adventure for summer campers. Fun activities abound such as swimming, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, indoor & outdoor climbing, sports, horseback riding, ropes courses and even time just to play. State of the art facilities include all-season carpeted cabins, each with a shower and bath plus a full service recreation center, indoor pool, splash pad and more.

The Y’s Four Core Values

At Sherman Lake YMCA Camp, campers experience the power of living through HCRR (Hick-er). The Y’s four core values – Honest, Caring, Respect, Responsibility – are emphasized in each camp program. Through discovery of the great outdoors, skill development, and building healthy relationships campers leave with a renewed sense of achievement, belonging, confidence and courage to try something new.

For More Information About Summer Resident Camp

Get more information about Sherman Lake YMCA Summer Resident Camp at


Enter Our Resident Summer Camp Giveaway

We’re excited to give you a chance to win a FREE WEEK OF CLASSIC RESIDENT CAMP at the Sherman Lake YMCA.

To enter, just share your favorite summer camp memory below.*

*Child must be 8-15 years of age to attend resident camp. Prize cannot be applied to a current camp registration at Sherman Lake YMCA. Winner must be available to claim their prize at the Sherman Lake YMCA Camp and agrees to a photo release.

*This giveaway will close on June 28 at midnight and the winner 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. Entrants may also enter the contest by sending an email to containing their name, address, phone number and email address along with the words: Sherman Lake YMCA Classic Resident Camp in the subject line. Winner must be available to claim their prize at the Sherman Lake YMCA Camp and agrees to a photo release. Child must be 8-15 years of age to attend resident camp. Prize cannot be applied to a current camp registration at Sherman Lake YMCA. KZOO Kids’ liability is limited to the value of the prize.



By | 2016-03-31T17:07:30+00:00 June 13th, 2014|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Win!|30 Comments

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.


  1. Grace G June 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I attended a music camp for two weeks one summer. It helped me become more aware of my surroundings, develop my independence from my family, and give me a sense of confidence during my awkward teenage years. Every kid should have the chance to experience summer camp.

  2. Dollie June 13, 2014 at 11:56 am

    My favorite camp memory is having a camp dance. We learned square dancing and sang fun camp songs:0)

  3. Shannan June 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I remember going to Camp Geneva when I was a kid, it was the best week of the whole summer! I loved the arts & crafts, canoeing, sports but my favorite was the stories the camp counselors would tell around the camp fire! Camp is a wonderful experience for any child, thank you for the opportunity to win a week!

  4. Renee Muday June 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    The first time my child when to Resident Camp was 4 years ago when she was 8. It was so fun to see her at the end of the week and all the new friends she met. Here favorite part was the music portion where they made music with ordinary words.

  5. Heather Christy June 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    My first camp experience as Girl Scout resident camp when I was 9 – loved sleeping in the a-frames and learning what bug juice was! And of course all the singing of camp songs!

  6. Tina Richmond June 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I attended camp as a Girl Scout when I was younger. My favorite memory was the opportunity to make new friends. I have to admit a memorable moment was pumping water and the outhouses ( notice I used the term memorable not favorite)

    Now as a Girl Scout leader, I have had the opportunity to to camp with our girls. My favorite and most memorable moments are seeing the young girls expand their independence and responsibility . We help guide the girls but leave many of the responsibilities up to them to complete. I love seeing them come out of their shell and grow.

  7. Amanda W. June 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    At Girl Scout Camp one summer, a raccoon ventured into our tent. Our fearless leader was on her cot screaming louder than the rest of us! The poor raccoon was scared by her screaming. He froze & it seemed like forever before he finally wandered back out. I remember it like it was yesterday 🙂

  8. Amy June 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I remember going to some day camps no resident camps. They were a blast to meet new people and do stuff you may not normally do

  9. Jamie S. June 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    My favorite summer camp memory was when I picked my son up from Sherman Lake last year after his 4 day resident camp (4th of July week) which was his first summer camp experience. Hearing how well he did fitting in with the older boys in his cabin (less campers for the short week meant he wasn’t with his exact age group) and how being told that he should consider the Leadership Program when he was old enough made my heart swell with pride. I would love for him to be able to go to camp and see how he does w/ his own age group. 🙂

  10. Sheryl June 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I couldn’t reach my back to apply bug repellant at Camp and apparently wasn’t into asking others for assistance. 142 bug bites on my back later, I learned an itchy lesson,

  11. ronda June 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I never had a chance to go to summer camp but my daughter went to Sherman lake camp with her fifth grade class and really enjoyed it. The best part about it for her was the underground slave game that they played at night. The tie dying was also great fun for her. She cherishes the memories she made there with all of her friends. She really wanted to go during the summer camp but we can’t really afford it. So this would be great to win this for her.

  12. Amy Moberley June 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I grew up without a YMCA near me and never had the opportunity to go to camp… I want to make sure my son makes tons of memories by attending as many summers as he can!

  13. Kimberly VanDam June 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I had such a great time at 5th grade camp when I was younger! So many new experience to have! It was a great time! I hope my kids will also get the experience this!

  14. Kate Johnson June 16, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    My resident camp experience changed my life. I came out of my shell, gained confidence I never had, learned to be independent without my parents, and made amazing memories with all of my new camp friends. Every child should experience resident camp at least once. The world would certainly be a better place if everyone had the camping experience! …so get back to nature kids! =)

  15. Meg Brake June 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I never got to experience summer camp as a kid.

  16. Carisa F June 17, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I enjoyed my best friend being at camp with me and making even more crazy memories that we still laugh about today. Campfire stories and going in the bog at one camp stands out, while at other camps it was practical jokes and making new friends.

  17. Shannon V June 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

    My favorite camp memory is cub scout camp at Sherman lake YMCA, it was a winter camp that I got to spend all weekend playing in the snow and having adventures with my middle son. I never went to camp as a kid but would love for him to experience it.

  18. Carol June 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I remember having two rows of bunk beds with a long aisle down the middle. We would do cartwheels and back handsprings all the way down the row. But only when the counselor wasn’t looking.

  19. Jessica E June 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I loved camp as a child! My favorite memories are exploring in the woods, swimming and singing at the top of our lungs! There was so much giggling, and a chance to test out just a little bit of independence. We love the Sherman Lake Y!

  20. Shalane Chaffee June 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I was not able to go to summer camp as a child. I do want my children to have these experiences though. They have attended a couple of different types of camps and their favorite is meeting people and making new friends.

  21. Amy L. June 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I went to Girl Scout camp every summer, from day camp to resident to trip camp. It seems that I have been going since I was old enough to remember. Every summer each trip camp unit made a plague out of an old oar or a 12 X 12 piece of lumber. I made several but one of them is still hanging in the dining hall. The first time I took my daughter to visit and tour the camp and I saw it hanging, some 25+ years later, it brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I remember that trip as if it were yesterday now I get to share that joy with my children. Summer camp should be an opportunity for every child!

  22. Ashley Fessler June 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I attended a fine arts camp when I was 12. It was AWESOME! The kind of fun you have at camp is something you just can’t experience elsewhere. A little independence and a lot of s’mores! I was lucky enough to have my sister with me too. Every kid should have the chance to experience summer camp!

  23. Karen June 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    My favorite camp experience was the two camps I went to at Interlochen for band!

  24. Margo Mielke June 19, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I went to church camp for many years. They were the best weeks ever. I went to camp nervous because I did not know one but left with some of the best friendships ever. Then when I got into high school I became a Junior Camp Counselor which was super awesome. I got to help other kids come out of their shells, explore the world around them, help them trust others, and most of all develop friendships that were priceless. Now my daughter is 12 and I hope that she gets to have camper experience to create memories and maybe one day become a counselor herself!

  25. Nicole June 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I always looked forward to arts and crafts at camp, and to that feeling of being “grown up” and staying somewhere on my own.

  26. Janelle June 20, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I loved the arts and crafts but also being on the lake, learning to swim and boat.

  27. Melanie Sage June 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I remember going to a week long camp every summer growing up. I loved making new friends, writing letters throughout the year and anticipating meeting up again in the summer. Art and crafts were one of my favorite things and of course, campfire signing at night!

  28. Chris S. June 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I remember my first overnight camping experience was the summer following 4th grade. It was at a local Girl Scout camp, using platform tents (ahh, the musty smell!). I was ten and thought I was ready for time away from my family. ;-). When the sun went down, I quickly realized I was homesick. After two or three days, it became much easier. We sang songs everywhere we hiked, made crafts and shot archery. We had a floating lunch out in the rowboats, and took turns doing camp chores. It was a wonderful exercise in becoming independent and helped me to realize I could be away from my family and meet new friends.

  29. Tiffany Corey June 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    My thirteen year old daughter Anna loves coming here for camp. The last couple of years she could hardly wait for that one amazing week of summer to come.
    She has learned so much coming here but my favorite skills is seeing her self confidence and independence grow.
    Thank you so much!!

  30. Scott Reese June 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    There are so many favorite summer camp memories.
    I remember going to Camp Wakeshma for music camp. It was a lot of fun. I asked my first girl to a dance, and she said yes, it was a real shot in the arm for my confidence. I played some awesome music in very hot and sweaty weather.

    And then there was Boy Scout camp. I have so many stories I could share. One year I did the mile swim and it took me four and a half hours to complete, but I finished it. There was also a time when a tree fell down just outside my tent on the second night of camp and I got to spend the week in just 2 different outfits because the rest of my clothing was soaked from being knocked outside the tent. Or all the hours spent swimming in the lake.

    I have so many fond memories of camp and I would love to pass that on to my children. life is tough, but camp will always be full of fond memories for me.

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