Sports Oriented Camps

Many camps offer athletic activities, though they are not necessarily considered sports camps. See each camp's sporting activities on their web site.

Camp Miniwanca-American Youth Foundation

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8845 West Garfield Road
Shelby, MI 49455

Contact Information


Name: Liz Marshall and Adam Russell, Girls and Boys Camp Directors
Phone: 231.861.2262


The mission of the American Youth Foundation inspires people to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social and spiritual living and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world.

AYF programs seek to enhance not only a child's skills, but their confidence in themselves and their future, their character, and their connections to other people. Our outstanding staff work to create communities where youth feel supported and empowered to discover who they are and what they are capable of achieving.

As a leader in youth development, Miniwanca inspires people to be their best selves. We achieve this by creating a fun and safe environment where campers will learn new skills and make new friends-and we believe much more is possible! Campers 8-17 will find a progression of age appropriate adventures and opportunities waiting for them. Our philosophy of "Best Self", "Balanced Living" and "Healthy Friendships" is intentionally interwoven throughout the camp experiences.

Miniwanca campers will:

  • Leave with newly gained confidence in themselves

  • Be able to talk about who they are and what they are capable of achieving

  • Discover and develop their personal best

  • Act in ways consistent with their values

  • Help to create a community where trust, cooperation and respect are the foundation

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    Gerber Scout Reservation

    Contact Information


    Name: Ryan Kriesch - Reservation Director/Program Director for President Ford Field Service Council
    Phone: 231-894-4928


    Gerber offers many different year-round programs and are currently developing even more. We rent a large variety of our building out for your scouting events. More information are detailed below in the Year Round Programs and Services. If their is a program you would like to see offered reach out to the Reservation Director; we are always welcome to new ideas.

    In recent years, Gerber Scout Reservation attendance has swelled from 900 in 1997 to over 2,500 in 2012. Much of this increase can be attributed to the 1998 initiation of the Betty Ford Cub Scout and Webelos Adventureland, a section of the camp dedicated to Cub Scouts. Gerber currently has the capacity to accommodate 425 Boy Scouts, 200 Cub Scouts each week or session.

    Activities offered at the camp include the Waterfront, Climbing Tower/COPE, Scoutcraft, Handicraft, Environmental Resource Center, Archery, and Shooting Sports, and much more. The new facility on camp is our dining hall, named the Frank K. Merrill Centennial Dining Hall. Centennial Dining Lodge boasts state of the art facilities, a capacity of over 700, and a safe place to take shelter.

    "Cub Scout Resident Camp 2019 Dates For 2nd and 3rd graders in the fall of 2019 To register for Cub Scout Resident Camp at Gerber Scout Reservation, please visit us at https://scoutingevent. com/272-gcrc19 Session #1 July 4 - 6, 2019; Session #2 July 25 - 27, 2019; Session #3 July 28 - 30, 2019; Session #4 July 31 - August 2, 2019; Session #5 August 4 -6, 2019; Session #6 August 7 - 9, 2019

    Webelos Resident Camp 2019 Dates For 4th and 5th graders in the fall of 2019 To register for Webelos Resident Camp at Gerber Scout Reservation, please visit us at gwrc19 Session #1 June 23 - 26, 2019; Session #2 June 26 - 29, 2019; Session #3 June 30 - July 3, 2019; Session #4 July 7 - 10, 2019; Session #5 July 10 - 13, 2019; Session #6 July 14 - 17, 2019; Session #7 July 17 - 20, 2019; Session #8 July 21 - 24, 2019

    Gerber Scout Camp Set near Twin Lake, Michigan inside the Manistee Forest, Gerber Scout Reservation boasts an amazing amount of opportunities for Scouts. When you arrive at Gerber Scout Reservation, you can expect a fantastic week of Scout's learning not only Scout skills but, life-long skills in communication, sportsmanship, high self-esteem and leadership.

    Programs are offered for both the first-year camper and the more experienced Scouts. From our highly visited Handicraft area to our Power Cut program where Scouts will mountain board and cycle, Gerber has something for every Scout.

    Have first-year and even second-year Scouts that are looking to earn their first advancements towards Eagle Scout? Our Eagle Quest program is the headquarters specifically designed just for these Scouts. Maybe you are looking for something a bit more hands on? Gerber's welding, and metalworking Merit Badges are some of the many examples of the advancement being taught in the Skilled Trades Center.

    And we haven't even mentioned the aquatics area yet. Gerber's Big Britton Lake hosts a huge variety of Merit Badges that may be difficult to earn anywhere else. From canoeing, rowing, small boat sailing, kayaking, and swimming our waterfront staff is excited to help your Scouts succeed. It doesn't matter if you're a first-year Scout or a Scout leader, all are welcome to come and test their skills at the waterfront.

    Make Gerber Scout Reservation part of a Scout's summer fun!

    Boy Scout Resident Camp 2019
    Dates To register for Boy Scout Resident Camp at Gerber Scout Reservation, please visit us at
    Session #1 June 16 - 22, 2019; Session #2 June 23 - 29, 2019; Session #3 June 30 - July 6, 2019; Session #4 July 7 - 13, 2019; Session #5 July 14 - 20, 2019; Session #6 July 21 - 27, 2019; Session #7 July 29 - August 3, 2019


    Spring Hill Camps

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    PO Box 100
    Evart, MI 49631

    Contact Information


    Name: Registration
    Phone: 231.734.2616


    SpringHill Camps
    SpringHill Camps is a nonprofit inter-denominational Christian camp with more than 40 years of experience reaching and serving children. All of our programs reach kids through a very specific ministry model, the SpringHill Experience. The SpringHill Experience consists of being God-immersed, embracing, innovative, integrating, professional, and community focused. We possess a passionate commitment to reaching the lost and being relevant as we share Jesus' message of grace, hope and love. Currently, we reach kids through overnight camp property in Michigan and Indiana. We also provide SpringHill Day Camps hosted at local churches and schools in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.

    To create life-impacting experiences that enable young people to know and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

    Overnight Camp: Grades 1st-12th
    At SpringHill we focus on bringing the message of Christ to our youth while offering a cutting-edge ministry. With unique programming, activities and housing, your child is sure to try new things, meet great friends and grow in their relationship with God.

    Day Camps: Grades Kindergarten-4th
    At SpringHill's Summer Day Camp kids have five full days of SpringHill fun right in their hometown. This is one week out of the summer they will never forget. From the Climbing Wall and Flying Squirrel to Six Square, wild water games and stretching their creativity through cool crafts - they will have more fun than they can imagine while meeting new friends and learning more about Jesus.

    Family Camps:
    At SpringHill, we've made it easy for you to build unity, have fun and experience God as a family! At our family camp you'll spend quality time with each other, have interactive sessions and learn how to strengthen your relationships as a family with Christ at the center.

    -Memorial Day Weekend: May 25-28, 2012
    -Summer Family Camp: July 13-15, 2012
    -Labor Day Weekend: August 31 - September 3, 2012

    Special Needs:
    All young people are made in the imagine and likeness of Christ and deserve to feel complete worth regardless of where they are spiritually, physically, emotionally, or socio-economically. Our value of embracing all kids is something that constantly shows Christ's love throughout their experience at SpringHill.

    We understand the economy is uncertain. With discounts, friends for $50, scholarships and payment plans - we want to come alongside your family to help your kids experience camp this summer.

    Retreats and Events:
    SpringHill not only offers weeks of summer camp, but also short weekend retreats with that same SpringHill Experience condensed for groups and families.

    Guest Groups:
    Rent us! Have you ever considered bringing your Girl Scout troop or sports team to camp? Let us design an amazing retreat for you that will create a memorable experience for everyone. We have had several groups, churches and schools come to camp over the last few months that have had an amazing time!

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    185 Oakes St SW
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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