Dance, Music, & Fine Arts Camps

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp ®

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300 East Crystal Lake Rd.
Twin Lake, MI 49457

Contact Information


Name: Heidi Stansell
Phone: 800.221.3796


Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a summer school of the arts located on a 1,400 acre campus in Michigan's Manistee National Forest, offers fine arts education for all ages. Each summer, the principal camp program serves more than 5,400 gifted elementary, junior high, and high school students with diverse programs in music, art, dance, and drama while offering more than 175 performances during its Summer Arts Festival. Blue Lake also operates a widely acclaimed International Exchange Program and two public radio stations. Since its inception in 1966, Blue Lake has provided cultural enrichment to more than 300,000 gifted students and countless concert-goers.

2015 Calendar

Session 1: July 1 - July 12
Grades 9 - 12 (Central Camp)
Grades 7 - 8 (Camp Bernstein)

Session 2: July 15 - July 26
Grades 9 - 12 (Central Camp)
Grades 7 - 8 (Camp Bernstein)

Session 3: July 29 - August 9
Grades 7 - 9 (Central Camp)
Grades 5 - 6 (Camp Bernstein)

Session 4: August 12 - August 23
Grades 7 - 9 (Central Camp)
Grades 5 - 6 (Camp Bernstein)


Camp Tall Turf

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6947 East Scout Rd.
Walkerville, MI 49459

Contact Information


Name: Marcus Hargrave
Phone: 6164527906


Camp Tall Turf
Equipping youth for lives of reconciliation in God's world.

Vision: To pursue and advance God's vision of wholeness, unity, justice, peace and healing for today's increasingly diverse and urban world by rebuilding relationships that make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of youth.

Youth Camp (ages 8-13)
Located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Campbell, Camp Tall Turf has been instilling the biblical message of reconciliation in our campers for over 40 years. Our youth camp sessions are specifically designed to teach our campers about the value of diversity. Campers who attend Tall Turf develop critical cross-cultural skills in a fun, safe and engaging environment. In recent years, over 80% of our campers left Camp Tall Turf saying that they befriended someone from a different background than their own. Many of our past campers say that their time at Tall Turf was one of the most transformative life experiences they have had!

Adventure Camp (ages 14-17)
Adventure Camp takes the fundamental principals of our youth camp sessions a step further. Designed for teens, Adventure camp focuses on the need for young leaders in the journey of reconciliation. Adventure Campers engage in various team building activities that are designed to break down existing barriers between groups and lays the foundation for relationships of trust and respect. Tall Turf's teen Leader's In Training serve as peer mentors and motivators in this five day session.

Family Camps (Ages 2 and up)
Camp Tall Turf offers two unique Family Camp opportunities created to engage the family unit in our mission and vision of reconciliation. All of our Family Camp sessions take place over a weekend to facilitate working families. Family Camp sessions are loosely organized around our curriculum of reconciliation, but also offer lots of time for families to hang out and interact. We believe that one of the best ways to break down barriers is to have fun together! Family Camp sessions are a great way to spend a weekend away with your family, neighbors and community.

Transportation: Free busing is provided for all summer camp sessions from Grand Rapids.

Translation Services: All registration materials are available in Spanish.
Individuals fluent in Spanish are available to assist with registration and answering questions.

To find more information or register for Camp Tall Turf visit


Circle Pines Center

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8650 Mullen Road
Delton, MI 49046

Contact Information


Name: Tom VanHammen
Phone: 269-623-5555


Circle Pines Center is located about 35 miles southeast Grand Rapids in beautiful Barry County, near the Yankee Springs Recreation Area. Our co-ed residential camp program, open to youth ages 7-17, combines elements of a traditional summer camp (swimming, sports, campfires, hikes, theater, dance, arts and crafts) with cooperative work projects (construction, organic gardening, trail maintenance and cleaning). In addition, educational activities focus on topics like climate change, food politics, social justice, ecosystems and the importance of critical thinking. Our focus on cooperation as an interpersonal strategy and viable economic alternative is embodied in our daily chores, work projects, decision making, camp store and other activities. We also offer several weekend programs for families thoughout the year, such as Maple Syrup Weekends, Apple Cider Weekends, Spanish Immersion Weekends, and the Buttermilk Jamboree music festival.

Circle Pines is committed to supporting sustainable agriculture and the slow food movement. Kitchen staff members work hard to provide delicious and nutritious meals from scratch using primarily local and organic ingredients. We source camp food from over 15 local farm families in Southwest Michigan. Meat dishes are prepared using pasture fed and humanely raised animals. Given advance notice, CPC can accommodate most dietary restrictions and allergies. Vegetarian alternatives are always available.


MDA Summer Camp

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Sherman Lakes YMCA Camp, 225 N 39th St
Augutsa, MI

Contact Information


Name: Jacquie Palka, Care & Clinical Services Specialist
Phone: 5177060348


Since 1955, MDA Summer Camp has offered young MDA community members an opportunity to attend a week-long, sleepover summer camp with other children that are just like them-often known as "the best week of the year." Offered to MDA campers at no cost to families, MDA Summer Camp allows kids the opportunity to experience the joy of just being a child. Campers range in age from 8-17, and participate in activities like swimming, sports, archery, canoeing, and even zip-lining. As they have fun and be themselves together, children make friends with people who are just like them, and gain confidence and support through each other. MDA Summer Camp and activities are designed to remove many of the obstacles young MDA community members may face in their day to day lives, and all camps are supported by round-the-clock medical staff and trained volunteer counselors.

2019 Session June 16th-June 21st


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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The Salvation Army Little Pine Island Camp

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6889 Pine Island Dr. NE
Comstock Park, MI 49321

Contact Information


Name: Les Chase
Phone: 616.784.1404



  • Cook over a fire
  • Canoe or paddle boat on the lake
  • Attend a campfire meeting
  • Take a boat ride
  • Catch a fish
  • Learn to shoot a .22 rifle
  • Watch the sun rise and set
  • Go stargazing
  • Take a hike
  • Triumph the high ropes course
  • Explore with a GPS
  • Participate in a conservation Project
  • Use a compass
  • Learn to shoot a bow and arrow
  • Finish the challenge course
  • Swim in the lake
  • Be a good citizen



Grand Rapids Community Foundation

185 Oakes St SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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