Keep Your Kids Active & Educated at a Summer Camp in the D

By: Scott Davis | May 28, 2015

School is soon to be out for most students, which means your child is ecstatic for summer break. It also means (if kids are still anything like I was) that school-mode is going to be shut off for a while for most youths, who just endured 10 months of homework, tests, essays and popularity contests. Everybody needs a break and time to wind down after a long year! However, have you or your children ever considered summer camps?

There are day camps without the commitment of going away for the majority of the summer, or there are overnight camps. Some camps are even specifically built for a certain skill or activity, such as music, art or science. Summer camps keep kids active and educated, and also allow them to make new friends. Here are a few camps in Metro Detroit:

Camp Mirage, 39500 5 Mile Rd., Plymouth, is a day camp offering weeklong programs, or parents can opt into full-summer programs (which may work better for working parents). Summer camp season begins on Wednesday, June 15 and runs through Labor Day. There are several programs offered by Camp Mirage, such as specialty programs, Animal Planet field trips, backyard baseball, building and even circus camp, to name just a few. Before and aftercare camps are available, too. Camps/programs range in price from $130 to $150 per child.

YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit has locations all over southeast Michigan, including BirminghamDetroitFarmingtonLivoniaMount Clemens and many more. The programs are based on teaching children new skills, developing their character and helping them make new friends. It is the YMCA’s mission to continue educating and keeping kids active during summer break. Weekly activities may include swimming, field trips, art, outdoor education, rock climbing, literacy and much more. Prices vary based on age of the camper, the location and the length of the camp, but generally range in price from $105 to $235.

Cranbrook Art Museum Summer Camps, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, offers weekly day camps and workshops from July 13 through August 15. The program is for students in grades one through nine, and it explores art, architecture and design. The day camps run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and cost $330 per week or $300 for Art Members. The price includes all art supplies and materials needed. There is also a pre-camp and post-camp option for parents who work or have schedule constraints.

Farmington School of Rock, 22730 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington, offers three-day and five-day camps for young musicians ages 8 through 17. There are also workshops. Upcoming camps include the Metal Camp (ages 12-17) from Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10 and Divas Recording Camp (ages 10-17) from Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24. Five-day camps cost $400 and three-day camps cost $280. Early drop off and aftercare are provided as well. If your child is an aspiring musician, these camps are for them.

The Roeper School Specialty Summer Camps, 1051 Oakland Ave., Birmingham, offers (as you may have guessed) specialty camps and programs. These programs include art, dance, photography, science and more. There is also a summer theater program available, thanks to the Roeper Summer Stock Theatre. That is not all, though. The school also has a day camp program at its Bloomfield Hills location (41190 Woodward Ave). The Roeper activities are perfect for children looking to hone their special skills. Registration for the various programs is available online.

These are just a handful of the many, many summer camps available in the area. Your child may not be too keen on the idea of going to summer camp at first – he or she is on summer vacation, after all – but they are likely going to love it. Camps are fantastic learning opportunities for youth.