News 2017-05-18T18:18:45+00:00


Ys across the state celebrate Michigan Y Camp Month.

Michigan YMCA Camps have joined together to offer a video challenge to campers.  Submit a video answering the question:  I am going to a Michigan YMCA Camp this summer because….  Submit the video to the camp of your choice by March 29th.  Winners from each of the 14 Michigan YMCA resident Camps will select a winner and post that video to the Michigan YMCA Camps Facebook page.  A winner will be chosen by the number of Likes received by April 10th.  That person will be able to choose the camp they will attend this summer and a $250 credit will be sent to that camp for the camper to use for their camp fees during the summer of 2015.  The video must be no longer than 90 seconds in length and be produced by the camper.

Friday, April 10th is WEAR YOUR Y CAMP SHIRT TO SCHOOL DAY!  Join in the fun as we promote YMCA camping within the state of Michigan!  Many camps are holding family fun events or open houses, check the individual websites for more information.

Parents can get a head start in signing up their children  during Michigan Y Camp Month – a celebration of Y camping throughout the state that gives families a taste of the camp experience and how it can benefit youth of all ages. All month long, Michigan YMCA Camps will offer activities and host community events across the state to promote Michigan Y Camp Month.

Nearly 50 percent of U.S. parents say technological distractions, such as television, cell phones or video games make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their children, according to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year. With more free time in summer, ensuring that kids practice healthy habits could be a greater challenge. The Y encourages parents to help their kids unplug from technology and explore all the Y’s camp has to offer during Michigan Y Camp Month.

Resident Camp Access is important to Michigan YMCA Camps, be sure to inquire about scholarship programs available at your Michigan YMCA Camp.

Michigan YMCA Camps are giving kids a summer camp experience with more activities to help them learn and master skills, make friends and feel welcome.

  • Through YMCA camp, kids participate in fun and educational activities that help them
  • Learn and master skills that help them realize their passions, talents and potential;
  • Build friendships with new friends and staff role models adding to their well-being;
  • Help them feel like they belong so they feel safe, welcome and free to express their individuality.

Throughout Michigan every YMCA camp program is so much more than fun and play. Through a holistic approach to youth development, all day and resident camp activities support the social-emotional, cognitive and physical development that all children experience as they progress through childhood.  At the Y, we know that when kids accomplish more, make new friends and feel like they belong, they are developing the skills they need to be successful in life. We are focusing on these areas to help kids reach their full potential.

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, the Y nurtures the potential of children and teens from birth to career to help them achieve in school and life. For over 80 years, the Y has provided camp experiences and for over 130 years, Y overnight camps have instilled values, character, developmental skills and a love for nature.  All Y programs are rooted with the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  Through camp and other youth development programs, the Y is working to keep kids engaged and address gaps in learning and physical activity when school is not in session.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.