Camp Ohiyesa Overnight Camp

Whether your child is a first-time camper or a returning camper, arrival at camp can be a time of excitement, apprehension, and wonder. As a parent, the best thing you can do for your child is get him/her settled in his/her bunk, kiss your camper goodbye, and let the counselors take it from there. A quick goodbye makes it easier for your camper to transition to his/her new environment.

Overnight Camper Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Many campers’ parents prefer to drop their kids off, and some campers find carpooling a useful way to get to camp. Our drop-off hours for overnight campers are on Sunday between 3:30-4:30 p.m. Pick up is on Saturday between 9:15—10 a.m. Parents of campers in our horse programs are invited to a Rodeo each Saturday; show times will be between 9:15 and 10 a.m. Camp Ohiyesa does not provide busing for overnight campers.

Preparing for Camp


Please mark all items with your camper’s name. The YMCA and Camp Ohiyesa are not responsible for lost or damaged personal items. Please leave valuables at home. If you lose an item, call us right away. We will try our best to locate it! Any items left behind session will be donated to charity two weeks after that session.

Packing list:

  • Bedding: sheets and blanket or sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Long Pants
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • 2 Pair of Shoes
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt
  • Rain Gear
  • Bathing suit (one-piece style only)
  • Beach towel
  • Shower towel
  • Wash cloth
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotion, female hygiene products
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent (pump-spray or wipes, please)
  • Laundry bag
  • Books, magazines or comics for rest periods
  • Camera (preferably disposable)
  • Note paper, envelopes and stamps
  • Day pack to carry gear for the day

Ponderosa Campers, please also pack:

  • Long Pants
  • Boots with heel (examples: hiking boots, rain boots, cowboy boots)

Items not permitted at camp:

Cell phones, knives and weapons of any kind, iPods, electronic games, other electric devices, fireworks, or anything you can’t afford to lose. YMCA Camping Services is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Prohibited items will be held in the camp office until the end of the camp day.

While at Camp

Camper Health Care:

Medical staff are at camp 24 hours and public health care facilities are less than 10 minutes away. Parents will be notified in the event that a camper is in the Health Center for more than 3 hours (fever, tummy ache, etc.) or if the camper requires any treatment outside of camp. In the event your child needs medical treatment and/or prescriptions, the family’s insurance will be billed. Parents will be notified of any accident or illness that requires treatment. A copy of an insurance card must accompany camper to camp. Please keep campers home if any communicable condition exists.

Medication at Camp:

All prescription medication must be in the original prescription bottle and must be dispensed by state law according to the directions on the label. If the doctor has changed the dosage or directions for administration, submit a signed letter from your physician with the new directions. This letter must include camper’s full name, dosage amount, delivery time(s), and any limitations. DO NOT repackage drugs or submit another person’s medication. This is prohibited by Michigan law. Medications must be turned into the Camp Nurse at check-in at the camp or to the bus monitor at the bus pick up site.

Contacting Your Camper:

We do not allow the use of cell phones at camp, as they are a negative influence in the camp environment and don’t help the adjustment period. We have a variety of alternatives so you can stay tuned on your camper’s adventures. We typically upload photos from camp each evening, which are free to view and download. Our camp photographers do their best to get to every group’s activities daily, but we cannot guarantee every camper will be pictured. One-way emails can be sent to campers as well, free of charge, and are delivered daily after lunch.

Receiving mail and/or packages is a highlight for many campers, but it is a good idea to send packages and mail a few days prior to the start of the session so your child receives correspondence in time. Please do not send candy or snacks, as they are not permitted because they attract critters and bugs in the cabins.

Our postal address for letters and packages is
(Camper’s name)
YMCA Camp Ohiyesa
7300 Hickory Ridge Road
Holly, MI 48442

Phone Policy:

The camp phones are for business and emergencies only. Due to the number of campers at each of our sites, it is impossible to make the phones available for calls home from the campers. Of course, in an emergency or to help with your camper’s social adjustment, the camp staff will be in contact with you.

Visiting Your Camper:

For site security and camper safety, visitors are discouraged from coming during the day as they can
disrupt activities and bring on homesickness in campers. However, if you need to pick up a child or ever
have a concern you are welcome to stop at the office or call 248-887-4533.

Safety at Camp

Camper Safety:

We take every safety precaution into consideration when planning and conducting our activities and have extensive staff training so that we can avoid accidents, injuries or dangerous situations. All of our staff has been trained in first aid and CPR. In addition, we have a full-time Nurse or Health Officer on site. Emergency services are only minutes from each camp should the need arise. All of our policies, procedures and rules are developed with the safety of your camper in mind. Parents must remember to bring a photo ID when picking their camper up from camp. No camper will be released to anyone that is not listed on the “Authorization of custody” form.

Site Safety:

Camp staff are identified by a photo name badge and staff shirt. All visitors must check in at the office and are escorted by a staff member. On the first day of camp, campers receive an orientation about what to do in an emergency and we run a fire drill at the beginning of the week.

Camp Accreditation:

Camp Ohiyesa is a proud member of the American Camping Association. The ACA is a community of camp professionals and is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults through the camp experience. The purpose of the ACA-accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff. The standards establish guidelines for needed policies, procedures, and practices. The camp, then, is responsible for ongoing implementation of these policies.

Camp Ohiyesa Day Camp



For your convenience, we have early care with breakfast from 7:30-8:30 am for $15 per week and late care from 4:30-5:30 pm at no extra charge.


Our bus service helps make Camp Ohiyesa convenient for those living farther away. Busing is provided in either 7 passenger camp vans, 14 passenger camp buses or larger school buses, depending on the pick-up needs. Camp Ohiyesa staff ride along on the bus to play car games, sing songs and attend to any behavior issues. Busing reservations must be made at least one week in advance.

Day Camp Busing Schedule:

Location Address Times
Brighton: Costco
6700 Whitmore Lake Rd AM Drop-off: 7:30-7:45 am, bus departs at 7:45 am
PM Pick-up: 5:30 p.m.
Hartland: Meijer
2160 Hartland Rd AM Drop-off: 8:10-8:15 am, bus departs at 8:15 am
PM Pick-up: 5:00 pm
Birmingham YMCA
400 East Lincoln AM Drop-off: 7:30-7:45 am, bus departs at 7:45 am
PM Pick-up: 5:30 pm
White Lake: Kroger
10805 Highland Rd AM Drop-off: 8:40-8:45 am, bus departs at 8:45 am
PM Pick-up: 4:30 pm
Novi: Kroger
47650 Grand River Ave AM Drop-off: 7:30-7:45 am, bus departs at 7:45 am
PM Pick-up: 5:30 pm
New Hudson: Walmart
Lyon Center Dr AM Drop-off: 8:00-8:15 am, bus departs at 8:15 am
PM Pick-up: 5:00 pm