Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of camp fires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery, talent shows, and meaningful relationships. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.
Day camp can offer almost all of the benefits of traditional camp—new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships — in rural and urban settings while allowing campers to return home each afternoon. The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit offers day camps for elementary children, pre-schoolers and teens. Day camp is offered at most of our YMCA branches.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit operates two overnight camps in Michigan that meet the needs of everyone, from first-time campers to teens seeking a memorable experience. Camp programs offer a wide variety of outdoor adventures led by trained and experienced leaders who guide people of all ages in having an unforgettable experience. Expect new and fun activities that will add not only build skills but great new friends and character values for life.
Lifelong memories are made at Camp Ohiyesa, a great escape without a ticket or an “are we there yet.” Situated on 300 acres overlooking Fish Lake in Holly, Ohiyesa offers an array of activities, from zip lining to archery to horseback riding. Our knowledgeable, outgoing staff helps campers safely step out of their comfort zones to learn new skills and build confidence. Since 1918, youth, families and groups have turned to Camp Ohiyesa for day camp, overnight camp, group retreats and family vacations. We offer convenient transportation options throughout Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
Overlooking nearly a mile of breathtaking shoreline in Oscoda, Camp Nissokone has been Michigan’s premier northern adventure camp connecting youth, families and groups to the outdoors since 1914. Nissokone has 100 years of experience helping campers discover self-confidence while celebrating new friendships and accomplishments. Our caring, responsible staff empowers campers to learn about the world, develop interpersonal skills, and try new and creative activities – whether a child is spending the night away from home for the first time or a teen is building leadership skills year after year. Nissokone is best known for our exciting adventure activities, teen leadership development, expert equestrian programs and family camp. Bussing is available from Birmingham and Livonia.
Camping is for everyone, and the Y offers specialty camps that focus on particular programming to meet the needs of school groups and corporate gatherings, as well as camping experiences for youth with developmental disabilities, physical and mental health challenges or other impairments that may require special attention or benefit from like-situated campers have opportunities through the Y.