Check out some of Michigan’s coolest camps, which you can now safely enroll your cooped-up kids in this summer.

LANSING, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has new fans across the state, but most won’t be eligible to vote for another decade.

Restrictions on summer camps have been lifted, making for happy campers from the Monroe to the Upper Peninsula.

“As we’ve worked together to bend the curve and protect our families from COVID-19, our kids have lost time in the classroom and missed out on play dates, birthday parties and graduations,” Gov. Whitmer said in a press release. “That’s why I’m glad they’ll have an opportunity to spend a week or weekend away at camp.”

The latest executive order requires camps to follow guidance issued by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). These guidelines are published on LARA’s website and will be updated regularly.

The order will also allow K-12 school sporting activities to resume during the summer months. On Tuesday, the Michigan High School Athletic Association released updated guidelines allowing school sports to resume.

Now let’s take a look at some of the fun summer camps available to young ‘Ganders this season.

Camp Invention

These week-long camps are for whiz kids interested in STEM and innovation. The nationally recognized program will come to public schools across the state this summer. Your kids could spend summer break:

  • Building a cityscape out of upcycled materials 
  • Learning the value of their creativity as they sketch and build prototypes
  • Designing logos, marketing their inventions and protecting their intellectual property
  • Serving as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children (if they’re an especially enthusiastic high school student) 

Find a location near you and register your child here.

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Black River Farm and Ranch

This Croswell camp focused on horsemanship is described as “paradise at the end of a dirt road.” Move over, boys, because this overnight camp is for girls ages 6-16.

Campers even receive riding lessons with the horses each morning. It’s been family-owned and -operated since 1962. Sessions will run through August 15.

Find session info here

Crystalaire Adventures

After a few months of close quarters, parents might be just as excited as their own teens to see Crystalaire Adventures camping sessions resume. 

Crystalaire Adventures invites kids of all genders aged 10-18 to learn, live, and work together up north — and to get a better sense of who they are. Campers will get to explore caverns, backpack North Manitou, make basecamp at South Manitou and do more adventuring. 

Register here

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Boyne Tennis Academy

Campers looking to serve an upgrade to their tennis game can spend the long days at this northern Michigan destination known for year-round sporting activities. Campers can choose from single day lessons while Mom and Dad enjoy the resort or stay as long as three weeks.

Register online here

Camp Mirage

If your child thinks the camp experience should be all about bonfires and water activities, then Camp Mirage is the place to be. Kids aged 4-13 have their pick of more than 40 themed day camps, from “Animal Planet” to Pokemon, all with flexible schedules that make day camp an easy option for all kinds of working parents.

Check out their catalog here

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