On Wednesdays, we "round up" some of our favorite things in Michigan's Great Southwest. This week, let's talk summer camp!

3rdCoastGroupShotThird Coast Surf Camp on the shores of Lake Michigan

 

 

YMCASmileHappy camper at the YMCA's Gla-Da-Wen-Ta Camp

There are so many options for campers in Michigan’s Great Southwest! We asked for descriptions of these camps; there’s everything from surfing to digital programming. Check it out!




Third Coast Surf Camp

When the school year ends, it’s time to hit the beach! At Third Coast Surf Shop’s day camps, our experienced instructors lead kids in fun beach activities such as surfing, paddleboarding, skimboarding, building sand castles, and playing soccer.

ARS Summer Arts Camp

Students develop skills, techniques, critical thinking, creative problem solving skills, along with conceptual learning through the use of a broad range of resources, materials and the guidance of talented teaching artists. Two of the three weeks (Camp II and Camp III), we will partner with Water Street Glassworks (WSG) for our seventh year!

Gla-Da-Wen-Ta Day Camp

Children enrolled in Gla-Da-Wen-Ta Day Camp will enjoy a variety of activities that nurture their spirts, challenge their minds and strengthen their bodies. Our camp is a 10 week program that starts June 13. Each week is a different theme that includes a field trip on Wednesdays and swimming at the Y every day.

LMC Digital Arts Camp

LMC’s new Digital Arts Camps include introductions to video game animation, coding, app development, and more. Camps are offered Monday through Friday for three hours a day. Student projects will be available on a password protected website to share with family and friends.

South Shore Sports Camp

Our summer camps will give your child a chance to discover new skills and make new friends. They receive instruction in the basic fundamentals of each sport. They will participate in: tennis, swimming, basketball, soccer, volleyball, while enjoying activities like games, arts and crafts and specials like kids yoga.




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Resting on the beach with Third Coast Surf Camp 



Summer camp memories stay with us through adulthood, and it’s interesting to learn what the camper’s favorite activities are. For an inside look at camp, we asked what the camper’s favorite activities were…as well as the staff!




Third Coast Surf Camp

Campers at Third Coast Surf Camp are always most excited about surfing, of course! The instructors start off on the beach with safety information and warm-up exercises, then move the lesson into the water, where the kids learn to ride waves in to the shore. Our instructors make sure the water conditions are appropriate for learning to surf, and give each child one-on-one attention.

Side note on surfing in the summer: Experienced surfers will often brave the cold water in the fall or winter, when cooler weather brings bigger waves. Summer is perfect for beginners, when waves tend to be smaller and much easier (and warmer!) for learning.

For staff at Third Coast Surf Camp, it’s fun to introduce kids to activities such as surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Since they started offering camps in 2007 in New Buffalo, staff from 3rd Coast has inspired many kids develop a lasting love and respect for Lake Michigan.

ARS Summer Arts Camp

Campers at ARS summer arts camp love working on the projects and getting messy! Snack time is a close second, though! For staff, their favorite part of camp is interacting with students and being able to share knowledge that excites and inspires campers.

Gla-Da-Wen-Ta Day Camp

Campers at Gla-Da-Wen-Ta Day Camp name the massive inflatable water slide as their favorite activity, or playing Gaga ball. Counselors like the large group games played at camp like Capture the Flag or The Great Escape.

LMC Digital Art Camp

Building their own video game is definitely a camper favorite! For staff at LMC’s Digital Arts Camp, they enjoy helping students learn.

South Shore Sports Camp

The campers at South Shore Sports Camp love to swim in the pool each day. It’s an indoor aquatic center, so storms don’t stop the campers from being able to splash around! Staff’s favorite activity is actually yoga with the campers; their energy shift is remarkable, and makes for a smooth day at camp!





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LMC's Digital Arts Camps offer another world for campers to explore!



What makes these camps unique? We asked the camps what they considered to be their most unique offering, and were not disappointed!




Third Coast Surf Camp

The unique thing about Third Coast’s day camps is that kids have a great opportunity to get outside and explore one of our area’s best beaches (under the supervision of Third Coast instructors, of course!). They also customize activities to best fit the interests of the group and the weather conditions. And who wouldn’t love spending the morning at the beach?

ARS Summer Arts Camp

ARS Summer Arts Camp focuses on a specific region each year (this year is Asia). It’s a bit more broad than previous years because Asia is so rich with cultural diversity, but it offers a lot of unique opportunities. Students love learning about different cultures, creating items inspired by them, and about the lives of people from all over the world. This gives students a background that helps them become well rounded, empathetic individuals as they continue to grow.

Gla-Da-Wen-Ta Day Camp

Each week Gla-Da-Wen-Ta has a special field trip that all the camp goes on. This year, the lineup includes Safari Joes, Air Zoo and Potawatomi Zoo! Campers are also offered swimming opportunities at the YMCA each afternoon; it’s a busy summer!

LMC Digital Art Camp

With camps like “App Attack”, “Minecraft Designers” and “Code Breakers”, the camps offered by LMC introduce campers to exciting, real world skills. They are learning all of this, while having fun!

South Shore Sports Camp

South Shore Camp offers Hot Dog Fridays! They provide hot dogs and sides for campers on Fridays, celebrating a great week. Grilling out is one of the joys of summer, and it’s fun to share with the campers.



Here’s the details about when these camps are offered, and for what ages. Follow the links to register, and find more information!






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Third Coast Surf Camp

The camp is offered 9 am-12 pm EST Mondays through Fridays June 27 – August 5th; it’s for ages 8-12, but exceptions can be made. Register here, or by calling 269.932.4575.





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ARS Summer Arts Camp

ARS offers 3 camps; all are Monday-Friday 12:00-4:30. June 20-24 is for ages 7-10, July 11-15 is for ages 9-12, and July 25-29 is for ages 13-18. Find more information here.





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Gla-Da-Wen-Ta Day Camp

Camp is offered Monday – Friday 9:00-4:30. Also, pre and post care is available, extending the camp day from 7:00am-6:00pm. Find more information here.





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LMC Digital Arts Camp

A different camp is offered each week from June 13 to August 5th (except the week of July 4), morning or afternoon. It’s for ages 8-14. Visit here for more information, and to register!





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South Shore Sports Camp

Camp is offered every other week (starting June 13th) for ages 5-12. Click here for more information.