VBYC offers residential, recreational camping sessions from mid-June through mid-August. Most sessions last one week, although one lasts two weeks and one lasts a half week. These camps are designed for youth from grades 1-12. During a recreational camp session, qualified, certified, instructors lead organized programs in: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, folk dancing, drama, nature exploration, creative crafts, archery, riflery, sports, and team building.
Pre-Early Youth (grades 1-3):
During this short session, campers will share a cabin with their new camp friends and a counselor.
Little Bear: In this three day and two night session, campers will: swim, canoe*, play games, sing, dance, participate in skits, and eat great camp food. (*Weather or wind permitted)
Early Youth (grades 3-6): Great Bear, Explorer* (grades 3-7)
Is your child ready to try new experiences or improve camp skills from last year? Early Youth camps do just that— they help a child grow. Campers will attend structured activities in: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, drama, folk dancing, nature, arts & crafts, archery, riflery, sports, and team building. Leadership and community building are fostered when campers help run camp by planning campfires, daily flag ceremonies, and participating in wacky cabin contests. Independence, self confidence, and friendships are built while campers engage in free time, make purchases at the camp store, and gather for all-camp games like capture the flag! This all happens under the supervision of certified staff and trained counselors who understand how important it is to make new friends and have FUN!
*Focuses on nature based activities.
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Middle Youth: White Pine* (grades 6-9),
Wolverine (grades 5-8)
Friends, friends, and more friends! Have we caught your attention
yet? Middle Youth camps offer the same program as early youth
camps, plus campers will take a more active role in running the
program. At White Pine, our Middle School Leadership Camp, we’ll
help campers identify and improve emerging leadership skills. At Wolverine,
campers spend a day in a specialty program of your choice with other kids
with the same interests. Both camps give campers more time to widen
your circle of lifelong camp friends.
*White Pine now has a leadership
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Double Discovery and Discovery (grades 4-9)
This multi age session will be a mix of activities tailored for both elementary and middle youth. Cabins will participate in the traditional camp activities as well as choosing specialized classes each day such as biking the Kal Haven trail. This is the perfect session for siblings and campers who are ready to experience greater independence.
Double Discovery: Two weeks long.
Discovery: One week long. Campers get to participate in man (not all) traditional classes.
Workshop (grades 9-12)
At this challenging workshop high school students will learn and develop specific leadership skills that will be useful in school, clubs and communities. They will attend daily workshops, meet visiting speakers, and work on special interest projects; all designed to target specific leadership skills. Leadership will inspire and challenge them to achieve and believe in yourself! Those interested in taking leadership to the next level can apply to participate in our counselor or staff-in-training programs
A 14 year-old entering ninth grade may apply with two letters of reference and a personal essay stating why they would like to attend the Leadership workshop.
White Pine Early Leadership (grades 6-9)
White Pine is a mix of both traditional recreation activities
and leadership clinics, tailored to the middle school learner. It focuses on
individual leadership styles, developing friendships, setting goals, resolving
conflicts, and communication skills.