Van Buren Youth Camp
offers a Fall and Spring Outdoor Education Program. Our experiential based curriculum is designed to enrich academic skills, places emphasis in natural science and the ecosystem, and affect student outcomes.
Our OEE experience is designed to encourage students
to learn experientially through nature about their role as
stewards to our earth, and about themselves, while living
and working in a cooperative community. We have created a
program that dovetails with Michigan Department of Education
Grade Level Content Standards.
The thrust of the Camp's philosophy is that Camp belongs
to all who use it. That means that everyone becomes involved
in camp in various ways – K.P, cabin clean up, keeping
grounds clean, and becoming active participants in camp program.
Our Outdoor Environmental Education program is not just
a camp session; it is an educational experience that offers
important life lessons which extend beyond classroom walls.
The instructional staff at VBYC believes the environmental
setting is a classroom where students can learn effective
communication skill, critical thinking skills, coping skills
and cooperation. It is our mission to create
a discovery based, hands-on learning experience, which
is above all - FUN! A camp representative will work
together with teachers, students and parents to create
a successful experience.
classroom is 90 acres of natural resources:
meals are served family style in the Washburn
Lodge with two fireplaces
it is an ideal spot for meetings and evening gatherings.
We are located in Bloomingdale,
in Southwest Michigan, on Great Bear Lake, approximately
18 miles east of South Haven and 28 miles west of Kalamazoo.
Groups can reserve spots for September and April thru May. To
create an experience that is an extension or your classroom
12370 45th Street