Our Youth Camp Sessions are intended to help young people come to more fully know and experience God’s love for them and to help them live more fully into their Baptismal vows. We also strive to build the body of Christ amidst the young people of our diocese within our beautiful natural environment.
June 27-July 1, 2020
Price varies depending on accommodations. Starts at $350.
Families of all shapes and sizes are invited to spend several days at camp. Our flexible program is scheduled with optional activities, time for the family, and time for parents to take a break.
June 28-30, 2020
Try Out Camp is for campers in rising grades 1-3 | $150
This camp session is just what the name says! A "try out" camp for our littlest campers. Rising 1st through 3rd graders are invited to try a taste of what overnight residential camp feels like. Stay two nights at Camp Chickagami and try out our outdoor activities, crafts, games, and more. Campers will join our Christian Formation team in exploring their faith through storytelling and activities. Our youngest campers build leadership skills, gain independence, and form lifelong friendships.
Session I: July 1-3, 2020 | $60
Session II: July 27-30, 2020 | $80
Day camp is for rising Grades 1st-7th
Our local day campers are invited to join our staff for a day spent in Christian Formation, at the lake, doing crafts, and countless other activities. We promise to send them home exhausted from fun! Depending on the number of campers we have participating will determine if our activities all take place with a large group of all ages or if we will break the group into smaller groups by age.
A basic schedule for day camp will look a little bit like this:
9:30 am - arrival/check in
10:00 am - morning worship
10:20 am - christian formation program
11:30 am - campers choice activity time
12:30 pm - lunch (included in registration cost)
1:15 pm - afternoon activity time
2:30 pm - waterfront and swim time
4:00 pm - pick up/check-out
We try to take a day trip to Ocquoec Falls one day and may incorporate other field trips into our time together. Field trips could include heading to the Presque Isle Lighthouses or visiting the shipwreck museum in Alpena.
July 5-10, 2020
Middle camp is for rising 6th-8th Graders | Tiered Pricing starting at $375
Middle Camp is a residential program featuring outdoor activities, crafts, games, and more. Campers will join our Christian Formation team in exploring their faith through storytelling and activities. Throughout the week, our campers build leadership skills, gain independence, and form lifelong friendships.
July 12-17, 2020
Intermediate camp is for campers in rising grades 4-7 | Tiered Pricing starting at $375
Intermediate Camp is a residential program featuring outdoor activities, crafts, games, and more. Campers will join our Christian Formation team in exploring their faith through storytelling and activities. Throughout the week, our campers build leadership skills, gain independence, and form lifelong friendships.
Training Week | July 12-17, 2020 | Tiered Pricing starting at $375
In-Action Week | July 19-24, 2020 | Application and invitation needed. This session will be free of charge.
CIT is for campers ages 15 and 16 years old.
Counselors-in-Training is a residential program focused on leadership development, skills building around child-care and development, and program planning. CITs shadow counselors in their cabins and learn from our star team of trainers. And they have fun too! The majority of our counseling staff are alumni of our CIT program.
*New for 2020!* Training week and in-action week. When registering for your training week session you will have the option to select that you are interested in the in-action week. CIT's for this session will learn through practical application working around camp what it means to be a staff member at Camp Chickagami. CIT's will be invited to stay the following week (in-action week) during their first week (training week). Parents/guardians will be communicated with about whether or not their CIT has been asked to stay through to the next week and to confirm that this is still possible.
July 19-24, 2020
Junior camp is for campers in rising grades 3-5 | Tiered pricing starting at $375
Junior Camp is a residential program focused on leadership development featuring all of the traditional camp activities. Campers will join our Christian Formation team in exploring their faith through age appropriate, engaging, and self-led program. Throughout the week, our campers build leadership skills, gain independence, and form lifelong friendships.
*NEW* LEADERSHIP CAMP
July 26-August 1, 2020
Leadership camp is for high schoolers in rising 9th-12th grades. Applications will be available soon.
Participants in this camp session will learn about the work of becoming beloved community and be encouraged to do the work of racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in their churches and communities, beginning with the personal journey and inner work of Becoming Beloved Community supported by the spiritual practices of The Way of Love.
August 3-8, 2020
Trip camp is for campers in rising grades 8-11 | Tiered pricing starting at $650
Our traditional Trip Camp is getting a tweak! Trip Camp will start on a Monday, meeting the the diocesan offices of The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan in Saginaw for orientation and gathering. We will depart from Saginaw and head out of state for a week of adventure and road-tripping. We will be heading to the rolling hills of Tennessee to spend our week at and around the beautiful Dubose Conference Center. We will be camping, white-water rafting on the Ocoee River, hiking, swimming, exploring, learning about Creation Care and our responsibility! Our trip camp will also conclude in Saginaw for pick up in the early evening on the 8th.
Campers participate in Christian Formation each morning. Themes vary by session but typically campers explore through crafts, games, music, dramatics, team-building exercises and small group discussions. Each day also brings plenty of opportunities to participate in a variety of recreational activities including swimming, boating, sports, hiking, fishing, exploring nature, working on even more crafts and joining in all camp evening activities. Each day’s events are sandwiched between youth-friendly worship experiences
Our Cabin Counselors and Program Staffers are college age and older adults who have experience working with young people. Over half of our staff grew up coming to Camp Chick as campers! Our staff-to-camper-ratio is one to five. All Staffers undergo a thorough background check prior to their service with children. Staff members also participate in pre-camp orientation which includes basic first aid training, emergency procedure drills, behavior management, and information related to the development characteristics and needs of the children in their care.
Camp Chickagami is committed to the health and safety of all campers and staff. Our full-time, on site Health Officer provides first aid and health care according to a licensed physician’s standing orders. Certified Lifeguards supervise all swimming and boating activities. An experienced Cook serves balanced, great tasting meals.
The opportunity to attend summer camp is an experience that should be readily available to all campers – no camper at Camp Chickagami will be turned away due to lack of funding. We ask that you prayerfully consider the amount of scholarship money you need for your camper to attend.
All families are required to submit a deposit of $50 to secure their camper’s session. Families are encouraged to seek additional support from the home congregation and other sources before completing the application for assistance.
In addition, the camper’s priest, pastor, youth minister, school principal or other certified professional must support the application. Congregations are asked to support at least half of the camp fees.
Click here to download the scholarship application form. Applications are due by July 1.
Email our director, McKenzie Bade at email@example.com with any questions.
Our camp is licensed by the State of Michigan, meaning that we hit all of their standards for health, safety, and programming to run a summer camp.
Additionally, we are accredited by the American Camp Association. This means we hit additional standards and goals for summer camps beyond that which is required for state licensing.
The American Camp Association is the only nationwide organization that accredits children’s camps.
The ACA Accreditation process is a voluntary commitment by camps to the highest standards of health, safety, and program quality.
One purpose of the ACA Accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff. The standards establish guidelines for needed policies, procedures, and practices.
ACA standards have been recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards for best practices in camp.
Campers staying for multiple weeks in a row are invited to stay as a Weekend Camper for an additional fee of $50. Over the weekend, they will be supervised by camp staff. The schedule is flexible, allowing campers to rest for the week ahead. They will have access to laundry facilities.
Please select this option during the registration process.
Camp Chickagami’s goal is to enable the individual to relate to God; as a recipient of God’s gifts, as a steward of creation and as a member of a Christian community.
As a recipient of God’s gifts the individual will:
- Discover a previously unknown aspect of oneself
- Develop a positive self-image
- See oneself as an important part of a Christian community
- Discover and appreciate individual gifts and talents
- Try new activities
As a steward of creation the individual will
- Learn to take responsibility for behavior that affects the environment
- Develop good judgment that enables safe participation in activities
- Develop and deepen an appreciation of nature
- Discover a new aspect of their relationship to the natural world
- Participate in conservation projects at camp
- Develop respect for the camp grounds
As a member of a Christian community the individual will
- Participate in camp activities
- Show an awareness and sensitivity to others’ needs
- Enjoy being at camp
- Accept others as they are
- Show an increased interest in the Christian life
- Learn to develop trust in self and others
- Learn and develop individual leadership skills
- Cooperate and share with others
- Learn to resolve conflicts constructively
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