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 Sherman Lake Camp

 Memory-Making Resident Camp Programs,

close to Kalamazoo and Battle Creek! 

It's our 20th Anniversary in the summer of 2014.  Watch for news of exciting upcoming events!!!

All Summer Camp  Registration Now Open - Reserve your spot!


IMPORTANT NEWS!  PRICING STRUCTURE CHANGES FOR SUMMER 2014

REGISTER EARLY FOR THE LOWEST CAMP FEES.  First camp fee listed is now - March 31st, 2nd fee is April 1-May 15 and 3rd camp fee is May 16 or later.

 

Camp Name
Click Camp Name to see detailed description
Camper's
Age

Session One
July 6 - 11, 2014

Session Two
July 13 - 18, 2014

Session Three
July 20 - 25, 2014

Session Four
July 27 - August 1, 2014

Session Five
August 3 - 8, 2014

Session Six
August 10 - 15, 2014

Session Seven

Session Eight

Session Nine

Session Ten

Digital Media
12-16

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

$592

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N/A

Sessions Available
Session 5 : August 3 - 8, 2014

 

Digital Media

Grade:  6-10

Age:  12-16

Capture the moment and replay it forever!  Photograph, blog and record all of your favorite memories of camp.  Campers will take over the Sherman Lake Blog for the week and will capture the action with a photograph, video and print!  Learn to edit short films and share the Sherman Lake story.

Fee:  $592 until March 31st, $612 until April 30th, $632 May 16th or later

 


Ultimate Wet & Wild Water Sports
13-16

N/A

N/A

N/A

$625

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Sessions Available
Session 4 : July 27 - August 1, 2014

 

Ultimate Wet & Wild Water Sports

Grade: 7-10

Fee: $625 until March 31st, $645 until April 30th, $665 May 16th or after

For those who have completed Wet & Wild and are seeking more water adventures!  Campers will do some exploring during an offsite overnight trip and will dive deeper into sailing, paddle boarding, canoeing and tubing!  This camp is for Advanced Swimmers.  Progress to Scal & Sail.

Age: 13-16


Adventure Leadership
13-15

N/A

N/A

$592

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Sessions Available
Session 3 : July 20 - 25, 2014

 

Adventure Leadership

Grades: 8-9  Fee: $592 until March 31; $612 April 1-May 15; $622 May 16 and after 

Back by popular demand!  Are you a Sherman Laker with dreams of becoming a strong leader or camp counselor?  This camp is an excellent first step!  Enjoy your first taste of the Leadership Development Program by staying in the yurts and experiencing the Leaderhsip Lodge Village.  You'll build a strong team with other campers and be challenged with a wide array of fascinating leaderhship activities.  Includes an off-site overnight trip!

 


NEW!! - Culinary Academy
12-16

N/A

N/A

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$556

Sessions Available
Session 6 : August 10 - 15, 2014

 

NEW!! - Culinary Academy

The tastiest camp on the planet!  Create a culinary masterpiece and serve it up to some of the toughest critics - fellow campers.  We will host this experience in sync with our hit camp, Art Prize and allow our culinary experts to display their best dish while campers browse the art work.

Session:  6

Ages: 12 - 16; Rising Grades:  6-10

Fees:  $556 through March 31, $576 April 1- May 15; $596 May 16 or later


Family, Alumni and Friends - 20th Anniversary Camp
All ages

N/A

N/A

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July 3-6

Sessions Available

 

Family, Alumni and Friends - 20th Anniversary Camp

It's our 20th Anniversary and we are in the mood to celebrate with alumni, family and friends!  Here's your chance to bring the family and your friends to Sherman Lake YMCA Camp for your July 4th vacation!  Camp will begin on Thursday, July 3rd with check-in from 10am-noon and close on Sunday, July 6th with a 9:30am check-out.

Special20th  Anniversary celebration is included in the fun.  More information to follow as the planning moves forth.  Families will be able to enjoy all the camp activities that are offered.  There will be swimming, climbing, boating, ropes courses, archery, fire building, arts and crafts, nature hikes, fitness activities, games, campfires, Capture the Pig and more!  Opportunities will be available for child watch and you'll be able to visit the local golf course for a round of golf.

For further information or to register, please call 269-731-3000.

On line registration coming soon!


Classic Resident Camp
8-16

$520

$520

$520

$520

$520

$520

Sessions Available
Session 1 : July 6 - 11, 2014
Session 2 : July 13 - 18, 2014
Session 3 : July 20 - 25, 2014
Session 4 : July 27 - August 1, 2014
Session 5 : August 3 - 8, 2014
Session 6 : August 10 - 15, 2014

 

Classic Resident Camp

Sherman Lake Resident Camp:  Your home away from home! 

As the summer breeze blows through the trees, Resident Campers from across the globe flock to their comfortable and well-maintained cabins on the shores of Sherman Lake.  They have come, first and foremost, to have THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES!  Since the first summer of camping 18 years ago, we have been dedicated to delivering the most innovative and quality programs possible, founded on our four principles of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.

Resident Camp runs from Sunday to Friday each week - six FULL days of mind blowing fun and opportunity to develop skills and make new friends!

NEW THIS SUMMER!  A brand-new second gym features a permanent stage and AIR-CONDITIONING.  Campers and parents alike will appreciate this one more sheltered refuge from storms and oppressive mid-summer heat!

Classic Resident Camp is for the camper who wants to try it all (the most popular camp option!) offering the widest array of activities and experiences - a little bit of everything!  After raising the flag and eating a hearty breakfast, every morning begins with WOW time - Words of Wisdom - to start the day off in the right direction.  Each action-packed day is filled with rock climbing, fire building, archery, canoeing, kayaking, swimming at the waterfront, orienteering, arts & crafts and games such as Capture the Pig and GaGa - just to name a few.  All-camp games, campfires, a weekly closing ceremony, night hikes and more await campers each evening.  All activities are counselor-led and designed to give every child teh opportunity to be successful and to grow.

Rangers:  (Campers entering grades 3-5)
The camp tradition begins here!  Younger campers enjoy a more structured sampling of camp activities throughout the day and evening designed to meet each camper's ability level, including a camper's choice period each day.  Guided by friends and engaging counselors, Rangers will explore nature and make new discoveries together with their cabin mates as they shoot archery, climb the rock wall, play GAGA, swim, boat and MORE!  Friday morning Theme Day games and the Ranger Raid (Rangers ONLY!) round out the week!

Voyagers: (Entering grades 6-10)
 Older campers enjoy more freedom of choice in their daily activities, including 2 Campers' Choice periods each day and participation in the LEGENDS program.  Making memories to sustain themselves through the winter months, our Voyager campers can be seen from one end of camp to the other, swinging through the trees, paddling over water, and belting out favorite camp songs and cabin cheers across the lake.  Voyager campers have found Sherman Lake Camp to be a safe place in which to develop leadership and decision-making skills, and to fearlessly be the person they were intended to be!  Ask about Voyagers' Point!

Legends:
The LEGENDS program gives our diverse group of counselors the chance to share and teach some of their unique skills and hobbies.  Each Sunday the counselors present a commercial for the LEGEND they will teach and the Voyager campers sign up for and commit to one Legend for the week.  Voyager campers will spend one hour each morning progressively developing and practicing these skills.  These may be presented at our closing ceremony for parents on Fridays.  Here are some favorite examples of LEGENDS from past summers:

  • Weaving/Friendship bracelets
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Step It
  • Basic Photography
  • Irish Step Dancing
  • Speedstacking
  • Yoga
  • Singing

Please note:  campers enrolled in Specialty Camps do not participate in the LEGENDS program.

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet available to download or call 269-731-3000 to have a packet mailed to you.

Age: 8-16;  Fee: $500 - Early Bird Registration - January 15th; $520 Jan 16-Mar 31; $540 April 1 - May 15; $560 May 16 or later

Grades: 3rd-10th


Sherman Lake Amazing Race
12-15

N/A

$556

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Sessions Available
Session 2 : July 13 - 18, 2014

 

Sherman Lake Amazing Race

If you love to run then this is for you.  Using a GPS unit, navigate to different challenges with your team by day, and sleep in a tent at a dirrerent location each night in this week-long adventure race covering hundreds of acres!

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet AND a sleeping pad, sleeping bag and water bottle.

Age: 12-15; Fee: $556 until March 31; $576 April 1-May 15; $596 after May 16 Grades: 6th-10th


Sherman Lake Art Prize
12-15

N/A

N/A

$556

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N/A

$556

Sessions Available
Session 3 : July 20 - 25, 2014
Session 6 : August 10 - 15, 2014

 

Sherman Lake Art Prize

Sculpting, candle making, mosiac tiling, painting, collage making and more are all a part of this fabulous camp.  Each campers favorite piece of art will be displayed and voted on by fellow campers during an all camp Art Hop celebration for the coveted "Art Prize" winners!  Local guest artists will provide workshops throughout your stay!

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet.

Age: 12-15;  Fees: $556 until March 31st; $576 April 1-May 15; $596 after May 16 Grades: 6th-10th


Theatre Camp - Lights, Camera, Action!
12-16

N/A

N/A

N/A

$577

N/A

N/A

Sessions Available
Session 4 : July 27 - August 1, 2014

 

Theatre Camp - Lights, Camera, Action!

 Instructed by award-winning drama teacher, Robin Nott of Gull Lake High School.  Act in An Informance that will be featured on the Sherman Lake You Tube Channel.  This will be  a red carpet event that could launch your career!  Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet AND Energy and Imagination!!

Age: 12-16;  Fees: $577 until March 31; $597 April 1-May 15; $617 after May 16 Grades: 6th-10th


LARP Quest
12-16

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

$556

N/A

Sessions Available
Session 5 : August 3 - 8, 2014

 

LARP Quest


Adventure through strategy games and Live Action Role Play.  Relationship building and strategy are the focus of this great week.  Be a part of this LARPing adventure.

Age: 12-16;  Fee: $556 until March 31; $576 April 1 - May 15; $596 May 16 and after Grades: 6th-10th


Gilmore Piano Camp
8-16

$620
Hurry!  Camp is filling up!

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Sessions Available
Session 1 : July 6 - 11, 2014

 

Gilmore Piano Camp

Gilmore Resident Camp - July 6-11

The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Sherman Lake YMCA invites piano students to develop their musical skills in a natural environment.  Campers will explore keyboard music with University trained piano faculty in the natural surroundings of Sherman Lake.  Resident Camp provides daily private instruction to students on acoustic pianos and group theory lessons, music history, improvisation, and performance in electronic keyboard labs throughout camp.  Students have opportunities to prepare solo and ensemble selections, create original music and become more familiar with musical composers and fundamentals.  Campers will attend evening concerts featuring professional performing artists and Gilmore faculty and then will host their own performance for parents and friends on Friday afternoon.  Resident Camp is a rigorous musical experience that focuses on individualized instruction.  Call 269-342-1166 or visit http://www.thegilmore.org for more information. All students will need to audition for placement in person or by video.  Enrollment is limited to 30 campers.

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet AND current music repertoire

Age: 8-16; Fee: $620 until March 31st, $640 until April, $660 May 16th or later Grades: 3rd - 10th

Steps to register for Gilmore Piano Camp:

1.  Register on-line at Sherman Lake YMCA's website for Gilmore Piano Camp, or complete a summer camp registration form and mail it to Sherman Lake YMCA Camp.

2.  Follow this link to complete the Gilmore Piano Camp Supplemental Questions form.

3.  Call the Gilmore - 269-342-1166 ext. 3125 or 855-845-1768 to schedule a placement audition.

Auditions are required for scholarships and camp.  Available dates include:

Monday, March 24, 4-6pm
Wednesday, March 25, 4-6pm
Friday, March 28, 4-6pm

Monday, May 19, 4-6pm
Wednesday, May 21, 4-6pm
Friday, May 23, 4-6pm 

For further information please see: http://www.thegilmore.org/education/teens/resident-piano-camp/

 


A Taste of Camp
8-11 (Wed-Fri)

N/A

$294
Hurry!  Camp is filling up!

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$294

N/A

N/A

Sessions Available
Session 2 : July 13 - 18, 2014
Session 4 : July 27 - August 1, 2014

 

A Taste of Camp

2 Sessions to choose from!

Session 2:  July 9-11 (Wednesday-Friday)

Session 4:  July 30 - August 1 (Wednesday- Friday)

Is your summer so busy that you don't have the time to squeeze in a full-week of summer camp fun?  Well, here is your chance to join us for 3 days & 2 nights of the best activities camp has to offer.

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet

Age: 8-11;  Fee: $294 until March 31; $310 April 1-May 15; $330 May 16 and after Grades: 3rd-5th


School of Rock
12-16

N/A

$582

N/A

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Sessions Available
Session 2 : July 13 - 18, 2014

 

School of Rock

Rock on - calling experienced drummers, keyboardist, guitar or bass players, or singers, sign up now!  Form a band with other players and experience being on stage and staring in a rock concert on Thursday evening and Friday check-out. 

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet AND your musical instrument & amp equipment.

Age: 12-16;  Fee: $582 until March 31; $602 April 1 - May 15; $622 May 16 and after  Grades: 6th-10th


Thrills & Chills
12-16

$605

$605
Hurry!  Camp is filling up!

$605

$605

N/A

N/A

Sessions Available
Session 1 : July 6 - 11, 2014
Session 2 : July 13 - 18, 2014
Session 3 : July 20 - 25, 2014
Session 4 : July 27 - August 1, 2014

 

Thrills & Chills

TEST YOURSELF! Led by Emily Briggs, our year-round Experiential Director, Thrills & Chills is the camp for aspiring high-adventurers. 

Designed to give campers an in-depth look into our high adventure climbing program, high ropes course, giant's swing and power pole.  Techinical climbing skills will be taught and climbing competencies will be awarded on competion of skill.  Progress to Ultimate Thrills and Chills & Scale & Sail.

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet AND tennis shoes & water bottle

Age: 12-16; Fee: $605 until March 31;  $625 April 1-May 15; $645 May 16 and later  Grades: 6th-10th


Ultimate Thrills & Chills
13-16

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

$625

N/A

Sessions Available
Session 5 : August 3 - 8, 2014

 

Ultimate Thrills & Chills

For those who have already completed our popular Thrills & Chills camp and loved it!  An off-site climging adventure and overnight stay included.  Hurry this camp fills quickly, space is limited.

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet AND sleeping bag, sleeping pad, & water bottle.

Age: 13-16;  Fee: $625 through March 31; $645 April 1 - May 15; $665 May 16 and later Grades:7th-10th


Wet n' Wild Water Sports
12-16

$605
Hurry!  Camp is filling up!

N/A

$605
Hurry!  Camp is filling up!

N/A

N/A

N/A

Sessions Available
Session 1 : July 6 - 11, 2014
Session 3 : July 20 - 25, 2014

 

Wet n' Wild Water Sports

For those who just can't get enough of the water!  This camp is one of our most popular year after year.  Enjoy swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and more!  (An off-site water adventure is part of this camp.)  Advanced Swimmers, Campers will also be instructed in basic water and boating safety and learn to tie boating knots.  Campers will spend one night at a campground sleeping in tents and cooking their own meals, then take canoes down the river.  This trip provides the opportunity to put all the skills learned at Sherman Lake to work.  Advanced SWIMMERS ONLY!!!  Campers must be able to swim 60 feet without touching the bottom and tread water for 5 minutes.

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet AND sleeping bag, sleeping pad, swimsuit and water bottle.

Age: 12-16; Fees: $605 until March 31; $625 April 1-May 15; $645 May 16 and later Grades: 6th-10th


Scale & Sail
13-16

N/A

N/A

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$625

 

Sessions Available
Session 6 : August 10 - 15, 2014

 

Scale & Sail

This camp combines the best of two of our most popular specialty camps, and is for those who have already completed either Wet & Wild or Thrills & Chills.  Spend a week combining the wettest and most thrilling elements of both camps!  Overnight at our new River Front Sherman Lake  Outpost! 

ADVANCED SWIMMERS ONLY!!!  Campers must be able to swim 60 feet without touching the bottom and tread water for 5 minutes.

Bring: swim suit & spirit of adventure.

Age: 13-16;  Fee: $625 until March 31; $645 April 1-May 15; $665 May 16 and later Grades: 7th-10th


Rodeo Wranglers
12-16

N/A

N/A

$577
Hurry!  Camp is filling up!

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$577
Hurry!  Camp is filling up!

N/A

Sessions Available
Session 3 : July 20 - 25, 2014
Session 5 : August 3 - 8, 2014

 

Rodeo Wranglers

Open to past Wrangler Campers or those who have attended a minimum of seven consecutive riding lessons.  Obstacle riding, barrel riding and roping will all be featured and taught.  You even get to spend time with a REAL bull rider!  there will be an evening ride and a 2pm Friday rodeo to showcase what the campers have learned throughout the week.

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet AND long pants or jeans, water bottle and hard soled shoesCampers may not ride without proper footwear. You may bring your own riding helmet (optional) if it is ASTM or SEI approved

Age: 10-15;  Fee: $577 until March 31; $597 April 1 - May 15, $617 May 16 or later Grades: 5th-10th


Wild, Wild West - Wranglers
13-16

N/A

N/A

N/A

FULL
Hurry!  Camp is filling up!

N/A

N/A

Sessions Available
Session 4 : July 27 - August 1, 2014

 

Wild, Wild West - Wranglers

Ready to try your hand at a true rustic Wild Wild West experience?  Open to past Wrangler Campers or those who have completed 10 consecutive riding lessons.  Campers will enjoy adventurous trail rides, learn cowboying skills, and a showdown hoedown for parents on Friday. 

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet AND long pants or jeans, water bottle and hard soled shoesCampers may not ride without proper footwear. You may bring your own riding helmet (optional) if it is ASTM or SEI approved

 Fee: $577 through March 31; $597 April 1 - May 15; $617 May 16 and later Age: 13-16 Grades: 7th-10th

Open to return Wrangler campers only.


Saddle up/First Time Wrangler
8-14

FULL

$577
Hurry!  Camp is filling up!

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N/A

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$577
Hurry!  Camp is filling up!

Sessions Available
Session 1 : July 6 - 11, 2014
Session 2 : July 13 - 18, 2014
Session 6 : August 10 - 15, 2014

 

Saddle up/First Time Wrangler

This is the camp for those who are ready to move from the Horse Day Camp program, to the next step – Wranglers!  Completion of the Day Camp Horse Camp, or a minimum of 4 consecutive riding lessons is required.  Love horses, spend the majority of your day at the barn!  Campers will learn basic Western horsemanship skills.  A 2pm Friday rodeo to showcase new skills.

Bring: See list of things to bring in the parent packet AND long pants or jeans, water bottle and hard soled shoesCampers may not ride without proper footwear. You may bring your own riding helmet (optional) if it is ASTM or SEI approved

Fee: $577 until March 31; $597 April 1 - May 15; $617 May 16 or later  Ages:  8-14 Grades: 3rd-6th


Young Explorers Camp
6-8 (Sun-Tue)

N/A

$294

N/A

$294

N/A

N/A

Sessions Available
Session 2 : July 13 - 18, 2014
Session 4 : July 27 - August 1, 2014

 

Young Explorers Camp

Our Young Explorers Camp is a perfect way for your camper to begin their Sherman Lake YMCA Camp experience.  Our youngest campers receive an introduction to camping along with first lessons in self reliance and group living.  Focus is on exploring new experiences and traditions of camp in a pleasant social environment. Campers spend three days at camp, beginning on Sunday and checking-out on Tuesday afternoon, and get their "first taste" of boating, arts & crafts, archery, swimming, nature studies, climbing, campfires, new games, songs, and more!  A great first step into a lifetime of Y Camping! 

Sessions:  2 and 4 - Sunday - Tuesday only

Bring: See items to bring in the parent packet

Age: 6-8; Fee: $294 until March 31; $310 April 1 - May 15; $330 May 16 and later  Grades: 1st-2nd



Camp News

Registrations are not final until the completed Camp Health Form is received and reviewed - do not delay in returning!  Resident campers also need to complete a Physicians Statement to meet State of Michigan and American Camping Association (ACA) guidelines.

Parents - Please print the health form from the link above and complete ASAP after registration. This form has important information that helps assure a safe and happy camp experience. It is also a requirement for your final camp confirmation.

Mail to: Online Registration, Sherman Lake YMCA, 6225 N. 39th St., Augusta, Michigan 49012


Weekly Themes:

  • Session 1 - Beach Party
  • Session 2 - Rock Out
  • Session 3 - Christmas in July
  • Session 4 - Wild Wild West
  • Session 5 - Halloweek
  • Session 6 - Carnival 

What's new in Resident Camp?

SLG - Summer Learning Gain - Sherman Lake Camp is intentionally building in programs that promote Summer Learning Gain.

 Explore 30 Camp Reading Program - Campers can sign up for this program which encourages and provides youth with incentives for reading at least 30 minutes per day while at camp.  We'll make it fun and be sure your child is ready to head back to school in the fall.  American Camp Association research shows:
Summer learning loss is significantly lessened when a child participates in a quality camp experience.
-  Participating in reading activities at camp can help develop children into life-long lovers of reading.
-  Lifelong readers are more likely to be successful adults through the acquisition of critical 21st century skills.

 

 

 

  

 

Resident Camp Forms Camp Services
2013 Resident Camp Parent Packet
2014 Resident Camp Registration Form
2014 Summer Camp Health Form
Helpful Hints for Parents
Permission to Administer Medication
Physician's Statement - Resident Camp
Resident Camp - Scholarship Guidelines and Application form

  • Check out our Blog at: http://shermanlakeymcacamp.blogspot.com.
    We will keep you posted on upcoming events, staffing and tidbits of knowledge at this site!
  • Bring A Friend to Camp program: For every "new camper" you bring to Sherman Lake, you will be sent a $25 gift certificate. You can use the certificate at the camp store or apply it to your camp fee. When you register be sure to submit the discount form. Click here for the Bring A Friend Discount Form!

 

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