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Summer 2017 – It’s Almost Here!

June 17 marks the beginning of the summer season at Camp Michigania, and we’re excited to continue the wonderful traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. With the passion of our leadership team and returners, along with the enthusiasm and skills of our first-time staff members, we look forward to creating an unforgettable summer. We can’t wait for you to experience the Michigania magic with us!

Note: All weeks are now waitlisted. You can apply to be added to a waitlist — the shortest are Week 1 (June 17 – June 24) and Week 11 (Aug. 26 – Sept. 2). Contact michigania@umich.edu or 231.582.9191 for more information, or apply now online.

Camper Resources

Check out the Camper Resources page for everything you need to know about the coming summer. It includes program updates, new policies and guidelines, and our faculty forum lineup. Michiganual – The Camper Manual will be available by June 9, 2017. Until then, the 2016 Michiganual will remain available online.

Final Payments, Guidelines, and Policies

Camp’s Council has instituted the following guidelines and policies:

  • Final payments for summer 2017 were due Monday, May 15. (credit cards will not be accepted for payment of your camp fees).
  • Please make checks payable to “Michigania” and mail to 03006 Camp Sherwood Rd., Boyne City, MI 49712.
  • 2017 Campers: Look for a pre-summer email in early June with updates and lots of helpful information on how you can help us make sure your week is the best!

Michigania East

Registration is open for Week 2 (Aug. 20 – Aug. 25) at Michigania East, located in the picturesque Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Connect with people from the place you once called home with a camping experience your family and friends will love!

Enjoy recreational activities such as archery, arts and crafts, sailing, canoeing, water skiing, field sports, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis. Enjoy activities as family, or kids can participate in scheduled sessions with trained staff.

What’s New at Walloon in 2017

Signature Saturdays: We’re changing your arrival, turning Saturdays into a fun, exploratory day for campers who choose to participate. Experienced campers can still unwind and plan their week, while campers who are new or new to the week have the opportunity to participate in personalized orientation that can help you feel more at home upon arrival. The orientation includes a staff member walking you through registration, helping you get where you need to go, and providing answers to your questions. New camper tours will be available, and program areas will be open for tests and check-outs or for exploring and seeing what’s new, then set up at the dining hall for sign-ups.

We’ll follow up with Skits on Sunday Morning, right after breakfast, so all our staff can be introduced before our program areas open up.

Bio Station partnership: Each week, U-M’s biological station, founded in 1909, and located just 45 minutes away in Pellston, will send students and faculty to Michigania to share their expertise and spend time interacting with our campers. Look to your bluebook for details.

Your raffle dollars at work: Your support throughout the summer in the end-of-the-week raffle allows us to enhance our programming. For summer 2017, come visit us at riflery to utilize our many new shotguns and rifles, or join us for an adventure flying down the zip line at the ropes course, and disembark on our brand new Colossus, making exit much easier.

Sustainabilaroom: That’s right, in addition to changing time (Weeks 1-6), we can coin new words. This year, come check out our new Sustainabilaroom (SBR) in the Resnick Family Nature Center. Over the past two years, student groups from Campus and Sustainability 391, a course offered through U-M’s Program in the Environment (PitE), have developed informational materials to engage kids and adults in sustainability initiatives at Michigania and U-M. The activities and posters share takeaways you can implement at home, including a partnership with DTE offering their THINK! Energy program and Take Action Kit.

Power when we need it: We’re excited to announce the installation of a camp-wide backup generator, allowing us to be self-sufficient in the event of power outages in the area.

Michigania – It’s Not Just for the Summer!

Experience Michigania year-round!

Michigania provides the perfect place for families to bundle up and go cross-country skiing or zip down the sledding hill, then warm up with a steamy cup of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire. All programs include U-M faculty that provide insight and stimulating conversation along with the beauty of Northern Michigan during fall or winter. Look for the online application beginning July 1, 2017. Please note, for our Winter programs, children must be at least 5 years old.

Requesting Volunteers for Memorial Day Work Weekend

Friday, May 26 – Monday, May 29, 2017

Add your name to the thousands who have helped prepare camp for another amazing summer. For more information and registration, please visit the Memorial Day Work Weekend page. If you’re unable to join us for work weekend but would like to contribute and support Camp Michigania, learn more here.

Camp’s Council Members Conclude Terms

The input, enthusiasm, and commitment of the Camp’s Council have provided invaluable insight and guidance toward the continued success of Camp Michigania. This year, Faith Brower (3), Jonathan Greenberg (7), and Dan Atkins (8) conclude their three-year terms. We are grateful for the dedication and passion that they have provided. Camp’s Council has prepared the ballot below to fill the newly created vacancies, and Mary Krasny, a long-time 3rd week camper, has been appointed our at-large representative.

Please send in your votes via email no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 to michigania@umich.edu. Please note, you may also choose to write in a candidate for a particular week as well.

Amy Sample
Ann Arbor, MI
Week 3 Camper

Jill Bookholder-Bloom
Phoenix, AZ
Week 7 Camper

Leticia Valdez
Ann Arbor, MI
Week 8 Camper

Readers and Best Book Selection

This summer marks our third year of the Readers and Best book vote! Camp’s Council provided a list of book choices for this summer, and they were listed online for a camper vote, which closed May 3.

The winner is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

In addition to being available at most brick-and-mortar stores and the Camp Michigania store this summer, it can be purchased online from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you this summer!