Gania Gossip – Fall 2016

Summer 2016 in Review

The Michigania Magic cast its spell on our 56th successful summer, with 1,200 families and nearly 4,500 campers creating connections and memories on the shore of Walloon. We had some special guests throughout the summer, including President Schlissel as a weeklong camper, and once again the men’s and women’s cross country teams, and will look for continued partnerships with the University in the summer of 2017 and beyond.

Raffle Results

The Michigania raffle, a mainstay of camp support, brought in over $27,000 through the sale of over 5,500 tickets. The funds will be used in the coming months to enhance our program areas for the summer of 2017.

Eric and Anne Knopf (Week 5 in 2016) and their children, Julia and Katie, are our lucky winners of a fees-paid week at Michigania in 2017. Week 7 purchased the most tickets this year (741), with Week 5 (719) in second place and Week 4 (595) in third. Your continued support and participation in our raffle ensures upgrades in our program areas, and we are so appreciative!

2017 Summer Applications

Applications for summer 2017 at Michigania will be available online beginning Dec. 15. Those eligible applications received by Jan. 16 will receive equal consideration in the lottery. Please review the registration guidelines and cancellation policy prior to submitting your application. Confirmations and wait list emails will be sent by the end of February.

Membership Requirement

To enjoy the benefit of Camp Michigania every adult* attending must be an Alumni Association member. Non-alumni can join as a “Family, friends and fans” member.**

Cost of membership:
Single: $69
Joint: $79***
Life Membership: $1,200
Joint Life Membership: $1,400

* Adults currently enrolled in a college or university are exempt from this requirement
** Not a Michigan alum? Family, friends and fans are eligible for all member exclusives with the exception of:

  • Michigania registration during the lottery process. This means the host camper must be an alum of the University of Michigan, or obtained dedicated camper staff alumni member status (no longer available) or be a member in good standing of the Alumni Association since 1999, to submit an eligible application during the lottery process.
  • Access to the Online Publications Database.

 *** Joint membership is available for a spouse or domestic partner residing at the same mailing address.

2017 Summer Camp Dates

Camp Michigania – Walloon

11 One-Week Sessions Beginning June 17 – September 2 (Saturday – Saturday)

Camp Michigania – East

Week 1: August 13 – 20 (Sunday – Sunday)
Week 2: August 20 – 25 (Sunday – Friday)

Readers and Best Book Club

For the summer of 2017 we want your input on our book selection. Your Camps Council representatives have suggested the titles below, and in March, we’ll send out a poll for campers to vote on the book for summer 2017:

TitleAuthorAmazon Link
Children of the Earth and SkyGuy Gavriel KayChildren of the Earth and Sky
One Hundred Years of SolitudeGabriel Garcia MarquezOne Hundred Years of Solitude
Fates and FuriesLauren GroffFates and Furies
Washington, a Life Ron ChernowWashington, a Life
The Wright Brothers David McCulloughThe Wright Brothers
Proof of HeavenEben Alexander, M.D.Proof of Heaven
My Grandfather’s Son, A Memoir Clarence Thomas My Grandfather’s Son, A Memoir
Love Warrior Glennon Doyle MeltonLove Warrior

Generous Campers Keep the Magic Alive

As 2016 comes to a close, generous campers like you can make it possible to continue enhancing traditions that date back to 1961. Each year we rely on your support in order to deliver the irreplaceable Camp Michigania experience for your family and future families. You can help keep the Camp Michigania magic alive by making a gift online or contacting Marty Bailey, Director of Development (734.615.4098,, for more information on how to support Camp.


Sustainability enhancements continued in the summer of 2016, including greater focus on local food sourcing. As we look to the future, we’re excited to continue our work with U-M student partners, and the upcoming initial phase of our sustainabilaroom for summer 2017. We’re also looking at composting improvements, allowing campers to more easily sort the almost 6,000 pounds of food waste from summer 2016, creating compost piles that will produce fertilizer for our garden. And, in our annual food waste competition, Week 2 led the way with only 720 pounds for the week, 36.5 pounds ahead of Week 1.

Happy Holidays

With the holidays fast approaching the Michigania staff extends its wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!