Winter Programs

Experience an enchanting getaway at Michigania this winter. Cross-country ski or snowshoe in the pristine beauty of snow-covered landscapes or just get cozy in front of the roaring fires of our fieldstone fireplaces. Truly, winter in Michigan is a thing of beauty, and nowhere is it better than at Michigania. It’s a delightful journey and adventure for the entire family (children must be 5 years old and up to attend).

Each winter session includes lodging, reception, meals, and activities. Additional charges may apply in our Ceramics/Arts & Crafts area and Camp Store that will be charged to your account and settled at checkout on the final day. Guest cabins are nestled adjacent to Walloon Lake. Each cabin unit offers either one or two bedrooms with its own private bath and shower. Cabin mates share a spacious gathering room, convenient for a game of cards, conversation, or a quiet hour of reading. Vaulted ceilings, spruce paneling and magnificent views provide a charming atmosphere. All meals are served in Michigania’s Education Center dining room, featuring rustic iron chandeliers and a gracious fireplace. Elegant candlelight dinners are only one of the special touches that make the Michigania experience unforgettable.

The Alumnae Council Education Center offers meeting space, comfortable lounges, complete dining, kitchen facilities, and six fireplaces. With captivating views of the surrounding wooded area, wildlife, and lake, it’s an inviting space that encourages conversation or quiet reflection. Each session hosts a current Michigan faculty member to lead a forum that offers two presentations on their field of expertise. Each presentation concludes with a camper Q&A session. 

(Application available Sept. 1 – Nov. 15.)

Winter Break Break-Away

Dec. 26 – 29

  • $335 for first camper
  • $230 each additional camper

Faculty Forum Speaker

Amanda Lotz, Professor of Communication Studies and Professor of Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan

Amanda Lotz is a professor of television and media studies at the University of Michigan and a fellow at the Peabody Media Center. Her most recent book, Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television, explores the connections between internet-distributed services such as Netflix and the legacy television industry, as well as the business strategies and revenue models that differ. We Now Disrupt This Broadcast: How Cable Transformed Television and the Internet Revolutionized It All looks at how and why the business of television changed between 1996 and 2016 to adjust television’s storytelling possibilities, and will be released by MIT Press in early 2018. Her award-winning book, The Television Will Be Revolutionized, now in its second edition, has been translated into Mandarin, Korean, Italian, and Polish. She is frequently interviewed by NPR’s Marketplace, has appeared on BBC, CNN’s The Nineties, HuffPost Live, and ZDF (German television network), and been interviewed for articles in the Los Angeles TimesThe GuardianThe AtlanticChristian Science Monitor, the Associated PressWired, and Men’s Health, among many others. She publishes articles about the business of television at QuartzSalon, and The New Republic, hosts the Media Business Matters podcast, and tweets about television and media @DrTVLotz. For more, see amandalotz.com.

Ring in the New Year

Dec. 29 – Jan. 1

  • $390 for first camper
  • $260 each additional camper

Faculty Forum Speaker

Vivek S. Sankaran, ’01, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Vivek Sankaran, ’01, advocates for the rights of children and parents involved in child welfare proceedings. His work focuses on improving outcomes for children in foster care by empowering their parents and strengthening decision-making processes in juvenile courts. A clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, Professor Sankaran directs both the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic, through which law students represent children and parents in trial and appellate proceedings. Professor Sankaran has written numerous articles focused on improving the child welfare system and has litigated cases before the Michigan Supreme Court. In addition, he conducts state and national trainings and works on child welfare initiatives with various national groups, including the American Bar Association, Casey Family Programs, and the National Center for State Courts.

After graduating from Michigan Law in 2001, Professor Sankaran received a Skadden Fellowship to represent children at The Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he remained until 2005, when he joined the Law School faculty. In 2009, Professor Sankaran founded the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, the first organization in the country to provide multidisciplinary legal assistance to families to prevent the unnecessary entry of children into foster care. In 2011, he was named Michigan’s Parent Attorney of the Year. Most recently, Professor Sankaran co-edited both the first national book for family defense lawyers and the third edition of Child Welfare Law and Practice, a widely recognized resource used by child welfare lawyers across the country.

Both Programs

Dec. 26 – Jan. 1

  • $725 for first camper
  • $485 each additional camper

Recreational Activities

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skis are available to check out for exploring the camp grounds and wooded trails with both guided and “on your own” cross-country ski excursions.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoes are available to check out for guided hikes off the beaten path or for exploring on your own.

Sledding

For the kids and kids at heart! Sleds are available for sledding down any one of our sledding hills.

Movie Night

Each night campers help decide on a movie that the group can watch together.

Fitness & Yoga

Early morning fitness options are available throughout the program.

Guided Hikes

Explore Michigania with a staff member on several guided hikes that will take you to a number of different beautiful camp locales.

Family Games & Tournaments

The Activity Room in the Education Center offers a home for Family Game nights and board game/cards tournaments any time of the week. Games and cards may be checked out for use in your cabin. At least one special event takes place in the Activity Room each week: trivia, euchre, etc.

Campfires

Campfire locations include lakeside or in a clearing out in the woods. If you bring the conversation, we provide the s’mores!