Camper Resources

Michigania Campers,

On behalf of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, I am pleased to welcome you to the world of Michigan alumni camping. We’re delighted that you have chosen to spend a week with us at Camp Michigania on the shore of beautiful Walloon Lake.

Our goal is to provide information to help you plan for and take full advantage of your time at Michigania. I encourage all family members to become familiar with the material contained in the pages in our camper resource section. I also urge those of you who are long-time Michigania campers to review the content for updates.

Alumni-owned since the summer of 1963, Michigania has provided a unique opportunity for thousands of U-M Alumni Association members and their families. This year we look forward to making your experience one that you will enjoy and remember for many years to come.

Go Blue,

Mitch Rosenwasser
Director, Michigania

Camper Manual

Save time before you get to camp – review the Michiganual, take a look at schedules, and complete any relevant check-in forms for your group prior to arrival.

What to Pack

With the wide range of activities available at Michigania’s family camps throughout the year, it’s hard to know just what to bring. To make life a little easier, here are some thoughts to get you started. For those visiting Michigania-Walloon, the Michigania Store will be open during your visit, which offers convenience items and souvenirs.

We provide Insider Tips and Tricks in an easy-to-print guide to help you get started.

Clothing

Informality is the key at Michigania. In the summer, bring both heavy and lightweight clothing, since weather cannot always be accurately forecasted. Rain gear could also come in handy (though we hope not!). Be sure to bring clothes for swimming, horseback riding (including closed-toe shoes), hiking, tennis, and other sports-related activities. Horseback riders may want to bring an extra pair of jeans and shoes or boots with heels.

For fall and winter months, the recommended clothing is casual and warm. Don’t forget winter socks, boots, gloves, hats, and jackets. You may wish to bring a lightweight jacket or sweatshirt for cross-country skiing and an extra pair of comfortable shoes to wear in the Education Center, rather than the heavy boots you are likely to wear to and from your cabin.

Coin laundry facilities are available at Camp Michigania during the summer sessions.

Recreational Equipment

Michigania has a good supply of equipment for all activities offered. However, you may prefer to bring your own sports equipment, including:

  • yoga mat
  • tennis racket
  • baseball glove
  • golf clubs
  • riding helmet

Michigania-Walloon maintains a fleet of approximately 50 sailboats, canoes and kayaks for your use, but you are also welcome to bring your own vessel. Launching and mooring facilities are available. Boat registration and fishing licenses are required. Bait is not available at Michigania but is sold at nearby shops.

Bedding

Cabin units are equipped with a queen bed and single or bunk beds. Michigania furnishes blankets and pillows. You may wish to bring a sleeping bag, comforter, or electric blanket, especially during the colder seasons. You may bring your own sheets and pillowcases, or we provide fitted and flat sheets and pillowcases at no charge. No advance order is necessary. Michigania does not provide towels and washcloths.

Highchairs, Cribs, and Playpens

Highchairs are available for use in the dining hall. Cribs are provided at no cost and are automatically set up in cabins for children two years and younger. The nurseries are equipped with playpens and cribs, but you are encouraged to bring a playpen for use at the beach or in your cabin.

Packing Checklist

  • Fitness shoes (indoor)
  • Water bottle (refillable)
  • Coffee travel mug
  • Swimsuits
  • Rain gear
  • Shoes/boots with heels (for horseback riding)
  • Extra shoes
  • Slippers
  • Bath towels/washcloths
  • Paper towels
  • Camera
  • Books and magazines
  • Stationery and writing materials
  • Games, playing cards, etc.
  • Radio
  • Alarm clock
  • Nightlight
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlights
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing equipment
  • Tennis rackets
  • Baseball gloves
  • Folding lawn chairs
  • Beach towels
  • Beach toys
  • Ice chest/coolers
  • Paper/plastic cups
  • Back pack/tote bag

Helpful Hints

  • Pack clothes in laundry baskets. Unpack when you arrive, then use empty laundry baskets for dirty clothes.
  • Bring extra shoes for the kids for muddy days!
  • Bring a marker to highlight the activities on the schedule you’re interested in.
  • Refrigeration is not available in the cabins. Bring two coolers — a large one for the cabin and a smaller one to transport ice from the ice machines to your cabin.
  • Paper/plastic cups and a roll of paper towels always come in handy!
  • Backpacks for the kids make carrying towels and other supplies much easier.
  • Pack a nightlight.
  • Label everything! Bring a marker to label items purchased at the camp store.

Sample Schedules

Check out the fun-filled possibilities of your time at Michigania.

Emergency Alerts

If you would like to receive emergency text alerts while at camp, please provide your cell phone number using this form.

Child Information

If you have children in Kids Camp (ages 0-2, 3 & 4, and 5 & 6, or fall 2018 kindergarteners and first-graders), we kindly ask you fill out this form so we are prepared for your arrival.

Private Boat

If you are planning on bringing a private boat with you to Camp, you must register it in advance.

Mentor Match

If you are interested in being matched as a mentor with a staff member, please fill out this form.

Blue Teen Overnight

If you have a teen entering 10th-12th grade who wants to participate in Blue Teen Overnight, please complete the Blue Teen Overnight form.

Week 1 (June 15 - 22)

Rebecca Haffajee

School of Public Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management & Policy

Raj Nadakuditi

College of Engineering
Associate Professor, EECS

Week 2 (June 22 - 29)

Trina Shanks

School of Social Work
Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Kurt Svoboda

Public Relations and Communications
Associate Athletic Director for External Communications and Public Relations (Athletics)

Week 3 (June 29 - July 6)

Rebecca Cunningham, RES’96

Medical School
Director UM Injury Prevention Center, Professor Emergency Medicine and Public Health. Associate Vice President of Research

Joanna Millunchick

College of Engineering
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Engineering

Week 4 (July 6 - 13)

Cliff Lampe, Ph.D ’06

School of Information
Professor, School of Information

Elizabeth Birr Moje

School of Education
Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Week 5 (July 13 - 20)

Alec Gallimore

College of Engineering
Engineering Dean

Vivek Sankaran, J.D.’01

Law School
Director, Child Advocacy Law Clinic, University of Michigan Law School

Week 6 (July 20 - 27)

Naomi Andre

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Associate Professor, AfroAmerican and African Studies, Residential College

James Burnstein, A.B.’72

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Professor, Department of Film, Television and Media

Week 7 (July 27 - Aug 3)

Kedra Ishop

Office of Enrollment Management
Vice Provost For Enrollment Management, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President For Academic Affairs

Michelle Segar, Ph.D’06

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Director, Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center

Week 8 (Aug 3 - 10)

Joel Blum

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Distinguished University Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Pamela Davis-Kean

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Professor of Psychology

Week 9 (Aug 10 - 17)

Evan Caminker

Law School
Professor and Dean Emeritus, Law School

Mona Hanna-Attisha, B.S.’98

Associate Professor, MSU Dept. of Pediatrics and Human Development

Week 10 (Aug 17 - 24)

Chad Brummett, RES’06

Medical School
Associate Professor with Tenure, Anesthesiology

Ashley Lucas

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Associate Professor, Dept. of Theatre & Drama/Residential College

Week 11 (Aug 24 - Aug 31)

Nicholas Bagley

Law School
Professor of Law, UM Law School

Lilia Cortina

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Management & Organizations

Bluebook Email

Check your email the Wednesday before your week starts to see a draft of the schedule of activities. New this year, look out for emergency alert registration in this email. By registering, you will receive a text for emergency alerts (i.e. Severe Weather, etc.) only while you are at camp.

Strategic Planning & 2020 Schedule Update

Weekly discussions were held this summer, discussing the strategic planning process for the evolution of Michigania, and the schedule shift for the summer of 2020. Review the slide presentation to see how Michigania Magic will be available for more U-M alumni while maintaining the essence of Michigania.

Lawn Lunch Enhanced

Greg’s Grill, given in honor of Greg Fleming by camp staff alums who had the privilege of serving during Greg’s tenure as Camp Director, overlooks Walloon Lake, just out front of the dining hall.  Through the support of these camp staff alums, the former “lawn lunch” will have a whole new look for summer 2019.  The permanent covered canopy will allow grill service daily, except in extreme weather (and we won’t need your help holding down the canopy when it’s windy!), updated grilling and smoking equipment, an enhanced menu, and a spot for mid-afternoon smoothies (moved from the North Lounge).

Your Raffle Dollars at Work

Your support throughout the summer at the end of the week raffle allows us to enhance our programs and facility.  For the summer of 2019, we’ve added some new guns at riflery, purchased kegerators for our porch party and Keg & Koke, and replaced the carpet in the Ed Center (Furniture to follow next year).

Keg & Koke Increase (and better beer!)

The donation for Keg & Koke has been $1 since its inception.  The quality of beer provided reflected the donation level.  Camps Council has recommended we raise the price 100% to $2 for Summer 2019, and, we’ll provide craft beer.  So, come join us at Keg & Koke, raise a (better) cup of beer, and relive the memories of your week.

Readers & Best Book Club

Camp’s Council developed a comprehensive list, and at our Spring Meeting, selected There, there, by Tommy Orange, one of the 10 best books of the year according to the New York Times Book Review.

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

Sustainability and Programming

Look for an infusion of sustainability in our morning programs for our kids’ groups, as we partnered winter semester with a group of Campus and Sustainability 391 students to look at ways to infuse sustainable programming into our morning rotations.

Staying Healthy

Camp Michigania is a magical place, but we need your help proactively preventing health issues and will be asking you to follow these guidelines:

  • Lice Checks: All children under the age of 18 will be checked by our trained staff at the Education Center prior to heading to their cabins. Specific instructions and follow-ups will be given to those found to have evidence of lice.
  • Healthy Kids: We ask you to bring healthy children to Kids Camp, and if you’re unsure, please take your child to the camp nurse.
  • Bed Bugs: Bed bugs are an issue affecting almost anywhere around the world that welcomes visitors. We continue to be highly proactive in working to minimize the incidence of bed bugs and have comprehensive extermination processes in place.
  • Measles: As many of you are aware, Michigan has had several outbreaks of the measles. At this time, we do not require campers to have vaccinations. Vaccination for MMRV does not start until 12 months of age and we do have a very active kids camp with 0-2-year-olds. If you have been exposed immediately call your doctor and let them know that you have been exposed to someone who has measles. Your doctor can make special arrangements to evaluate you, if needed, without putting other patients and medical office staff at risk, and determine if you are immune to measles based on your vaccination record, age, or laboratory evidence.

Cancellation Policy

Please review our updated cancelation policy here.

Riflery/Archery Policy

As of 2018, participants must be at least 10 years old. Private guns, ammo, bows & arrows are not permitted at camp.

Drones

Michigania will continue following U-M’s drone policy for the coming summer:

  • Operation of a UAS by anyone on other U-M affiliated properties, such as Camp Michigania in Boyne City, MI; IS PROHIBITED unless the use is approved by the IASC.

Alcohol and Drugs

Michigania’s policy with regard to alcohol and drugs is consistent with state law:

  • In Michigan, the legal age for the purchase, distribution, and consumption of all alcoholic beverages is 21. Those who violate the law will be held legally responsible for their actions and may be required to forego the balance of their week at Michigania. In addition, future attendance at Michigania may be denied.
  • It is the responsibility of those who have alcoholic beverages at Michigania to make certain they are not available to minors at any time, including making certain that all alcoholic beverages are stored securely inside their cabin unit (not in common rooms, on front porches, etc.). Michigania is a family camp and should be treated as such at all times. Consumption in program areas and other common areas should be kept to a minimum. Campers choosing to drink should do so responsibly, with an awareness that inappropriate, alcohol-impaired behavior that is dangerous to themselves or dangerous/disruptive to others may result in the camp administration intervening and possibly asking them to forego the balance of their week at Michigania. In addition, future attendance at Michigania may be denied.
  • Use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited. Campers are also responsible for properly handling and securing prescription medications. Those who violate the law will be held legally responsible for their actions and may be required to forego the balance of their week at Michigania. In addition, future attendance at Michigania may be denied.

Smoking/Vaping at Camp

Smoking and vaping is ONLY permitted in two locations; (1) on the hill northwest of the Education Center (2) near the staff parking lot, west of the horse pasture.

Housekeeping

We will provide a fitted and flat sheet and pillowcases, a bath mat, and pillows for all campers. Blankets are available upon request at check-in. Please note that towels are not available. If you have a housekeeping issue, please make sure to let us know at the office.

Guests

All guests are required to check in at the office prior to entering other areas of camp. To stay aware of who is on camp property, please note the following rules for individuals not on our camp roster:

  • All guests must sign a waiver and wear a wristband prior to entering other areas of camp.
  • If guests arrive during times when our office is closed, but are just coming for a meal and to visit, they can pay for their meal, sign a waiver, and get a wristband at the camp store.
  • If you have additional questions about our guest policy, please contact the office.

Need to get in touch with someone from Camp Michigania? Check out our Camp Contacts page.

The Camps Council Advisory Board consists of representatives from each week at Camp and is a valuable resource for you during your stay. They provide direction and recommendations to the Camp Michigania professional staff, sharing your feedback throughout the summer and at two annual meetings.

Current Camps Council Reps:

Week 1: Rob Dannemiller
Week 2: Dave Harwood
Week 3: Amy Sample / Mary Krasny
Week 4: Ken Silverman
Week 5: Mary M Johnson
Week 6: Tiffany Dietz
Week 7: Jill Bloom
Week 8: Leticia Valdez
Week 9: Aaron Reifler
Week 10: Zora Johnson
Week 11: Karen Berris
At Large: Mary Krasny

Incoming Camps Council Reps:

To be announced; check back soon!

1. Follow I-75 north to Gaylord (exit 282).

2. Take M-32 west from Gaylord to US-131.

3. Turn right onto US-131 and follow it to Boyne Falls.

4. Turn left onto M-75 and follow it to Boyne City.

5. When you reach Boyne City, go through town to the second stoplight. (Lake Charlevoix will be straight ahead.)

6. Turn right onto Lake Street and follow it around Lake Charlevoix. Lake Street curves left and becomes W. Michigan Street as you continue around the lake. As you leave town, W. Michigan Street curves to the right and becomes Boyne City – Charlevoix Road.

7. Follow Boyne City – Charlevoix Road to Sumner Road. (The distance from Boyne City to Sumner Road is approximately 4 miles.) There is a Michigania sign at this intersection!

8. Turn right onto Sumner Road and follow it to the flashing light (approximately ½ mile). There is no Michigania sign at this intersection!

9. Turn left onto Camp Daggett Road and follow it approximately 1 mile to Camp Sherwood Road. (Camp Sherwood Road is the first road on the right, just past the crest of a very high hill.)

10. Turn right onto Camp Sherwood Road and follow it approximately 1 mile. You will see the Michigania entrance on the right.

11. Follow the dirt road and soon you will see the breathtaking sight of Walloon Lake on the horizon. Stay to the right to reach the Education Center for check-in.

Coming from the North?

Follow US-31 south out of Petoskey 4 ½ miles (toward Charlevoix). Turn left onto Camp Daggett Road. Follow it approximately 4 ½ miles to Camp Sherwood Road and turn left, and follow it approximately 1 mile. You will see the Michigania entrance on the right. Follow the dirt road and soon you will see the breathtaking sight of Walloon Lake on the horizon. Stay to the right to reach the Education Center for check-in.

Coming from the South?

Follow US-31 north through Charlevoix (toward Petoskey) to Camp Daggett Road and turn right. Follow Camp Daggett Road approximately 4 ½ miles to Camp Sherwood Road and turn left, and follow it approximately 1 mile. You will see the Michigania entrance on the right. Follow the dirt road and soon you will see the breathtaking sight of Walloon Lake on the horizon. Stay to the right to reach the Education Center for checkin. Travel time from Ann Arbor to Michigania is approximately four and one-half hours.

Have questions about the Camp Michigania experience? Check out our FAQs page for the latest information. If you have additional questions, please contact us at michigania@umich.edu, or call us at 231.582.9191.