Michiganual: Your Guide to Camp Michigania

To help you prepare for your time at Camp Michigania we have created this page as a resource that you can reference at any time. Find out what to expect at Camp and prepare for your week by reviewing the resources below.

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.

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)
  • 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.
  • Pack folding lawn chairs for days at the beach.
  • Label everything! Bring a marker to label items purchased at the camp store.

Camp Forms

Save time at camp! Below you will find all the forms you need.

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

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.

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

2018 Faculty Forum Lineup

Week 1 (June 16 - 23)

Naomi Andre

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Associate Professor Department of African and Afroamerican Studies, Women’s Studies; Associate Director for the Residential College

Eve Brensike Primus

Law School
Professor of Law

Week 2 (June 23 - 30)

Alec Gallimore

College of Engineering
Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering

Jerry Miller

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Director, Project Outreach, Psychology

Week 3 (June 30 - July 7)

Deborah Ball

School of Education
Professor and Dean Emeritus

Jonathan Haft

Medical School
Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery

Week 4 (July 7 - 14)

Amy Bohnert

Medical School
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Joanna Millunchick

College of Engineering
Assoc. Dean of Undergraduate Education

Week 5 (July 14 - 21)

John Burkhardt

School of Education
Professor of Clinic Practice, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education

Evan Caminker

Law School
Professor and Dean Emeritus

Week 6 (July 21 - 28)

Jack Bernard

Law School
Associate General Counsel and Adjunct Professor of Law, Education, Public Policy, and Information

Annemarie Toebosch

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Director of Dutch and Flemish Studies, Lecturer IV (Germanic Languages)

Week 7 (July 28 - Aug. 4)

Amanda Lotz

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Luke Shaefer

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and School of Social Work
Associate Professor of Social Work; Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center; Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center; Institute for Social Research; Associate Professor of Public Policy; and Center Director, Poverty Center

Week 8 (Aug. 4 - 11)

John Meeker

School of Public Health
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences; Senior Associate Dean for Research

Vivek Sankaran

Law School
Director, Child Advocacy Law Clinic, Child Welfare Appellate Clinic

Week 9 (Aug. 11 - 18)

Wade Cooper

Medical School
Associate Professor of Neurology and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Kim Barnes-Arico

Athletics
Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Week 10 (Aug. 18 - 25)

John U. Bacon

School of Education
Lecturer, History, American Culture, and School of Education

James Burnstein

College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
Director, Screenwriting Program – SAC

Week 11 (Aug. 25 - Sept. 1)

Kate Andrias

Law School
Assistant Professor

Alan Baptist

Medical School
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy/Clinical Immunology, Dept. of Internal Medicine

Sample Schedules

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

Program Notes

Find out what is new and noteworthy at your favorite programs.

Pickleball takes over:  Pickleball has slowly entered into the MIchigania world, and this summer, look for more opportunities to play one of the country’s fastest growing games.  We’ll have enhanced facilities and equipment, along with more opportunities to play, as we’ve worked closely with Michigan’s Pickleball ambassador to determine how to best provide a great pickleball experience.

The Unicorn is magical anywhere:  After an overwhelmingly successful pilot program during weeks 10 and 11 in 2017, look for the unicorn and wizard galloping along with the beautiful backdrop of Walloon Lake, as we invite our campers to the lakeside deck of the Ed Center every Friday morning.  If the kids sing loud enough, we’re sure to have a Unicorn sighting!

Your raffle dollars at work: Your support throughout the summer in the end of the week raffle allows us to enhance our programming.  For the summer of 2018, we’ve enhanced our pickleball program, increasing programming and courts so we can offer more chances to enjoy one of the sports world’s hottest games.  We’ve also gotten all brand new sails for our butterfly sailboats, so you can enjoy gliding across Walloon Lake.

Coffee with Faculty – where disciplines interact:  Ever think about the overlap between two different campus units, like law and opera or engineering and psychology?  Look for a new coffee with faculty with both speakers from your week discussing how their areas of expertise overlap.

Electronic Forms: Look for information on completing forms prior to you arrival, including Child information forms (Kids 6 and under), Bringing a private boat to camp, and our mentoring programs, in our pre-camp email sent to all confirmed campers in early June, and in the bluebook email sent the Wednesday before your arrival.

2018 Summer Program Staff

Coming Soon

Camps Council

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
Week 4: Ken Silverman
Week 5: Mike Mickelson
Week 6: Jason Jarjosa
Week 7: Jill Bloom
Week 8: Leticia Valdez
Week 9: Greg Cowles
Week 10: Brian Kutinsky
Week 11: Tracy Jensen
At Large: Mary Krasny

Incoming Camps Council Reps:

Fall Incoming: Mary Johnson (Week 5)
Fall Incoming: Tiffany Dietz (Week 6)
Fall Incoming: Aaron Reifler (Week 9)
Fall Incoming: Zora Johnson (Week 10)

Directions to Michigania

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.

Additional Information

Pre-Camp Information

We are excited for another amazing summer of U-M alumni family camping on the shore of Walloon Lake. Below you will find information to help you get ready for Camp, and forms to help get a jump on check-in.

Pre-Camp Resources

Review the Michiganual (camper manual), take a look at schedules, and complete any relevant check-in forms for your group prior to arrival.

Camp forms you may need:

Child Information Form

Mentor Matching program

Private Boat Form (if you bring your own)

Summer Program Updates

Pickleball: We’ll have enhanced facilities and equipment, along with more opportunities to play, as we’ve worked closely with Michigan’s Pickleball ambassador to determine how to best provide a great Pickleball experience.

Coffee with Faculty:  Where disciplines interact: Ever think about the overlap between two different campus units, like law and opera or engineering and psychology? Speakers from your week will discuss how their areas of expertise overlap.

Riflery/Archery Policy: As we consider providing safe, age-appropriate programming, Camp will no longer allow private firearms, ammunition, bows, and arrows. Riflery participants must also be at least 10 years old (as of Fall 2018 – 5th/6th/7th graders participants of the Preteen age-group).

The Unicorn is magical anywhere: After an overwhelmingly successful pilot program during weeks 10 and 11 in 2017, look for the unicorn and wizard galloping along with the beautiful backdrop of Walloon Lake, as we invite our campers to the lakeside deck of the Ed Center every Friday morning. If the kids sing loud, we’re sure to have a sighting!

Signature Saturdays: We’re continuing last year’s successful introduction to Michigania for our new campers.

Readers & Best Book Club: The selection for 2018’s camper-led reading discussion is The Great Halifax Explosion by John U. Bacon.

Bluebook Email: Check your email the Wednesday before your week starts to see a draft of the schedule of activities.

Policy Reminders

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 in 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.

Drones: Michigania will be 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 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 required to forego the balance of their week at Michigania. In addition, future attendance at Michigania may be denied.

Smoking at Camp: Smoking is ONLY permitted in two locations; (1) on the hill northwest of the Education Center (2) near 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.

We are excited to have you join us this summer at Camp Michigania and look forward to providing you with a great week. If you have questions or comments, please contact us at michigania@umich.edu, or call us at 231.582.9191.