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Summer Camp Application Opens Soon

The application opens Dec. 14 to Camp this summer! Visit our application guidelines page for reminders on the membership requirements for applying to Camp, what information you will need to log in and complete the application form, and more. Apply by Jan. 15 to be eligible for the lottery.

Updated Cancellation Policy

Application cancellations received prior to February 28th – Full refund less a $50 service charge.

A “confirmed reservation” has been placed in a week and notified by email they have been confirmed. The cancellation of confirmed reservations will be refunded as follows:

  • Cancellations received 30 days prior to arrival will receive a refund of camp fees less the deposit.  Cancellations received less than 30 days from arrival will forfeit 50% of camp fees.
  • There will be a $100 fee for each camper canceled from an application after May 15 (that is not replaced with another camper)
  • In the case that you are not able to attend; your cancellation must be submitted in writing, either by email, fax or U.S. mail.

These changes will be enforced to ensure consistency. The opportunity for another family to fill the opening created by a cancellation will not impact the refund policy.

Trip insurance will be available if you receive a confirmation.

Help Recruit Camp Summer Staff

Now’s the time to apply to work at Camp Michigania on Walloon Lake as a summer staffer. Know any great candidates? Pass along the application and information on what makes working at Michigania so memorable: umalumni.com/workupnorth

Notes from Summer 2018

Mentoring Program Continues to Grow

Thanks to all the campers who helped connect our staff with the strong Michigan network. Every staff member and camper looking for an opportunity to either share their expertise or build their network got “paired up” this summer, and your alumni association appreciates your willingness to engage our student staff and help them build their networks while enjoying the greatest summer of their life.

Where’s that Unicorn?

After a successful end of summer run in 2017, the unicorn let us know “A view of the lake for me, the Wizard, and all of the kids make everyone happy,” so the summer of 2018 showcased our Friday Fantasy ride in front of the Ed Center.  Look for enhancements to the program in summer 2019, helping parents capture the sheer joy on the faces of their kids as the unicorn and wizard take their magical ride.

Pickles, Pickles Everywhere

Pickleball has taken off nationwide, and Michigania is no exception.  After consulting with the Ambassador of Pickleball for the State of Michigan (Not only is that a real thing, he has 11 people reporting to him statewide!), we added in 6 courts with portable nets as we continue to incrementally increase our Pickleball offerings.  Our Tennis / Pickleball staff have embraced one of the fastest growing sports in America, adding in tournaments, strategy sessions, and Picklefest, which includes a tasting of 10 varieties of pickles, pickle-themed games and clothing, and lots and lots of engaged campers!

East Camp Recap

Passionate about Paddleboarding.  Kneeling, standing or simply laying down, campers enjoyed hours of paddling around beautiful Brant Lake on new paddleboards.

Tennis is tops at Michigania East.  Campers enjoy daily individual and group lessons taught by professional tennis staff.  This year a Pro-Am was added to the tennis program and everyone enjoyed an evening of competitive tennis.

There is a long tradition of tournaments at East Camp.  Adults and children compete throughout the week to win the coveted awards in euchre, ping pong, and bocce.   Mysteriously, the first-ever rock, paper, scissors tournament was introduced and became an immediate camper favorite.  Throughout the week you could spot opponents throwing rock, paper, scissors during mealtime, at the beach and even during happy hour gatherings.

And the Prize Goes to…

Tenth-week campers, Roni and Max Shtein, along with their kids Ari, Ella, and Noa, are the winners of our Camp Michigania raffle.  That’s two years in a row we’ve drawn a family with 3 kids – we’re still looking for that “single parent, no children” winner!  Week 7 sold the most tickets, once again very narrowly edging out week 5, with week 8 not too far back in third place. The 2017 raffle dollars brought us 6 pickleball courts and some additional equipment, along with new equipment in archery and riflery. We hope to see you in 2019 so we can share what your raffle dollars supported!

Thanks to all weeks for supporting our Camp programs through your raffle tickets and generous giving throughout the year. You are helping make this special place even more special.