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Summer 2018 – It’s Almost Here!

June 16 marks the beginning of the summer season at Camp Michigania and we’re excited to continue the wonderful traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. With the passion of our leadership team and returners, along with the enthusiasm and skills of our first time staff members, we look forward to creating an unforgettable summer. We can’t wait for you to experience the Michigania magic with us!

Michiganual – The Camper Manual – 2018

Check out the Camper Resources Webpage for everything you need to know about the coming summer. It includes program updates, new policies and guidelines, and our faculty forum lineup. Michiganual – The Camper Manual, will be available by June 1, 2018. Until then, the 2017 Michiganual will remain available online.

Final Payments, Guidelines, and Policies

Camp’s Council has instituted the following guidelines and policies:

  • Final payments for summer 2018 are due by Monday, May 15. (Credit cards WILL be accepted for payment of your camp fees; instructions were sent in the confirmation email and will be included in the invoice reminder email.)
  • Although we now accept credit cards for final payment, paying by check will help keep camp costs down. Please make checks payable to: Michigania, and mail to: 03006 Camp Sherwood Rd., Boyne City, MI  49712
  • 2018 Campers – Look for a pre-summer email in early June with updates and lots of helpful information on how you can help us make sure your week is the best!

Michigania East

Registration is open for week 2 (8/19 – 8/24) at Michigania East, located in the picturesque Adirondack Mountains  in upstate New York. Connect with people from the place you once called home, with a camping experience your family and friends will love!

Enjoy recreational activities such as archery, arts and crafts, sailing, canoeing, hiking, water-skiing, field sports, horseback riding, swimming and tennis. Enjoy activities as family, or kids can participate in scheduled sessions with trained staff.

Thank You!

Camper generosity played a big part in Camp Michigania Magic in 2017. Take a peek at how your gifts were put to use during power outages and for families at Mott Children’s Hospital.

Policy Update

Updates to riflery:  As we consider providing a safe, age appropriate program, some changes in riflery are being implemented for summer 2018, including starting our program with our 10 year olds, and no longer allowing any private guns or ammunition at camp.  Additionally, we no longer are allowing private bows & arrows.

What’s New at Walloon in 2018

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.

Michigania – It’s Not Just for the Summer!

Experience Michigania Year-Round!

Michigania provides the perfect place for families to bundle up and go cross-country skiing or zip down the sledding hill, then warm up with a steamy cup of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire. All programs include U-M faculty that provide insight and stimulating conversation along with the beauty of Northern Michigan during fall or winter. Look for the online application beginning July 1, 2018.  Please note, for our Winter programs, children must be at least 5 years old.

Requesting Volunteers for Memorial Day Work Weekend

Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28, 2018

Add your name to the thousands who have helped prepare camp for another amazing summer. For more information and registration please visit the Memorial Day Work Weekend page. If you’re unable to join us for work weekend, but would like to contribute and support Camp Michigania, learn more here.

Camp’s Council Members Conclude Terms

The input, enthusiasm and commitment of the Camp’s Council have provided invaluable insight and guidance toward the continued success of Camp Michigania. This year, Mike Mickelson (5), Jason Jarjosa (6), Greg Cowles (9), and Brian Kutinsky (10), conclude their three-year terms. We are grateful for the dedication and passion that they have provided. Camp’s Council has prepared the ballot below to fill the newly created vacancies.

Please send in your votes, via email, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 to Michigania@umich.edu. Please note, you may also choose to write-in a candidate for a particular week as well.

Mary Johnson | Marshall, MI | Week 5 Camper

Tiffany Dietz | Highland, MI | Week 6 Camper

Aaron Reifler | Ann Arbor, MI | Week 9 Camper

Zora Johnson | Bloomfield Hills, MI | Week 10 Camper

Readers and Best Book Selection

This summer marks our 4th year of the Readers and Best book vote! Camps Council provided a list of book choices for this summer, and you voted!  The 2018 winner is The Great Halifax Explosion by John U. Bacon.