Summer Camp

Adirondack chair facing Walloon Lake at Camp Michigania

Camp Michigania Walloon offers 11 weeks of classic American summers for up to 100 Alumni Association-member families each week. It’s a long-standing tradition for many Michigan families, and time at camp in the summer is always in high demand. The tradition may keep you coming back, but it’s the broad range of recreational and educational activities that bring you in.

Summer Camp Application

Summer Camp: Dec. 15–Jan. 15 (for lottery), Jan. 16–end of summer (for non-lottery-eligible). For information on lottery eligibility, review our application guidelines page.

Before You Apply

A $300 deposit is required to submit an application.

A $150 Covid cleaning fee will be added to the primary camper in each unit. 

Children’s pricing for Walloon is based on grade entering fall 2021.

All adults who are not full-time college students will need to have an active membership with the Alumni Association before attending camp. Camp Michigania is an exclusive benefit of the Alumni Association.

Questions? You can contact Camp Staff by phone at 231.582.9191 or email at michigania@umich.edu.

2021 Summer Camp Dates

  • Victors Week: June 12–19
  • Week 1: June 19–26
  • Week 2: June 26–July 3
  • Week 3: July 3–10
  • Week 4: July 10–17
  • Week 5: July 17–24
  • Week 6: July 24–31
  • Week 7: July 31-Aug. 7
  • Week 8: Aug. 7–14
  • Week 9: Aug. 14–21
  • Week: 10: Aug. 21–28

Summer Camp Rates

  • Age 0–6 months (no Kids Camp): $160
  • Age 0–2 years old (with Kids Camp): $455
  • Preschool–1st grade: $690
  • 2nd–7th grade: $860
  • 8th–12th grade: $985
  • Adults: $1,145

Frequently Asked Questions

Cabin Rentals

In the event that we are unable to offer our traditional summer camp experience in 2021, cabin rentals may be an option for those looking to enjoy the beauty of Michgania.

Recreational Activities

Archery

Camp Michigania offers an archery target range and a field archery range. The archery target range is open daily for scheduled classes. Classes cover basic archery skills and safety. When classes are not taking place and staff are present, the range is open and campers 7 years and older (or entering 2nd grade) are welcome to shoot. For more experienced archers, the field archery range is available most mornings and some afternoons.

Ceramics, Arts, and Crafts

Ceramics and Arts and Crafts is the place at camp where you can create stunning artwork for your home, thoughtful gifts for your friends and family, and tangible memories to remind you of your time at Camp Michigania. We have both a Kid’s Room and an Adult’s Room that have open hours for ceramics and other projects. We offer adult and parent/child classes daily.

Fitness

We offer fitness classes for everyone from beginners to the more advanced health enthusiasts throughout the week. Yoga classes are offered daily. For those who would like to explore the area around camp, we offer maps of local roads, including mileage and landmarks.

Boating

Children’s boating classes are held daily at camp. In addition to children’s classes, sailing instruction for campers 13 and up is available on four levels: Beginning, Intermediate (Butterfly), Advanced Intermediate (Skipper), and Advanced (Admiral). Lessons in sailing hobbies and windsurfing are also available. In addition to instructional lessons, campers can check out boats appropriate with their skill level and use our canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards.

Tennis

Tennis instruction for children is scheduled several times throughout the week. Adult lessons include basic tennis technique and strategy and are scheduled throughout the week as well. Men’s and women’s singles, doubles, mixed doubles, teen, and parent/child tournaments are held for those who wish to sign up and participate.

Field Sports

Children’s field sports classes are held daily at camp. In addition to classes, several clinics and tournaments, including basketball, bocce, golf chipping, and table tennis are scheduled throughout the week for children and adults. Other sports/games can be played through the self-service Pick-up Game program.

Horseback Riding

Camp Michigania’s riding program is designed to offer individuals a chance to experience the enjoyment of being on horseback. Classes for children cover the basics of horseback riding. Additional classes are offered for riders ages 7 and older and are separated by level. Trail rides are offered for riders 10 years of age or older who have demonstrated a certain level of ability.

Nature

The Resnick Family Nature Center features many programs and activities for campers of all ages. Staff members are knowledgeable about natural resources and environmental education. A visit to the Nature Center offers displays on animals, habitats, recycling, and our Petoskey Stone polishing room. Kids can enjoy scavenger hunts, meeting, and feeding the resident creatures, learning about the outdoors, and many more surprises. Guided and self-guided hikes allow exploration of Michigania’s nature trails with posted signs identifying trees and vegetation and offering further information about the area. 

Riflery

Michigania’s rifle range is equipped with .22-caliber rifles and 12- and 20-gauge shotguns. We hold scheduled classes that focus on safety and shooting techniques. During designated times when staff are present, campers are welcome to use the range for individual rifle and shotgun practice and recreation. All semi-automatic firearms are prohibited. Campers who wish to bring their own .22-caliber rifles and/or shotguns between 12 and 20 gauge are required to check in their firearms and ammunition at the office upon arrival at Michigania. The guns and ammunition will be available for use during regularly scheduled periods.

High & Low Ropes Course

Michigania has both low-ropes activities (challenge games, group initiatives that don’t typically involve actual ropes) and a high-ropes course (12 traversing elements and several vertical elements). We also have two zip lines that provide an opportunity for fun and adventure.

Swimming

The swimming area is open daily. Children’s classes include aquatic games and activities that challenge and entertain children of different swimming abilities. The activities are designed to include all the children in the class regardless of ability. One lane will be open each morning for adults only wishing to swim lengths.

Other Activities

Faculty Forum

Faculty are invited up to camp each week to host engaging discussions on designated evenings for lively discussion and learning. Specific times for these forums will be outlined in the schedule you receive upon arrival to camp. For a lineup of scheduled speakers, see the 2020 Faculty Forum Lineup.

Nursery, Kids Club, Kids Camp, and Teen (13 Years+) Programs

Structured schedule each day so children who wish to participate have a chance to experience all areas of camp with well-trained and caring counselors, and parents then get to be campers.

Babysitters are also available upon request.