Overnight summer camps in the midwest offer safe outdoor adventures for teens.
Overnight summer camps in the midwest United States offer teens a chance to enjoy the lakes and woods in structured and safe environments. YMCA and other non-profit and private organizations host adventure and residential camps across Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the midwest. Overnight summer camps help teens learn respect for each other and for the environment while having fun exploring lakes, rivers and forests with other teens.
Send your teen for an adventure on Isle Royale in Lake Superior through Camp Olson.
YMCA Camp Olson in Longville, Minnesota offers multiple options for overnight camping and outdoor activities for teens. Short week camps for kids up to age 15 include four days filled with sailing, horseback riding, camp games, nature arts and crafts and lots of swimming. Teens from 13 to 15 can also attend one or two week Discovery Camp sessions with structured activities every morning, and your child’s choice of activities in the afternoon. Campers are assigned a cabin on the shore of Shurds Lake in addition to one night of camping outside. Camp Olson also offers specialty camps that focus on sailing, equestrian skills, windsurfing and nature studies. Fees range from $292 for the short week camps to $1275 for two week trips to Isle Royale on Lake Superior.
Camp Olson YMCA
4160 Little Boy Rd NE
Longville, MN 56655
Camp Nissokone outside of Detroit, Michigan on Van Etten Lake offers one and two week long residence summer camps for teens. Themes for Nissokone’s traditional one week residence camps include Western, Alice in Wonderland, Spy Kids, and Monsters and Aliens. The camp’s two week long session has an X-games theme that culminates in a rodeo and family barbecue. Nissokone also offers ranch, adventure and waterski camps for teens and children entering grades 6-11. Adventure camp includes rock climbing, mountain boarding and paintball as well as a night camping in tents in the nearby state park and cooking over a campfire. Camp fees range from $499 for one week tradition residence camps to $1145 for two weeks of Ranch Camp.
YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
1401 Broadway, Suite 3A
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Appledore Tallships offers teens a rare summer camp experience aboard a tall sailing ship and camping among some of the most remote and beautiful areas on the shores of the great lakes. Teens learn to sail aboard an 85 or 65 foot schooner while engaging in programs about seamanship or freshwater science. Each camper receives her own curtained bunk and a small amount of personal space for belongings. Voyages range from four to nine days on Lakes Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie. Windward Bound programs are headed by licensed sailors and the organization is a member of the American Sailing Training Association. Voyages cost from $440 to $880 depending on the trip you choose.
107 5th Street
Bay City, MI 48708