about camp al-gon-quian


Camp Al-Gon-Quian is the Ann Arbor YMCA’s overnight camp for campers ages 6 through 16. Offering traditional camp programs of one to two weeks throughout the summer and some seasonal programs, Camp Al-Gon-Quian has become a home away from home for many of our campers throughout our 89-year history.

The camp is located on Burt Lake in Northern Michigan, just east of Petoskey and about a four-hour drive north of Ann Arbor. Our 150-acre campus is a combination of forest, playing fields, original and updated buildings, breathtaking shoreline and even a natural spring.

Whether you are a prospective parent, a current camper or a proud alumnus, thank you for visiting our website. Please use the navigation toolbar to your left to learn more about AGQ.

During our traditional summer programs, campers live in cabins with about seven other campers and two counselors, and spend their days trying activities, learning from our caring staff, and making new friends.

Each camper experiences an individual journey while at Al-Gon-Quian. At the beginning of the week, campers select their own activity areas. From archery to swimming and woodshop to drama, each camper is bound to find activities he or she enjoys. There is plenty of time throughout the day to bond with friends, participate in exciting all-camp activities and be a part of camp traditions.

Tentative dates for Summer 2015 are available on the "dates and registration" section of the site (link to your left).


Upcoming Seasonal Programs

Halloween Camp will be Friday, October 24-Sunday October 26, 2014. All brave souls from the ages of 12-16 (7th grade and up) are invited to join us for this scary and fun weekend at Camp AGQ! Enjoy pumpkin carving, leaf piles, apple cider, spooky hikes and as many ghost stories as you can handle. The Michigan vs. Michigan St. football game will be screened. Buses will depart from the Ann Arbor YMCA at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and return to the Y on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Campers will stay inside the lodge and spend most of the weekend outside enjoying beautiful AGQ in the fall. The Cost is $200 Ann Arbor YMCA Members; $220 Non-Members (roundtrip transportation included)  

Registration for Halloween Camp begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1. You can register online at 

or by calling the camp office phone at (734)661-8051. A $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due at the time of registration and the remaining balance is due by Thursday, October 16th. Payment is non-refundable after that date. 

 Halloween Evening Spooktacular @ Camp Birkett   Now Available for 5th Graders! 

Saturday, November 1st 5:00-8:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun Halloween celebration. Campers will ride Y-buses out to camp Birkett and enjoy an evening of traditional camp activities mixed with halloween themed activities like, spider webb GAGA! The evening will end with a trip through the Haunted House. This event is for 5th-9th graders and costs $20 to register. Registration is available through the online registration system using the keyword Halloween. (transportation and dinner included)

 Winter Leadership Camp will be Saturday, December 27–Tuesday December 30, 2014. For ages 13-17.(8-11th grade) Challenge yourself to become a better group member and leader! Winter campers will facilitate, learn and participate in fun leadership activities indoors and outside. Mixed in with leadership activities will be many chances to catch-up with your favorite counselors and friends, build snowman, drink hot chocolate and catch snowflakes! (Weather permitting)  Buses will depart from the Ann Arbor YMCA at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and return to the Y on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Campers will sleep inside the heated lodge. The Cost is: $240 Ann Arbor YMCA Members; $260 Non-Members (roundtrip transportation included)

Registration for Winter Leadership Camp begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 1. You can register online at www.annarborymca.org or by calling the camp office phone at (734)661-8051. A $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due at the time of registration and the remaining balance is due by Monday, December 15. Payment is non-refundable after that date. 


The Family Volunteer Work Weekend will be at Camp Al-Gon-Quian from Friday, May 29-Sunday June 31, 2015.  Kids, adults and teens are welcome to join us for this fun-filled weekend where we will get a head-start on opening camp for the summer season.  Childcare will be provided for participants too young to help.  From gardening to painting, building benches or more complicated projects, we have something for any interested volunteer to do! After our work is done, we will have fun enjoying various camp activities.  Families or groups of friends may call the camp office at (734) 661-8051 to reserve a cabin or to get more information.  Cabin reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and will be $150/cabin.  Cabins can hold up to 10 people. Click here for more information about last years Family Work Weekend. The 2015 brochure will be added at a later date. 


Through the generous contributions of our donors, the Ann Arbor Y is able to provide financial scholarships that enable all members of the community to enjoy YMCA programs, regardless of income.  For scholarship information for any of these programs, please call the camp office.