Camp Birkett



Camp Birkett, an ACA accredited program, has provided traditional day camping on the shores of Silver Lake in Dexter for over 80 years. Camp Birkett is the ideal place for your child to experience the summer outdoors. It is also the perfect place to introduce your child to camping without him/her sleeping away from home. Your child will have the opportunity to participate in activities like canoeing, sailing, swimming, arts and crafts, archery, nature, sports, low ropes team building and much more. Each session has a unique theme, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Camp facilities include a basketball court, archery range, athletic fields, waterfront and watercraft areas. Please note that Pre and Post care is not available for Camp Birkett.

Want to experience Camp Birkett with your child? Join us for our Family Potlucks on the Thursday of each session! After the potluck, your child can experience overnight camping at Birkett during our sleepovers. Overnights are offered weekly for campers enrolled in that session. Overnight registration can only be done online at the time of session registration or over the phone. Families are welcome to attend the potluck regardless of if their camper is staying overnight.

Transportation is available to and from Camp Birkett. The specific Ann Arbor departure/return location will be printed in the parent handbook, which will be sent to all registered participants beginning in March. Children may be dropped off between 7:45 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. and picked up between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Campers may also be dropped off at Camp Birkett9041 Dexter Town-Hall Road, at 9:00 a.m. and picked up at 4:30 p.m.

The Junior Leader-In-Training (LIT) program enables campers to build their leadership skills and assume some counselor responsibilities while still participating in Camp Birkett activities. It is a combination of workshops, supervised opportunities with younger campers, program planning and general camp activities. Leadership skills and teamwork are emphasized, along with development of the YMCA character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Sessions 1–10 run concurrently with Camp Birkett program offerings.

The two-week Senior Leader in Training (LIT) option is an opportunity for your teen to continue his or her participation in the LIT program. For teens with no prior LIT experience, or for those who have been a Junior LIT in the past, this is a wonderful

chance to develop YMCA camp counselor skills. During his or her two-week session, your teen will assume responsibilities and complete tasks focused on interaction with and care of campers. Under the guidance and supervision of the Leadership Director, Senior LITs will put into practice the skills learned over the week on a daily basis.


Session 1 …. June 16-20

Session 2 …. June 23-27

Session 3* ….June 30-July 3

Session 4 …. July 7-11

Session 5 …. July 14-18

Session 6 …. July 21-25

Session 7 …. July 28-Aug 1

Session 8 …. Aug 4-8

Session 9 …. Aug 11-15

Session 10 ... Aug 18-22

Session 11 …Aug 25-29

*Camp will not run on July 4th; Session 3 fees are prorated accordingly.


Do you know a child who could benefit from a scholarship to camp? Could you help grow our Scholarship Fund? Please make a tax-deductible charitable contribution to our Scholarship Fund and help another child attend camp this summer. Just write your gift amount on the “camp scholarship donation” line of the registration form.