*REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 23*
The 2020 Day Camp Brochure and Parent Handbook are coming soon!   
 
You will be able to easily register your camper by clicking on the green “CAMP REGISTRATION” button on the top of the Ann Arbor YMCA home page. Continue to scroll down this page for more information on camps for teens.

The Ann Arbor Y is dedicated to providing safe and productive environments for teens that promote participants to lead with empathy, build healthy relationships, effectively manage emotions, take responsibility for actions, and develop personal skills for success. All teen programs encourage interactive participation in group settings, hands-on learning experiences, character exploration, and active citizenship.

Summer program opportunities for teens, ages 12 – 16, are offered throughout the summer taking place at:

  • Ann Arbor YMCA (400 West Washington Street, Ann Arbor 48103)
  • Greenhills School (850 Greenhills Drive, Ann Arbor 48105)
  • Camp Birkett (9141 Dexter Townhall Road, Pinckney 48169)

Expanding Horizons Youth Volunteer Corps

Expanding Horizons is YVC’s intensive summer program. The program offers week-long blocks of engaging service learning projects. The YVC summer program runs Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Check in begins each day 8:45 a.m. at Bach Elementary School, located at 600 West Jefferson Street, Ann Arbor, MI. Teens will be traveling by foot, a YMCA bus, or via public transportation to service project sites across Washtenaw and Wayne County. Examples of agencies YVC has served in the past include The Oaks, Growing Hope, Avalon Housing, Natural Area Preservation (NAP), CASS Community Services and Michigan Urban Farming Initiative in Detroit. Transportation: Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor – Bus transportation is available from Ypsilanti to Ann Arbor. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE YVC SUMMER PROGRAM.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS

Counselor-in-Training Program 

(entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade) The Counselor-in-Training program provides teens with necessary tools to become Cause-Driven Leaders in the camp world. Participating as a CIT offers countless opportunities to interact with children, lead activities, and participate in camp programs. Coaching, facilitation, job skill development, career exploration, and effectively leading others are all elements of the program. CPR and First Aid certifications will be completed. CITs are expected to have a sincere desire to work with children, give back to their community, and build a strong work ethic. A commitment to developing self and others must be apparent in the application and selection process.

The CIT program serves Ann Arbor YMCA summer programs that include Ann Arbor YMCA Downtown, Greenhills School, Camp Birkett and Ypsilanti program sites. This program is free of charge. An application process is required for interested participants. Applicants MUST be able to attend all session dates to complete the program. Schedule: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ann Arbor YMCA
Session Dates:
CIT Session A: June 22 – 26 & June 29 – July 3
CIT Session B: July 27 – 31 & August 3 – 7

For details on how to apply, visit www.annarborymca.org or contact Abbey Davis, Teen and Volunteer Director, at (743) 661-8012 or adavis@annarborymca.org.

*Participating teens are eligible to receive community service hours for active participation and full completion of program. Participants must be able to attend the program in its entirety for certification and completion requirements.  Program is cost-free, application required. Click HERE for an application.  For questions, please contact Abbey Davis, Teen and Volunteer Director, at adavis@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8012

Leader in Training (LIT) Program at Camp Birkett

(Open to students entering grades 7, 8 or 9) The Leader-in-Training program allows older campers to build leadership skills and assume some counselor responsibilities while still participating in their favorite Camp Birkett activities. Through a combination of workshops, supervised opportunities with younger campers, program planning and general camp activities, participants will be exposed to the basic elements of youth development through the lens of a camp counselor. Leadership skills, teamwork, and the development of the YMCA character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are emphasized. See Camp Birkett section for more information on daily schedule and transportation.
Sessions 1–11

TEEN CAMPS

Babysitter’s Boot Camp 

Is your teen a babysitter? Are they interested in becoming a babysitter? Our one-week Babysitter’s Boot Camp will teach the skills they need to succeed. Participants learn how to keep children of all ages safe, happy and engaged, to identify and guard against common safety hazards, as well as what to do in an emergency. Learn how to care for an infant, including techniques for diapering, feeding and calming a baby as well as entertaining children at every stage. All participants who successfully complete the program will receive an American Safety and Health Institute Child and Babysitting Safety certification. Schedule: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session 5:
July 13 – 17 (Ann Arbor YMCA)
Session 7: July 27 – 31 (Greenhills) Note: Transportation will only be offered from downtown Ann Arbor to Greenhills with pick-up/check-out at Greenhills.
Session 9: August 10 – 14 (Ann Arbor YMCA)

Bizology

(Ages 12-16) This camp is for young entrepreneurs and innovative problem solvers who are intrinsically interested in learning about broad business operations. Bizology offers teens the opportunity to learn about the world of business entrepreneurship through a series of workshops, guest speakers and field experience. Participants will build on the cross-disciplinary skills necessary to build effective and efficient business-based solutions. Topics covered include management, organization, accounting, financing, marketing, effective use of social media, startup culture, networking and more. Schedule: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Greenhills School
Session 5: July 13 – 17
Session 9: August 10 – 14

Coding Academy

(Ages 12 – 14) Experience an interactive and hands-on approach to developing practical skills combining leadership, entrepreneurship and technology.  Participants will explore the world of coding and programming through the lens of an entrepreneur, identify ways that technology can help solve real-world problems, and learn from local community leaders who have turned their passion into a career.  Schedule: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Greenhills School
Session 6: July 20 – 24
Session 10: August 17 – 21

Media Madness

(Ages 12 – 16) A fun, creative, and hands-on opportunity for teens to create social change in their community through the art of video production. Participants will learn the video production process and gain skills in scripting, storyboarding, cinematography and more. Teens will discuss and identify important social issues, collaborate with community partners and create a short video that raises awareness about a topic of interest. Schedule: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Location: Ann Arbor YMCA
Session 4: July 6 – 10
Session 6: July 20 – 24
Session 8: August 3 – 7
Session 10: August 17 – 21

Sports Reporting

(Ages 12 – 14) An excellent introduction to the world of sports reporting. Experienced instructors will focus on leading and teaching skills surrounded by color commentary, PA announcing, play by play, interviewing skills and writing. This full day camp also offers the opportunity to get some physical activity within a variety of team-based sports. Schedule: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Greenhills School
Session 4: July 6 – 10
Session 8: August 3 – 7

Teen Adventure 

Teen Adventure is a traditional full-day camp for teens to discover their passions while having fun and creating friendships. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance social skills, practice healthy lifestyles and engage with their community. Activities range from high energy games to creative arts and fun challenges that promote teen empowerment. Each day teens will travel and embark on new adventures that include river trips, local recreation areas, water parks, challenge courses, ice and roller rinks, art studios, sports-related activities and events, local entertainment and more. Schedule: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session 1: June 15 – 19 (Ann Arbor YMCA)
Session 2: June 22 – 26 (Ann Arbor YMCA)
Session 3: June 29 – July 3 (Ann Arbor YMCA)
Session 4: July 6 – 10 (Greenhills School)
Session 5: July 13 – 17 (Greenhills School)
Session 6: July 20 -24 (Greenhills School)
Session 7: July 27 – 31 (Greenhills School)
Session 8: August 3 – 7 (Greenhills School)
Session 9: August 10 – 14 (Greenhills School)
Session 10: August 17 -21 (Greenhills School)
Session 11: August 24 – 28 (Ann Arbor YMCA)