The 2020 Day Camp brochure is here! *REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 23 at 11 am for members, returning participants and their siblings.  A flyer detailing the process is here.*  Parent Handbook is 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 or by clicking on the title of the teen camps below.  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)
  • Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Road, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

Transportation from Ann Arbor Y downtown location to Greenhills, Whitmore Lake High School and Camp Birkett is provided. Detailed information will be provided in the Parent & Participant handbook and included in email communications.


Babysitter’s Boot Camp 

(Ages 12-16) 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 am – 12:00 pm
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


(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 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Greenhills School
Session 5: July 13 – 17
Session 9: August 10 – 14

NEW! 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

NEW! International Pistons Basketball Academy

(Ages 11-16) This summer the Ann Arbor YMCA is proudly partnering with BCC International (which provides Chinese students social and cultural opportunities), Whitmore Lake High School and the Detroit Pistons to offer an International Basketball Academy for players of all skill levels.  This week-long camp includes instruction, games, fun challenges and team-building activities. Along with developing individual fundamentals and the importance of team play, the Academy will include appearances from the Pistons mascot Hooper, appearances from past and present Pistons players, the Extreme Team and more! This program will also offer workshops focused on global citizenship, cultural identity and character development. Using basketball as a common interest, players will develop leadership skills on and off the court. Transportation is available from downtown Ann Arbor to and from Whitmore Lake High School. The specific departure/return location, typically an Ann Arbor elementary school and NOT the Ann Arbor YMCA, will be printed in the Parent Handbook. Participants may be dropped off between 8:10 and 8:30 a.m. and picked up between 3:40 and 4:00 p.m.
Schedule: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Whitmore Lake High School
Session 7: July 27-31

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.
Schedule: 9 am – 4 pm
Sessions 1–11

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 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Ann Arbor YMCA
Session 4: July 6 – 10
Session 6: July 20 – 24
Session 8: August 3 – 7
Session 10: August 17 – 21

NEW! 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 

(Ages 12-16) 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 am – 4:30 pm
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



(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. The application for the CIT program is here, the reference form (required) is here. Applicants MUST be able to attend all session dates to complete the program. Schedule: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 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.
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

Questions: Please contact Abbey Davis, Teen and Volunteer Director, at (743) 661-8012 or


Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) – YVC is a youth-driven program that strives to meet the needs of our community and works in collaboration with local organizations to create social change and positive community impact. Through facilitated service-learning projects, workshops, personal development trainings, and interactive dialogue, YVC participants address critical social issues and develop strategies to become active citizens of their community. Click here to learn more about the YVC Expanding Horizons Summer Program!