Registration for the 2019 season will open on February 8, 2019!  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 2019 Day Camp Parent Handbook is coming soon!

CAMPS FOR TEENS (all camps take place at the Ann Arbor Y, located at 400 West Washington, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103, unless otherwise noted in description). For more information about Teen Camps, please contact Abbey Davis at adavis@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8012.

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 

(for students entering grades 10, 11 or 12th grades)
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 learning how to effectively lead others are all elements of the program.  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 positive youth development and learning what it takes to be an effective camp counselor must be made apparent in the application/interview process.
The CIT program is offered at Camp Birkett, Downtown Ann Arbor Y, and Ypsilanti Day Camps.  Applicants MUST be able to attend week 1 and week 2 to complete the program. Participants can log volunteer hours.

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

Babysitter’s Boot Camp 

(ages 12–16), 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Is your teen a babysitter? Are they interested in becoming a babysitter? Our one-week Babysitter’s Boot Camp provides the skills they need. Participants will gain the skills and confidence to keep children of all ages safe, happy and engaged. Participants will learn 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.

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 1–10

TEEN CAMPS

Teen Adventure 

(Ages 12–16) weekly sessions, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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 in their community. Activities range from high energy games to creative arts and fun challenges, promoting teen empowerment. Each day teens will travel and embark on new adventures, near and far, 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.

Cedar Point Adventure Weekend

(Ages 12-16)
This adventure is the one for teens interested in having fun and experiencing the excitement of roller coasters and crazy rides! We will be taking a weekend-long trip filled with thrills as we visit Cedar Point, cabin camp and cook outdoors. We will depart at 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon, setting up camp, spending Saturday at Cedar Point Amusement Park and returning by noon on Sunday.

NEW! BIZOLOGY

(ages 11 – 13 and 14 -16), 10 am – 3 pm
This is the perfect summer opportunity for young entrepreneurs and innovative problem solvers. Bizology offers teens the opportunity to learn about the world of business and entrepreneurship through a series of workshops, guest speakers and field experience. Participants will build on cross-disciplinary skills necessary to build effective and efficient business-based solutions. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, management, organization, accounting, financing, marketing, effective use of social media, startup culture, networking and more.

Media Madness

(ages 12-16)
A fun, interactive 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 creative writing, scripting, story-boarding 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. This opportunity is made available by Community Television Network (CTN) of Ann Arbor.

Basketball (ages 12 – 16)

Are you a teen looking to enhance your basketball skills this summer? Join us in the gym and enhance your skills and strategies of the game. Through coordinated team-building exercises, large and small group activities, and technique strengthening, participants will work with our most experienced coaches and have fun while being active.

ANN ARBOR YMCA 2019 SUMMER CAMP SESSION DATES:

Session 1 June 17-21
Session 2 June 24-28
Session 3 July 1-3, 5 (No camp on July 4)
Session 4 July 8-12
Session 5 July 15-19
Session 6 July 22-26

*Camp will meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There is no camp Thursday July 4.

Session 7 July 29-August 2
Session 8 August 5-9
Session 9 August 12-16
Session 10 August 19-23
Session 11 August 26-30

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.