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  • Mini-Leadership/Volunteer Weekend #1 | Apr 22-24

    Grades 9-12 | $50

    These weekends are designed for Counselors and Staff to work alongside the Board to get Camp ready to open each year.  We invite individuals, organizations, and groups to volunteer for the work day on Saturday.  9am-4:00pm on Saturday includes donuts & coffee, a pot luck lunch, and lots of laughs while you work.  Counselors and Staff will lead various projects around camp that day like staining cabins, or raking leaves, picking up sticks, or organizing program areas and supplies.  Sometimes we are assisting the board with larger projects like installing landscape timbers, gardening, or repairing buildings/equipment.  Around the work day, counselors and staff will brainstorm special days, do some counselor training, and other fun things to get the program ready for the new season.

    Register for Mini-Leadership/Volunteer Weekend #1

  • Mini-Leadership/Volunteer Weekend #2 | May 13-15

    Grades 9-12 | $50

    These weekends are designed for Counselors and Staff to work alongside the Board to get Camp ready to open each year.  We invite individuals, organizations, and groups to volunteer for the work day on Saturday.  9am-4:00pm on Saturday includes donuts & coffee, a pot luck lunch, and lots of laughs while you work.  Counselors and Staff will lead various projects around camp that day like staining cabins, or raking leaves, picking up sticks, or organizing program areas and supplies.  Sometimes we are assisting the board with larger projects like installing landscape timbers, gardening, or repairing buildings/equipment.  Around the work day, counselors and staff will brainstorm special days, do some counselor training, and other fun things to get the program ready for the new season.

    Register for Mini-Leadership/Volunteer Weekend #2

  • Leadership And Counselor Workshop | Jun 12-18

    Grades 9-12 | $425

    Leadership and Counselor Workshop focuses on life skill development for young adults.  Our theme, clinic & general session speakers are selected, recruited and organized by a group of our seasoned Counselors and Leadership alumni.  These young leaders volunteer time over the winter months to help Camp staff plan the sessions, theme, and Day of Service.  Leadership Workshop can be a life changing experience for those who really commit to learning and sharing with their peers.

    We will spend most of our days outside – including enjoying our meals in the covered rec area where there is room to spread out.  Camper groups will rotate in shifts through meal periods, and roam our vast property during the day for clinics, general sessions, and other activities with their comfort group/pod.

    Register for Leadership And Counselor Workshop

  • Great Bear Early Youth | Jun 19-25

    Grades 3-6 | $425

    Great Bear is a wonderful week of outdoor adventures and socially interactive growth for children in grades 3-6.  This is typically a full session so energy is high and Camp friendships are fueled by crazy shenanigans supervised by our amazing Camp staff.  We will spend most of our days outside – including enjoying our meals in the covered rec area where there is room to spread out.  This is nothing new as Camp is all about being outside and interacting with nature…we have just worked hard to make sure that we plan our program with a little more intention and thought to how we manage rainy days, continuing our traditions, and delivering the unique VBYC experiences in a safe and fun way.  All of the classes listed are offered during this early youth session.

    Service projects are incorporated into each session of the summer with age appropriate activities and issues discussed.

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  • Wolverine Middle Youth | Jun 26 - Jul 2

    Grades 5-8 | $425

    Wolverine for campers grades 5-8 is designed to give youth an opportunity to learn about themselves and meet new friends while enjoying a slightly more challenging program.  An opportunity to explore involvement in Leadership/counseling will be a very small part of the week with an option for more focus for those interested.

    Traditional Camp classes and Special classes – classes offered by Camp staff to give more exposure to skills learned in other classes or completely new ideas focusing on an area of special skill they have –  offer Wolverine campers a unique opportunity to get to know the staff a little better.  Past Special Classes have involved basket weaving, photography, making things with clay, building something with Camp supplies, across the Lake swims, Camp beautification, building on skills in target sports, soccer, or gunneling.

    Service projects for this age group will explore ideas about ways they can make a difference in their school and community.

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  • Advanced Leadership | Jul 3-6

    Grades 10-12 | $250

    This four day workshop is for your high school age child who is up for a real challenge and possesses an adventurous spirit. Enrollment is limited to those who have attended our Leadership Workshop in the past AND been a volunteer Counselor in one of our traditional programs at least once. We volunteer, brainstorm ways to improve programs for VBYC, walk in the South Haven 4th of July parade and get to know each other on a different level. Feel free to email the director c/o director@vbyc.org for questions about this amazing session.

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  • Little Bear | Jul 6-9

    Grades 1-3 | $250

    Little Bear is a mini 3 night camp designed for children in grades 1-3. It gives young campers a taste of camping fun without the anxiety of being away from home for “a whole week”.   Program is adjusted to accommodate the abilities of this young group.  For instance, the waterfront will be open for swimming and water games, but there will be no canoeing and kayaking for this group unless they sign up for a special activity. Target skills will not use bows or rifles, but sling shots, rubber band “guns”, and other fun stuff at the Frustration Station (rock throwing range).  Eye hand coordination, dominant eye, and other activities that teach kids how to aim/throw/shoot at things in a safe way will be the focus.

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  • Discovery Middle Youth - SESSION FULL (Waitlist only) | Jul 10-16

    Grades 4-9 | $425

    This is the “sister session” to our Frontier week.  Discovery will be a challenge in living together with a diverse age range and a journey of self-discovery.  Pushing boundaries, trying new things, and exploring our natural world.  Special Classes for older youth sessions will be created with the idea of completely new experiences at Camp in mind.  Special Classes allow campers to get to know our staff on a more personal level as the ideas are staff generated and focus on discovering new things, looking at things from new angles/perspectives, and growing leadership skills for their age group.

    *Youth enrolled in Discovery and Frontier may also enroll in Sleep Over Saturday.  The Saturday between Discovery and Frontier will be limited to 40 campers.  The program will be altered slightly to include games, meals, and other fun things that we can’t do with a whole camp.  We will spend a lot of quality time together on Saturday, along with some much needed rest time, while we prepare to greet our Frontier friends on Sunday.

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  • *Sleep Over Saturday | Jul 16-17

    Grades 4-9 | $75.00

    Only for those enrolled in DISCOVERY & FRONTIER

    The Saturday between Discovery and Frontier will be limited to 40 campers.  The program will be altered slightly to include games, meals, and other fun things that we can’t do with a whole camp.  We will spend quality time together on Saturday, along with some much needed rest time, while we prepare to greet our Frontier friends on Sunday.

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  • Frontier Middle Youth | Jul 17-23

    Grades 4-9 | $425

    Frontier is the sister camp to Discovery.  This week of traditional camp program will branch out into even more outdoor living skills – especially fun for the more advanced camper. Nothing dangerous, we promise!  A great session for new campers as well – this program offers exciting activities, fun, and adventure for everyone.

    Special Classes for this session will be dominated by frontier skill building like rope tying, reading a compass and a map, dipping candles, or exploring our 60 acres of nature trails.  Fire building, canoe tripping, water filtration, and emergency first aid are examples of topics we’ve used in past seasons.

    *Youth enrolled in Discovery and Frontier may also enroll in Sleep Over Saturday.  The Saturday between Discovery and Frontier will be limited to 40 campers.  The program will be altered slightly to include games, meals, much needed rest time, and other fun things that we can’t do with a whole camp.

    Register for Frontier Middle Youth

  • White Pine - Early Leadership | Jul 24-30

    Grades 6-9 | $425

    This is a mini-leadership camp for campers in grades 6-9. Traditional Camp program will include time each day for both recreational and leadership skills. Team-building, communication, and service are an important part of this session. A great session for new and experienced VBYC campers.  The Leadership aspect does not take away from traditional Camp activities and will expose them to all of the same classes and opportunities as any other session.  We build on experience for campers who’ve been at Camp for a few summers and offer ways to grow and expand skills for those who want that as well.  Special Classes are offered as in other middle youth sessions, again, just geared towards the older campers.  Occasionally we bring in guest speakers to offer the option for campers to learn and talk about things that impact their life outside of Camp as well.  Those topics might include things like body/self image, community activism/social issues, peer pressure, preparing for high school, National Honor Society, or PALS.

    This session is a great segue/introduction to the intensity of the Leadership Workshop for your aspiring counselors.  If your young person has expressed interest in becoming a counselor at some point, this is a great session for them to attend.

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  • Little Bear Two | Jul 31 - Aug 2

    Grades 1-3 | $200

    Little Bear is a mini 2 night camp designed for children in grades 1-3. It gives young campers a taste of camping fun without the anxiety of being away from home for “a whole week”.   Program is adjusted to accommodate the abilities of this young group.  So the waterfront will be open for swimming and water games, but there will be no canoeing and kayaking for this group  unless they sign up for a special activity.  Target skills will not use bows or rifles, but sling shots, rubber band “guns”, and other fun stuff at the Frustration Station (rock throwing range).  Eye hand coordination, dominant eye, and other activities that teach kids how to aim/throw/shoot at things in a safe way will be the focus.

    Register for Little Bear Two

  • Explorer | Aug 7-12

    Grades 3-7 | $390

    Explorer will help children in grades 3-7 grow socially, physically and emotionally through recreational activities, cabin challenges, and all camp activities. The Explorer session is for children who want a crazy last hurrah for their summer.  We will continue to learn and improve upon camp skills, encourage leadership, and build community, but with a specific focus on nature and outdoor living skills. This includes an overnight at our property down the road…now called Yonder Way…sleeping in a screened in pavilion or tents outside, making tasty treats over the open fire, and spending REAL quality time in the great outdoors.

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  • Women’s Wellness Weekend | Sep 22-25

    Women 21+ | $200

    Take time for just YOU! Join us at VBYC for a weekend of fun, fitness and renewal. We will offer a mixture of traditional camp activities, craft classes, fitness activities, and free time. Enjoy delicious meals and sleep in rustic cabins with detached bath facilities. Cabins sleep a maximum of nine. We have so many activities packed into one weekend, that we extended the schedule by an extra day. If you can break free from home, you can begin this amazing experience on Thursday night!  ($170 for Fri.-Sun.)

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  • Counselor Reunion Weekend 2022 | Oct 14-16

    Grades 9-18 | $50

    This mini-retreat is specifically intended as a fun weekend for the folks who counseled this summer.  There is a small fee, similar to the spring retreats, to help offset the cost of food/bevs/snacks for the weekend.  We will spend some fun chill time together just catching up, review the summer, and get a head start on planning for 2023.  All activities and meals included throughout the weekend.  We will also follow up with folks interested in joining the VBYC Ambassador Program/Leadership Planning Committee.  VBYC in the fall is spectacular – you won’t want to miss this!

    We are also planning to host some kind of Halloween event that we will start planning in the spring of this year – could be held on this weekend as well…we’ll keep you posted.

    We look so forward to spending this time with you!

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