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  • Mini-Leadership Retreat | May 21-23

    Grades 10-12 | $50

    This mini-retreat will focus on ways youth can manage emotions, maintain connection with less physical interactions, and forge ahead with confidence in today’s changing world.  So many young people are already struggling to find themselves.  Take away milestones like Graduation, Prom and other rites of passage…how do we continue to make a place for ourselves in this crazy world we live in?

    We will also be planning for the summer and working together on ways to entertain Campers safely and in traditional VBYC style.   S0me of our time will focus on Leadership and counseling skill development.

    *These retreats are for those who have already counseled at VBYC.  If your child wants to counsel this summer and cannot attend the Leadership Workshop, please email director@vbyc.org to discuss attending the Counselor training segment of this retreat.

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  • Leadership And Counselor Workshop | Jun 13-19

    Grades 9-12 | $400

    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 session, and other activities with their comfort group/pod.

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  • Great Bear Early Youth - FULL/WAIT LIST | Jun 20-26

    Grades 3-6 | $400

    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.  Camper groups will rotate in shifts through meal periods, and roam our vast property during the day for classes and other activities with their comfort group/pod.  Each group will wander with appropriate staff and counselor supervision.  This will be traditional VBYC fun in a unique way for 2021!

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

    Register for Great Bear Early Youth - FULL/WAIT LIST

  • Wolverine Middle Youth - FULL/WAIT LIST | Jun 27 - Jul 3

    Grades 5-8 | $400

    Wolverine for campers grades 5-8 is designed to give adolescents 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.

    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 classes and other activities with their comfort group/pod.  Each group will wander with appropriate staff and counselor supervision.  This will be traditional VBYC fun in a unique way for 2021!

     

    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 4-7

    Grades 10-12 | $225

    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. This is also the perfect alternative to your budding Leader who cannot attend the Leadership Workshop- counselor training has been added to this session to accommodate training requirements for all volunteers at VBYC.

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  • Little Bear | Jul 7-10

    Grades 1-3 | $225

    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.  So the waterfront will be open for swimming and beginning instruction, but there will be no canoeing and kayaking for this group.  Target skills will not include bows and 22. caliber rifles, but offer sling shots, rubber band “guns”, and other fun stuff at the Frustration Station (rock throwing range).

    We will spend most of our day 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 classes and other activities with their comfort group/pod.  Each group will wander with appropriate staff and counselor supervision.  This will be traditional VBYC fun in a unique way for 2021!

     

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  • Discovery Middle Youth - FULL/WAIT LIST | Jul 11-17

    Grades 4-9 | $400

    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.

    We will spend most of our day 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 classes and other activities with their comfort group/pod.  Each group will wander with appropriate staff and counselor supervision.  This will be traditional VBYC fun in a unique way for 2021!

    *Youth enrolled in Discovery and Frontier may also enroll in Sleep Over Saturday.  The Saturday between Discovery and Frontier will be limited to 25 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 while we prepare to greet our Frontier friends on Sunday.

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  • *Sleep Over Saturday | Jul 17-18

    Grades 4-9 | $60.00

    Only for those enrolled in DISCOVERY & FRONTIER

    The Saturday between Discovery and Frontier will be limited to 25 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 while we prepare to greet our Frontier friends on Sunday.

     

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  • Frontier Middle Youth - FULL/WAITLIST | Jul 18-24

    Grades 4-9 | $400

    Frontier is the sister camp to Discovery.  This week of traditional camp program will branch out into outdoor living skills for the more advanced camper. Nothing dangerous, we promise!

    We will spend most of our day 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 classes and other activities with their comfort group/pod.  Each group will wander with appropriate staff and counselor supervision.  This will be traditional VBYC fun in a unique way for 2021!

    *Youth enrolled in Discovery & Frontier may also enroll in Sleep Over Saturday.  The Saturday between Discovery and Frontier will be limited to 25 campers.  The program will be altered slightly to include games, meals, and other fun things that we can’t do with a whole camp.

    Register for Frontier Middle Youth - FULL/WAITLIST

  • White Pine - Early Leadership | Jul 25-31

    Grades 6-9 | $400

    This is a 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. Also a great segue/introduction to the intensity of the Leadership Workshop for your aspiring counselors.

    We will spend most of our day 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 classes and other activities with their comfort group/pod.  Each group will wander with appropriate staff and counselor supervision.  This will be traditional VBYC fun in a unique way for 2021!

    Register for White Pine - Early Leadership

  • Explorer Early Youth | Aug 1-6

    Grades 3-7 | $365

    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…sleeping in a screened in pavilion (tents for 2021), making tasty treats over the open fire, and spending REAL quality time in the great outdoors.

    We will spend most of our day 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 classes and other activities with their comfort group/pod.  Each group will wander with appropriate staff and counselor supervision.  This will be traditional VBYC fun in a unique way for 2021!

    Register for Explorer Early Youth

  • Women’s Wellness Weekend | Sep 23-26

    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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  • Volunteer Weekend | Oct 15-17

    Grades 9-12 | $50

    This Counselor Reunion weekend is only for those who counseled during the summer 2021.  We come together to brainstorm, de-brief, and generally enjoy each other’s company in Camp style.  We will also plan for VBYC’s first Halloween Camptacular (think spooky Camper style fun) event on Halloween weekend.

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