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Parents who are looking for fun-filled days that are tech and TV free and beyond daycare for their children this summer can find them at Camp Newaygo’s Day Camp! Don’t miss the chance for boys and girls entering first through seventh grade in the fall 2018 to be active, get outside and experience the excitement of new adventures each and every day.

Each session, campers will be divided in the morning into two groups by grade levels, and participate in activities centered on their chosen theme using the natural setting of camp. Afternoons will be spent together doing more typical camp activities like swimming, boating, archery, hiking, games,  fishing, arts and crafts, and many others. Campers will have an opportunity to swim every day! (Weather permitting). There is also a weekly optional overnight campout on Thursday with dinner and breakfast cooked over a campfire for an additional $45 fee.

Day Camp runs each day from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Parents may drop off campers directly at camp, located at 5333 S. Centerline Road in Newaygo, between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. and pick them up at day’s end at camp from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. For an additional $35 per session fee, parents may drop off and pick up their campers at TrueNorth or Gerber, and camp will transport them back and forth.

All sessions, unless otherwise noted, cost $175 per child for Newaygo County residents or $196 for non-county residents. Additional fees may apply as noted. Limited scholarships are available for Newaygo County residents. Contact Camp Newaygo for more information.  

The Day Camp week themes and dates for Summer 2018 are as follows;

Week 1 – “STEAM I: Boom & Zoom”  June 18 – 22. Your child will take in a heart-pounding week of awesome explosions, rockin’ rockets and electrifying gizmos and gadgets. Science, technology, engineering, art and math are the ingredients for this thrilling week. They will build a spaceship and catapult, and experience a special stargazing party at the Stephen F. Wessling Observatory in Fremont, which is included with the overnight on Thursday.

Week 2 – “STEAM II: Dream it, Built it, Crash it”  June 25 – 29.  Children will embrace a week of discovery and wacky adventure with everyone’s favorite scientist, Dr. Bob. They will make liquid nitrogen ice cream, build and battle robotic bugs, set sail in do-it-yourself cardboard boats, and launch shoebox airplanes. Let the inner inventor in your child run wild during a week focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Week 3 – “Star Wars”  July 2 – 6.  Children will experience an unforgettable galactic Star Wars adventure. They will complete Jedi trials and learn to use the Force like a Jedi Knight. They’ll experience epic lightsaber duels, Death Star archery, marshmallow blaster battles, Jedi Yoga, and Star Wars crafts. (Note; There is no program on July 4.)

Week 4 – “Wild About Animals”  July 9 – 13.  Children will experience the best the wacky, wonderful world of animals has to offer while meeting animals from the farm, lake, woods, and wild. All campers take a day trip to Grand Rapids’ John Ball Zoo, with an optional overnight at the zoo. (This week costs an additional $12 for the zoo trip.)

Week 5 – “I Love LEGO”  July 16 – 20.  During this week, children will build and program a Lego robot, make a castle, create an epic maze and race Lego dune buggies. They will perfect creative problem-solving skills while stretching their imaginations.

Week 6 – “X-treme Adventures I”  July 23 – 27.  During this session, your child will take in a heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled week, which includes a free ride in an airplane at Fremont Municipal Airport (Available for Ages 7+). Also available for day campers, is exclusive access to Camp Newaygo’s zipline, rockwall and high ropes elements (with FREE zipline for the week). Your child will master their aim on Camp’s slingshot range, and enjoy capture the flag battles, wilderness hikes, and more.

Week 7 – “Splash!”  July 30 – August 3.  Help your children beat the heat with a wild aquatic adventure on beautiful Pickerel Lake. They’ll fly down a massive slip-and-slide, splash on during epic sponge wars, and zoom down a rip-roaring water slide. Other activities include water balloon mayhem, swimming lessons, canoeing, sand castle building, and boat rides.

Week 8 – “X-treme Adventures II”  August 6 – 10.  Your child will get their hearts pumping on a wild river rafting trip. They will dodge, climb, and crawl through a 50-foot-long floating obstacle course, take aim with paintball archery, and paddle hard in war canoe races. This week includes exclusive access to the zipline and rockwall, and high ropes elements are included. (The zipline is free this week.)

Week 9 – “Child vs. Wild  August 13 - 17.  Help your child channel their inner wilderness warrior with this week of exciting survivor adventures. Activities include tracking, outdoor cooking, fire safety, wilderness first aid, plant and animal identification, fishing, orienteering, and much more. Campers develop confidence, resilience and the skills to thrive in the great out of doors. A Ludington dune buggy trip is included in the week.

For more information on any of Camp Newaygo’s co-ed day camp options, scholarship applications or to download registration forms, please visit www.campnewaygo.org or call (231) 652-1184.

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