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For Girls Who Love Camp 

Imagine the perfect day – you wake up for an early morning swim in the warm waters of Lake Pickerel with your friends and counselors. After breakfast you enjoy your daily classes: fencing on acorn courts, windsurfing across smooth water, and developing photos in the dark room. After dinner you and your cabin run through the woods battling against the other team to capture the flag. At night you sit with your new friends under the stars while your counselor teaches you special camp songs. As you fall asleep your head is full of laughter and your heart is filled with friendship. Sound perfect? It’s just another day at

Camp Newaygo.

 

Since 1926 campers from around the country and throughout the world have enjoyed fun filled summers at Camp Newaygo Girl's Resident Camp. Our 101 acre camp rests along Pickerel Lake which is snuggled in the Manistee National Forest region, near the town of  Newaygo, Michigan. If you like spending time in the outdoors, enjoying the sun, having fun on the water, and making life long friendships, Camp Newaygo is the place for you. We're not just a Girls Resident Camp, we also offer a Women's Programs, Parent & Me and Family Camps, Leader In Training Program and Co-Ed Day Camps!

 

A Day At Camp Newaygo: 



Daily Activities
Girls who come to Camp Newaygo can look forward to the following activities:

Archery

Water-skiing

Challenge Course

Cheerleading

Team Sports: Basketball, Volleyball, Etc. 

Sailing

Photography*

Wilderness Survival

 Yoga

Tubing

Zumba

Paddleboarding

Windsurfing

Camping Trips

Arts & Crafts*

Water Polo

Hiking

Tennis

Canoeing & Kayaking

Music

Drama

Nature

Swimming

Horseback Riding

Fishing

Kayaking

Outdoor Cooking  

Gymnastics

Fencing

Pottery*

Synchronized Swimming

Animal Care

* extra participation fee 

Each camper designs her own schedule of daytime activities from those listed above. From 4:30-5:30 campers enjoy their choice of waterfront or arts and crafts. Campers interested in horseback riding must sign up upon arrival.

Typical Daily Schedule

7:30 Polar Bear Swim Option

7:50 Wake Up/Showers

8:30 Breakfast

9:15 Cabin Clean Up

9:45 First Activity Period

11:00 Second Activity Period

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Store

2:00 Rest Period

3:15 Third Activity Period

4:30 Open Waterfront & Crafts Activities

5:30 Showers

6:30 Dinner

7:45 Evening Program

9:15 Snack & Songs

9:45 Evening Thoughts

10:15 Lights Out

 

 Our Counselors: 


Camp Newaygo Counselors are some of the greatest people on earth. Camp Newaygo has an 85% return rate of our counselors from summer to summer. Our staff to camper ratio is 1 to 3 - we're a small camp by design, and we like the fact that our staff know each camper by name. Our counseling staff is well trained - they are all waterfront lifeguard certified, CPR and 1st Aid Certified, and complete 2 1/2 weeks of intensive training. Our counselors are kind, excitable, and they all love working with children. 

 

Where Our Campers Bunk: 

Through cabin and unit living, campers learn to share and live cooperatively as a group while forming new friendships. Living with campers and counselors from across the
United States and around the world helps girls accept individual differences while building a deep sense of group belonging.

Girls, (1st-6th grade), live in screened cabins with campers of similar age and grade. These cabins are centrally located in Main Camp, close to bathrooms and Lang Lodge.

Girls (7th-10th grade) live in units located further from Main Camp. Unit living offers new challenges for campers. All unit campers choose and plan at least one out-of-camp trip during their stay. Past excursions have included trips to Pictured Rocks, North and South  Manitou  Islands, and the Pere Marquette River.
*Some trips may have an additional fee

             

  Cabins (Grades 1-6)                                         Rangers (Grade 7)

        Tinuwen (Grade 8-9)

               

  Wakonda (10th Grade)                             Pioneers (11th Grade)

Find The Session That's Right For You! 

Session I : Mini Camp June 25-28 (4 days, 3 nights), $298

7 Year Olds through 7th Grade Only
This shorter session is perfect for girls just getting started at “overnight camp.” Mini Camp is tailored specifically to elementary and middle school kids. Girls will chose three different activities each day, letting them see everything Camp Newaygo has to offer. 
If your daughter has never been away from home before, this is a perfect way to ease your family into summer camp. Our mini campers choose three new classes every day - so they get to sample as much of Camp Newaygo as possible. Our mini campers do not go on an overnight camp-out, and instead spend the entire week in our adirondack cabins. 

We have two Mini Camps each summer - our first mini camp includes an early bird discount of  $10!

 

Session 2- June 29-July 5 (7 days, 6 nights), $514

Ages 7 years - 11th grade

Session II is a perfect way to start off your summer. Celebrate July 4th at Camp! This seven day session allows campers to enjoy their three class choices all week long. They can tune their tennis form, celebrate their artistic genius in pottery, and excel in fencing. In the evenings, campers participate in all-camp programs like scavenger hunts, battle of the bands, and marshmallow paint wars. Each cabin (girls below 7th grade) will sleep out in tents on camp property on Tuesday night and each unit (7-11th graders) will head off site for backpacking, paddling, or tubing. These overnights give the girls an experience unlike any other. Cooking over and fire and sleeping under the stars, your daughter will build unique friendships with her cabin-mates.Session II is also includes Science Camp for girls entering 5th grade. Girls enrolled in science camp will let their curiosities run wild with Fran Gibbs, from Lincoln Heights Elementary in Greenville, MI. Science Campers will love daily curriculum prepared specifically for Camp Newaygo. Study everything you love about science – outside of the classroom. Science campers also enjoy one activity choice, evening programs, and plenty of time to swim in the lake. Science camp helps girls remember that being smart is cool. Session II also includes our tradition of Wish Lanterns. On the night of July 4th, each cabin sets off a Wish Lantern at the waterfront. Our lanterns are joined by 500 others from around the lake. Start your summer wishes off at Camp Newaygo!

 

Session III A, July 6-12 (7 days, 6 nights), $514

Ages 7 years- 11th grade

Session III A is perfect for campers wishing to stay for one week. You may choose to come for one or both weeks of this session (III A & B). Come enjoy Newaygo in the heart of the summer. Sail across Lake Pickerel in the Hobie Cat, relax in the hammock garden, and sleep under a tent. Our one-week campers can look forward to evening programs like Capture-The-Flag, All Camp Scavenger Hunts, and lots of campfires. 

Many campers in this session are returning, and many of them experiencing Camp Newaygo for the first time. 


 

Session III B, July 13-19 (7 days, 6 nights), $514 

Ages 7 years - 11th grade

Session IIIB is another option for campers wishing to stay only one week. 

You may choose to come for one or both weeks of this session (III A & B). Come enjoy Newaygo in the heart of the summer. Come sing songs on the dinning porch, paddleboard to Turtle Island, and play glow-in-the-dark GaGa ball. 

Our Session IIIB campers can also look forward to "Christmas In July", a whole day of Christmas excitement. Campers are serenaded awake by Christmas Carols and spend the morning decorating trees, making cookies, and preparing for a Christmas Feast. Make sure to bring some red and green clothing to get in on the Holiday spirit. 

Many campers in this session are returning, and many of them experiencing Camp Newaygo for the first time.

 

 

Session III All, July 6-19 (14 days, 13 nights), $928  

Ages 7 years - 11th grade

Session III is a two-week long session. On the Saturday and Sunday in between Sessions IIIA and IIIB, campers enjoy a full day of program including picnics on the beach, a drive in movie (where campers build their own cars out of cardboard), and the 85-year-old tradition of Sing On The Lake.

During Sing On The Lake, every camper loads into canoes and paddles across the lake to serenade our friends at Little Switzerland Resort. Session III is perfect for campers who are staying two weeks, but have friends who are only coming for one week. 

During Session III we have two week cabins and two week units. Most of our unit campers (7th grade and above) choose to stay for two weeks. 


Holdover - July 19-20 (1 day, 1 night), $85

Ages 7 years - 11th grade

For some campers, two weeks of Camp Newaygo is just not enough! 

For those who want to attend three or four weeks of camp, you can attend Session III (both weeks) or Session IIIB (the second week) and Session IV. 

The holdover option allows you to do that, without having to travel home. During holdover, we'll spend the day at Lake Michigan relaxing, preparing for the next two weeks. You may do laundry at this time (available only to campers selecting the holdover option).

 

 

Session IVA - July 20-26 (7 days, 6 nights) $514

7 years - 7th grade Only 

This one-week long session is for "cabin" campers only (7years-7th grade). 

During this session, campers choose three classes, and attend those three classes all week long. Campers can learn how to use a pottery wheel, perfect their tennis serve, and learn how to fence like Captain Jack Sparrow. Our one-week campers can look forward to evening programs like Capture-The-Flag, All Camp Scavenger Hunts, and lots of campfires. 

Most of our campers during this session are experiencing Camp Newaygo for the first time. 


Session IVB, July 27-30 (4 days, 3 nights) $308

7 years - 7th grade Only  


Our Second Mini-Camp of the summer is perfect for girls just getting started at “overnight camp.” Mini Camp is tailored specifically to elementary and middle school kids. Girls will chose three different activities each day, letting them see everything Camp Newaygo has to offer. If your daughter has never been away from home before, this is a perfect way to ease your family into summer camp. Our mini campers choose three new classes every day - so they get to sample as much of Camp Newaygo as possible. Our mini campers do not go on an overnight camp-out, and instead spend the entire week in our adirondack cabins. 

We have two Mini Camps each summer - our first mini camp in June includes an early bird discount of  $10!


 

 

Session IV All, July 20-Aug 2 (14 days, 13 nights), $928

Ages 7 years - 11th grade

When Camp Newaygo Alumni look back on their best memories of summer, they think about Session IV. Somewhere between outdoor cooking experiments and listening to the rain fall on your tent, lasting friendships are built.

 All girls attending Session IV will stay for two weeks. During that time Wakonda (girls entering (9th and 10th grade) and Pioneers (Girls entering 11th grade) will head to the Manitou Islands for the backpacking adventure of a lifetime. Girls in younger units will also enjoy trips down the Pere Marquette or the Muskegon River. You will take part in ceremonies that date back generations, including the Candle Dipping Ceremony, Wishing Boat Ceremony, and the final campfire where the camp torches are lit and the summer Logbook and its honorees are presented. If you’re looking for two weeks of camp packed with unbelievable evening programs, unique traditions, wild campouts, and unforgettable friendships – then Session IV is for you!

 


Speciality Camp Add-On's

4th grade Science Camp
During Session II, Girls entering 5th Grade in fall of 2015

Do you love science?  Here is a chance for you to do cool hands on experiments and activities every morning and all camp activities like swimming and arts and crafts the rest of the day.  An extra $40 fee is applied.  Sign-up for this program during registration. 

 

Creativity Plus

During Session II, IIIA, & IVA 

If you want an opportunity to use advanced materials to create original artwork, sign up for Creativity Plus to let your artistic side go wild. In creativity plus, your daughter will spend two of her class sessions with our Arts and Crafts Director creating special art work pieces. At the end of the week, she will display her work in an art show for parents. An extra $40 fee is applied. Sign-up for this program during registration. 


 

 

 

"Newaygo Memories, a clasp of hands, a smile, the friendships we have made here wil last a long, long while. The rippling of the water upon our sandy shore. The moonlight on Lake Pickerel is calling me once more." 


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