YMCA Storer Camps
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YMCA Storer Camps

The Adventure Of A Lifetime


YMCA Storer Camps is nationally recognized as an innovator in delivering educational programs, character development and team building services to youth and adults.

Nearly 17,000 campers, students, teachers and families attend Storer Camps each year. Located in southeast Michigan on 1,200 acres surrounding Stony Lake, our 15 unique ecosystems provide a natural learning environment.

Open year-round, we offer three core programs: Outdoor Environmental Education, Summer Resident Camps, and Specialty Programs & Group Retreats.

"I just feel they came home with a nicer attitude toward each other, their manners improved, and they seemed more confident."

 

"Another great year at Camp. He came home with a full bucket - happy and tired." 

Programs Offered

Summer Overnight Camps

Disguised as adventures that create lifetime friendships, our programs cultivate life-skills critical for success in academics, career, family and community.

Living together in cabins and villages, taking open-air classes, and participating in a wide range of outdoor activities provides opportunities by design for:

  1. Sharing of knowledge and ideas
  2. Conceptualization of needs and solutions
  3. Development of interpersonal skills for helping people
  4. Guidance to individuals and groups in the completion of tasks
  5. Learning day-to-day skills that result in the satisfaction of “a job well-done”

The American Camp Association conducted research with more than 5000 people to determine the outcomes of the summer camp experience. Parents, camp staff, and children reported significant growth in:

  • Self-esteem and Peer Relationships
  • Independence and Adventure and Exploration
  • Leadership and Environmental Awareness
  • Friendship Skills and Values and Decisions
  • Social Comfort and Spirituality

Recently, new specialty camps, Y-Readers and themes have been introduced as new programs. 

The Storer Outdoor School

The Storer Outdoor School is a hands-on total immersion learning center serving more than 120 elementary and middle schools each year.

“The Great Outdoors” makes science and related curriculum come alive, and significantly more relevant, for each student.

Each year, more than 10,000 students and teachers spend 3-5 days and nights on-site at our Outdoor School. Storer’s staff of educators offers more than 30 courses that teach natural sciences, environmental issues, cultural history, and team building through active participation.

The importance of outdoor experiences reported in independent studies that show outdoor environment education programs raise science scores by as much as 27% and that outdoor environment education programs have a positive effect on student achievement in general.

In addition, studies show that outdoor educational experiences positively impact student behavior and interaction with peers as shown through improved conflict resolution skills.


The results are measurable and significant.

New programs to The Outdoor School include the NetZero classroom and the Small Animal Learning Center. 

Groups & Families 

Storer's custom programs are tailored to meet the needs of more than 5,000 people who are members of community groups from a wide variety of backgrounds.

These programs are designed and conducted by YMCA Storer Camps in collaboration with the group. Shared goal setting for outcomes as well as combined leadership of activities ensure that each group’s needs are met.

These collaborations include church retreats, youth sports, family camps, environmental groups, women’s and men’s associations, teen leadership and service-learning, Girl Scouts, and parent/child programs.

In addition to our groups and family opportunities, we also operate Camp Catch-A-Rainbow, to enrich the lives of children in remission and being treated for cancer. 

We also have several family weekend experiences scheduled. 

 

 

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