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 20,000 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.
"My 3 sons had a wonderful 2 weeks. We live in Texas, so it was great fun to hear all the stories and songs as we drove back home. They can't wait to go back next year."
Traditional Summer Camps
Disguised as adventures that create lifetime friendships, our programs cultivate life-skills critical for success in academics, career, family and community.
Between 2001 and 2004 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:
The Storer Outdoor School
“The Great Outdoors” makes science and related curriculum come alive, and significantly more relevant, for each student.
Each year, more than 13,000 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.
Specialty Programs & Group Retreats
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.
100’s of groups find sanctuary here. They benefit from a love of place, a sense of community, and a shared identity.
In recent years, some of our most memorable experiences have come from reaching out to communities with unique needs.
We host several “cancer camps” in partnership with the American Cancer Society. The World Oncology Camp, brings in children from around the world.