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Best Summer Camps Near Grand Rapids

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Summertime is a lot of fun in West Michigan.

One way to maximize that fun for kids is to take advantage of a great summer camp.

Check out our list of the best summer camps near Grand Rapids.

Swimming, camping, and horseback riding are just a few of the summer camp activities which are a ton of fun for kids.

Get out this year and enjoy summer at the best summer camps near Grand Rapids:



  • Located in Manistee National Forest in Twin Lake, Michigan about 10 miles north of Muskegon.
  • Offers programs in music, art, dance, and drama.
  • Over 175 performances during their Summer Arts Festival.
  • Ages: elementary school – high school.


  • Focus is on teaching kids five ways of learning: be active, be given choices, collaborative work, a process of planning – doing – reviewing, and opportunities for leadership.
  • Activities include: arts and crafts, biking, campfires, hiking, canoeing, ropes, sports, and swimming.


  • Open since 1937.
  • Goal is for participants to “have the opportunity to have a life changing experience in a loving, caring, authentic, Christian environment.”
  • Ages 5 – 17 with a large variety of activities.


  • Run by YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids on Barlow Lake in Middleville.
  • Overnight and day camps.
  • Bus transportation available.
  • Theme weeks include: Harry Potter, splash, super heroes, Wild West, Percy Jackson, and more.


  • Run through partnership of Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Police Department.
  • Many activities including: rock climbing, ropes course, swimming, fishing, biking, and more.
  • Ages 6 – 14.


  • Located in Rockford.
  • 3-day, 5-day, 8-day camps. Trips to remote locations too.
  • Ages 1st grade – recent high school graduates.


  • Hands-on experience for kids ages 3 – entering 9th grade.
  • Various activities include: making treats for animals, stories, songs, cleaning, and other behind-the-scenes activities.

Have a great summer!

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