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Summer Camp at Pretty Lake

Summer camp can be a powerful experience in a child’s life. It can be a time to explore, laugh, learn and develop independence. Pretty Lake Camp provides a unique residential camp experience that resonates with children throughout their lifetime.

Children are selected to attend our camp based on need – whether financial, social or emotional. During their time here, campers are given the chance to be outdoors, play, try new activities, learn to swim, have fun, and meet new people. All of this helps to build a child’s self-esteem, independence, skills, and ability to care for others.

For over a century, we have welcomed over 50,000 children! In all our programs, over 800 campers will attend Pretty Lake Camp this summer. We are excited about this summer and hope your child will be one of our campers!

Camping Programs

We offer 6-day/5-night sessions to Kalamazoo area children, each program based on their age and experience level.

Inpost (Grades 3, 4 & 5)

Our Inpost program welcomes girls and boys who are currently in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade. During each of the six camp sessions, up to 108 campers will enjoy a variety of fun and safe activities in a co-ed camp setting.

Outpost (Grades 6 & 7)

Our Outpost program welcomes girls and boys who are currently in the 6th or 7th grade. During each of the five camp sessions, up to 36 campers will enjoy a variety of fun and safe activities in a co-ed camp setting, including an off-site trip.

Leaders-in-Training (Grades 8 & 9)

Our Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program welcomes youth who are currently in the 8th and 9th grades. Campers must apply to participate in this program. During one session, up to 36 campers will enjoy an advanced camping experience in addition to traditional camp activities.

Pretty Lake Ambassadors (Grades 10 & 11)

Our Pretty Lake Ambassadors program welcomes new applicants who are currently in the 9th grade (2017-2018 school year) and second year Ambassadors. As with the LIT program, campers must apply to participate in this program. Pretty Lake Ambassadors serve as a year-round youth advisory for Pretty Lake Camp, and are able to work with younger campers while under the direct supervision, and with the support of, seasoned staff members and mentors.

What Pretty Lake Camp Provides

Pretty Lake Camp provides everything a camper needs to make his or her week at camp a success – free of charge. We do this in order to remove any barriers that might keep them from being able to attend camp. We provide the following:

  • Bedding, towels, clothing , swimwear, and personal hygiene items (toothpaste/brush, deodorant, sun screen, shampoo, etc.)
  • Transportation to and from camp registration in downtown Kalamazoo
  • All food and basic health care
  • Supervised programs and activities
  • All arts and crafts materials and supplies

Your child does not need to bring anything with them to camp. If you prefer, your child can bring underwear, socks and a bathing suit. If for whatever reason you can’t provide this, we can give these items to your child.

No Cost to Kids (or their Families)

We are able to provide everything at no cost because of the support of others. Camp is made possible through financial donations of all amounts from others, in-kind donations from our wish list, and income from renting our facilities for meetings, gatherings or events. We rely on others passing the word about our programs!

Pretty Lake Camp Staff

We strive to hire the very best summer camp staff who have a heart for children, and who enjoy and respect children. Our staff go through extensive training and screening before the camp sessions begin, including positive behavior support training, waterfront safety training and background checks.

Our staff’s main priority is the safety and well-being of our campers, while creating a community that encourages campers to develop confidence, self-esteem, respect for themselves and others while having a fun and memorable time at camp.