Explorers (Ages 8-9)
Our Explorers program is for boys and girls who at camp time are ages 8-9. During their time at Pretty Lake Camp, campers are given the opportunity to explore the outdoors, try different activities, and develop their independence. By living and interacting with our fun-loving summer camp staff and each other, children learn valuable, positive social skills that they can use for years to come. For many of our campers, our Explorers program is their first experience with summer camping – an experience that will last a lifetime!
During camp session, up to 60 campers will enjoy a variety of fun and safe activities in a co-ed camp setting. Campers will sleep in same-sex cabins with 10 campers and 2 counselors.
Summer is a very special time when a child seeks to learn, explore and develop new skills, hobbies and interests. Our Explorers program is full of many different, fun and challenging activities for our campers. Activities include: canoeing/kayaking, nature program, swimming, outdoor cooking, archery, arts & crafts, team-building, campfires, games, and much, much more! Through the use of scheduled activity periods, each camper can experience a well-rounded program that includes athletics, aquatics, creative arts and outdoor adventure. Check out our sample daily schedule!
Sample Daily Camp Schedule
Rise ‘n’ Shine
Specialized Activity (Cabin Choice Activity)
All Camp Activity or cookout with cabin
Pretty Lake’s core summer mission is to provide free summer camp because the Camp is offered free-of-charge, we have general and specific eligibility guidelines campers must meet in order to be considered for the program. Rules for acceptance and participation are the same for everyone without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disability, national origin, or any other legally protected status. The general requirements for our campers are: must be managed socially and behaviorally in a group with one staff and eight campers, independent in their self-care skills, and a resident of Kalamazoo County or attending school in Kalamazoo County or Mattawan School District. The specific requirements for each program are listed below:
Explorer Application Process
Applications are scored and children are selected to attend camp based on need – whether social, emotional or financial. If selected, you will be notified by early May and sent information regarding open house and registration. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate every camper that applies. Campers not selected will be placed on standby.
What To Bring To Camp
- A comfortable pair of tennis shoes (wear them to registration, please don’t wear sandals).
- Prescription drugs must be in their original container. Pretty Lake Camp will only administer prescriptions to the child whose name is on the container’s label. We must also give your child the dose that is listed on the container.
- Campers do not need to bring anything with them – we provide everything a camper will need for a week. However, campers may bring six pairs of socks; six pairs of underwear; and a bathing suit (one-piece only for girls). If your child does bring these items, please label each item with your child’s name or initials.
- If campers bring anything else, it will be sent back with parents/guardians on registration day.
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