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Outpost Camp (Grades 6-7)

Our Outpost program provides an opportunity for youth that are currently enrolled (2018-2019 school year) in the 6th and 7th grades to build upon the skills they learned in the Inpost program. The focus of our Outpost program is for campers to learn positive peer interactions in a safe, fun and challenging environment. Outpost campers participate in a variety of activities that develop independence, team-building and problem solving skills.

Campers will learn to go on an on-site campout, build fires, sing songs, and work together doing many different activities. Our Outpost program encourages campers to build self-esteem, social skills, confidence, responsibility and maturity.

During each of the four camp sessions, up to 48 campers will enjoy a variety of fun and safe activities in a co-ed camp setting. Campers sleep in same-sex cabins with 8 campers and 2 counselors.

In addition to the offsite trip, the Outpost program includes all the traditional camp activities from our Inpost program and these additional activities: raft-building, hiking, rustic cooking, orienteering, team-building, outdoor adventure 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

7:30 a.m. Rise ‘n’ Shine
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Activity #1
10:30 a.m. Activity #2
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Rest Hour
2:00 p.m. Specialized Activities
3:45 p.m. Snack
4:15 p.m. Activity #3
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. All Camp Activity
8:30 p.m. Meds/Flag Lowering
9:15 p.m. Showers
10:00 p.m. Lights Out


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:

Applicants must be currently enrolled in the 6th or 7th grade.

2019 Outpost Sessions

There have been many snow/cold days this year and this may effect our first camping session, June 17-23, 2019 as the school districts are trying to determine what they need to do to either make up the additional snow/cold days or get waivers from the State of Michigan.  This may mean that the session would be shorter or that it would be canceled depending on the number snow/cold days.  We urge you to sign up for a different session if you are able.

Orientation June 9 2 pm-4 pm
Session #1 June 17 – June 23 – FULL
Session #2 June 27 – July 3 – FULL
Session #4 July 17 – July 23 – FULL
Session #5 July 27 – July 31 – FULL

Outpost Application Process

Registration for the 2019 Summer Camps opens February 1.

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.