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Outpost Camp (Grades 6-7)

Our Outpost program provides an opportunity for youth 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.

The highlight of the session is an off-site adventure trip that will challenge them, teach them basic outdoor living skills and allow them to experience the natural world. Campers will learn to 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 five camp sessions, up to 36 campers will enjoy a variety of fun and safe activities in a co-ed camp setting. Campers sleep in same-sex cabins with 6 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


Applicants must be currently in the 6th and 7th grades and reside in Kalamazoo County.

2018 Outpost Sessions

Orientation June 10 2pm-4pm
Session #2 June 22 – 26
Session #3 June 29 – July 3
Session #4 July 7 – July 12
Session #5 July 16 – July 21
Session #6 July 25 – 30

Outpost Application Process

Registration for the 2018 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.