Menu

Summer Camp FAQs

Are snacks included?

Bowers School Farm
Daily, campers will prepare snacks made with fresh ingredients and will learn about seasonal and local foods in the Garden Kitchen. Bowers Summer Camp is a nut restricted facility and we will not use peanut or tree-nut products. 

Nature Center
Pre-packaged, healthy snacks will be provided.

Recreation
Snacks are not provided.

After Care
A snack is provided.

Is lunch provided?

Bowers School Farm
Each camp day is very active which requires campers to consume sufficient and nutritious food. Please send your camper with a healthy, balanced sack lunch that will help them to endure a rigorous and fun day.

Please note: Bowers Summer Camp is a nut restricted facility. Please do not pack any peanut or tree nut products in your child’s lunch. Alert camp staff if your child has any food allergies (which should be described in the health form). As we are aware of food allergies, we do not permit participants to share food.

Nature Center
Day-long campers should bring their own cold, pre-packaged lunch.

Recreation
During 'Pizza Fridays' your child can purchase pizza for $3.

Can families visit their children?

Bowers School Farm
Campers are “out and about” for a majority of their day, having unique and exciting experiences. In order to maintain engagement, we ask that visits be limited. Each evening, visit the camp blog with your camper to discuss all of their adventures,www.ExperienceBowers.com

Recreation
Families can visit their campers - with notice ahead of time when possible.

Nature Center
Campers are “out and about” for a majority of their day, having unique and exciting experiences. In order to maintain engagement and mobility, we ask that families do not visit.

What if my child will be absent?

Bowers School Farm
Your camper won’t want to miss a single moment of camp! But, in the case of an absence, please notify the camp director by phone or email ASAP. Note that refunds will not be given for any missed camp time.

Nature Center
Families can contact the Nature Center prior to 8:30 a.m. on the date of absence via email or cell phone.

Recreation
Recreation programs do not have an absence policy. As a courtesy, you may notify the camp if you choose!

What is the lost and found policy?

Please check with your child's camp locations for any lost items. Our Summer Camps are not responsible for loss or damage to property. 

Please do not send your child to camp with valuable or personal items. The camps will provide all other materials and equipment.

Bowers School Farm
All forgotten and misplaced items will be placed in the lost and found (located in the main lobby of the Learning Center). You may pick up any missing items Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Items not claimed will be donated in early September.

Nature Center
All forgotten and misplaced items will be placed in the lost and found container at the Nature Center for pickup.

Recreation
All forgotten and misplaced items will be kept at camp and email reminders will be sent out to families to check for their items. Items are kept for a couple of months after camp.

How large are the groups?

Bowers School Farm
Each camp group will have about 11-13 youth.

Nature Center
Campers spend their weeks with a team of qualified and caring adults. Your child will be in a group with other young people of the same developmental age and stage to foster positive, hands-on learning opportunities throughout camp.

Recreation
Campers spend their weeks with a team of qualified and caring adults. Your child will be in a group with other young people of the same developmental age and stage to foster positive, hands-on learning opportunities throughout camp..

Who are the staff?

Bowers School Farm
Each camp group experience is led by a Farm Experience Group Leader. The Group Leaders, as well as other camp staff, are a highly qualified team of educators consisting of certified teachers trained in positive youth development principles. Stewards are older youth (age 15+) who have an interest in developing their leadership skills and also serve as role models for the campers. Our model of small group sizes, expert teaching staff, and positive role modeling assure that campers have a fun, safe, and educational experience.

Nature Center
Each camp group experience is led by an experienced Group Leader. The Group Leaders, as well as other camp staff, are a highly qualified team trained in positive youth development principles. Our model of small group sizes, expert teaching staff, and positive role modeling assure that campers have a fun, safe, and educational experience.

Recreation
Each camp group experience is led by an experienced Group Leader. The Group Leaders, as well as other camp staff, are a highly qualified team trained in positive youth development principles. Our model of small group sizes, expert teaching staff, and positive role modeling assure that campers have a fun, safe, and educational experience.

What should my camper wear each day?

Bowers School Farm
Campers should wear closed-toe shoes (boots are great) with socks to protect their feet and remain safe. Choose comfortable, rugged clothes and footwear that can get muddy and mucky. Sunscreen should be applied in the morning before camp and camp staff will remind campers to reapply during lunch. We recommend that the following items be packed in a bag or backpack labeled with your child’s name (this backpack may remain at camp the entire week): sun screen, bug spray, extra set of clothing/shoes, sweatshirt, rain jacket and sun hat.

Nature Center
Campers should wear closed-toe shoes (boots are great) with socks to protect their feet and remain safe. Choose comfortable, rugged clothes and footwear that can get muddy and mucky. Sunscreen should be applied in the morning before camp and camp staff will remind campers to reapply during lunch.

Recreation
Campers should wear closed-toe shoes with socks to protect their feet and remain safe. Choose comfortable, rugged clothes and footwear that can get muddy and mucky. Sunscreen should be applied in the morning before camp and camp staff will remind campers to reapply during lunch. 

What do you do on very hot days?

Bowers School Farm
Our camp schedule remains the same on warm (and rainy!) days. Some activities may be minimized including hiking (though the forest is naturally air conditioned) or planting in the garden. All of our other outdoor activities are under or near a tree or other shade, which helps when campers need to cool off. We do spend time each day in the kitchen which is in an air-conditioned space. Additionally, camp groups are encouraged to slow down and drink more water. Water fun is often added to our very hot summer camp days! 

Nature Center
Our camp schedule remains the same on warm (and rainy!) days. Some activities may be minimized. Additionally, camp groups are encouraged to slow down and drink more water. Water fun is often added to our very hot summer camp days! 

Recreation
​​​​​​​Our camp schedule remains the same on warm (and rainy!) days. Some activities may be minimized. Additionally, camp groups are encouraged to slow down and drink more water. Water fun is often added to our very hot summer camp days! 

Is there financial assistance available?

Bowers School Farm
Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Bowers Farm, limited aid is available for camps at the farm. The goal is to provide as many individuals, families, and schools as possible with the opportunity to enrich learning and broaden their experiences by time spent on the farm. Funding is limited and applications are reviewed based on the needs of the participants, potential impact on their learning, cost of the program, and the potential for meaningful collaboration. Financial Aid is available for the 2019 camp season. Check out the Financial Aid Guidelines for more details. Please complete the application here. Contact Michelle Golembieski at mgolembieski@bloomfield.org with questions.

What is the policy regarding medications and allergies?

Medications

If your child requires medication while at camp, it should be indicated on their health form and we ask for compliance with the following standards:

  • All medications must be in their original containers bearing the pharmacy label, camper name and have specific instructions for use.
  • Medications must be current. The expiration date must extend beyond the last day of the camp season.
  • All medications must be registered with the camp staff.
  • Although we are not allowed to dispense medication, we are able to ensure a camper takes their medicine themselves as prescribed.

Allergies

All allergies should be listed on the camper’s health form. For families of campers with severe allergies, please complete an Allergy Action Plan. This should include the triggers of the reaction, signs of the reaction, and necessary steps if a reaction should occur. If your child requires an EpiPen, please send the medication labeled with your child’s name (and refer to the above instructions). 

Your Summer Adventure Starts in Bloomfield Hills Schools

Registration is now open for Bloomfield Hills Schools 2019 summer camps!

Bloomfield Hills Schools has Summer Camp opportunities for all ages, all abilities, and all interests!  New this year, several camps will offer limited transportation services.  We have also expanded our before and aftercare options.

Call 248.433.0885 or visit the registration website to book your adventure today! 

Spaces are limited for many of our camps.

Check out our Summer Adventures video below for a preview of our Summer Camps!

Learn More About Our Summer Camps 2019

Summer Camps typically run from June - August and include full days, half days, and some daily sessions. Camps are available starting with kindergarten through high school at Bowers School Farm, the E.L. Johnson Nature Center, and West Hills Middle SchoolBloomin' Preschools offers special summer programs for our younger learners. Camps range from arts and sports to nature and are lead by trained instructors. Campers can enjoy crafts, go on canoe ride, challenge their peers in chess, ride a pony, learn how to garden, and more! Select any of our Summer Camp locations below to learn more.

Bowers School Farm Camps

Farm Camps
Charles L. Bowers School Farm Camps give campers an in-depth, authentic farm experience through hands-on exploration. Campers spend the day on a full working farm, engaging in sustainable gardening, animal care, and exploring 80+ acres of farmland. Each day, time is spent cooking and preparing fresh snacks in the kitchen, strengthening the connection between agriculture and everyday food choices. Building life skills such as responsibility, communication, and cooperation are key outcomes when campers spend their week making friends and having fun on the farm. Each camp session has a different theme, but all have common, age-appropriate, program goals: challenging ourselves, learning to work in a community, and connecting with nature.

Financial Aid is available for the 2019 camp season. Check out the Financial Aid Guidelines for more details. Please complete the application here. Contact Michelle Golembieski at mgolembieski@bloomfield.org with questions.

Love a Pony
Grades K-2
Groom a Pony! Hug and ride a pony! During each class we will groom and ride a pony and do special pony projects. Get to know Patches and her pony friends. No Pre-K children, please. We meet in the gazebo at the Bowers Farm. Due to the small size of the ponies, there is a 60 pound weight limit for riding.

Barnyard Buddies Camp 
Ages 3-5
Barnyard Buddies Camp: the camp that started it all! A little bit of everything around the farm. Campers are introduced to the farm animals and the beautiful 90+ acres of Bowers Farm (these are 3-day sessions). Barnyard Buddies is for our youngest campers. Campers must be potty trained. Small groups & trained, experienced staff create a nurturing, hands-on environment where our campers can try new things, explore the animals, investigate the gardens and grounds and make new friends. Campers will be active and outside all day so dress for the weather. Campers should bring a nut-free lunch and water bottle; afternoon snacks will be made each day at camp.

Barnyard Buddies - Five Senses Farm Fun Camp 
Ages 3-5
Five Senses Farm Camp is also a Barnyard Buddies Camp. In this camp, campers explore the farm through the lens of their five senses: the sights and sounds of barnyard and pastures, the feel of freshly shorn wool, the tastes of crops from the gardens and more! Each day is spent focusing on experiential and sensory activities tailored to a camper's developmental stage. This is a two day session.

Barnyard Buddies - Farm on Foot Explorer Camp
Campers explore every nook and cranny of our historic farm grounds and meet the animals who call Bowers Farm "home".  From barnyard to horse pastures, and gardens to greenhouse, intrepid campers will enjoy hands-on activities designed to offer new challenges.  These are 3-day sessions.

Barnyard Buddies - Little Sprouts Camp 
Ages 3-5
Little Sprouts campers will get down in the dirt and investigate our gardens, help with planting, weeding, and harvesting.  They will create tasty treats from the bounty they collect.  Campers will also learn about the food our farm animals eat and help with the feeding chores.  This is a 3-day session.

Farm Camp: Outdoor Adventures 
Ages 6-10
Experience the adventurous side of the farm!  We will practice our wilderness skills as we construct fires for cooking, build shelters, explore in the forest and challenge ourselves on the ropes course. Each day camp includes animal chores, garden time, cooking and, new this year, camper choice activity time.

Farm Camp: Life on the Farm 
Ages 6-10
Dig into what life on the farm is like! During this week long camp, campers will get an authentic taste of daily farm life, learning how each day may bring its own unique farm challenges. We will compare modern day farming to the past as well as dream about future agriculture. Each camp day includes animal chores, garden time, cooking and, new this year, camper-choice activity time.

Farm Camp: Goats 'n Gardens 
Ages 6-10
Sustainable farming requires the input and cooperation of multiple components, especially between plants and animals. This week long camp encourages campers to ruminate on integral connections and discover natural harmonies all around the farm. Each camp day includes animal chores, garden time, cooking and, new this year, camper-choice activity time.

Farm Camp: Animal Excursions 
Ages 6-10
This week long camp is focused on the farm's most popular feature, our animals!!!  Campers will learn the importance of and how to care for the farm's livestock. Through hands-on activities, campers will understand the value of the animals and the products they provide. Each camp day includes animal chores, garden time, cooking and, new this year, camper-choice activity time.

Advanced Camp: Vet Science at the Farm
Ages 11-14
Come explore the critical field of animal and veterinary medicine!  Campers will participate in numerous, hands on learning activities gaining animal handling experience, learning how to use certain veterinary tools & technologies as well as practice physical exams.  This is a great introduction for youth considering future animal-related careers!  Each day camp includes time with the animals, garden, cooking and developing leadership skills.

Advanced Camp: Science in the Kitchen
Ages 11-14
Campers will cook through a "garden to table" model, harvesting produce from the garden and transforming it into delicious recipes. Campers will build fundamental culinary skills and expand on food science and nutrition knowledge. Get ready to chop, whisk, and get zesty as we build life-long skills and an appreciation for local food production.  Each camp day includes time with the animals, garden, cooking and developing leadership skills.

Advanced Camp: Equine Exercise, Beginners Horse Camp
Ages 11-14
Experience levels from first time riders to comfortable walk trotters. Discover the care, history, and development of the horse in addition to learning foundational riding skills. Play games on horseback, observe equestrian competition, and study the Bowers horses in their herd habitat. Long pants and proper boots required on a daily basis for participants within this session.  Certified helmets will be provided. Campers will ride once to twice daily.

Advanced Camp: Animal Science
Ages 11-14
Get up close and familiar with the various animals that call Bowers School Farm home. Help to care for our residential farm animals, study behavior, as well as learn about the importance of the wild animals we share our spaces with. Each camp day includes time with the animals, cooking and developing leadership skills.

Advanced Camp: Teen versus Wild Survival Camp - July
Ages 11-14
Embrace your inner survivalist to experience and learn new and thrilling wilderness skills. Campers will build fires, learn about and construct shelters, practice map and orienteering skills, cook outdoors, go hiking and canoeing, and be one with nature. Additionally, campers will practice archery and critical survival skills. On Thursday, we will test our new skills and end the week with an overnight camping experience on the farm, under the stars! Friday morning, campers will gather farm fresh ingredients to prepare a delicious breakfast, ending the day at noon. The overnight experience and camp takes place on the Bowers Farm site and may travel offsite for specialty activities.

REGISTER HERE!

Nature Center Camps

Eco-Explorers
Ages 4-5
Young children will learn about the natural world that surrounds them, get a chance to see nature up close and get their hands dirty. We will hike the trails, seek out animal habitats, and discover what lives in the water. Bring a lunch and dress to mess. Campers must be potty trained. $20 material fee payable to the instructor due the first day of camp.

Nature Play
(Ages 4-5)
Children love to play and can easily turn a twig into a toy or a mud puddle into a play area. But play is more than just fun and games - it is vitally important for a child's healthy development. Participants will be fully emerged in the outdoors with activities to explore nature, create nature crafts and learn about the habitat around them. Campers must be potty trained. Remember to dress to mess!

Junior Naturalist
Ages 6-10
Do you love nature? Discover a passion for all that nature has to offer. A walk through the woods and a stroll along the water’s edge. These are what Naturalist’s do to better understand the world around them. Learn about the animals and plants that call the E.L. Johnson Nature Center home. Bring a lunch and dress to mess. $20 material fee due to the instructor the first day of camp.

Art in Nature
Ages 6-10
Where does your imagination take you? Using items found in nature, we can create wondrous things! We will create t-shirts, use natural building materials, and make magic with nature. Bring a lunch and dress to mess.

Log Cabin Life
Ages 6-10
What was it like to grow up 100 years ago? Discover pioneer living at the Log Cabin. We will learn tasks of daily living, make candles, and play pioneer games. Bring a lunch and be ready to work! $20 material fee due to the instructor the first day of camp.

Nature Inspired Robots
Ages 10-12
Children are curious about how things work and gain confidence from building things. Participants will get their own robotic spider to build, learn how to program and give the robot a task. The robot is theirs to take home and the cost is included in the registration fee. Other outdoor adventures include learning about spiders and other creepy crawlers on land and in the water. Bring a lunch and dress to mess each day.

REGISTER HERE!

Recreation Summer Programs

Bloomfield Summer Fun Day Camp
Grades 3-7
Enjoy crafts, create fun and interesting art projects, play sports and games and participate in special events and weekly field trips. Campers will go to the water front daily for swimming and beach time. Other beach activities include water carnivals, fishing, canoe, paddle boarding and water trampoline!

Huck Finn Summer Day Camp
Ages 4 - Grade 3
Enjoy crafts, create fun and interesting art projects, play sports and games and participate in special events and weekly field trips. Campers will go to the water front daily for swimming and beach time. Other beach activities include water carnivals, fishing, canoe, paddle boarding and water trampoline!

Sports & Adventure Summer Camp
Grades 3-7
This is a full day camp with sports and more.  Learn skills and techniques of many sport games including touch football, soccer, baseball, bowling, floor hockey and golf.  Enjoy field trips on Thursdays and canoeing and swimming at the waterfront.

Chess Wizards Summer Chess Camps
Join us this summer for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games and cool prizes!  You will improve your chess skills, meet new friends and work out your most powerful muscle - your brain!  Our camps include fun team chess games (like bug house), recess time (of course!), snacks, tournaments and puzzles. each camper receives a t-shirt, trophy and puzzle folder.  Unleash your brain power and spend part of your vacation with Chess Wizards.

Musical Theatre Camps
Through an abridged version of the scripts noted below, students will discover the joys of acting, improv, voice, speech, theater, dance and more! Students will begin each day with singing, acting, and dance classes and rehearse the play in the afternoon. We'll have special theme days and special camp activities throughout the week. Camp will end with a culminating performance where parents, friends and family can come see the tools and skills the students learned with Sunset Theatre Company. Students will have a great time and leave with a brand new sense of self confidence and teamwork. Excellent for both boys and girls. Camp is for beginners to advanced students.

REGISTER HERE!

SCAMP

SCAMP is a 5-week summer program that seeks to provide an exciting and therapeutic summer program for individuals with disabilities ages 3-26 in the Metro Detroit area. Campers enjoy a variety of structured activities that focus on social skills improvement, language enrichment, and pre-vocational skills-. They also enjoy art and music therapy and physical education. Participants in this program will swim at Walnut Lake which is located behind West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield.

LEAR MORE!

Bloomin' Preschools Summer Programs

Offered at Fox Hills and Lone Pine
6 weeks - 6 years
June - August
Open Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Preschool themed studies
 

LEARN MORE!

Before & After Care Options

Extend your child's camp experience to cover the work day by adding before and after care during registration.  

Before & After care is offered at both West Hills Middle School and Bowers School Farm for full day campers.

Bowers School Farm: 6:45 to 9 AM and 4 to 6 PM
West Hills Middle School: 7:15 to 9:30 AM and 3:30 to 5:30 PM

For a full week of care, registration is available online.  If your schedule requires only certain dates, a daily rate can be scheduled by calling the Recreation office at 248.433.0885.

How to Register

REGISTER ONLINE

or call 248.433.0885

Transportation Options



Summer Camp Transportation Map

Morning Transportation Schedule:

  • 8:00 AM WHMS Arrival
  • 8:15 AM Nature Center Arrival
  • 8:20 AM Nature Center Departure
  • 8:35 AM School Farm Arrival
  • 8:40 AM School Farm Departure
  • 8:55 AM Nature Center Arrival
  • 9:00 AM Nature Center Departure
  • 9:20 AM WHMS Departure

Afternoon Transportation Schedule:

  • 2:55 PM Nature Center Arrival
  • 3:00 PM Nature Center Departure
  • 3:15 PM WHMS Arrival
  • 3:20 PM WHMS Departure
  • 3:35 PM Nature Center Arrival
  • 3:40 PM Nature Center Departure
  • 3:55 PM School Farm Arrival
  • 4:05 PM School Farm Departure
  • 4:20 PM Nature Center Arrival
  • 4:40 PM Nature Center Departure
  • 5:00 PM WHMS Arrival

Locations:

  • West Hills Middle School
    2601 Lone Pine Road
    West Bloomfield, MI 48323
     
  • E.L. Johnson Nature Center
    3325 Franklin Road
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
     
  • Bowers School Farm
    1219 East Square Lake Road
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
    248.341.6481

Pickup and drop off locations will remain at the same location for the duration of the summer. If your child is not picked up, they will be transported to the nearest latchkey location and an after-care fee will be due upon pickup.