Summer Experiences

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Registration is now open for Bloomfield Hills Schools 2016 summer camps! BHS has many different summer camp opportunities for students of all ages and for all interests. Students can explore the outdoors and have an exciting educational experience.

2016 Summer Camps:

Charles L. Bowers School Farm Camps

Survival Summer Camp (Ages 8-12)

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? If you like to have fun outside, join us at the Farm! We will teach you how to use a compass, make a fire, build a shelter and much, much more! 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM on 6/21, 6/23, 6/28, 6/30, 7/12, 7/14, 7/19, 7/21, 7/26, and 7/28. Each day $73.00. $5 material fee due to instructor. (Course ID: 2016-16C01-16C10)

Overnight Camp Out at the Farm (Ages 8-12)

Do you love camping? If you have ever camped before or never have (no worries), come camp out at the Bowers School Farm! We will have a cookout, set up camp and play games in the woods behind the barn. Bring your tent and a flashlight for some fun! Class begins at 5:00 PM on Saturday and ends at 11:00 AM on Sunday morning. Dates: 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6. Each night $133.00. (Course ID: 2017-16C01-16C05)

Barnyard Buddies (Ages 3-5)

Barnyard Buddies is a two half day session of summer camp at the Bowers School Farm. This exciting, hands-on camp is designed specifically for our youngest campers. Activities will include an age appropriate introduction to farm animals, the gardens and chores in a safe and nurturing environment. Small groups of 6-10 campers per guide will allow for in-depth exploration, tailor-made activities and the chance to "do" the work of a farmer. Frequent bathroom breaks, story time, games, craft, lunch (brought from home) and snack (made at camp) will also be part of our daily schedule. 9:00 AM-1:00 PM on 6/23-6/24, 7/18-7/19, 8/4-8/5. Two half day sessions $73.00. (Course ID: 2021-16C01-16C03).

Crafty Farmer (Ages 6-9)

Do you have an artistic side that you just cannot hide? Do you love animals and the great outdoors? Have we got a camp for you! Crafty Farmer is a two day, full day camp that will focus on a few fun, farm, animal, garden and nature themed craft projects. Of course, we will visit our animals and gardens for creative inspiration! Bring a morning snack and your lunch each day and we will whip up an afternoon snack at camp. Dates: 7/7-7/8, 8/8-8/9. Two days $123.00. $10 material fee due to instructor. (Course ID: 2024-16C01-16C02)

Garden Camp (Ages 6-10)

How does a garden grow? Campers will explore and experience all aspects of gardening from seeding, transplanting, caring for, and the best part, harvesting the bounty! Of course, we will visit our resident farm animals and learn how the garden connects to all other aspects of the farm. Please be prepared to spend the day outdoors. Bring an AM snack and a lunch. We will make garden fresh snacks in the afternoons! Dates: 6/27-6/29, 7/25-7/27, 8/15-8/17. 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day. 3 day session - $228.00. (Course ID: 2072-16C01-16-C03)

Animal Camp (Ages 6-13)

During our Animal Camp, kids ages 6-13 will be able to help with the daily hands-on care of all our animals, including new babies. Kids will also participate in various games, experiments and learning opportunities centered around the animal of the day. Price includes a materials fee. Dates: 6/20-6/22, 7/6-7/8, 7/11-7/13, 7/20-7/22, 8/1-8/3, 8/8-8/10. Each day 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Each 3 day session - $243.00. (Course ID: 2075-16C01-16C06)

Homesteading (Ages 17+)

Join us at Bowers Farm to gain the hands on farm experience you have always wanted! This program will provide in-depth information as well as practical experience for all of your homesteading adventures. We will learn to care for many species of livestock and poultry, start our own unique gardens, explore how a working farm functions, and gain the knowledge to start a small or large homestead yourself! Come spend some time outside and practice your farming skills with us. Material fees included. 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on 6/5-8/21. 10 sessions - $153.00. (Course ID: 2241-16C01)

Americamp (Grades 5-9 or ages 9-15)

What's better than coming to camp and being on a farm? How about being on a farm and celebrating Independence Day by doing camp activities that emphasize the 4th of July and the wonderful country we live in! There will be many games, friendly competitions and activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. In addition, we will also get to interact with the farm animals. It's the best of both worlds. Please pack a lunch and an am/pm snack as we will be doing a lot of activities! 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM on 6/30-7/1. 2 day camp - $168.00. (Course ID: 2321-16C01)

Farm Olympics Camp (Grades 5-9 or Ages 9-15)

This year is the Summer 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and guess what? Bowers Olympics Camp gives kids the opportunity to participate in Bowers Farm Olympics! There will many Olympic-like activities and special Bowers Farm Olympic activities. In addition, we will also interact with the farm animals. It is the best way to participate in the Olympics and do it on a farm. 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM on 8/4-8/5 and 8/18-8/19. 2 day camp - $168.00. (Course ID: 2322-16C01-16C02)

High School Animal Care Camp (Ages 13-18)

Here at Bowers School Farm, we combine fun, science, and animals on our 97-acre working farm. During our Animal Care Camp, teens ages 13-18 will be trained for the daily, hands on care of all our animals, including the new babies. This an exciting course with an internship feel that will look great on a resume or college application. Learn the ins and outs of animal husbandry, medical care and agriscience. Price include materials fee. Enroll today as spots will go fast! 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM on 6/27-7/1 and 7/25-7/29. One week session - $303.00. (Course ID: 2716-16C01-16C02)

School-To-Farm Young Farmers Series (Ages 14-18/Grades 9-12)

Bowers Farm will host the "School-to-Farm Young Farmers Series", an 8 week summer program which aims to find high school students interested in sustainable agriculture. Adolescents will be introduced to the core principles of organic farming while examining the larger importance of food; nutritionally, culturally and economically. Participating in a student run farm, the students will put a variety of growing techniques into practice and earn the satisfaction of learning to contribute to a robust food system. Tom Howe, Jr., has been involved with organic food production for 10 years and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Teaching at WSU while working at the IA as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Contact Tom at or 248-885-1284 for details on informational meeting and/or application details. (M/W/F) 9:00 AM-1:00 PM on 6/20-8/12. (T/Th) 9:00 AM-3:00 PM on 6/21-8/11. Each 8 week session - $503.00. (Course ID: 2721-16C02-16C02)

Farm Friday Overnight (Ages 7-14)

During a Farm Friday Overnight, kids ages 7-14 will be able to participate in a variety of animal-based activities and get to visit the animals themselves. The kids will have a blast experiencing life on the farm while parents can go out on the town! Price includes snacks and breakfast in the morning. Drop off is at 6:30 PM and pick up is at 9:30 AM the following day. Dates: 6/24, 7/8, 7/15, 8/5, 8/12. One overnight - $123.00. (Course ID: 2728-16C01-16C05)

Love a Pony Camp (Grades K-2)

Groom a pony! Hug a pony! Ride a pony! In each class, we will groom and ride a pony and do special pony projects. Get to know our Shetland pony, Pixie Dust, and her pony friends. Dress for the weather. No Pre-K children please. Dates: 6/21-6/24, 6/28-7/1, 7/12-7/15, 7/19-7/22, 8/9-8/12, and 8/16-8/19. 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM each day. 4 day session - $63.00. (Course ID: 273A-16C01-16C06)

E.L. Johnson Nature Center Camps

Nature Up Close (Ages 3-4)

Come spend a week up close in nature! Walk the trails, examine bugs, leaves and logs, and learn about camouflage. Learn to think like an animal through interactive games, design your own t-shirt and visit the log cabin to see how pioneers lived. Small snacks will be provided daily. Bring a lunch & dress for outdoor fun! 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on 7/11 - 7/15. 5 sessions - $188.00. $20 materials fee. $20 material fee payable to instructor. (Course ID: 2211-16C01)

Nature Up Close - Next Step (Ages 5-7)

Come along with us as we learn new ways to camp out in the wilderness. Navigate through the trails with your own trail markers, learn to track animals and understand camouflage. Learn to think like an animal through interactive games, design your own t-shirt, and visit the log cabin to see how pioneers lived. Small snacks will be provided daily. Dress for outdoor fun! 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on 7/11-7/15. 5 days - $187.00. $20 materials fee. (Course ID: 2215-16C01)

Creating with Nature (Grades 2+)

Are you ready for a week of fun and excitement? Come to this camp to have it all! Sculpt and build using items found in nature, navigate through the trails using your own trail markers, tie-die a t-shirt, and make s'mores! Create your own fossils by using leaf rubbing techniques, and learn about nature through songs and games. Bring a lunch and dress for outdoor fun! 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM on 7/18-7/22. 5 sessions - $288.00. $20 materials fee. (Course ID: 2378-16C01)

Outdoor Skills (Grades 2-4)

Ready to explore the great outdoors? Learn what forest life is like from an animal's point of view, explore different habitats and mark and identify trails. Participate in predator/prey survival games using what you have learned throughout the camp. Small snacks will be provided daily. Bring a lunch and come dressed to be outside. 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM on 7/25-7/29. 5 days - $288.00. $20 materials fee. (Course ID: 2139-16C01)

Outdoor Skills (Grades 4-6)

Are you looking for adventure this summer? Come to this camp to track animals using a compass, identify plants, learn how to build a shelter, and more! We will apply what we've learned to actively engage in various games and scenarios. Small snacks will be provided daily. Bring a lunch and dress for outdoor fun! 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM on 8/1-8/5. 5 sessions - $288.00. $30 materials fee. (Course ID: 2139A-16C01)

Bloomfield Hills Schools Recreation Camps

Huck Finn (4 years – 3rd grade) & Bloomfield Summer Fun (Grades 3 – 7)

Enjoy crafts, create fun & interesting art projects, play sports & games, & participate in special events & weekly field trips. Campers will go to the waterfront daily for swimming & beach time. Other beach activities include water carnivals, fishing, & canoe, sailboat & pontoon rides. Programs run 6/20/2016 to 8/19/2016, M- F, 9:30 AM–3:30 AM. Before and after care is available. (Course IDs: 5130 & 5160)

Sports & Adventure (Grades 4 - 7)
Learn skills & techniques of many sports & games, including touch football, soccer, baseball, bowling, floor hockey, & golf activities. Enjoy fieldtrips, canoeing, & swimming at the West Hills Middle School waterfront. Programs run 6/20/2016- 8/19/2016, M-F,9:30 AM–3:30 AM. Before and after care is available. (Course ID: 5150)

Kids Care: Before Care & After Care for Recreation Campers

Child care will be available for working parents of full-day campers at West Hills Middle School. A minimum of 10 participants is needed for each session. Campers must be preregistered to use Kids Care. Fees will not be prorated. Parents who are late picking up their children will be assessed additional costs of $1.00 per minute. Kids Care is available from 7:15 AM-9:30 AM and 3:30 PM-5:30 PM. (Course IDs: 5191AM & 5191PM)

Robotics Camps


FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Camp introduces 4th - 6th graders to real world engineering challenges by building Lego-based robots to complete tasks. This camp is led by members of the BHS Bionic Blackhawks to help familiarize FLL students with how to: design, build, and program robots (LEGO EV3 technology).The camp meets daily for 5 days from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be a parent showcase at 2:00 p.m. on Friday Students should bring their own NUT FREE lunch (includes peanuts & tree nuts), snack and refillable water bottle. 8/22-8/26 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. One week for $250.00. Takes place at BHMS. (Course ID: 6001A-16D01)


Campers will build and program a Tetrix robot to complete game mission using last year's FIRST Tech Challenge field and FTC game. Led by mentors and current FTC students, participants will apply real-world math, science and engineering concepts while working in teams to learn about problem solving, organization and collaboration. You will be amazed at what your robot can do at the end of the week. There will be a parent showcase at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Students should bring their own NUT FREE lunch, snack and refillable water bottle. 8/22-8/26 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. One week for $250.00. Takes place at BHMS. (Course ID: 6002A-16DO1)


Come and explore the exciting world of Robotics! This camp introduces girls to building and programming robots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3. Students will learn basic engineering and programming principles while having hands-on fun. FIRST LEGO League robotics competition challenges will also be introduced. No experience necessary. Students should bring a NUT FREE lunch (includes peanuts or tree nuts) lunch to camp. OPEN TO ALL GIRLS IN THE BLOOMFIELD HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT is limited. 6003A-16D01 - 9/29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6003A-16D02 - 8/31 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Takes place at BHMS.


Learn to create your own interactive stories, animations and games! This fun and creative learning experience introduces girls to the basics of computer animation. As students create their projects, they will not only learn to think creatively but will also learn fundamental programming concepts. No experience necessary! Students should bring a NUT FREE (includes peanuts and tree nuts) snack to camp. Open to all girls in the Bloomfield Hills School District is limited! 6004A-16D01 (Grades 3-5) on 8/30 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 6004A-16D02 (Grades 6-8) on 8/30 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. Takes place at BHMS.

Bloomin' Preschools Summer Programs

Bloomin' Preschool Fox Hills - 248.341.7950
Bloomin' Preschool Lone Pine - 248.341.7375

Structured programs for children 6 weeks - 6 years providing experiences in early math & literacy, science, social studies, the arts, outdoor water play, & in house field trips. Themed summer sessions designed especially for the preschooler. Please call for details.

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