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Registration is now open for Bloomfield Hills Schools 2018 summer camps! BHS has many different summer camp opportunities for students of all ages and for all interests throughout Oakland County. Students can explore the outdoors and have an exciting educational experience.

2018 Summer Camps:

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.

Farm Camp: Dairy Discovery
Ages: 6-11
Session 1: June 25 - 29
Session 2: July 23 - 27
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $320 / Session
What is mac without cheese, cereal without milk, or bread without butter? Campers will “milk” this camp for all it’s worth and discover the world of dairy. Bowers Farm Camp will turn into Camp Creamery as campers harvest milk, churn butter, and prepare their own delicious dairy delights.

Farm Camp: Healthy Hearts, Hooves & Hocks
Ages: 6-11
Session 1: July 16 - 20
Session 2: July 30 - August 3
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $320 / Session
Keeping our livestock healthy is no walk in the pasture. Campers will gain in-depth knowledge on what it takes to maintain the wellness of our farm. Become an agronomist, try out veterinary science skills, and find out what an animal nutritionist does each day. Taking the heart rate of a goat, handling chickens, and exploring other agricultural-based careers are just a few of the activities your animal enthusiast will experience.

Farm Camp: Know & Grow Your Food
Ages: 6-11
Session 1: July 9 - 13
Session 2: August 6 - 10
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $320 / Session
This camp is oriented to what connects us all: Food! What is local food? Campers will feel empowered as we grow, harvest, cook and eat! Harvest cucumbers to make pickles, collect eggs from the chicken coop to make farm fresh omelettes and investigate hands-on sustainable agriculture.

Horse Camp: Equine Excursion for Beginners
Ages: Rising 5th - 9th Graders
Session 1: July 9 - 13
Session 2: August 6 - 10
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $420 / Session
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. Participants will ride once to twice daily.

Barnyard Buddies
Ages: 3-5
Session 1: June 25 - 27
Session 2: July 25 - 27
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $112 / Session
Barnyard Buddies Camps give our youngest campers an in-depth, authentic farm experience through hands-on exploration. Campers spend their day on a full working farm, engaging in sustainable gardening, animal activities and care, and exploring our 80+ acres of farmland. Each day, time is spent preparing a fresh snack in the kitchen, strengthening the connection between agriculture and everyday food choices. Building life skills such as responsibility, communication, and cooperation are key outcomes. Small groups enhance the comfort level for each camper. Campers make new friends, learn new skills and have 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. Dress for the weather, because each day will be outside, rain or shine! All campers MUST be toilet trained.

Barnyard Buddies - Five Senses Farm Fun
Ages: 3-5
Session 1: July 9 - 10
Session: 2: July 12 - 13
Session 3: July 30 - 31
Session 4: August 2 - 3
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $75 / Session
Campers will explore Bowers Farm through the lense of their five senses. The sights and sounds of the barnyard and pastures; the aromas in the gardens; the feel of freshly shorn wool, IMAGINE the possibilities! Each day we will focus on experiential, sensory activities tailored to the campers’ developmental stage. Each day will include animal and garden activities as well as kitchen time where we will make an afternoon snack.

Barnyard Buddies - Farm on Foot Explorer Camp
Ages: 3-5
Session 1: July 16 - 18
Session 2: August 6 - 8
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $112 / Session
Explore every nook and cranny of our historic farm grounds and meet the animals who call Bowers Farm “home.” Campers will discover what makes Bowers Farm tick. From the barnyards to the horse pastures, from the gardens to the greenhouse, intrepid campers will enjoy hands on activities in a small group environment. Each day will include animal and garden time as well as kitchen time where we will create an afternoon snack.

Barnyard Buddies - Little Sprouts Garden Camp
Ages 3-5
Session: August 13 - 15
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $112 / Session
How do our gardens grow? Little Sprouts will get down in the “dirt” and investigate the gardens and help with harvesting the crops, then turn the bounty int a healthy afternoon treat. Campers learn about the foods our farm animals eat and healthy human diets. Animal activities and kitchen time will be included each day. Campers will create a “Farm Market Stand” on the last day of camp for parents to sample their delectable harvest.


Johnson Nature Center Camps

Eco-Explorers
Ages 4-5
Session: June 25 – 29
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: $185
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.

Junior Naturalist
Ages 6-10
Session: July 9 - 13
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $275
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.

Creativity in Nature
Ages 6-10
Session: July 16- 20
Time: 9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Cost: $275 ($20 material fee due first day)
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
Session: July 23 - 27
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: $185
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.

Field Scientist
Ages 10-13
Session: July 30 – August 2
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: $175
Are you willing to help save the natural world? Using STEM activities, we will discover what it is like for scientists out in the field. We will learn how to use technology as well as traditional methods to gather information. Field research is a great way to better understand how our environment works and what we can do to help ensure we protect it for the future. Dress for field work and bring a water bottle. $20 material fee due to the instructor the first day of camp.


Recreation Summer Programs

Huck Finn Summer Day Camp
Ages: 4 - Grade 3
Sessions Begin: June 18, 2018 (5-Day Camps)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $232 / Session
Enjoy crafts, play sports and games, and take weekly field trips. Campers will go to the waterfront daily for swimming and beach time. Activities include water carnivals, fishing, and canoe, sailboat and pontoon rides. At West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield.

Bloomfield Summer Fun

Ages: Grades 3- 7
Sessions Begin: June 18, 2018 (5-Day Camps)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $232 / Session
Enjoy crafts, play sports and games, and take weekly field trips. Campers will go to the waterfront daily for swimming and beach time. Activities include water carnivals, fishing, and canoe, sailboat and pontoon rides. At West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield.

Ages: Grades 3- 7
Sessions Begin: June 18, 2018 (5-Day Camps)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $232 / Session
Learn techniques of a variety of sports including touch football, soccer, baseball, bowling, floor hockey, and golf. Enjoy field trips and canoeing and swimming at the WHMS waterfront.

Before & After Camp Care
Time: 7:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $93/week

Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $88/week


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. Visit www.bloomfieldscamp.com for more information.


Bloomin' Preschool Summer Program

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
More information

An Exciting Update!

Bloomfield Hills Schools is proud to announce the new Recreation Website, your one-stop-shop for all activity and event registration!

News

Make A Splash

Learn to Swim Classes

April 21 – June 2 (see online catalog or call for class times)

During Guppy classes, kids as young as 6 months to 4 years relax and work with parents in the pool and the Guppy class is just the beginning.  Children will progress through the various levels of swim training as they learn and become comfortable with an increased skill set in the pool. Details for all of the age/swim levels are available at the website below.

Spring Tune Up for Summer Team Swimmers with Mike Lane (Ages 6-18)

April 30 – May 25 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm

A four week program where one week is spent working on each of the four competitive strokes.  This program takes place at the Bloomfield Hills High School pool.  Girls and boys can enroll as long as they can complete one length of the 25 yard pool.  Accommodations made for ability levels.

Springboard Diving Training with Scott McHugh

March 8 – March 29

Lessons and training for students interested in learning competitive dives for competition. Learn and improve a list of dives for middle and high school competition.   

Beginners is recommended for younger divers with little to no diving experience (Recommended for Grades 1-5).  

Intermediate is recommended for younger divers with basic skills (Recommended for Grades 5-8)

Advanced is intended for competitive divers with competition experience (Recommended for Grades 6-12)

 

For more details on these programs or to register online, visit www.bloomfield.org/recreation or call Recreation at 248-433-0885.

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Spring Break Camp (Ages 5-12)

Spring Break:  Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6

Are your kids looking for something fun to do on Spring Break???   Join us as we do everything fun!  Play kickball, floor hockey, make crafts, play games, bring a friend or make new ones.  Students must bring their own lunch, morning snack and beverage in a non-breakable container.   Before and after care available.

For more details or to register online, visit www.bloomfield.org/recreation or call the Recreation Department at  248-433-0885.

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Maple Tapping Fun for the Whole Family

Start a new family tradition! Making maple syrup is a traditional right of Spring, which signals the end of winter. Help us tap the trees, collect the sap, and visit the sugar shack to watch the boiling process that produces pure maple syrup. Then, visit the log home for a taste of nature's sweetener! Meet in the Visitor Center for a guided tour. Tours are scheduled every 20 minutes and last approximately one hour. Space is limited and preregistration is suggested to reserve a specific time. 

Program Name:  A Day in the Sugarbush Maple Tapping

Tours run from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Nature Center; $7.00/person

Call us today at 248-433-0885 or register online at www.bloomfield.org/recreation.

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