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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: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Session: 2: TBD
Session 3: TBD
Session 4: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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.

Sports & Adventure Summer Day Camp

Ages: Grades 3- 7
Sessions TBD
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: TBD
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: TBD

Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: TBD


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

Winter Park Opens!

We had a FANTASTIC opening weekend of our Winter Park here at the farm.  We welcomed our VIP supporters with our ribbon cutting of our new farm activity building (FAB), the Bloomfield Players Club shared a sneak peek of The Little Mermaid, and community members enjoyed our sledding hill, ice rink, and fabulous treats provided by CAYA Grill and Great Lakes Coffee.  We are so incredibly grateful for everyone's support!  We look forward to the next three weekends with you and all there is to offer!  Remember, all guests will need to sign a waiver and there is a $5.00 admission fee (2 and under are free) for everyone who enters.  

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Etiquette Fun & SAT Prep

There is still time to register for SAT Prep (Grades 8-12) taking place at BHHS from 1/30 - 3/25 (Mondays & Wednesdays) from 3-5:30 PM.  

This SAT prep course offers 42 hours of classroom time which includes 30 hours of instruction, 3 full length proctored exams, individualized practice material and a personalized plan of work for every student. There are 15 classes in total - 12 classes dedicated to instructions and 3 exams.  


Etiquette 101 (Grades 1-6) has classes starting 1/28 at Way, 1/29 at Lone Pine, 1/30 at Conant and 1/31 at Eastover!
Give your child the gift of great manners!  Six (1 hour) interactive classes give your child the gift of great manners which will last a lifetime. Different styles are addressed. Students learn to confidently put into action dining skills, telephone and polite conversation skills, basic everyday manners, proper introductions with handshakes, posture, respect and more. Fee includes book. 

Etiquette - Family Style
Give your family a gift that will last a lifetime.....and will be a fun evening as well!  We will talk about respect and all its components. Posture is covered. Everyday manners and polite communication skills are reviewed, both verbal/non-verbal, and dining skills. Every person receives an age appropriate book and each family will receive one copy of the Dining Etiquette DVD. $103 per family for one family for a 2 hour course.

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Winter Romance on the Farm!

Looking for a way to win over your sweetie's heart? Why not spend Valentine's Day at the farm?  On February 15th, from 7-10PM, we are offering our inaugural "Winter Romance" dinner in our newly renovated Farm Activity Building.  For $100 a couple, guests will be able to enjoy a buffet-style catered meal, along with beautiful jazz ballads and the perfect romantic lighting.  When dinner is finished, you and your guest will be able to enjoy a warm bonfire or ice skating to snuggle and plan your winter dreams together.

Tickets will be released for this event soon through Community Pass.  This alcohol free, adult only (18+) event will have a limited number of guests.  Please consider Bowers School Farm as you make your plans to ignite a spark into your relationship this Valentine's Day!  

 

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Sweetheart Dance & Nature Center Summer Camps

Sweetheart Dance (Grades K-8)
Back by popular demand, the Sweetheart Dance is taking place this year on Friday, February 15, at Bloomfield Hills Middle School. This is a great opportunity for dads, brothers, uncles, grandpas, etc, to show that special child in your life how much they mean to you. Enjoy music provided by a disc jockey, receive a commemorative photo of your group while enjoying cookies and punch. Fee: $26 per couple and $14 per child for additional siblings. Register for the dance today.

A special night is being planned for the young children in the district to bring their favorite mom, sister, aunt, grandma, etc. The evening will be an exciting sports activity night. More details will be forthcoming in the very near future; stay tuned.


Nature Center Summer Camps
Registration has begun for the E.L. Nature Center's summer camps! The camps provide programs for all age groups:

  • Ages 4-5 will enjoy Eco-Explorers and Nature Play camps. Kids will immerse themselves in nature and participate in activities using nature while learning about nature and animal habitats.  Campers must be potty trained and dressed to mess!
  • Ages 6-10 have even more camps to choose from! Kids can choose to participate in Junior Naturalist (learn about animals and plants), Log Cabin Life (learn about pioneer living at the log cabin), and Art in Nature (using nature as an amazing palate, kids will use natural building materials and make magic with nature).
  • Kids aged 10-12 are welcome to join Nature Inspired Robots. Kids will build their own robotic spider, learn how to program and give their robot a task. Outdoor adventures include learning about spiders and other creepy crawlers.

Please take a moment to review the nature center camps in more detail by visiting www.bloomfield.org/recreation

Camp descriptions, dates, times and fees are listed and seating is limited. Call Shari Hart or Angie Lewis in the Recreation Department for more assistance at 248.433.0885.

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