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Circle Pines Center Summer Camp

Our program combines elements of a traditional summer camp with cooperative work projects (construction, organic gardening, trail maintenance and cleaning). Educational activities take on topics like climate change, food politics, social justice, ecosystems and the importance of critical thinking. Parents frequently report that their kids come home more independent, thoughtful and interested in the world around them.

Our program combines elements of a traditional summer camp with cooperative work projects (construction, organic gardening, trail maintenance and cleaning). Educational activities take on topics like climate change, food politics, social justice, ecosystems and the importance of critical thinking. Parents frequently report that their kids come home more independent, thoughtful and interested in the world around them.

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About Camp

Many of our campers tell us that they feel more at “home” at Circle Pines than they do anywhere else. We pride ourselves on creating a safe, inclusive, engaging space where diversity and growth are fostered.

Along with all the normal camp recreational activities – like swimming, field games, arts and crafts, drama and dance, Circle Pines offers some unique options. Each day after lunch, campers and staff sing from our extensive collection of folk songs, many coming from the peace, social justice and environmental movements. Circle discussions foster critical thinking and creative problem solving: campers are empowered to come up with issues for discussion with their counselors and peers. An all-camp dance party and creative theme days each session (such as Alien Day to raise awareness around the issues of segregation and immigration, or Animal Day to raise awareness around endangered species) with the addition of the “folk opera” during third session, offer fun and participation that includes the whole camp.

Our co-op camp store has T-shirts, water bottles, note cards, stamps, flash lights, batteries, cameras, playing cards, bug repellent, sunscreen and toiletries. Parents leave money in a store account for campers on registration day. The store is open most days after dinner and the campers can choose to help run the store.

8650 Mullen Rd, Delton, MI 49046

Dates and Rates

Two-Week Sessions

Session 1 July 8 – 21

Session 3 July 29 – August 11

Register by

  • February 5 – $1,150/session
  • April 15 – $1,175/session
  • After April 15 – $1,200/session
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One-Week Sessions

Session 1a July 8 – 14

Session 2 July 22 – 28

Session 3a July 29 – August 4

Register by

(Session 1a and 3a add $100)

  • February 5 – $550/week
  • April 15 – $575/week
  • After April 15 – $600/week
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Changeover Weekends

(Between Sessions)

 

 

$75/weekend

(Includes laundry service)

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Discounts & Coupons for Online Registration

Register and pay in full by January 15: $25/camper/week (also eligible for Super-Early discount)

Super-Early Discount: Register by February 5: $50/camper/session

Register by April 15: $25/camper/session

Circle Pines Members: $25/camper/week (dues must be paid for current year) – Coupon code: MEMBER

Siblings: $25/camper/session – Coupon code: SIBLING

Additional Sessions: $25/camper/session – Coupon code: ADDITIONAL

Camper Recruitment: $75/new camper recruited (siblings not included) – No coupon, fees will be reduced upon notice of recruitment and registration of new camper(s)

Registration Procedure & Refund Policy

Register online or complete a registration form (one per camper) and submit it with a $100 deposit for each session and camper. We will email (or mail upon request) other camp forms, and a parent manual which includes a list of things to bring to camp and travel directions. Electronic health forms are included with the online registration. Register early; there are only 70 camper spots per session. All camp fees are due by July 9. Alternate payment plans may be set up with the Center Director or via the online registration system. The $100 deposit is non-refundable. The balance of the fee is refundable until four weeks before a session begins. After that, a medically verified reason is required for a refund of camp fees. No refunds will be given once camp begins.

Camperships - Financial Aid

The Campership fund is supported by donations from members, friends, and organizations. This fund enables us to help families who cannot afford the full fee. We try to assist as many families as we can with available funds, and therefore, we rarely grant full Camperships. Awards are based on financial information that is reviewed and held in strict confidence by our Campership Committee. To apply for a Campership, register for camp and fill out a campership application.  Contact the office if you cannot afford the $100 deposit. If you do not receive an adequate award, your deposit will be refunded in full.

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*One-Week Option for Session 1

We allow campers to register for the first week of Session 1 (for $100 more than our one-week session). They then have the option of staying the second week if the camper, parents, and counselors all agree this is appropriate. If they do stay for the second week, the fees for that week are $600.

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Camper spots for the 2018 summer are filling up fast.

Registration

The Registration table will be under a sign that says “Registration.” Here we will record your arrival make sure all of your camper’s forms are in order and give you a checklist for the rest of registration day. It is mandatory that camper health forms be complete before arrival. If you have questions about these forms contact CPC before registration day.

Sessions(Sunday - Saturday)

Session 1 July 8 – 21

Session 1a July 8 – 14

Session 2 July 22 – 28

Session 3 July 29 – August 11

Session 3a July 29 – August 4

Camp Tours

When you drop your child off at camp, there will be two opportunities for staff-led tours of the Circle Pines property. A camp tour is an excellent opportunity to see where your camper will be staying and get a feel for the beautiful grounds. Tours will be held at 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, leaving from the deck.

Age Groups

Acorns: 7 – 11

Juniors: 11 – 13

Youth: 13 -15

YAL: 16-17

Parents Guide

Download our Parents guide.

Volunteer at Circle Pines Center

Visit the Circle Pines Center, while helping to improve the center at our next WorkBee weekend.

Meet Our Vendors

Circle Pines Center is committed to supporting sustainable agriculture and the slow food movement. Kitchen staff members work hard to provide delicious and nutritious meals from scratch using primarily local and organic ingredients. We source camp food from over 15 local farm families in Southwest Michigan. Meat dishes are prepared using pasture fed and humanely raised animals.

Before each meal the kitchen staff educates campers and staff as to the source of the food they are about to enjoy; then someone will contribute a musical offering. Given advanced notice Circle Pines Center can accommodate most dietary restrictions and allergies. Vegetarian alternatives are always available.

Brickyard Farms
Crane Dance Farm
Farm Country Cheese House
Green Eagle Farm
Green Gardens Community Farm
Moo-ville Creamery
Mud Lake Farm
Otto's Turkey Farm
Otto's Chicken

Work at Circle Pines Center

Looking for an excellent summer job?  Apply to be a camp counselor today.

Circle Pines Center Camp Staff

Dedicated Team.
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