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The best way to spend a summer day.

Day Camp is a great introduction to the benefits and activities of a Camp Nissokone experience in an action-packed day. For boys and girls grades K-8 there is no better way to spend a week participating in safe, fun, quality programs in the Oscoda and Tawas area. With a staff to camper ratio of 1 to 6, our caring, responsible staff is trained in a variety of areas including child development, activity leadership, behavior management, sports, and swim instruction.

In addition to the exciting activities and new friendships, breakfast and lunch are included daily. In the mornings campers travel with their counselors and age group to a variety of activities that change each day. Each group’s schedule is designed for their age. In the afternoon, we offer specialty options when campers can choose which activity they’d like to try. All of our activities are ‘Challenge by Choice;’ we create an environment to encourage campers to push themselves to try each activity, but we never make anyone try something they don’t want to.

Day Camp Sessions

SessionDatesTheme
Day Camp A6/26/17–6/30/17register
Day Camp B7/3/17–7/7/17register
Day Camp C7/10/17–7/14/17register
Day Camp D7/17/17–7/21/17register
Day Camp E7/24/17–7/28/17register
Day Camp F7/31/17–8/4/17register
Day Camp G8/7/17–8/11/17register
Day Camp H8/14/17–8/18/17register

Day Camp Rates

Day Camp Fees Fee by 1/31 Fee by 3/31 Fee after 4/1
Traditional Day Camp $169 $189 $199
Saddle Club $219 $239 $249

Camp Nissokone Day Camp Schedule

Though there are variations, a typical day camp schedule looks like this:

7:45 a.m. Check-in at game field near office
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Day Camp Activity Period #1
10:30 a.m. Day Camp Activity Period #2
12:00 p.m. Flagpole
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Day Camp Activity Period #3
1:45 p.m. Specialty Period #1 (Camper’s Choice)
3:15 p.m. Specialty Period #2 (Camper’s Choice)
4:30-4:45 p.m. Parent pick-up at game field

Activity Periods:

Campers travel with their counselor and trail group to a variety of activities that change each day. Each trail group’s schedule is designed for their age-group. Activities may include archery, canoeing, arts and crafts, giant swing, climbing tower, zip line, bounce village, team challenge course, and more!

Activities at Day Camp

Please note that some activities are only available to older campers.

swimming

Swimming

Cool down at the waterfront, a great place to spend a hot summer afternoon! The YMCA has a long tradition of aquatic safety. All of our aquatic activities are closely supervised by our highly skilled, certified lifeguards.

sailing

Sailing

One of the signature activities at Nissokone, campers will learn basics of sailing, from navigating using wind direction to identifying parts of the sailboat, turning a sailboat and more. The week culminates with a Regatta as sailors race their boats from the Fleet Dock. As with all boating activities, campers always wear lifejackets and are under the close supervision of our instructors and lifeguards.

tubing

Tubing

An exciting way to enjoy Lake VanEtten with a friend is behind a boat! A great introduction to wakeboarding and water skiing, campers can hold on tight as our experienced drivers skip across the water. As with all boating activities, campers always wear lifejackets and are under the close supervision of our instructors and lifeguards.

pontoon boat crusie

Pontoon Boat Cruise

Campers enjoy views of camp, the lake and bald eagles on a guided, leisurely boat ride. As with all aquatic activities, campers always wear lifejackets and are under the close supervision of our instructors and lifeguards.

kayaking

Kayaking & Canoeing

Campers learn basic strokes and use teamwork to explore Lake VanEtten, with guided trips to the theatre, the island, the creek or to find the elusive submerged grass island. As with all aquatic activities, campers always wear lifejackets and are under the close supervision of our instructors and lifeguards.

waterslide

Giant Waterslide

A summer favorite, our giant waterslide sends campers racing towards Lake VanEtten with gallons and gallons of water fueling the fun. As with all aquatic activities, campers are under the close supervision of our instructors and lifeguards.

team challenge course

Team Challenge Course

Located in the heart of our pine forest, a guided series of obstacles challenges campers to learn skills centered on teamwork, communication, problem solving, and creative thinking.

climbing wall

Climbing Wall

Built overlooking picturesque Lake VanEtten, our three climbing courses and the bouldering wall teach campers lessons of strength, perseverance and overcoming obstacles.

high ropes course

High Ropes Course & Zip Line*

On Belay! Campers can step up to the challenge of their choice by climbing our 35-foot high-ropes course. Campers are always on safety belay, under the close supervision of our certified climbing facilitators.

Arts and Crafts

Endless opportunities abound for campers to discover their creative side. Paint, draw, bead, tie-dye, or weave a keepsake from camp.

sports

Sports

Campers learn sportsmanship and skills through a wide range of sports at camp, including soccer, softball, volleyball and basketball. While we focus on teamwork and respect, we keep games fresh by adding a camp twist!

gaga ball

Gaga ball

Played inside a waist-high octagon arena, Gaga ball is a faster-paced, safer version of dodgeball. Using only swatting motions, campers try to avoid being bumped by a ball as it bounces off the inside walls of the arena.

archery

Archery

Our skilled archery instructors teach campers everything from the basics of the sport to advanced techniques, including safety, stance and posture, and improving accuracy.

horseback rides

Horseback Rides

Our tradition of outstanding equestrian instruction helps riders to advance from beginner through advanced riding skills. Campers are carefully matched with a four-legged friend to experience our breathtaking northern Michigan trails. Pony rides, trail rides and arena lessons are available for beginners to advanced riders.

fencing

Fencing

En garde! Our fencing coach works with campers from beginner to advanced, honing in on techniques such as stance, footwork, scoring, lunging and defensive parrying.

Specialty Camp: Saddle Club for boys and girls grades 4-8

Saddle Club Day Campers will first learn how to move safely around horses, lead horses from their stalls, mount and dismount properly: this initial orientation allows us to ride in the arena starting on the very first day of camp! Throughout the week, Saddle Club campers will learn to control their horses in a walk and work towards a trot. Various games on horseback will be part of the lessons, both in the riding ring and out on the trails of our 170 acre property. And there’s more to Saddle Club than just riding: helping your horse stay clean and comfortable with the curry comb and soft brush might be intimidating at first, but by the end of the week campers will also learn about picking hooves, giving sponge baths, and putting the saddle and the bridle on their horse. Campers also learn about feeding and basic health care, breed characteristics and various styles of riding.

Saddle Club is available weeks G and H.