Creating Lifelong Memories

Camp Nissokone is northern Michigan’s premier overnight camping destination for kids. As one of Michigan’s longest-running summer camps, we have more than 100 years of experience that ensures your child will have a positive camp experience. Our programs are focused on developing self-confidence, and based on our four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

At camp, safety is our top priority. All staff are certified in first aid and CPR and have been carefully screened during a character-based hiring process with the highest standards of child safety practices, including multiple professional and personal background checks on each applicant to ensure that we have the best staff working with your child.

Campers stay in single-gender cabins with our camp counselors. Our cabins are well maintained, with modern restrooms in each cabin. Most of the weekly schedule takes place with the cabin group – same gender, similar-aged groups that travel around camp together under the guidance of camp counselors trying different camp activities. The ‘specialty’ time in the afternoons are choice periods when campers choose which skill building clinic they want to focus on for the week. All of our activities are ‘Challenge by Choice;’ we create an environment to encourage campers to push themselves to try each activity, but we don’t make anyone try something they don’t want to do. Each week has a different theme at camp, but the themes don’t affect the activities available for your camper from week to week. Themes simply provide a backdrop or storyline throughout the week, the counselors will have different costumes or skits as the story progresses throughout the week. Great activities are an important part of camp, but the real benefits of summer camp are the strengthened values, being part of a positive community, the confidence that comes from learning new skills, and life-long friendships.

Great camps are built on tradition. Since 1914, campers from around the world have come together to experience adventure, friendship, and laughter on our shores, in our cabins, and in our woods. Discover 100 summers of tradition. Discover summer at its best.

Overnight Camp Sessions

Overnight Camp A6/24/18–6/30/18Star Wars: The Last Jediregister
Overnight Camp B7/1/18–7/7/18Jurassic Campregister
Overnight Camp C7/8/18–7/14/18Caribbean Carnival: Islands of Wonderregister
Overnight Camp D7/15/18–7/21/18Toys: ALIVE!register
Overnight Camp E7/22/18–7/28/18Nissokone Under the Searegister
Overnight Camp F7/29/18–8/4/18Three Fires School of Wizardryregister

Winter Camp Out

Campers will experience camp in the wintertime and stay in one of our cozy warm cabins with the same expert staff they stayed with this summer. Wintertime at YMCA Camp Nissokone is the perfect time of year to come and experience all that we love during the summertime, with the added bonus of some amazing winter experiences! Bussing to and from Camp to the Birmingham YMCA is included.


Overnight Camp Rates

Overnight Camp Fees Fee by 12/31 Fee by 2/28 Fee after 3/1
Traditional Overnight Camp $549 $573 $599
Teen Leadership Camp $1099 $1159 $1199
Winter Camp Out $165

Specialty Camp Rates

Day Camp Fees Fee by 12/31 Fee by 2/28 Fee after 3/1
Ranch Camp $699 $729 $749
Adventure Camp $649 $679 $699
Hero Camp or Digital Photography Camp $574 $604 $624
Survivor Camp $574 $604 $624
Adventure Bound: Trailblazers $649 $679 $699
Adventure Bound: Navigators $1199 $1249 $1299
Trekkers $599 $629 $649

Overnight Camp Bus Options

Location Sessions Available Cost (one way)
Birmingham Family YMCA A-F $49
Livonia Family YMCA A-F $49

Nissokone Overnight Camp Sample Schedule

7:15 Wakeup
7:45 Morning Watch at Lakeside Chapel (Message and song about friendship, caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, teamwork)
7:55 Flag Raising
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Prepare for the day/Camp Store
9:00-10:15 Cabin Challenge 1
10:15-10:30 Transition
10:30-11:45 Cabin Challenge 2
12:00 Flagpole
12:15-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:45 Siesta
1:45-3:00 Specialty #1
3:00-3:15 Flagpole
3:15-4:30 Specialty #2
4:30-4:45 Flag
4:45-6:00 Cabin Challenge 3
6:00 Flag lowering
6:15-6:45 Dinner
6:45-7:30 Court Time/Prepare for evening activity
7:45-8:45 All camp themed evening activity & snack
9:00-9:30 Cabin Group Reflection
10:30 Lights out

Sample Specialty Activities:

archery, sailing, climbing, fishing, theatre, windsurfing, yoga, outdoor cooking, arts & crafts, sports & games, fencing*, paintball*, wakeboarding*, horseback riding*
*May require pre-registration and additional fee. See specialty camps above.

Sample cabin challenge activities:

Voyager canoeing, teams course, kayaking, zipline, archery, paintball, horseback riding, arts & crafts, swimming, tent campout, tubing, climbing wall, nature hike, waterslide

Specialty Overnight Camp Programs

Ranch Camp Boys and girls entering grades 5-11

Campers get the thrill having “their own” horse for a week! Ranch campers spend time learning what it takes to care for a horse, while improving their riding ability. Kids discover the joy of developing a relationship with a companion horse and work on their riding skills. Ranch Camp includes class and arena instruction, barn management and trail riding. Campers can progress in skill level each week, and are recognized with a neckerchief ceremony at the end of each week. Sessions are available by riding experience, please call us with questions about which session your camper would feel both comfortable and challenged.

Beginner Ranch Camp is available sessions A, B, C, and D

Intermediate Ranch Camp is available sessions A, B, C, D, E, and F

Advanced Ranch Camp is available sessions E and F.

Adventure Camp Boys and girls entering grades 7-10

Our fastest growing program, this is for older campers who are looking for the maximum amount of excitement. Campers can choose one of two adventure tracks; 1) Water skiing & wake boarding 2) Paintball.

Adventure Wakeboard Camp is available sessions A, B, C, D, E, and F

Adventure Paintball Camp is available sessions A, B, C, D, E, and F

Hero Camp Boys and girls entering grades 4-5

Train like the action stars of Hollywood blockbusters. HERO Camp combines swordsmanship and marksmanship, as campers embark on a week-long training in fencing and archery.

Hero Camp is available sessions A, B, C, D, E, and F

Survivor Camp Boys and girls entering grades 6-8

Campers start the week learning and practicing the basics of survival skills, such as shelter building, fire building, orienteering, and outdoor cooking. Campers use teamwork and the skills they’ve learned on an afternoon canoe trip on the AuSable River with their counselors.

Survivor Camp is available sessions B and D

Digital Photography Boys and girls entering grades 7-9

Campers will learn the basics of digital photography, including composition & framing, perspective, natural lighting, and understanding camera settings. Campers will learn to photograph landscapes and people under the guidance of our camp photographer, and then the photos will be shown in the end of the week slideshow for all of camp to celebrate the camp session with everyone!

Digital Photography Camp is available sessions A, B, C, D, E, and F

Trekkers Boys and girls entering grades 9

Explore some of northern Michigan’s most beautiful natural areas on foot. Guided hiking trips will start at ‘base camp’ at Nissokone, where Trekkers will learn to prepare gear and equipment, learn outdoor skills, map reading and then head out to find hidden treasures- Michigan’s most spectacular views along the sandy high banks of the Ausable River. Trekkers experience some of the best, and most dramatic, views of the Au Sable River, from the sandy bluffs looking over the river valley, with clear views almost to Lake Huron. The week will include a 3 day, 2 night tent camp out along the hike. See packing list for special equipment to bring.

Trekkers Camp is available sessions A and C

Adventure Bound: Navigators & Adventure Bound: Trailblazers

Discover adventure with our Adventure Bound program! Under the supervision of our highly trained tripping staff, Adventure Bound campers embark on the trip of a lifetime. While out on the trails, adventure bound campers will see and experience Michigan in a way that few others have. Trip Safety is top priority, so all tripping staff receive extensive training in backpacking, wilderness survival, and wilderness first aid. All trip leaders carry a satellite phone and are certified wilderness first responders. Campers going into grades 9-10 embark on a six day adventure to explore Porcupine Mountains State Park – the largest state park in Michigan! While “in the Porky’s” as locals call it, campers will hike along, through old growth forest, and climb to some of the highest points in Michigan, all while seeing and experiencing the pristine natural beauty of Northern Michigan.

Adventure Bound: Navigators is a two-week session available session weeks C and D

Adventure Bound: Trailblazers is available session A

Teen Leadership Programs

Leader in Training (L.I.T.) Boys and Girls entering grade 10

The 2 week LIT program combines camp activities, leadership development and a 3-day canoe trip down the scenic AuSable River to create an unforgettable bonding experience. The LIT program focuses on leadership skills, group building, problem solving and goal-setting along with environmental awareness and outdoor skills. Your camper will return home more confident and ready for new challenges.

Leaders in Training AB6/24/18–7/7/18register
Leaders in Training CD7/8/18–7/21/18register
Leaders in Training EF7/22/18–8/4/18register

Counselors In Training (C.I.T.) Boys & Girls entering grades 11 & 12

The CIT program is the beginning of the journey to becoming an outstanding staff member, also developing life skills. This 3-week program consists of three main components: training, team building and in-cabin. CITs will work on problem solving, communication skills and child development concepts. Cabin group dynamics and conflict resolution are taught and practiced prior to the CITs getting first-hand experiences in the cabin under the supervision of camp counselors.

Counselors In Training is a three-week session available session weeks A-C and weeks D-F

Counselor in Training ABC6/24/18–7/14/18register
Counselor in Training DEF7/15/18–8/4/18register

Teen Leadership Summit Boys & Girls ages 14-17

A unique experience for our oldest campers to explore additional new leadership skills at YMCA Camp Nissokone. Our Teen Leadership Summit is a perfect time to rekindle your old camp friendships and build upon leadership skills learned during your time at Camp this past summer. Open to former CIT’s and LIT’s, this weekend includes some special sessions focused on leadership, all of your favorite camp activities, meals, and bussing from the Birmingham YMCA.