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Brookside Camp

Brookside campers enjoy both recreation and instruction. Each morning, campers and staff start by singing the morning cheer. Campers then begin a day full of fun and enriching activities, including music, art, science, nature, sports, movement, and drama. Using a rotating schedule, activities span across the week. Science and nature includes nature walks around Cranbrook’s historic campus. Campers enjoy the playground and go swimming every day. Each week has a theme, such as Animals, Wacky Week, When I Grow Up, Science, Earth, and Nature. Social interactions and cooperation are stressed, as campers practice following directions, sharing, and safe play behaviors. Games instill sportsmanship and activities nurture the full development of each child’s health, happiness and skills.

About the Camp

(coed, ages 5-7)
Registration for Summer 2020 opens Monday, December 2


Activities
View the sample schedule. Schedule subject to change. Activities that are offered in multiple weeks create different projects or have different themes, building on the fundamentals of the activity. Prior weeks are not required for subsequent offerings of the same activity. 

Open Swim
Brooksiders swim every day at Cranbrook's Williams Natatorium. Swim tests are conducted on the first day. Campers who fail or prefer not to take the test are supplied with life jackets and remain in the shallow end of the pool. Campers are allowed to retake the test at any time. The Natatorium staff include a certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts.

Ages, Groups, and Buddy Requests

Brooksiders are divided into age appropriate groups. Buddy requests are considered in order received and fulfilled as best as possible. Group assignments are included in the email newsletter sent on the Friday prior to the start of the week.

Lunch, Snacks, and Allergies
Lunches and snacks are included in tuition and are provided by Chartwells Dining Services. They are a nut-free organization who cater Cranbrook Schools’ meals during the academic year. Special arrangements can be made for Brooksiders with food allergies. Brookside lunches are served family style in the Brookside Dining Room.

Extended Care, Transportation Service, and After Camp Activities
  • Extended Care offers activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym as early as 7AM and as late as 6PM. Afternoon care includes a snack. 
  • Transportation Service is available to shuttle campers to and from specific stops in Birmingham (8:10 AM / 3:45 PM), Rochester Hills (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM), Royal Oak (7:50 AM / 4:05 PM), Troy (8:10 AM / 4:10 PM), and West Bloomfield (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM). Campers not picked up in time will be transported to Extended Care.
  • After Camp Activities are available, such as group Swim Lessons, Chess, and Coding.
  • These options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose morning Transportation Service and afternoon Extended Care.
  • Logistical information for these additional options will be provided in the Parent Welcome Packet closer to the start of camp.
Communication & Photos
Parents/guardians are emailed a newsletter each week that includes a recap from the prior week, highlights for the following week, field trip information, updated group lists, lunch and snack menus, and merchandise available for sale. Daily camp photos are taken and posted in the Photo Gallery to view, post, and purchase.

Why Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps?
Each camp includes a dedicated Director, one or more Assistant Directors, an Office Administrator, Instructors, and Counselors. Each age-aligned group has one or two counselors who remain with the campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas.

The camps are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

Each year, camp directors and assistant directors attend ACA’s Mid States Camp Conference in St. Charles, IL. Specialized activity instructors are sent to or are provided training for certification. Camp staff are paid above average industry-standard wages and they are provided lunch and annual wage increases. The camp nurses are members of the Association of Camp Nursing and attended their national conference. The director of all camps attends Michigan, Mid States, and the national conferences to ensure Cranbrook continues to be relevant, remain aware of national trends, and network with fellow youth development professionals. He also presents at these conferences and serves in professional volunteer roles such as the Community and Business Development Chair for ACA Michigan Local Council of Leaders and serves as an Associate Accreditation Visitor.

About Cranbrook Educational Community
Cranbrook is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprising a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors, students, and campers to its campus each year.

Founded by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus features the work of world-renowned architects such as Eliel Saarinen, Albert Kahn, Steven Holl, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Rafael Moneo, Peter Rose and sculptors Carl Milles, Marshall Fredericks and others. Critics have called Cranbrook "the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America" and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

 Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition: Full $2590; Half $1420; Partial $395
  • Fees: Rush Enrollment within 21 days of session start date $35
  • Discounts: Early Enrollment until April 1 for Full/Half sessions $100/$50 (use code WEB20); Additional sessions $40 (automatic)
  • Includes: Lunch; AM & PM Snacks; Camp T-shirt
  • Extras per Week: Field Trips may be offered during camp ranging $0-30
  • Options per Week: Extended Care (AM $75; PM $95); Transportation Service ($45/way); After Camp Activities ($75-$110); Monthly Payment Plan
Questions? Contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form.