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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)

A Day in the Life
We begin the day by singing our morning cheer and holding a brief safety orientation, including talking about kindness and treating others with respect. Then, campers are off to three core activities: art, drama, music, science, sports, or STEM. We have bathroom and water breaks, handwashing, and snack time in between. Playground time is also part of the morning routine, providing supervised free play to have fun and work on social skills. The afternoon includes lunchtime and swimming or continuing their day with choice board activities, including games, scavenger hunts, storytime, survival, maker space, or archery. There is an afternoon snack, bathroom break, hand washing, water breaks, and cooldown time in between. The day concludes with pack-up and dismissal to reunite with family.

Basic Daily Schedule
  • Greeting & Safety Orientation
  • Cheer & Unpack
  • Activity 1
  • Restroom & Hand Washing
  • Activity 2
  • Snack
  • Activity 3
  • Playground Time
  • Lunch & Restoom
  • Swimming (if scheduled)
  • Choice Board Activity 1
  • Choice Board Activity 2
  • Cooldown & Bathroom
  • Snack
  • Pack-up & Dismissal
Ages, Groups, and Buddy Requests
Campers are divided into age-appropriate groups. Buddy requests are considered in the 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 that caters to Cranbrook Schools during the academic year. Special arrangements can be made for campers with food allergies. Lunches are served family style in the Brookside Dining Room.

Open Swim
Campers swim 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 includes a full-time and certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts.

COVID-19 Update
At a minimum, Cranbrook’s COVID-related protocols will comply with applicable State of Michigan mandates and align with Oakland Country Health Division and the American Camp Association. Proof of vaccination or initial testing will be required. Additional testing for unvaccinated campers will be required if attending non-consecutive sessions. Indoor mask-wearing will be determined closer to camp. 

Available Options
The following 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 are provided in the Parent Welcome Packet emailed to registrants closer to the start of camp.
 
Extended Care
Extended Care is available beginning at 7 AM and ending at 6 PM. Afternoon care includes a snack. Campers enjoy activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym.

Transportation Service

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), and Troy (8:10 AM / 4:10 PM). Times and locations are subject to change. Campers who are not picked up in time will be transported to Extended Care.

After Camp Activities
After Camp Activities include Chess and Coding. Space is limited.

Communication & Photos

Parents/guardians are emailed a newsletter each week that includes a recap from the prior week, highlights for the following week, and updated group lists. Daily camp photos are posted on a secure website for you to see each day. Enhanced options include saving favorite photos, facial recognition with push notifications when a photo of your child is uploaded, posting to social media, emailing a photo to family, customizing photo gifts, and ordering high-resolution digital downloads or prints.

Why Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps?
Cranbrook Educational Community, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, 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 PreK-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.

Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps operate under Cranbrook Schools in a dedicated department named Special and Summer Programs. This year-round department focuses solely on summer camps, after-school programs, school rentals, and the school store. The dedicated full-time staff in the department spend the entire year preparing for camp. During the summer, over 1,800 campers from 20 states and nine countries come to Cranbrook for their summer experience. The campus, its facilities, the highly skilled and committed service departments such as Cranbrook's 24/7 security department, and all of Cranbrook's employees, residential faculty, and guests create a wonderful environment for children to learn and have fun. 

Each camp includes a dedicated Director, Assistant Director, Office Administrator, Instructors, and Counselors. Each age-aligned group has one or two counselors who remain with their campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas. The camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
 
 Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition
    • Full Session (8 weeks): $2,730
    • Half Session (4 weeks): $1,490
    • Partial Session (1 week): $415
  • Fees
    • Cancellation Fee: $50 per week prior to 21 days of session start date. No refund within 21 days.
    • Rush Enrollment Fee: $35 per session within 21 days of session start date
    • Late Payment Fee: 10% of balance 21 days prior to session start date
  • Discounts
    • Early Enrollment Discount: $100/$50 off Full/Half sessions. Use code EARLY22 until 4/1/22.
    • Multi-Session Discount: $30 off each additional session. Applied automatically.
  • Financial Aid
    • Aid is available based on calculated need and availability of funds.
    • Awards range 0-50% of tuition and 0-100% of Extended Care; Excludes fees and other options.
    • Awards are funded by Cranbrook and other camp families.
    • To donate, visit our donation page.
    • To apply, complete the Parents' Financial Statement. Use SSS Code 9339.
  • Tuition Includes
    • Lunch
    • Morning and Afternoon Snacks
    • Camp T-shirt
  • Options Available:
    • Morning Extended Care: $75 per week
    • Afternoon Extended Care: $95 per week
    • Transportation Service: $50 per way per week
    • After Camp Activities: $125
    • Camp Merchandise
    • Monthly Payment Plan: $0
Questions? Contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form.