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Brookside Tots Camp

Offerings in this active, hands-on program encourage self-expression and creative diversity, while developing coordination and muscle skills. Each morning, campers and staff start by singing the morning cheer. Campers then move right into a full day of activities, such as music, art, science and nature, sports, movement, and specials. Specials focused on safety, friendship, teamwork, respect, and manners. 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 direction, sharing, and safe play behaviors.

Brookside Tots Camp

About the Camp

(coed, ages 3-4)
 
Registration
Registration opens Monday, November 30, 2020 at midnight. Account holders will be notified by email. New families should create an account to be notified when registration opens.

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 American Camp Association. As we progress through the pandemic and towards the summer season, we may alter, cancel, or replace certain aspects of camp. If we do, this web page will be updated and registrants will be notified by email. Depending on the severity of a change, we may offer registrants a full refund should the adjustment not suite their interest. Otherwise, our regular cancellation policy remains in effect. You may view a summary of the policy in the Tuition & Fees section below or read the full policy in the Enrollment Agreement during the registration process.

Note:
Campers must be fully potty trained in order to participate in camp.

Activities
Using a rotating schedule, Tots attend each activity every other day. In Science and Nature class, Tots enjoy nature walks around Cranbrook’s historic campus. They also get to enjoy time in the playground. A higher staff-to-camper ratio in this program assures that even first-time Tots feel secure and cared for while exploring a safe and nurturing, fun filled environment. View the sample schedule. Schedule is 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. 

Water Fun Days
Tots enjoy fun in outdoor water activities near the Early Childhood Center building including kiddie pools, sprinklers, toys, and more. There are three Water Fun Days each week in the afternoons.

Ages, Groups, and Buddy Requests

Tots are assigned to groups. Buddy requests are considered in order received and fulfilled as best as possible. Groups are emailed to parents/guardians the week prior to camp.

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 Tots with food allergies. Tot lunches are served family style in the Brookside Dining Room.

Extended Care

Extended Care offers open time outside and in the gym, games, and activities as early as 7AM and as late as 6PM. Afternoon care includes a snack.

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?
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 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.

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, one or more Assistant Directors, an 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): $2,590
    • Half Session (4 weeks): $1,420
    • Partial Session (1 week): $395
  • 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 WEB21 until 4/1/21.
    • Multi-Session Discount: $40 off each additional session. Applied automatically.
  • Tuition Includes
    • Lunch
    • Morning and Afternoon Snacks
    • Camp T-shirt
  • Options Available:
    • Morning Extended Care: $75 per week
    • Afternoon Extended Care: $95 per week
    • Camp Merchandise: $5-$15
    • Monthly Payment Plan: $0
Questions? Contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form.