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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 for Summer 2020 opens Monday, December 2
 
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?
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
  • Options per Week: Extended Care (AM $75; PM $95); Monthly Payment Plan
Questions? Contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form.