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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 suit 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.
. 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
Campers 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 full-time and certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts.Friday Special Activities
These include poof ball, water games, kickball tournament, amazing race, field days, minute to win it, and counselor basketball games.
Field Trips & Late Nights
Campers may choose to attend field trips during camp. In 2019, field trips included C.J. Barrymore's, Classic Lanes, Gripz Gym, Red Oaks Waterpark, and TreeRunner Adventure Park. During Week 4 and Week 7, campers ages 9+ are offered to attend Late Night. The evening starts with basketball, soccer, kickball, and a Jimmy John's dinner followed by a field trip to Zap Zone (or the like) and Custard Corner. Field Trips and Late Nights are additional fees and are added to the registration portal for purchase the week prior. Campers wishing not to participate remain at camp and enjoy normally scheduled activities.
Ages, Groups, and Buddy Requests
Campers are divided into age appropriate 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 campers with food allergies. Lunches are served in the Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Boys Dining Hall.
Extended care, transportation service, and after camp activities are available. 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.
Extended Care is available beginning at 7AM and ending at 6PM. Afternoon care includes a snack. Campers enjoy activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym.
Extended Care is located at Cranbrook Lower School Brookside
. Campers are bused to/from camp each day. Extended Care is also a nice option for families with multiple children attending more than one of our camps to reduce the number of pick up points; parents/guardians simply pick up and drop off all children attending Extended Care at Brookside.
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
After Camp Activities include group Swim Lessons, Chess, and Coding. Subject to change. 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, 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.
Questions? 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
- Full Session (8 weeks): $2,590
- Half Session (4 weeks): $1,420
- Partial Session (1 week): $395
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Morning and Afternoon Snacks
- Camp T-shirt
- Baseball Cap
- Options Available:
- Morning Extended Care: $75 per week
- Afternoon Extended Care: $95 per week
- Transportation Service: $45 per way per week
- After Camp Activities: $75-$110
- Late Nights: $75
- Field Trips may be offered during camp: $0-$40
- Camp Merchandise: $5-$15
- Monthly Payment Plan: $0
Contact Special and Summer Programs at email@example.com
, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form