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A Day in the Life
Campers start their day by joining their group in the gym for team building and morning announcements. After announcements, campers enjoy a morning swim at the beautiful Williams Natatorium, if scheduled, then return to Kingswood for a morning snack and the first round of instructor-led activities. Lunchtime provides time to refuel and connect with other groups before resuming the day’s activities. Before dismissing, groups return to the gym for a final wrap-up of the day.Basic Daily Schedule
Activities May Include
- Swim, if scheduled
- Morning Snack
- Activity 1
- Activity 2
- Activity 3
- Afternoon Snack
- Activity 4
- Closing Announcements & Dismissal
Archery, Art, Canoe, Dance, Drama, Jewelry & Design, Science & Nature, Sports, Swimming, Tennis, and YogaThe Susie Zaks Watermelon Hunt
Those who join us for the 8th and final week of camp will experience a Kingswood tradition: the watermelon hunt! As a final send-off for the summer, campers work together to find various fruit and colored flags each worth a respective point value hidden around Cranbrook’s beautiful campus. The ultimate winner is the group that gets the most points and finds their group’s watermelon. At the conclusion of the hunt, campers enjoy fresh cut watermelon with their teammates and reflect on their time at camp!
The watermelon hunt was developed by former assistant director Susie Zaks. Working at Kingswood Day Camp since 2010, she has been instrumental in her efforts, advocacy and dedication to the importance of camp. Before Cranbrook, she was a camp administrator for Camp Tamarack for over 20 years. She brought so much experience, good thinking, and a calm and steady approach to Cranbrook that helped KDC become widely popular in southeast Michigan. Although Susie officially retired after the 2021 season, she will always be an honorary Kingswood team member.
Field Trips - Not Yet Confirmed for Summer 2023
Campers may choose to attend field trips offered during camp. In 2019, field trips included AirTime Trampoline, C.J. Barrymore's, Henry Ford Museum, and Planet Rock. Field Trips 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 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 in the Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School - Kingswood Dining Hall.
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.
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.
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 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.
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), 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. These activities are located at Cranbrook Lower School Brookside
. Campers are bused from camp each day. Pick-up is at Brookside.
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.
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 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.
Tuition and Fees
- Full Session (8 weeks): $2,850
- Half Session (4 weeks): $1,550
- Partial Session (1 week): $430
- 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 EARLY23 until 4/1/23.
- 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
- Morning and Afternoon Snacks
- Baseball Cap
- 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
Contact Special and Summer Programs
, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form