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Young Authors Camp

For over 72 years Cranbrook has offered the community the opportunity to share in the Booth family's vision to develop and nurture the creative and performing arts. Founded upon the principle that all young people can benefit and enrich their lives from exposure to music and art, Young Authors Day Camp has been a treasured part of the Schools' programming and community outreach. True to Cranbrook's earliest traditions celebrating the joys of scholarship, Young Authors Day Camp was established to encourage exploration of language crafts in a truly creative environment.

About the Camp

(coed, entering grades 2-8 in Fall 2024)
 
General Information
Young Authors Day Camp provides aspiring writers an opportunity to hone their craft alongside peers who share a similar love for words. Campers will be exposed to a wide variety of genres as they learn about the craft of writing through mini-lessons and shared writing opportunities. Through those experiences, campers will come away with the start of multiple ideas, as well as writing strategies, that they can explore on their path as writers. At the end of each week, campers will choose a piece to share with their peers during Authors Share and submit to a camp anthology that is published at the end of each summer. 

In addition to writing, campers will have the opportunity to explore Cranbrook’s campus, as they find inspiration amongst the many gardens, natural features, and sculptures to be found. Word games and outdoor activities will break up the day as we maintain a camp structure. Highlights of camp include time spent searching for frogs at the pond, exploring magic found within a weeping willow, and creating friendships along Snake Rock. 

Important Note: Young Authors Day Camp is not a summer school or a remedial or English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program. This camp is writing-intensive and encourages and inspires young writers to try new techniques while encouraging creativity and having fun.

A Day in the Life
Each day begins with a whole group writing prompt to get the creative minds flowing. In age-based groups, campers focus on developing their craft through daily mini-lessons that guide them through language study, story organization, and character development. Daily lunch and recess allow for refueling and brain breaks. Campers go on writing adventures to explore and get inspired by Cranbrook’s beautiful campus. Some of our favorite spots are Magic Tree, Japanese Gardens, The Kingswood Courtyard, Crying Zeus, Snake Rock, and Triton Pools. Games, recreation, and swimming at the Natatorium help bring balance and create a fun and nurturing environment for our aspiring young authors.

Basic Daily Schedule
  • Drop-Off, welcomes, daily writing prompt
  • Introductions, rules & expectations, snack time, ROCKSTAR
  • Swim, if scheduled
  • Lesson 1: First writing lesson/themed writing prompt
  • Bathroom and wash hands
  • Lunch
  • Recess
  • Bathroom break
  • Writing Adventure & Lesson 2
  • Bathroom break
  • Lesson 3: Last writing lesson/themed writing prompt
  • Nominate ROCKSTAR of the day
  • Dismissal 

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 Middle School for Girls – Kingswood Dining Hall.

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
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.
 
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. 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

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.

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.
 
 
2024 Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition
    • Full Session (8 weeks): $2,960
    • Half Session (4 weeks): $1,610
    • Partial Session (1 week): $445
  • Fees
    • Cancellation Fee: $50 fee per canceled week if a cancellation request is received in writing prior to 21 days of session start date. No refund within 21 days of state date.
    • 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 off Full Sessions & $50 off Half Sessions. Use code EARLY24 until 4/1/24.
    • Multi-Session Discount: $30 off each additional session. Applied automatically.
  • Cancellation Policy
    • Refunds, less a $50 processing fee per canceled week, will be issued if a cancellation request is received in writing prior to 21 days of the session start date. No refunds will be provided within 21 days of the session start date.
  • 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.
    • Application Link will be posted here when available.
  • Tuition Includes
    • Lunch
    • Morning and Afternoon Snacks
  • Options Available:
    • Morning Extended Care: $80 per week
    • Afternoon Extended Care: $100 per week
    • Transportation Service: $50 per way per week
    • After Camp Activities: $130
    • 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.