Camps & Public Programs
Day Camps

Brookside Camp

Brookside campers enjoy both recreation and instruction. Each morning, campers and staff start by singing the morning cheer. Campers then begin a day full of fun and enriching activities, including music, art, science, nature, sports, movement, and drama. Using a rotating schedule, activates span across the week. Science and nature includes nature walks around Cranbrook’s historic campus. Campers enjoy the playground and go swimming every day. 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 directions, sharing, and safe play behaviors. Games instill sportsmanship and activities nurture the full development of each child’s health, happiness and skills.

About the Camp

(coed, grades K-2) Grade levels are defined as entering grades in Fall 2018.

Activities
View the sample schedule. 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
Brooksiders 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 certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts. 2018 Update: Swimming is available all eight weeks of camp.

Ages, Groups, and Buddy Requests

Brooksiders are assigned to one of the following groups: Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Zebras, Elephants, Cheetahs, Penguins, and Bears. Brooksiders 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. Menus are provided in the Parent Welcome Packet and in the Document Center. Special arrangements can be made for Brooksiders with food allergies. Brookside lunches are served family style in the Brookside Dining Room.

Extended Care, Bus Service, and Swim Lessons
  • Extended Care offers activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym as early as 7AM and as late as 6PM. Afternoon care includes a snack. 
  • Bus 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 bused to Extended Care.
  • Swim Lessons are offered for Grades 1-5 as group lessons by the week after the camp day and last 35 minutes.
  • These options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose the morning Bus 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.
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.

Staff, Training, and Accreditation
The camp includes a Director, Assistant Directors, an Office Administrator, Instructors, and Counselors. Each group has one or two counselors who remain with the campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas. All staff are trained by the Director of Special and Summer Programs, the Camp Nurses, Public Safety, and other internal departments. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association to ensure the highest standards in safety, training, and programming. Staff are offered annual professional development and certification. The camp is also licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
 
Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition: Full (8 Weeks) $2570, Half (4 Weeks) $1410, Partial (1 Week) $395 (Week 3 $355)
  • Discounts: 1) Early Enrollment for Full $100, Half $50; use code WEB18; 2) $50 each additional session (auto)
  • Includes: Lunch, AM/PM Snacks, Camp T-shirt
  • Extras: Field Trips ranging $0-30; offered during camp
  • Options: Extended Care ($75/week AM, $95/week PM), Bus Service ($90/week or $45/week one-way), Swim Lessons ($75/week), Monthly Payment Plan (free)
Note: Option prices are prorated for the week of July 2 since camp is closed on July 4.

For more information on the Schools’ camps, request information or contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu or (248) 645-3674.
 

Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Cranbrook Educational Community admits students and makes its services, activities, and education programs available to students without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status as required by state or federal law.

Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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