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School Break Camps

When Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed for the day and for Winter, Mid-Winter, and Spring Breaks, we offer fun, educational day camps for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Rain, snow, or sunny skies—we go outside! Our camps fill up quickly so we encourage you to register early. We accept registration via online registration below, or by phone at 734-997-1553.

Click here to complete the Required Forms that must be submitted prior to your camper's first day at camp. For general information and policies that apply to all of our camps, please review the Policy Handbook for Camp Families.

Days Off Outdoors Camps Information and Schedules

When Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed, our Days Off Outdoors camps accommodate working families and maximize fun and learning. The camp day runs from 8:30am-5:30pm.

School Break Camps Information and Schedules

During Ann Arbor Public School Midwinter and Spring Breaks, LSNC runs week-long camps similar to our Summer Camps. The camp day runs from 8:30am-3:30pm. Families who need a later pick-up time have the option to register for Post-Camp Care from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

Days Off Outdoors

Winter Survival (November 8th)

For students enrolled in K-5

$70 per child ($65 per member)

Learn about how animals prepare for winter by caching food, finding shelter, and preparing to hibernate. Then, practice skills that humans use to stay safe and warm when adventuring in the cold outdoors. Play games, sing silly songs, and make new friends at this exciting one-day camp!

Registration for this camp is required by November 2nd.  Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553.

Thankful For Nature (November 23rd)

For students enrolled in K-5

$70 per child ($65 per member)

Explore all of the incredible ways the natural world provides us with food, shelter, energy, and more! Show your gratitude for nature by learning how to reduce waste, conserve pollinator habitats, and show respect for the amazing planet we call home. 

Registration for this camp is required by November 16th.  Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 

Spring Break Camp

Information about 2017 Spring Break Camp will be posted by September.

Camp Age Groups

We want all campers to have adequate opportunities to learn, be challenged, and grow. For this reason, campers may only register for camp sessions designated for their age or grade. There are many opportunities for campers in different age groups to play together at camp and taking advantage of these times in the schedule without switching to an older or younger age group ensures that each camper is participating in a camp that will be exciting and challenging for their developmental level.

School Break and Days Off Outdoors camps are open to any campers currently enrolled in Kindergarten through fifth grades. After registration closes, we create camp groups based on campers’ current grades. Camp groups are usually K-1 and 2-5 or K-2 and 3-5, depending on the number of campers registered.

At this time, LSNC cannot accommodate campers who are enrolled in a Young Fives program, nor campers who are 5 or 6 but are not enrolled in full-day Kindergarten, in our School Break and Days Off Outdoors camps. We want all campers to have adequate opportunities to learn, be challenged, and grow. To accomplish this, we must ensure that each camper is participating in a camp that will be exciting and challenging for their developmental level. Because our School Break Camp and Days Off Outdoors sessions are more flexible in age range (the younger group often includes second graders), including preschool campers in these sessions can lead to an age spread that is too wide to be developmentally appropriate for all of the campers. LSNC offers a wide variety of non-camp preschool programs for kids aged 1-5. Please explore them here.

Days Off Outdoors Information

Days Off Outdoors Daily Schedule

8:30     Camper Sign In
Parents and guardians sign campers in at their assigned camp building. While we are waiting for everyone to arrive, campers will choose from several different activities like art making, exploring specimens, or playing with blocks, Legos, and other manipulative toys.

9:00     House Meeting
To start off our day, campers will gather to hear the day's schedule, play some name games, sing songs, and do cheers. Camp groups review LSNC’s camp rules and talk about camper’s hopes and expectations for the day.

9:15-11:30     Morning Activities
We'll go outdoors to hike, explore, play games, and enjoy the fresh air. Morning snack will be provided.

11:30-12:30    Lunch and Free Time
Lunch is held with all camps together, eating picnic outside (weather permitting) or on the Nature House floor. Campers, staff, and volunteers stay seated and focused on eating and drinking water for 20 minutes. Campers are encouraged to recycle and compost. After lunch, we head down to the big field for free play.

12:30-1:30     Chillaxation
Chillaxation is held by each camp group individually. Campers are given a time to relax and reflect on the day's adventures. Stories, reading, drawing, resting, cloud watching, and other quiet activities are included.

1:30-3:00        Afternoon Activities
During afternoon activities, camp groups head back outside for more exploration. These activities continue the themes and ideas that groups explored in the morning, and provide lots of opportunities for play, hands-on exploration, and being active.

3:00-3:30      Afternoon Snack, Clean-up, and Story
After completing their Afternoon Activities, campers return to their houses to tidy up and pack their belongings. After the building is tidy and everyone is ready to go, camp groups will eat a healthy snack and work together to brainstorm a list for their “Ask Me About” board which includes a list of topics or questions that are meant to spark conversations about camp experiences between campers and their families.

3:30-4:30      All Camp Carnival 
After campers drop belongings off in the Nature House, all camp groups meet by the lower fire pit to hear the All Camp Carnival options. For this hour, campers can travel with a buddy and move freely between a variety of activity choices. These choices may include: stories and singing by the camp fire, theater games, relays, a visit to the Critter House, or visiting our raptor enclosures.

4:30-5:30      STEAM Hour and Camper Sign Out
In the last hour of Days Off Outdoors camp, campers stay in or near the Nature House so their families can easily find them and sign them out. During STEAM Hour, campers choose from a variety of self-directed science investigations or art projects. Campers can also choose to finish a project from their camp day, read a book, or chat with a friend. All campers must be picked up and signed out by someone on their Emergency & Release Form by 5:30pm.

Days Off Outdoors Packing List

Please mark all items with your camper’s name! Campers are responsible for keeping track of their belongings while at LSNC.

  • Weather-appropriate clothes and layers (we go outside in all weather, so please come prepared)
  • Backpack to hold everything
  • Lunch (nothing that needs refrigeration or warming please)
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Extra Clothes (including socks, underwear, and extra layers) and a plastic bag for wet or dirty clothes
  • Winter and Rain Clothing (in colder months) including rain coat or warm winter coat, boots, snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves and a scarf
  • Slippers or Indoor Shoes (optional—to protect our buildings, we do not wear outdoor shoes inside our buildings when it is snowy, muddy, or salty outside.
  • Book(s) to read during Chillaxation
  • Sleds (optional—when it is snowy, we may go sledding at camp. Campers must be willing to share sleds with others. Sleds should be labeled with campers’ names. LSNC does not allow inflatable sleds or sleds with metal runners.)

Not Allowed At Camp

Cell phones, mp3 devices, tablets, electronic games, cameras, or other electronic devices are not allowed at camp. Please do not bring knives and weapons of any kind, or anything you can’t afford to lose. LSNC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Prohibited items will be held in the camp office until the end of the day and must be picked up by a parent or guardian.

School Break Camp Information

School Break Camp Daily Schedule

Each camp day follows the same basic schedule, though daily activities vary depending on age group and camp theme.

8:30     Camper Sign In and Morning Stations
Parents and guardians sign campers in at their assigned camp building each day. While we are waiting for everyone to arrive, campers will choose from several different activities like art making, exploring specimens, or playing with blocks, Legos, and other manipulative toys.

9:00     House Meeting
To start off our day, campers will gather to hear the day's schedule, play some name games, sing songs, and do cheers. On Mondays, all camp groups review LSNC’s camp rules and talk about camper’s hopes and expectations for the week.

9:15-11:30     Morning Activities
We'll go outdoors to hike, explore, play games, and enjoy the fresh air. Campers will visit the Critter House at least once during their camp week. Morning snack will be provided. On Mondays, Morning Activities end early for All Camp when all camp groups come together for games and songs.

11:30-12:30    Lunch and Free Time
Lunch is held with all camps together, eating picnic style outside (weather permitting) or in the Nature House. To make sure they have enough energy for the day, campers, staff, and volunteers stay seated and focused on eating and drinking water for 20 minutes. Campers are encouraged to recycle and compost. After lunch, we head down to the big field for free play.

12:30-1:30     Chillaxation
Chillaxation is held by each camp group individually. Campers are given a time to relax and reflect on the day's adventures. Stories, reading, drawing, resting, cloud watching, and other quiet activities are included.

1:30-1:45              All Camp
All Camp provides all camp groups with the opportunity to play games, do house cheers, and share with other camp groups about what they have learned at camp.

1:45-2:45        Choice Time
During choice time, Camp Educators and volunteers offer 3 activities from which each camper is able to choose. Each day there is an active choice, and artsy choice, and an environmental education choice (though these categories sometimes overlap). Thursday is Choice Day, with 3 choice times spaced throughout the day, ending with Choice Carnival in the afternoon, where campers are able to go to each of several stations, including s’more making and silly games.

2:45-3:30      Afternoon Snack, Clean-up, and Circle Games
After choice time, campers return to their houses to tidy up for the day, usually taking their belongings outside for pick-up. After the building is tidy and everyone is ready to go, camp groups will eat a healthy snack and work together to brainstorm a list for their “Ask Me About” board which includes a list of topics or questions that are meant to spark conversations about camp experiences between campers and their families. Camp groups will play silly circle games, sing songs, or practice brain teasers until families arrive.

3:30      Camper Sign Out
Our camp day ends promptly at 3:30pm. All campers must be picked up and signed out by someone on their Emergency & Release Form. Campers who are registered for Post-Camp are signed into the Post-Camp session by a staff member and must be signed out by someone listed on their Emergency & Release Form by 5:30pm.

School Break Camp Weekly Schedule

Like the daily schedule, our weekly camp schedule follows the same basic arc week-to-week, though activities change based on age group and camp theme.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Morning

House Meeting

Morning Activities

 

All Camp*

House Meeting

Morning Activities

 

House Meeting

Morning Activities

 

House Meeting

Choice Time #1

Choice Time #2

 

House Meeting

Morning Activities

 

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Lunch & Free Time

Afternoon

Chillaxation

Choice Time

Clean-up & Games

Chillaxation

All Camp*

Choice Time

Clean-up & Games

Chillaxation

All Camp *

Choice Time

Clean-up & Games

Chillaxation

All Camp*

Choice Carnival**

 

Chillaxation

Choice Time

All Camp*

Clean-up & Games

Late Afternoon

Camp Cool Down (limited space available; must register separately)

Camp Cool Down

Camp Cool Down

Camp Cool Down

Camp Cool Down

Snacks

Pretzels/Bananas

Ritz Crackers/Oranges

Goldfish/Apples

Air-popped Popcorn/S’mores

Carrots/Freeze Pops

*All Camp: When the whole camp gathers on the rock wall for singing, skits, and games.
**Choice Carnival: Campers can circulate to several different stations including s’more making, critter house visits, and silly games.

School Break Camp Packing List

Please mark all items with your camper’s name! Campers are responsible for keeping track of their belongings while at LSNC.

  • Weather-appropriate clothes and layers (we go outside in all weather, so please come prepared)
  • Backpack to hold everything
  • Lunch (nothing that needs refrigeration or warming please)
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Extra Clothes (including socks, underwear, and extra layers) and a plastic bag for wet or dirty clothes
  • Winter and Rain Clothing (in cold months) including rain coat or warm winter coat, boots, snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves and a scarf
  • Slippers or Indoor Shoes (optional—to protect our buildings, we do not wear outdoor shoes inside our buildings when it is snowy, muddy, or salty outside.
  • Book(s) to read during Chillaxation
  • Sleds (optional—when it is snowy, we may go sledding at camp. Campers must be willing to share sleds with others. Sleds should be labeled with campers’ names. LSNC does not allow inflatable sleds or sleds with metal runners.)

Not Allowed At Camp

Cell Phones, mp3 devices, tablets, electronic games, cameras, or other electronic devices are not allowed at camp. Please do not bring knives and weapons of any kind, or anything you can’t afford to lose. LSNC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Prohibited items will be held in the camp office until the end of the day and must be picked up by a parent or guardian.