Local Events and Opportunities

Community activities and events are listed below.  All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting.  In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office.  By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.


School & District Related Events

East Lansing Educational Foundation Events

East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities

Dear Friends of the East Lansing Educational Foundation:

Through wind, rain, and snow a dedicated team of community volunteers meets on the second Tuesday of each month with one ultimate goal in mind; to help raise funds to distribute to East Lansing Public Schools teachers, administrators and staff.

It has been my pleasure over the past few years to be a part of this team, better known as the East Lansing Educational Foundation, and to help raise those funds and to assist in reviewing the requests for assistance for our classrooms that come in each fall. From your donations, the ELEF was able to fund grants this year totaling over $48,000. I wanted to share just a few of those wonderful requests that were awarded this year.

East Lansing High School
$1,058.00 for two new cameras for the yearbook staff
$3,939.90 for mini iPads for the Math Department

MacDonald Middle School
$3,500.00 for a new 3-D printer

$4,760.00 for a science partnership with Impression 5 Science Center

$1,199.25 for performance stages for the music department

$2,398.00 for Ozbots for STEM enhancement programs

$718.00 for parental support literature

$3,400.00 for Drum Fit - a collaborative effort between P.E. and music classes

As you can see, students at every school in our district benefit from your generous support to the ELEF. As we enter the season of giving, I humbly ask that you once again open your hearts and your checkbooks to assist the ELEF in its mission to continue to provide that extra support our ELPS teachers, administrators, and staff so deservingly need. We all benefit from this generosity of spirit and our community is a much richer place for it. Please fill out the enclosed donation form or visit us online at: www.elef.us to contribute to the ELEF in whatever amount you can spare. All donations are extremely appreciated.

Have a safe and happy holiday season,

Blair Renfro
President, East Lansing Educational Foundation

PDF Version of Letter

Donation Form


Community Events

Burchfield County Park Exploring Nature Day Camp

Enrollment is open to children age 5-12. Children age 5 must have completed kindergarten. Campers are limited to two one-week sessions.

  • Identify local wildlife & plants
  • Explore Peppermint Creek
  • Catch frogs & salamanders
  • Build forts & have a campfire
  • Swim in the pond
  • Investigate ecosystems
  • Hike & go fishing

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City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival to Take Place June 21-22 in Downtown East Lansing

The 2019 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) will bring local, regional and national jazz acts to the heart of downtown East Lansing for a two-day festival that is not to be missed. This year’s festival will take place Friday, June 21 from 4-11 p.m. and Saturday, June 22 from 2:30-11 p.m.

Festival goers should note that the festival layout is the same as last year’s layout. The Founders’ Stage will be located in the Bailey Parking Lot, 139 Bailey St., and the Education Stage will be located adjacent to the Albert-Division intersection.

This year’s Friday night headliner is Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, an all-female sextet known for their Afro-Cuban jazz. Jane Bunnett is a three-time Grammy nominee and five-time Juno Award winner who partnered five years ago with Maqueque - an ensemble of five, all-star female Cuban musicians. Together, they bring the soul of Cuba to the hearts of music lovers and have become one of the top groups in the North American jazz scene.

The Saturday night headliner is Straight Ahead, an all-female quartet of Grammy-nominated recording artists from Detroit, Mich. Widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, the Straight Ahead sound ranges from mainstream jazz R&B ballads to avant-garde and Brazilian funk. Their live performances are a dynamic celebration of power and joy.

Other 2019 Founders’ Stage performers include the Randy Gelispie Organ Ensemble, Etienne Charles, Maureen Choi, Xavier Davis Quartet with Regina Carter and the Rodney Whitaker Sextet. The 2019 Education Stage performers include the Stanley Ruvinov Quartet, Jordyn Davis, Tim Blackmon & Tissa Khosla, Jeff Shoup Quartet, 496 West, JAMM, Margherita Fava Quartet, Brandon Rose, The Becoming Quintet, Max Colley and Root Doctor. The complete schedule of performances can be found here:
https://www.eljazzfest.com/193/2019-Performer-Line-up. The performer bios can
be found here: https://www.eljazzfest.com/217/2019-Performer-Bios. Highresolution
photos of some of this year’s performers can be found here:

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D-Day Final Salute Program to Take Place at ELHCC on Sunday, June 9

In observance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the City of East Lansing will be hosting a Final Salute program on Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.

The program will include a presentation of colors by the Lansing-based 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, 25th Marine Regiment; a keynote presentation from military historian Richard Cahow; and closing remarks from Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James Pocock. The program will also include a video, which will pay tribute to those who served in World War II.

“We hope community members will join us for this special D-Day Final Salute program,” said former Councilmember Beverly Baten – one of the organizers of the program. “It’s important for us to continue to honor those who lost their lives and those who bravely fought to protect our freedom on that tragic day and during the war to follow.”

Community members and area veterans are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the program.


13th Annual Mayors’ Ramadan Unity Dinner to Take Place Wednesday, June 12

East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows and Lansing Mayor Andy Schor will be hosting the 13th Annual Mayors’ Ramadan Unity Dinner on Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave. The featured keynote speaker is State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud.

With support from the Muslim community, the Ramadan Unity Dinner began 13 years ago as a way for the communities of Lansing and East Lansing to celebrate the diversity of the region and bring awareness to the plight of those who go hungry in our community. The event continues to embrace all community members — regardless of faith — so they can unite and work together toward a common goal. The theme of this year’s dinner is “FED UP with Hunger” and all proceeds of the event will go to the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

Since its inception, the Mayors’ Ramadan Unity Dinner has grown to reach an audience of more than 400 people annually and has contributed more than $90,000 to the region's local food bank. An exciting evening is being planned for 2019, with great authentic Middle Eastern cuisine and an informative program. The celebration will be funded through sponsorships and ticket sales ($15 per student, $25 per individual, $80 per family/group of four). Sponsors will be recognized for their commitment to diversity and the fight against hunger.

Additional information, including sponsorship and ticket information, is available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/RamadanDinner. The deadline to submit sponsorship requests is June 1, 2019. Community members with questions can contact Emily Gordon at (517) 319-6869 or Leslie McCarrick at (517) 483-4145.

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City of East Lansing, MSU Announce 2019 One Book, One Community Selection

The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University have announced the book selection for the 2019 One Book, One Community (OBOC) program: “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by author Matthew Desmond.

Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book transports readers to the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee to tell the heartbreaking, real-life stories of eight families struggling to keep a roof over their heads. By living among these families in 2008 and 2009, Desmond is able to provide readers with a ground-level view of one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems and shine a probing light on the human cost of America’s immense inequality.

Desmond’s book has garnered countless accolades, including being the winner of: the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal Excellence in Nonfiction. The book was also a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker and many more.

Desmond is a professor of sociology at Princeton University and is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. As the principal investigator at The Eviction Lab at Princeton University, Desmond’s research has focused on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial
inequality and ethnography.

Desmond’s book, “Evicted,” was picked by the East Lansing-MSU community via an online survey that was conducted in early 2019. The survey invited community participants to select one of three books on the OBOC Selection Committee’s short list for the 2019 program, with Desmond’s “Evicted”
garnering the most votes. More information on the book can be found at http://evictedbook.com/.

About OBOC Signature Events
As part of the 2019 OBOC program, Desmond will visit the East Lansing-MSU community in August 2019. Community members are invited to A Community Conversation with Matthew Desmond on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. Desmond will also speak during the MSU Fall Convocation at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 534
Birch Road, on Monday Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. Both events are FREE and open to all community members.

The One Book, One Community program encourages the East Lansing-Michigan State University community to read the same book and come together to explore its themes and issues at a variety of campus and community events each fall. The selected book is widely read on and off campus. The highlight of the program is the visit by the author(s) to the community in the fall. OBOC is one of the first community reading programs to bring together the students of a major university and the residents of its surrounding community. Learn more about OBOC and the 2019 program at www.onebookeastlansing.com.

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All-of-US Children's Theater

Through theatre, young kids enhance reading skills, practice their ability to work in a team, take on leadership roles, gain self confidence to take with them to school, and learn to balance both
focus and creativity.


City of East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts Summer Camps & Leagues

2019 Summer Camps

Various camps available including:

• Fencing Camp for Beginners (Ages 9+)
• Ultimate Frisbee Camp
• Todd Martin Tennis Camps
• Studio d Danse Summer Dance Classes
• Safe Sitter® Babysitting Workshop
• Wiggles & Wags (Ages 8-14)
• Alien Defense (Ages 8-14)
• Kids & Clay Camp (Ages 6-12)
• Pottery for Kids (Ages 6-12)
• Zombie Survival Camp (Ages 8-12)

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All-of-Us Children's Theatre 2019 Summer Camps

Camps will take place at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.
Participants will need to bring a lunch to camp each day.

Due to the popularity of these camps, all cancellations must be made at least five days prior to the first day of camp. No refunds will be issued if canceled less than five days prior.

To register, go to www.cityofeastlansing.com/onlineregistration and click on “Children’s Theater”
under “Class Types.”

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Challenger International Soccer Camp

Featuring iChallenge, a groundbreaking digital coaching component, providing ongoing virtual
training at home and throughout the season.

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ELPRA Offering Summer High School Soccer League

Starting this year, the East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts will offer a summer high school soccer league that plays at the East Lansing Soccer Complex, 3700 Coleman Road. The league is available for all area high schools.

Boys’ and girls’ leagues will be offered, with the boys playing on Tuesday and Thursday, and girls playing on Wednesday. Games will start at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. and will consists of two, 35-minute halves, with a running clock and referee system.

The league begins on Tuesday, June 18 and runs for five weeks.
The cost is $675 per team, which includes the cost of 25 t-shirts. The registration deadline is Friday, May 31. To download a registration form, visit http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/summersoccerleague

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Conquest Fitness Foundation Programs forKids

FREE 6 Week Co-Ed Youth Rugby Clinic

The Youth Rugby Clinic is a FREE opportunity for youth to learn valuable life skills, healthy habits, and rugby skills and fundamentals. The Conquest Fitness Foundation has partnered with The Capital Area Rugby Football Foundation to coach this years’ clinic. These coaches and rugby professionals take a fun and seamless approach to classes to keep youth engaged.  No experience or equipment necessary.

WHERE: Frances Park, Lansing  
WHEN: June 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 17 TIME: 6-7:30pm
COST: Free

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FREE 6 Week Golf FORE Kids Program

The Golf FORE Kids Clinic is a FREE opportunity for youth to learn valuable life skills, healthy habits, and golf skills and fundamentals. The First Tee coaches and golf professionals take a fun and seamless approach to classes to keep youth engaged.

Participants will discover the health and fitness benefits of golf while having fun with activity based classes. No experience or equipment necessary.

WHERE: Woodside Golf Course
WHEN: June 13th, 20th, 27th
July 11th, 18th, 25th
Ages 6-8 …. 6-7pm
Ages 9-14 … 7:15-8:15pm
COST: Free

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Detroit Tigers Baseball/Softball Camps 2019

We are proud to announce the inaugural season of the NEW Detroit Tigers Baseball/Softball Camps. Any boy or girl who has ever picked up a bat, a ball and dared to dream the dream will find these week-long camps about as close to Tigers baseball heaven as they can get without actually being Miguel Cabrera or JaCoby Jones.

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East Lansing Public Library Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program - A Universe of Stories

Summer Reading Kickoff
June 17th 5 to 7 pm
Let's celebrate reading!
Join us for a Family Dance Party with DJ Rod Carpenter, food trucks, where Sparty will stop by to say hello!

JUNE 17 - AUGUST 10 2019
Register online at www.elpl.org, or in person at the library.
Track your progress on your reading log, receive a prize when you complete each level.
Prevent the summer slide: reading 6 books through the summer break maintains your current reading status.

Students attending East Lansing schools receive a free library card, regardless of where they live.
Caregivers, bring your child and driver's license to the library and get a free card today!

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East Lansing Junior Trojans Football Registration & Info 4-8

About the program
We are dedicated to providing youth, from grades four to eight, with a recreational and educational football program that enhances self-esteem and develops a positive work-ethic that benefits them in school, at home, and on the field. The program strives to provide the building blocks that will help student-athletes grow into welladjusted and successful individuals.

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East Lansing Soccer Club Information

The East Lansing Soccer Club is organized for the charitable and educational purpose of providing instruction, recreation and competition in the sport of youth soccer in the East Lansing area. Emphasis will be placed on maximum player participation by members of the club. Instruction and recreation will be of more importance than competition.

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ELPD Accepting Applications for 2019 Citizens’ Police Academy

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) is currently accepting applications for its 2019 Citizens’ Police Academy.

Community members interested in learning more about the criminal justice system and the role of ELPD are encouraged to apply at www.cityofeastlansing.com/CitizensPoliceAcademy. The application deadline is August 23, 2019. Eligible applicants include anyone 18 and older who is affiliated with East Lansing, whether they are full-time residents, students, business owners or others with a community connection. ELPD hopes to have a diverse cross-section of the community be a part of the 2019 course.

The 11-week course is designed to give citizens a working knowledge of the police department, while also assisting ELPD in becoming more aware of the issues and concerns of the community. Featuring classroom and hands-on instruction, the course will cover a variety of topics, including: Use of Force, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, Neighborhood Watch, disaster preparedness, a K9 Unit demonstration and more.

The Citizens’ Police Academy is free and open to all who are eligible; however, class size is limited to 15-20 individuals. The department will conduct a background check on each applicant and notify selected applicants prior to the start of the course. The academy will meet from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday from Sept. 24-Dec. 3. The group will meet in the ELPD Emergency Operations Center, 409 Park Lane. Community members with questions can contact Sgt. Adrian Ojerio at aojerio@elpolice.com.

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EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.



Gifted and Talented Office of Ingham ISD and Michigan State University - Kids’ College 2019

The Gifted and Talented Office of Ingham Intermediate School District and Michigan State University are pleased to announce the 33rd year of Kids’ College for talented students. This collaborative venture improves and expands educational offerings for students who have outstanding abilities and/or potential talent in the content areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The content focus for 2019 is “Forces.”

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for participation, a student:

  • Must currently be in grade four or grade five
  • Must attend school in Ingham, Clinton, Eaton or Shiawassee county with preference being given to students from Ingham County Should have an interest in science
  • Must have demonstrated high potential for development in the sciences
  • Must have parental permission to participate

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Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program GRASP 2019

The Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program is a correspondence program in reading and math for grades K-8. There is also an online version for grades 4-8. The program seeks to help students retain skills learned during the past school year by providing review exercises.

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I Am Enough Statewide Conference for Teen Girls

June 29th
Doors open at 9am Conference starts at 10am
Girls Ages 12-17


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Jr Sailing Camp at the Lansing Sailing Club in Haslett

Jr Sailing Camp at the Lansing Sailing Club in Haslett
Grades 5-12

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LCC Free Digital Skills Training for Kids

Free Digital Skills Training

LCC's free Digital Skills Training Program is great for kids! Grow with Google tools, developed with your
student's success in mind and offered on-site at Lansing Community College, connect summer fun and learning with the digital age! Parents are welcome to attend.

+ Plan and Budget, for kids!
+ Create an editing tool vvith programming
+ Plan an event
+ If-then adventure stories

And Many More! Visit lcc.edu/google today.

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Mathematics Analytic Series: Cultivating Optimum Teamwork

The topics of MASCOT are intended to supplement, complement and extend mathematics taught in the classroom during the school year. The choice of topics is based on current research in mathematics and knowledge about how children learn. The instruction focuses on cooperative learning and builds on children’s prior mathematical knowledge.

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Michigan Virtual Offers Minecraft: Education Edition Summer Camp for Kids and More

Michigan Virtual Offers Minecraft: Education Edition Summer Camp for Kids and More

Each year, Michigan students lose an average of one month's worth of learning over the summer. Therefore, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Systems, Evaluation, and Technology (OSET) is pleased to highlight Michigan Virtual’s Minecraft Online Summer Camp for grades 3-8. This four-week course is made possible by a partnership between the MDE, OSET and Michigan Virtual. This course supports Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan Goal 2 by enhancing access to effective technology tools that support deeper and personalized learning.


CI-MSU Chinese Language and Culture Camp and Chinese Tutoring

Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (CI-MSU) is offering non-profit Chinese Language and Culture Camp for K-6 students and free Chinese tutoring for K-12 students this summer.

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Chinese Tutoring  K-12 Flier

For further summer camp information, please visit our website at: http://www.education.msu.edu/cimsu/programs/summer-camp.asp.
For more information about tutoring, please visit our website at: http://education.msu.edu/cimsu/programs/tutoring.

MSU College of Arts & Letters - CeLTA Language School - 2019 Language Summer Camps for Children and Teens


Our summer camps introduce children (ages 6-12) and teens (13+) to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on hands-on activities and interactions in the target language. No prior knowledge is required and children of higher levels can be accommodated.
Camps meet from 8:30-4:00 pm in Wells Hall.

Morning-only options (8:30-12:00 pm) are available for all kids camps.

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MSU Girls Basketball Overnight and Day Camp for Grades 3-12

Join the Michigan State Women’s basketball team this summer for skill development, team concepts
and much more!

*Must be 12 years old to spend the night

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MSU Mathematics Department Play Math 2019 Summer Camps

Detailed course descriptions, introductions to the staff, and online registration can be found on our website:


MSU Mathematics Department camps are designed to foster curiosity, creativity, wonder, and enjoyment of mathematical ideas and reasoning. Daily activities will include a variety of fun games, puzzles, explorations and activities.

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MSU Volleyball Camps 2019

The Michigan State Spartans Volleyball coaching staff invites you to improve your total game this summer in beautiful East Lansing, Michigan. For over 30 years, Head Coach Cathy George, has offered highly effective camps that are both organized and well-supervised. Spartan pride is evident in high-quality camp coaches and in providing each camper exceptional instruction with full involvement of the Spartan coaching staff. Each camp is designed to help personal improvement in the areas of skill development, strategies, and game understanding.

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Spartan Sprouts 2019 Soccer Camps

Spartan Sprouts Soccer Camp is designed to provide youth players with an outstanding soccer learning
experience. The sessions feature a positive learning environment in all aspects of soccer, from individual to
group activities. Sprouts camp is open to all boys and girls ages 5-9, and is geared to the young developing
player or first time player. Players will be instructed by members of the MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
SOCCER STAFF as well as current and former varsity players.

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Trojan Aquatics & Raptor Water Polo Summer Program

Trojan Tennis Camp 2019

Dates: July 15th-July 18th (Mon-Thur)

4th-8th (9:00-10:30am)
9th-12th (10:30am-12:00pm)

Cost: $40/camper (includes t-shirt)

Location: East Lansing High School

-Stroke production
-Mental toughness
-Strategy (singles/doubles)
-Match play

Equipment: Athletic clothes and shoes, tennis racket, and water bottle

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Wilson Talent Center Summer Camps for Students Entering Grades 5-7

The Wilson Talent Center is offering summer camps for students entering grades 5-7 in the fall. These camps provide students the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities in careers such as photography, cosmetology, healthcare and automotive.

Camps will run from 7:30am – 4:00pm including lunch and a snack each day. The first round of camps will be held July 9-10 and the second round will be held July 17-18. The cost of each camp is $110. Space is limited.

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YMCA Mystic Lake Camp & Day Camp

YMCA Day Camp

There is no place like Day Camp – a home away from home where kids laugh, learn, and explore while creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime.  That’s why more than 3,000 kids in mid-Michigan attend YMCA of Lansing’s summer day camps; to belong, achieve and build relationships.

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Mystic Lake YMCA Camp

Since 1926 Mystic Lake YMCA Camp has been providing kids and families with outstanding programs focused on helping them grow. Sessions at camp focus on the character values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility within each activity. Through our character development we are able to foster social responsibility, self-confidence, friendships, and a sense of belonging during your child’s stay with us.

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Zookambi Summer Camp

Potter Park Zoo has the wildest weeks of summer camp available in Michigan!

Students from grades 1-12 will see fantastic animal presentations, learn amazing facts with a variety of hands-on activities and experience adventures that typical zoo visitors can't.

Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, or all day! Early  drop-off and late pick-up is available.

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