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Youth Camp (ages 8-13)
Located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Campbell, Camp Tall Turf has been instilling the biblical message of reconciliation in our campers for over 40 years. Our youth camp sessions are specifically designed to teach our campers about the value of diversity. Campers who attend Tall Turf develop critical cross-cultural skills in a fun, safe and engaging environment. In recent years, over 80% of our campers left Camp Tall Turf saying that they befriended someone from a different background than their own. Many of our past campers say that their time at Tall Turf was one of the most transformative life experiences they have had!
During each session of camp, cabins (groups of eight campers and a counselor) spend five to eight days together eating, playing, sleepingm praying and learning new skills. Whilechildren spendmost of their time with this cabin group, each day also providessupervised free time for campers to pursue their own interests.
A Typical Day at Camp
A day at Youth Camp includes cabin activities, independed camper-chosen activities, and special evening programs. Our program director plans and coordinates these activities with the counselors to ensure that each camper can experience a variety of camp's activities. Some of these activities include: swimming, archery, arts and crafts, an overnight campout, canoeing, cookouts, drama, dance, fishing and outdoor sports.
Our carefully selected summer staff is one of the most diverse in the country. Staff members undergo extensive training on how to help campers learn more about themselves, others, God and nature. Prior to being hired as staff, applicants must pass two background checks and a central registry clearance as required by the State of Michigan before they are eligible for employment. Our counselor to camper ratio is 1:8 while the overall staff ratio is 1:4.
Licensing and Accreditation
Camp Tall Turf is licensed by the State of Michigan as well as accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). ACA accredidation means a camp undergoes a thorough review of its operation - from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. In collaboration with experts from the field, ACA works to assure that current practices at camp reflect the most up-to-date, research based standards in camp operation and programming.
If you are part of an organization that is sponsoring a child to go to camp, our flat organizational rates are $100 for a 5-day session and $140 for an 8-day session. Additionally, special group rates are available to organizations looking to send larger groups. Contact our office at (616) 452-7906 for more information.