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•  Lower Elementary: 5 - 8 year olds (children who have finished kindergarten – 2nd grade)
•  Upper Elementary: 9-12 year olds (children who have finished 3rd – 5th  grades)

Enrollment preference is given to current TCH students until April 1st and TCH alumni from April 1st - 15th. After April 15th, registration is open to the greater community.

A Typical Week:

Base Camp – 5-12 year olds
TCH Base Camp provides a home base and consistent schedule for campers during the times they are not involved in the rotation of morning workshops. Base Camp activities include athletic and social skill building games, creative problem solving activities, and crafts. A daily quiet period after lunch includes time for chess, board games, and quiet reading.

Rock polishing crafts and crocheting stations are available throughout the summer for campers during Base Camp.

Off-Campus Excursions (T, W, TH)  9-12 year olds
Our older campers like an adventure and also like to participate in planning the adventure. The off-campus excursions with Steve Maas take the campers on day-trips to many of the spectacular attractions in our area. Last summer they visited beaches, Sleeping Bear Dunes, lighthouses, trails, nature areas, Fishtown, museums, the library, and downtown T.C. They collaborate weekly with Steve to choose their destinations.

Morning Workshops  Each morning, campers rotate through three activity sessions that center around a weekly theme. The three sessions include a workshop often led by a guest instructor, a physical activity, and a cooking or craft event. See below for specific age groups, topics, and schedules.

Sport of the Week – All ages
Baseball, rugby, cricket, bocce, badminton, soccer ….. a different sport is highlighted each week complete with instruction, practice, and games.

Moomers Mondays and Field Day – All ages
Every Monday! Moomers ice cream party and field games in the courtyard for everyone!

Sprinkler Fun – All ages
Bring your bathing suit and towel for sprinkler fun every Wednesday.


Camp Directors:

Lower Elementary Camp Director:
Jodie Tasch
has worked at The Children’s House since 2003 with children in our infant through elementary programs. She directed TCH Primary and Elementary Camps as well as many art classes over the past several years. Jodie studied Family Community Services and Child Development at Michigan State with an emphasis in art.

Upper Elementary Camp Director:
Steve Maas

Steve has worked at The Children’s House since 1992 as a classroom Montessori guide, summer camp director and, since 2002, director of physical education.

Guest Instructors:

Art: Alison Hoffman

Cooking: Keil Moshier, Chef and owner of Bay Town Kitchen, Traverse City

Crochet:  Norie Warnke

Hit the Trails: Steve Maas

Music: Amanda Igra

Science: Amalia Fernand

Theater: Laura Mittelstaedt,

Camp Fees
Weekly Session Rates

Rates include Base Camp, workshops, and excursions.
Note: $5.00/week transportation fee for Upper Elementary off-campus excursions with Steve

5 Mornings 8:30-12:30      $196/week (Weeks 3 & 10 pro-rated at $157)
3 Days 8:30-3:30 $185/week
5 Days    8:30-3:30 $252 (weeks 3 & 10 pro-rated at $232)
Upper El Excursion Fees $5 per week, billed after the trips
  • A $7.75/hour rate applies to care provided beyond the scheduled camp sessions
  • The weeks of July 4th and the last week are pro-rated 
  • A 10% discount is applied to schedules of 7 or more weeks.
  • Requests for childcare before 8:30 and after 3:30 should be noted in the comments section of the form below.

 How to Register:

  • Scroll down to the weekly descriptions.
  • Select a class.
  • Select a schedule.
  • Note special requests or schedules in the space provided.
  • Complete the personal information at the bottom.
  • Submit your form.

Need help with registration?: Call 231-929-9325 for assistance

Choose your weekly schedule here:

Week 1 June 19-23

Sing, Dance, and Play (5-12 year olds)
Amanda Igra
Join TCH music specialist Amanda Igra for a week of singing, folk dancing, and playing of various instruments. Movement and music will rule the week!

UE Excursions (9-12 year olds)
Steve Maas

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Week 2 June 26-30

Hit the Trails (5-12 year olds)
Steve Maas
Join us for a week of trail riding on the Rails to Trails system around Traverse City. We’ll ride between 8 and 20 miles a day. Because adult support is available to accommodate a variety of ability levels – beginning to experienced riders are invited. Time is spent daily learning basic bike safety and maintenance. This session is a favorite that is worth repeating every year. Parents are welcome to ride along. (We will limit this session to 20 children.)

Discover Your Inner Artist (5-12 year olds)
Alison Hoffman
Draw, sculpt and paint your way through a week of art exploration. Uncover secrets from famous artists and put your own twist onto something new!

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Week 3 July 3-7 (closed July 4th)   

Hooray USA and Traverse City!  (5-12 year olds)
Jodie Tasch
Celebrate our country's independence and Traverse City, the nation's Cherry Capital. The week ends with our traditional bike parade and picnic – complete with hot dogs and lemonade.

Upper El Excursions (9-12 year olds)
Steve Maas

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Week 4 July 10-14  

Air and Space  (5-12 year olds)
Jodie Tasch
Reach for the stars and discover the scientific wonders or air and space travel. Launch a rocket, explore the moon and learn what it takes to be an astronaut.

Upper El Excursions (9-12 year olds)
Steve Maas

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Ty McGregor Basketball Camp this week on M, TU, W – Register and pay separately.  Info here.

Week 5 July 17-21 

Hit the Trails – Experienced Cyclists
Steve Maas

Picture This (5-12 year olds)
Jodie Tasch
Learn to capture the world around you through photography. Take pictures, make a camera and learn how to transfer photos onto wood.

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Week 6 July 24-28

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (5-12 year olds)
Jodie Tasch
Design your own submarine and dive into ocean waters to discover deep sea creatures and other marine life through science, art and a little imagination.

Upper El Excursions (9-12 year olds)
Steve Maas

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Weeks 7, 8, 9 with Amalia Fernand

Amalia recently spent a year and a half living and teaching on the other side of the world. She brings her experiences of caring for orphaned orangutans, following Komodo dragons, releasing sea turtle hatchlings, and so much more to life in these unique camp experiences. Children creatively explore the sciences through hands-on activities with a specific focus on zoology and earth science. 

Week 7 July 31-August 4

Rocks and Fossils (5-12 year olds)
Amalia Fernand
Campers work on their own rock collections while learning to identify specimans, and understand their origins. They make their own volcano, participate in a mock fossil dig, act out the rock-cycle, and closely examine ancient Michigan fossils. 

Topics include:
the Rock Cycle, Volcanos, Minerals, Paleontology and Michigan Rocks and Fossils

Upper El Excursions (9-12 year olds)
Steve Maas

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Week 8 August 7-11

Herpetology (5-12 year olds)
Amalia Fernand
Reptiles and amphibians are collectively known as "Herps" in the scientific world. Discover the similarities and differences of these fascinating cold-blooded creatures through visiting animal encounters, science experiments, nature walks, games and art.

Topics include:
Frogs & Toads, Salamanders, Snakes & Lizards, Turtles, Crocodilians

UE Excursions – T, W, T (9-12 years old)
Steve Maas

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Week 9 August 14-18  

The World of Invertebrates (5-12 year olds)
Amalia Fernand
Tiny invertebrates surround us, yet we know very little about them. We will look closely at insects and spiders, play pollination party, interact with live visitors, go on bug hunt nature walks, create art projects, and play games all focused on the world of invertebrates. 

Topics include;
Insects, Arachnids, Annelids & Mollusks, Crustaceans, Echinoderms and Cnideria

UE Excursions – T, W, T (9-12 years old)
Steve Maas

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Week 10 August 21-24 (Closed Friday)

Closing Week Activities and
Cooking from the Garden with Chef Keil Moshier – all ages
Spend the final week of camp enjoying some of the favorite activities from the summer and harvesting and cooking vegetables and herbs from the gardens with Chef Keil. A picnic buffet prepared by the children is served at noon on Thursday to the entire school community. Parents are invited. Bring your appetite!

All family picnic lunch on Thursday at noon.

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DEPOSIT A $100 non-refundable deposit is due for each camper at the time of registration. 

CONFIRMATION Once your registration has been received, we will send you a confirmation for your schedule, a supply list, and health and emergency forms that need to be completed and returned to the business office. Campers who also attend during the school year should update their student forms online (SFO) through Children’s House online.

CANCELLATIONS AND SCHEDULE CHANGES All summer tuition except the $100 deposit will be refunded if enrollment is cancelled or modified in writing by June 1st. Neither the deposit nor the tuition will be refunded for cancellations after June 1st. Schedule changes will be accommodated based on class availability.

Late Payment Charge A late charge of $15 per month is assessed when the balance due is $25 or more and payment has not been received by the 10th of the month it is due.

Returned Check Charge A charge of $20 is assessed for all checks or EFTs returned because of insufficient funds or invalid account numbers.

Late Pick-Up Charge A fee of $20 is charged for every 15 minutes (or increments there of) a child is at school after closing time (5:30 pm).

A la Carte Childcare  Childcare is available before and after summer classes as space permits. Arrangements may be made online using orderlunches.com. Directions for using this system will be included in your welcome packet. The school opens at 7:30am and closes at 5:30pm. Childcare used in addition to the hours specified on the summer confirmation form will be billed at $7.75/hour.

Summer Session Calendar June 19 to August 24, 2017 The school is closed on July 4th for Independence Day

This page last updated on 2/3/2017.

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