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Elementary Summer

•  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 March 15th and TCH alumni from March 15th to April 1st. After April 1st, 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.

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.

Afternoon Craft Club with Norie Warnke - All Ages
Afternoon craft creation lessons span the ten week summer program. Children register with Norie for specific lessons one week prior to the class.

Weeks 1 and 2: Hand Sewing
Learn the basics of this useful skill by making decorative cards, felt animals, and stuffed toys.

Weeks 3 and 4: Spool Knitting (a.k.a. French doll knitting)
Easy and fun. Learn to make chains and turn them into animals, flowers, word art and more.

Weeks 5 and 6: Cross Stitch and String Art:
Simple beginner samplers and fun shapes string art

Weeks 7 and 8: Up-cycled Crafts
Repurpose household items into new, earth-friendly crafts. Make a jug into a beautiful and functional birdhouse and more.

Weeks 9 and 10: Pom-Pom Crafts
Make your own pom- poms and turn them into animals, foods, and emojis. Make your own backpack pom-pom clip.

Fitness and Play - All Ages
A focus on personal fitness and nutrition is supported through healthy snacks and practicing different forms of exercise. This routine is built into each day to help establish lifelong healthy lifestyles. Various sports are also highlighted weekly to inspire fun and teamwork.

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 Thursday.

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.

Camp Instructors:
Tony Colombo
DiAnn Service

Guest Instructors:

Craft Club:  Norie Warnke

Hit the Trails and Bike Trips: Steve Maas

Music: Angela Lickiss Aleo

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

3 mornings 8:30-12:30 $142/week
3, 3/4 days 8:30-3:30 $208/week
4 mornings 8:30-12:30 $167/week
4, 3/4 days    8:30-3:30 $242/week
5 mornings 8:30-12:30 $188/week
5, 3/4 days 8:30-3:30 $273/week
Upper El Excursion Fees $5.00  per week, billed after the trips
  • Requests for prearranged childcare before 8:30 and after 3:30 should be noted in the comments section of the form below. Prearranged childcare noted at registration is included in camp fees with a discount applied. Contact the summer admissions office for specific rates.
  • Add-on childcare is available at $8.00/hour.
  • A 10% discount is applied to schedules of 7 or more weeks.     

 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:

Ty McGregor Roundball Camp June 13-15

Click here for details.

Week 1 June 18-22

Forts and Structures (5-12 year olds)
Jodie Tasch
Imagine you are stranded in the wilderness. How would you survive? Learn to use materials found in nature to build shelters with your gathered supplies.

UE Excursions (9-12 year olds)
Steve Maas

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Week 2 June 25-29

Hit the Trails FULL
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.)

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

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Week 3 July 2-6 (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 9-13  

Leathercrafting (5-12 year olds)
Amalia Fernand
Gain skills in the ancient art of leathercrafting through tooling, punching, stitching, the mystery braid, and setting a rivet. Customize bracelets, notebooks, key fobs, small bags, necklaces, headbands, or earrings. Leather is re-purposed scraps from Amalia's father's hand-made shoe business.

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

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Week 5 July 16-20 

Hit the Trails FULL

Steve Maas
This is a repeat of Hit the Trails - week 2. Please limit your registration to one trail week to ensure enough space for all interested to join. Campers may attend two weeks of Hit the Trails if space allows.

Picture This (5-12 year olds)
Jodie Tasch
Back by popular demand! 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 23-27

Animal Art 5-12 year olds)
Jodie Tasch
Learn about animals as you make art and have fun! Paint, sculpt, and design as you explore different species found around the world.

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

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Week 7 July 30-August 3

Show Your Talent (5-12 year olds)
Led by Camp Instructors
Here is a chance for everyone to be a star. Whether you sing, dance, tell jokes, or throw a baseball, show us what you can do. the week includes rehearsals, prop building, and a performance at the end of the week.

Upper El Excursions (9-12 year olds)
Tony Colombo

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Week 8 August 6-10

Great Lakes (5-12 year olds)
Led by Camp Instructors
Learn about the beautiful bodies of water that surround us. What lies below the surface? How can we protect these natural wonders?  

UE Excursions – T, W, T (9-12 years old)
Tony Colombo

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Weeks 9 and 10 

Amalia has 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 9 August 13-17 

Native Michigan   (5-12 year olds)
Amalia Fernand
Explore the local environment while learning about the classification of living things. Live animal guests, scavenger hunts, track identification, fun crafts, and science experiments introduce basic environmental concepts focused on native wildlife.

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

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Week 10 August 20-23 (Closed Friday)

Rocks and Crystals– all ages
Amalia Fernand
Discover the rock cycle through hands-on activities and field research. Take home rocks and crystals for your collection, crack open geodes, conduct mineral tests, make a volcano, polish Petoskey stones, and dig for real fossils.

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

Family Picnic Lunch - Thursday at noon
Children also harvest and cook vegetables and herbs from the garden this week.  A picnic buffet prepared by the children is served at noon on Thursday to the entire school community. Parents are invited. Bring your appetite! 

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Billing Information

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 2/20/2018.

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