Summer Camp Overview
4-H Camp Kidwell is an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited and state of Michigan licensed camping program and facility set on 150 beautiful acres on Eagle Lake in Bloomingdale, Michigan. Our facilities and programs allows children to explore the outdoors in a safe, fun and exciting environment! Our facility features single room cabins which sleep 11, a central dining hall, central bathhouse and many great and up to date activity areas.
Camp Kidwell offers so much for every camper to do. Our age appropriate programs allow campers to try new activities and learn and grow as individuals while learning to interact with others. Throughout their stay with us, campers get a chance to experience many of our core activities and a wide variety of traditions and special events
Weekly themes add fun and excitement to each week. Campers always have the opportunity to participate in our core activities of swimming, archery, drama, team-building, crafts, canoeing, horses and recreation games but the theme enhances these activities and makes each week unique, fun and memorable. The weekly theme is created by specific activities in each of the core activity area, as well as in staff led skits and role play and special and creative activities and events. Choose the theme your camper like best, but know you will have a GREAT time no matter which week you choose!
We use a wide variety experiences and activities we help our campers learn to make choices and decisions for themselves, interact with other campers and staff members and enjoy all the great opportunities we offer. Through discovery of the great outdoors, skill development and guidance in the importance of building healthy relationships, campers leave with a renewed sense of achievement, belonging, confidence and courage to try new things. 4-H Camp Kidwell is an inclusive organization that welcomes all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion or disability.
Safety is our #1 priority. Camp staff members go through a rigorous character-based interview process. They are carefully screened through the highest standards of child safety practices, including background checks and reference verification. Each staff member is selected for their personality traits, hands on skills and concern and care of our campers. Professional program staff work directly with counselors to provide guidance and support. All staff are certified in first aid and CPR. We are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed by the State of Michigan.
Goals and Outcomes
We work very hard to give our campers a great experience. This means lots of fun activities and events, but it also means seeing them learn and grown as individuals. All of our activities and interactions are designed with a purpose. Some of our goals and outcomes are listed below.
G Provide a unique, exciting, fun-filled and growing experience to all campers.
O Campers learn personal strengths and weaknesses, and how to use them.
G Convey to each camper the feeling that he or she is a unique and worthwhile human being.
O Campers become more confident and outgoing and are able to express themselves more clearly.
G Each camper is a winner if he or she does the best they can with the abilities they have.
O Campers develop willingness to try new things.
G Provide experiences for cooperation and close relationship with campers and staff members.
O Campers develop a healthy respect and interaction level with adults.
G Provide a caring community so campers and staff work together and enjoy each new experience.
O Campers show concern for others and willingness to help each other solve problems.
G Expose campers to activities with which they may not be familiar.
O Campers develop interest in new activities.
G Offer skillfully taught and thoroughly organized individual, small group, and large group activities.
O Campers demonstrate ability to be productive members of any size group.
G Challenge children to treat each other with respect and promote positive communication skills.
O Campers think before acting and work through issues in positive and appropriate means.
G Provide challenging co-educational experiences, promoting a positive feeling between boys and girls.
O Campers demonstrate positive, meaningful relationships with members of the opposite sex.
G Maintain and build meaningful 4-H Camp Kidwell traditions through songs, activities, and camping.
O Campers want to become members of staff and continue to share the positive camp experience.
G Provide a quality overall program in which campers and families are excited about and want to return.
O Campers will want to return year after year.
We work hard to provide balanced meals that the kids will enjoy. Below you will find samples of main course items we may serve at each meal. Along with these main course items there are additional items available at each meal. Each meal includes fresh fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, toast, yogurt, as well as vegetarian options.
We work with families to provide alternatives for vegetarian campers as well as those with anyone with special diets, such as gluten free. Please contact us regarding any specific dietary needs and we will gladly work with you to set up a diet that will work for your camper.
These are examples of main course items we prepare for our campers.
Pancakes and sausage
Scrambled eggs, hash browns and ham
Breakfast burritos and fruit
Waffles and bacon
French toast and sausage links
Hot dogs and chips
Sloppy joes and tator tots
Corn dogs and vegetables
Hot ham and cheese and chips
Hamburgers and french fries
Pizza and fruits and veggies
Spaghetti and Green Beans
Tacos and Spanish Rice
Chicken Parmesan, carrots, seasoned noddles
Ghoulash, veggies and garlic bread
Macaroni and cheese and peas
Chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes
Beef enchiladas and brown rice