Kids explore nature, make friends and have the time of their lives!

YMCA Camp Copneconic in Michigan, is thrilled to be partnered up with so many diverse organizations wanting to help kids in so many different ways. We are pleased to be the home away from home, at which campers can relax and just be themselves.

Our Partners

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION–CAMP MIDICHA

ADA Camp Midicha is designed for, and dedicated to children and teens with diabetes. Since 1955, the ADA has offered this incredible camping program where lifelong friendships are made, where all the children have diabetes and no one feels “different.” Medical and dietary needs are monitored by a full-time medical staff throughout the experience. Time is also spent each day in fun, interactive diabetes education sessions to increase awareness and diabetes management skills. All of this is facilitated in an environment of fun! To learn about the quality experiences and the outstanding on-site medical care, log on at www.diabetes.org/camp.

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CHILDREN LIVING WITH CANCER – CAMP QUALITY OF AMERICA

Camp Quality USA, Inc. provides year-round support programs for children with cancer and their families. The Camp Quality summer camp allows children with cancer to be children again. The program creates stress-free environments that offer exciting activities, foster new friendships and help give children courage, motivation and emotional strength. There are currently 13 active camps across the United States. To learn about a truly amazing program that provides hope, fun and friendships to children with cancer, visit http://www.campqualityusa.org/mi.

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CAMP TALL TREE – OVERNIGHT CAMP FOR KIDS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

Camp Tall Tree provides a traditional summer camp experience for children with unique challenges. Our program focuses on personal development through positive and fun experiences in a natural environment. Our autism program is open to campers 7-14 years old. Teens who are 15 and 16 can join our teen leadership program. Campers participate in all the classic camp activities, but they can choose to join in at a level where they are comfortable. Our staff know how to adjust activities to be accessible for kids who are anxious about trying new things, or who have sensory sensitivities. We make use of visual schedules, written lists, and other forms of alternative communication. Our staff receive training about anxiety, rigidity, and social cues. We have gentle and understanding practices surrounding meltdowns.

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CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION–CAMP OASIS

CCFA Camp Oasis provides youth with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis a sanctuary to leave their disease behind and just be kids. Children are challenged to do things they may have never thought possible. Group and individual activities help children return home with the confidence to set goals and try new things. The schedule also allows for plenty of time for campers to relax, get to know one another, and share the best medicine of all: laughter. To learn about this exciting program and the high standards of care, visit http://www.ccfa.org/chapters/michigan/events/camp-oasis.html.

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NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION–SUMMER CAMP

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is dedicated to promoting quality of care for people with chronic kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension. The NKFM Summer Camp provides children who are living with chronic kidney disease, and spend much of their time in hospitals, the opportunity to experience the joys and friendships from a week of summer camp. To contact the NKFM for more information, log on at www.nkfm.org.

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INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT–CAMP YUNASA

Yunasa, the Lakota word meaning balance, is a week-long camp experience for highly gifted youth. Yunasa’s mission is to teach campers techniques for integrating the intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical aspects of their lives. Yunasa is devoted to reminding bright young people that they are more than just intellect. Campers gain confidence and comfort interacting with peers in an emotionally safe environment. They are challenged to strive for their personal best while making new friends and having fun. To learn about this unique summer camper experience for highly gifted youth, log on at http://educationaladvancement.org.

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CAMP KESEM

The mission of Camp Kesem is to provide a student-run summer camp program for children who have or had a parent with cancer, where campers build self-esteem and gain support from peers facing similar challenges. With a camper-counselor ratio of 2:1, campers receive the special attention and support that they would not receive at a regular summer camp. However, Camp Kesem is not therapeutic and campers enjoy fun camp activities such as nature, sports, arts and crafts, and more! Camp Kesem is open to all children in the Southeastern Michigan area between the ages of 6 and 13, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, or financial status. The Teen Program is open to teens ages 14-16 and focuses on leadership building and community activism in addition to camp activities. Camp Kesem is provided free of charge to all families. Contact Camp Kesem at michigan@campkesem.org for more information, or visit www.campkesem.org/michigan.

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