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    Camp Carvela

    Create Your Own Adventure this Summer!

    Our co-ed, unplugged camp focuses on non-competitive programming where  campers are encouraged to create and lead activities while making meaningful connections with everyone from our community


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    Camp Carvela and the Places we Play!

    Rated one of the best summer camps in Michigan by

    Camp Carvela is located 9.5 miles south west of downtown Traverse City. We are approximately 250 miles from Detroit and 300 miles from Chicago, in the heart of the popular vacation area of Grand Traverse County. Camp Carvela is located approximately 35 miles east of our sister summer camp, Camp Lookout.

    What parents and campers say

    "Being at camp, for me, has been what it feels like to be alive. I can be whomever I want, be free, speak my mind, and I am happy and laugh so much more than I do at home. It has made me capable of learning other people's point of view, opening myself to allow others to learn about me, and I know what it feels like to feel pure, unhindered joy."
    - Camper from session C
    "I really like the free time and all the time outdoors. I love that they can help create their own activities. The creativity, free-time, and rustic atmosphere is why I picked this camp. My son is begging me to sign him up for next year."
    - Parent from Session D
    "The feeling of acceptance and a stronger self worth. My child felt they could be the person they wanted to be, without the pressures of conformity that they experience at school"
    - Parent from Session B

    Family of Programs

    Camp Carvela is part of a family of programs that also includes Camp Lookout and Crystalaire Adventures. All three programs, which are run by the same team differ slightly in their daily approach, share the same philosophical foundation. All three organizations focus on experiential learning in supportive communities with an emphasis on creating positive connections. More can be found on our philosophy page

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