The Michigan OUTofDOORS Youth Camp at the Cedar Lake Outdoors Center

Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) has operated summer youth camp programs continuously since 1946. Since that time more than 57,000 youth have learned to enjoy the outdoors safely and have left camp with a deeper appreciation and respect for the natural world. Completed in 1940, the Cedar Lake Outdoor Center is rich in Michigan history. It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and has been maintained by the DNR and MUCC in the years since. The rolling landscape, white pine forest, and waterfront all provide an abundance of wildlife and beauty. We are privileged to call Cedar Lake home and have spent a great deal of time and effort restoring the facilities and making improvements to the camp for the enjoyment of our campers. We are located within the Waterloo State Recreation Area and our property spans 225 acres, including beachfront access to Cedar Lake. With the help of countless volunteers, the staff and our awesome campers we have been providing top notch conservation education programs and exposing kids to the natural world around them for many years. We couldn’t be happier to be part of the historic Cedar Lake Outdoor Center and that pride shows in the upkeep of our buildings and cabins. We are excited to have your youth join us for the 2017 season and be a part of our continued growth.

Michigan OUTofDOORS Youth Camp is held for five weeks during the summer at the Cedar Lake Outdoor Center near Chelsea, MI. This camp is special because of the emphasis placed on engaging youth in the outdoors and connecting them to the environment. We pride ourselves on our curriculum that teaches outdoor skills such as target shooting, hunter safety, trapping, camping, wilderness survival, conservation sciences. During their week at camp, youth will increase their knowledge of ecological concepts and broaden their awareness of conservation issues through hands-on nature experiences. They will also have the opportunity to practice technical skills including fishing and hunting techniques as well as riflery and archery. Our inquiry-based curriculum allows campers to investigate the natural world around them while gaining new skills and confidence in the outdoors. This focus on Michigan’s natural resources and each person’s role in the environment is what sets us apart from other summer camps. Campers are kept in small groups of no more than 20 to ensure they receive individualized instruction and to keep each camper safe while in our care. Extensively trained staff members work to deliver quality instruction and are held to the highest standards at all times. Campers will return home feeling positive about their experience and excited about the new skills they learned while at camp.


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