Summer Day Camp

Howard City, Michigan

Day Camp

Summer Day Camp grows outdoor learning adventures and faith for kids grades k-5.

Howard City, Michigan at Camp Scottie Campus

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Day Camp at Camp Scottie is the newest camp program designed for children who are ready to join camp without the overnight experience. Each age-appropriate adventure has been developed by educators and field experts with a passion for helping children learn through problem-solving and critical thinking. Campers will be given an unforgettable experience that includes hiking, swimming, playing team games, exploring, and spending time in daily devotionals. Within a structured environment surrounded by counselors and staff who love God, campers are encouraged to be curious in God’s Creation, seeking to know God and be known by Him.

2018 Session Themes and Program Specialists

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Session A: June 11 – June 25 
Your child will explore God’s world by creating their own old-school homestead. Traditional farm machinery, buildings, animals, and crops will all be a part of our lessons each day. During this session, we will take a closer look at God’s request that we be stewards of the earth and the animals. Get ready to play hard, campers! We’ve got to make hay while the sun’s still shinin’!

Program Specialist Bio
Katie Mulder, program specialist for farm week, lives in Lowell on a farm with a big red barn and 25 Texas Longhorn cattle. She’s a wife, mother of three children, and accidental farmer- thanks to Camp Roger needing to re-home 10 chickens after an adventure race 10 years ago. Later that summer, she and her husband bought their first longhorn cow and officially became hobby farmers. Katie has a degree in Outdoor Education, a history of talking people through ropes courses, and a surprise love for miniature donkeys (which her husband will not let her have). Her superpowers include convincing large animals to return to their pasture, working in skirts, and getting locked inside chicken coops.


Session B: June 18 – June 22
Your child will celebrate and explore God’s creation through music-making! Campers will have the opportunity to create their own musical instruments, learn new songs galore, participate in a musical presentation, and even create their own original song! Get ready to rock out at Camp Scottie and make some joyful noise!

Program Specialist Bio
Emily Westmaas is program specialist for music week! She currently works as a master teaching artist at Mind Meets Music, teaching literacy through music to Kindergarten through Second Graders in Grand Rapids, MI. Emily graduated from Calvin College and has served on Camp a Roger’s staff for almost a decade, and is now a board member. Emily loves to sing, play all kinds of musical instruments, and play silly music games. She is so very excited to move it, shake it and sing it out for the glory of God this summer at Camp Scottie.


Session C: June 25 – June 29
Let’s let our creativity take control as we share a week making things with our hands. With the help of caring counselors and program specialists, campers will enjoy crafting new things each day that will be theirs to keep and enjoy.

Program Specialist Bio
Brandon Helder is the program specialist  for Let’s Craft Something Together at Camp Scottie.  Brandon is a 3rd grade teacher at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School. He is a graduate of Calvin College and has served on the staff of Camp Roger as a counselor and support staff member for over a decade. He is married, and he and his wife, Kimberly, have 3 girls.

Brandon Helder

Session D: July 9 – July 13
In Session D, Master Chefs in the Wild, your child will have the opportunity to explore God’s good gift of food with an outdoor cuisine experience. There’s nothing quite like cooking over a fire or on a one-burner camp stove! Campers will get the chance to start thinking like a wilderness explorer: how to plan, pack and cook fun, healthy meals and snacks. Your child might also have some experiences with learning how to dehydrate foods for backcountry hiking and camping. 

Program Specialist Bio
Jane Streelman is the program specialist for this session. She started outdoor cooking as a child at Camp Roger and continues with outdoor cooking on adventures with family and friends. Her family has gone on many backpacking experiences with the kids taking part in the planning and cooking – almost to the point of “gourmet” in the wilds. With a masters degree in Outdoor Education, Jane is a teacher at Grandville Christian School and has taught a variety of ages and grade levels.


Session E: July 16 – July 20 If bugs could talk, what would they say about the world under the ground? Together, Camp Scottie campers will Dig Down in the Dirt to explore the hidden worlds of beetles, ants, spiders, and fireflies! For one hour-long rotation each day, campers will have the opportunity to explore the earth with their hands and feet, asking questions and seeking answers about the God’s hidden world of teeny-tiny creatures. Whether campers love to get dirty, or just love to learn, there’s something for everyone as Camp Scottie Gets Buggy!

Program Specialist Bio
Joey Hausler is Program Specialist for three sessions this summer! Last summer, Joey served as a Counselor in our inaugural year at Camp Scottie. Joey currently works as a teacher at Zion Christian School in Byron Center. He studied early childhood education at Covenant College. Joey enjoys catching bugs, playing Frisbee, building with legos, and playing the tin whistle. Joey cannot wait to get back in the woods of Camp Scottie and have a blast with campers again this summer!

Joey Hausler

Session F: July 23 – July 27
Our God is so creative, and at Camp Scottie, we get the chance to explore the work of the Master Builder in our lake, river, and woods. When Camp Scottie Builds Big Things, campers will have the opportunity to reflect our creative God by building their own Lego creations. For one hour-long rotation each day, we will use building blocks to explore, experiment, problem-solve, and create. Whether your camper is a Master Builder or a novice, Joey has a special way of making building fun for everyone.

Program Specialist Bio
Joey Hausler is Program Specialist for three sessions this summer! Last summer, Joey served as a Counselor in our inaugural year at Camp Scottie. Joey currently works as a teacher at Zion Christian School in Byron Center. He studied early childhood education at Covenant College. Joey enjoys catching bugs, playing Frisbee, building with legos, and playing the tin whistle. Joey cannot wait to get back in the woods of Camp Scottie and have a blast with campers again this summer!

Joey Hausler

Session G: July 30 – August 3
Have you ever made your own map? Or discovered a whole new world when you flip over a log? As Camp Scottie Wanders the Wilderness, the answer will be an enthusiastic, “YES” as we play and learn each day, outside under the trees. Together we will celebrate our Creator by looking at the unique characteristics of plants and animals found in our local Michigan forests.  Whether we are hiking, marking trails, or just letting the woods inspire our curiosity, our goal is to experience and praise our great God.

Program Specialist Bio
Joey Hausler is Program Specialist for three sessions this summer! Last summer, Joey served as a Counselor in our inaugural year at Camp Scottie. Joey currently works as a teacher at Zion Christian School in Byron Center. He studied early childhood education at Covenant College. Joey enjoys catching bugs, playing Frisbee, building with legos, and playing the tin whistle. Joey cannot wait to get back in the woods of Camp Scottie and have a blast with campers again this summer!

Joey Hausler

Session H: August 6 – August 10
Do you love the outdoors? Do you want to learn some outdoor survival skills? This week you will get to learn how to create lasting shelters, build fires, discover new games in nature, and so much more. You will even encounter a forest filled with a secret river and lake, as well as land awaiting your arrival to transform into “Tent Town.” Come ready to explore the great outdoors!

Program Specialist Bio
Amy Zwiep is the program specialist for the week of Survival/Tent Town. She was an elementary educator for over a decade and assistant principal for two years before beginning her most recent role as Development Director at Volunteers In Service (VIS). Amy has a passion to meet kids where they are at and reveal Christ to them – especially through His creation! She enjoys spending time with her family (her husband, Matt Zwiep, Director of Camp Scottie, and their three children), playing guitar, reading and camping.

Amy Zwiep

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Day Camp will take place at the Camp Scottie campus, our second property in Howard City, approximately 35 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Sessions will run Monday through Friday. On-site drop off will begin at 8:00 am with pickup at 4:30 pm.

Transportation will be provided for an additional fee of $40 per session with four primary stops along US-131:

  • NE Grand Rapids:  near West River Drive
  • Rockford:  near 10 Mile Road
  • Cedar Springs:  near 17 Mile Road
  • Sand Lake:  near 22 Mile Road

Specific 2018 Bus Stops to be Determined

Daily Schedule

Download the sample daily schedule for Day Camp. Each day is designed to maximize the campers experience to have fun and grow faith and friendships.

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Common Day Camp Questions

At Day Camp, campers are grouped by grade and age. Campers are welcome to request one to two groupmates. as long as groupmate requests are within 1 grade of each other they will be placed in the same group. Because making new friends is an important goal at Camp Roger, we cannot necessarily honor requests of large groups of campers to be together. For campers who do not request groupmates, we take care to assign them to groups in which there are other campers who have not requested groups as well.
Yes. Many of our campers come on their own, without a specified friend, and we are mindful of this when making group assignments. Our counselors are very intentional about building friendships and community within the groups.
Camp Roger does not provide any meals or snacks for Day Camp and each camper is expected to bring a sack lunch each day provided by the family. Special circumstances around particular programs may include snacks or food, but this will be communicated to families during that session.

Campers are expected to bring a lunch with two small snacks that will be eaten during a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack break.

If a session is full we will post that on the website. If you are still interested in that session please call the camp office at 616-874-7286 and ask to be put on the waitlist. We will take your name, number and child’s information and put you down in the order that we receive calls. As openings become available, we will contact you. If there are other sessions that your child is able to attend, it is a good idea to register, even if you are on the waitlist for a session. If the session you are on the waitlist for opens up, you can always cancel the other session. It is just a good idea to have a back-up because we cannot promise that the waitlist campers will be called.
Drop off at Bus Stops
Please be at your designated bus stop at least 5 minutes before scheduled pick up.
When the bus arrives to pick up your camper the driver and second staff member will sign each camper in.
In order to stay on our tight bussing schedule we will need to keep this process as efficient as possible.

Drop off at Camp Scottie Campus
If you arrive earlier than 8:00am, you should wait in your car in the front driveway until we open the gate.
Please drive in to the designated drop off spot and you will be greeted by one of our staff. Note: Please remain in your car as your campers get out. Campers should stay in their vehicle until greeted.
Once all your campers are dropped off please continue around the loop of the drive and head back out the way you came in. See you at the end of the day!

We provide transportation for $40 per child each week. The bus route will travel along US-131 with four primary bus stops: one in Grand Rapids near West River Drive, one in Rockford, the next in Cedar Springs, and the final stop in Sand Lake. Specific pick up and drop off details along with specific bus stop times and locations will be available later this spring.
A program specialist is our Special Expert Guest for each summer day camp session! Program Specialists are educational professionals in a variety of fields, each employed on our staff for one week. Each session, a different program specialist will lead daily activities related to the session theme. This summer’s themes were chosen based upon each program specialist’s individual gifts and experiences, and each program specialist is passionate and uniquely qualified to explore one part of God’s incredible world with your child.
Most of the session will be filled with a variety of daily activities and experiences that give your child a taste of everything that a summer camp has to offer, from catching frogs, to singing songs, to archery and mole ball. The weekly theme will be primarily integrated into each week of Day Camp through the role of our Program Specialists. Your child will interact with our program specialist through one small-group adventure each day, catered to their particular age level. The Program Specialist will also incorporate his or her theme through occasional chapels or All-Camp games, depending on the particular session theme.
There is swimming at Camp Scottie. We have a beautiful pond perfect for swimming in. Several times a week Campers will have the opportunity to swim. There are designated swimming zones both shallow and deep. At all times we will have lifeguards posted and swimmers will use the buddy system. Every several minutes we will do official buddy counts along with doing continual head counts. Campers using the shallow end will have the option to wear or not wear a swimming vest. Every camper using the deep end and floating play structure will be required to wear a swimming vest.

Throughout the week your child will have the chance to wade with their cabin in the stream, play in the muck, run through sprinklers, and more. We may not use them each day, but we ask that you pack a swim suit and towel each day as well as shoes or sandals that can get wet and dirty.

We want every camper to have a positive experience at camp. To help ensure that, our counselors are extensively trained to help comfort a child who is missing his or her home and family. We work with campers to get them involved in activities and help them find things that they enjoy doing to more fully experience camp. Our Leadership Staff encourage them and develop strategies specific to the camper’s personality that will help them have a fun and successful time at camp. If a camper is having a particularly hard time, we will not hesitate to call a parent so that we can work together to help the camper.
Yes. Our counselors remind campers when they leave the Lodge to put these important things on. Each counselor also has an extra bottle of sunscreen and a can of bug spray in case campers run out or lose theirs. If your child needs an extra hand applying it, our counselors will be happy to help. Please have your child arrive with bug spray already applied and we will continue to apply spray as the day goes on.
A health history form completed by a parent or guardian is required each year for each camper. A doctor’s visit and signature is not necessary. Upon arrival your child will go through a brief health screening. If your child has experienced any illness or injury close to the start of the session, please notify us.
Camper safety is very important to us. While accidents and injuries are infrequent occurrences at Camp Roger, we are prepared just in case. We always have a Certified Health Officer on site. We have a doctor that is on-call in case advice is needed. Our counselors are trained to take good care of campers, but if it requires more than a bandaid and a hug, they know the Health Officer is there to help them. The Health Officer also manages all camper medications. (Please remember to bring them in the original bottles!) Parents will turn in all medications at the start of camp and the Health Officer will then make sure the medication gets properly dispensed and documented.
Items found during the session are brought to the Camp Office, located inside Tamarack Lodge. Friday, at the end of the session, Lost and Found items are placed in a tub and brought back to Camp Roger’s Rockford campus. Contact Deb at our main office to claim your items. Any items left after campers leave will be held until the fall. Please call camp as soon as you realize you have a missing item and we will make arrangements with you for returning the item(s). All items left after September will be donated to a charitable organization.
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