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P.O. BOX 250933 • West Bloomfield, MI 48325


Since 1969

ONLY AT WILLOWAY... • Experienced, caring and mature counselors • Learn to Swim Program – in pools built for children with experienced teachers and lifeguards • Explore Nature, Ride a Pony or Visit the Animal Farm • Enjoy anything from Baseball, Basketball, Rugby & Floor Hockey to Ga Ga Ga, Golf & Go Karting • Exciting Weekly Overnights, Special Days and Events • Complete Lake Program - Water ski, torpedo sail, and pontoon at the LAKE – a Willoway EXCLUSIVE* • Catch a Fish or Turtle; Paddleboat, Canoe or Paddlewheel on the Pond • Door to Door Transportation or Express Shuttle Service • Campers’ Choice – helping campers create their own choice experiences • Explorers Program (5-7th grades) enjoy weekly trips and Selectives • LIT Program (8-9th grades) a premier leadership training program *Certain lake activities based on skill level.


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Many campers learn to swim at Willoway – in our two teaching pools, designed for children, our American Red Cross based swim program fosters the development and acquisition of new swimming skills, while our free swim program offers time to reinforce newly learned techniques. Simply put, we teach swimming best!


regular opportunities for campers to choose an activity of their own special interest – to help create their own choice experience.


Fifth graders and above will have the opportunity to explore a sport, craft or hobby in depth on a weekly rotating basis.

OVERNIGHTS – optional Thursday night overnights offer campers a great experience -- from special all camp activity to cookout and campfire, Willoway overnights are a blast.

LUNCH – Campers may bring their lunch which is refrigerated or may choose the catered lunch option on a weekly basis. Juice is provided for all campers as is a milk and cookies afternoon snack. Typical catered meals include chicken strips, pizza, breadsticks and fruit. All campers participate in our weekly Friday cookout.


Willoway is proud of its longstanding lake program on our Walled Lake site. Campers with Red Cross swimming skills are able to participate in such activities as water skiing, tubing and torpedoing. All campers use the pontoon boats on a regular basis.


An adventure-challenge course involving teams of campers in a series of non-competitive activities to build trust, support, self-confidence and commitment utilizing initiatives and a climbing wall.

Transportation The camp day begins and ends on our Willoway buses and vans. A safe and fun ride is in store for our campers aboard our own Willoway vehicles staffed by professional drivers and vehicle counselors. Games, singing, spirit and fun are the watchwords—and campers look forward to the ride. Choose from *free door to door transportation or non-stop express shuttle service from specific locations, including Birmingham-Bloomfield-Franklin (Maple & Telegraph), and two West Bloomfield locations: Lone Pine & Orchard Lake and Pontiac Trail & Haggerty. *Within our pickup area.

Fun For Everyone... Girls & Boys 5-14 Pontooning • Fishing • Golf • Drama Basketball • Nature • Fencing • Hockey Paddleboating • Swimming • Soccer • Magic Water-Skiing • Rocketry • Canoeing Pony Rides • Go-Karts • Animal Farm Archery • Photography • Dance • Ga-ga-ga Tennis • Overnights • Challenge Course And So Much More...


A Typical Day At 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Flag Raising and Birthday Celebrations

10:00 a.m.

Activity Period

11:00 a.m.

Morning Developmental Swim

12:00 p.m.

Lunch (Cookout on Friday)/Rest Period/Camp Shows/Songfests

12:45 p.m.

Campers’ Choice – Individual Selected Activity Period

1:30 p.m.

Activity Period/Selective Period for Explorers

2:15 p.m.

Afternoon Swim

3:00 p.m.

Milk and Cookies

3:30-4:00 p.m.

Gather on the Hill and Prepare for Departure

Willoway Explorers Fifth-Seventh Grades

Pioneers Kindergarten-Fourth Grades It’s all action for Willoway Pioneers! Focused on fun, Pioneers build skills, boost self-esteem and enjoy lots of exciting activities including: archery, drama, fencing, fishing, Ga-Ga-Ga, gokarting, volleyball, tennis, nature and soccer. Small groups and great counselor to camper ratios (1:6) help assure success. Swimming twice daily, morning Red Cross swim instruction teaches new skills and afternoon free swim reinforces them, in each of our two beautiful blue pools. We teach swimming! Our Campers’ Choice Program – offers regular opportunities to participate in activities of special interest – of their own choice. And, special all-camp events and activities bring the entire camp together for fun and excitement. The emphasis is on non-competitive fun, it has been our recipe for success for generations.

Willoway’s Explorers are looking forward to choice, variety and fun! With the chance to build their own schedules to promote individual skills and experiences, Explorers will choose from digital photography, drama, dance, challenge course, climbing wall, rugby, rocketry, nature, golf, pontooning, paddleboating, ceramics, canoeing and more!! Explorers are in for FUN! Swimming twice daily, morning swim will help build new skills and afternoon free swim offers a chance to make a splash. Our Selectives Program is a chance to focus on activities of special interest, allowing deeper exploration of a sport, craft, or hobby of their own choice. Selectives include golf, digital photography, dance, football, rugby or synchronized swimming, to name a few. Add to this, exciting camp-wide activities, plus fun college-age counselors and we’ve got a great recipe for Summer FUN. Exciting opportunities await Explorers this summer – special “Explorer Only” unit programs and activities, including day-trips to the lake & beach, the nature center, or other cool destinations await.

Leaders In Training Eighth & Ninth Grades Willoway’s Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Program is a unique opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills in a fun camp environment. LIT’s gain a deeper perspective on what it means to be a team player and leader through hands-on experiences and special activities. LIT’s have a wide range of opportunities – helping with groups and activities – acting as role models for younger children, learning and practicing teamwork, all while gaining confidence at Willoway! LIT’s can look forward to Willoway Exclusives geared just for them, including outings to the beach, Challenge course and teambuilding initiatives, creating of a special camp craft project, and participation in the annual Canoe Trip – an LIT favorite. Successful participation in the program makes the LIT eligible for consideration as a CA (counselor aide) as they enter 10th grade. • 248-932-2123

Fantastic Facilities Willoway is located north of Pontiac Trail on Old Plank Road. On these 16 acres, we offer the best summer ever for our campers, many of whom are second generation Willoway families. From our “state of the art” swimming pools, built especially for children, to our pond & lake site, animal farm, nature trail, low ropes-initiative challenge course, “ga-ga-ga” courts, athletic fields, tennis courts, go-kart track, miniature golf courses, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, archery range and more, “Willoway” is the place to be. Indoor facilities complement our comprehensive outdoor campus and include arts and crafts, photography, gym, climbing wall, dining hall, multi-purpose arena, indoor sports and activity areas, performing arts facilities, photography labs, along with lots of places to discover, explore and have fun.

Experience Matters Willoway continues to be directed by its senior staff, Arnie and Lorraine Fisher, Jonathon Koenigsberg and Jason Rosen. As a leadership team, they combine years of practical experience with a youthful outlook and fresh perspectives in the guidance and direction of Willoway. Camp staff is selected for warmth, maturity, ability and enthusiasm. Our staff is comprised of college students, including international staff members who offer a rich cultural and educational diversity to Willoway. Extensive precamp workshops are held each summer to fully acquaint staff with Willoway’s philosophy and our concern for our campers’ growth. Throughout the summer, in-service training assures the on-going development of our counseling team.

Everyday is an Adventure Willoway’s activity program encourages campers to discover what they love to do! Weekly schedules provide lots of opportunities to try out new activities and experience the joy of accomplishment. With an emphasis on non-competitive summer “fun”, the Willoway Experience gives your child the ingredients for new dimensions of personal growth and creativity with the finest facilities. Children participate in a range of sports, art and aquatics activities that are taught by a diverse staff of teachers and specialists. With the aid of expert instructors, and based on American Red Cross Swim curriculum, non-swimmers develop skills and confidence, while campers with skills become even better swimmers. Many campers who have never played baseball or other games learn at Willoway. Our grounds are equipped for baseball, volleyball, golf, archery, gymnastics, track, basketball, field hockey, soccer, sand volleyball, tennis, go-carting, trust & challenge activities, climbing wall and more! The camp pond with fishing, paddleboating, paddlewheeling, and canoeing are ever-popular activities. Children who like to catch turtles and frogs will find them near our pond and on our nature trails. Pony riding and the Animal Farm, with its lambs, goats, rabbits and more, are often popular activities. Creative imaginations soar as campers enjoy dramatics, dance, rocketry, arts & crafts, ceramics, chemistry, digital photography and fencing. The entire camp comes together for special events like our July 4th celebration, Willoway’s Annual Carnival, and for Olympic Day. Optional Thursday overnights, weekly cookouts and all-camp shows add excitement and build tradition. Woven into everyday camp life are opportunities to build lifelong friendships, develop problem solving skills, independence and self esteem, all within a premier camp environment, a special place we call Willoway.

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