Parent FAQs

WHERE ARE LAKE OF THE WOODS & GREENWOODS LOCATED?Arrow 3

We are located in Decatur, Michigan, which is less than three hours from both Chicago and Detroit.

WHAT ARE THE DATES & RATES?Arrow 3

HOW DOES MY CHILD GET TO/FROM CAMP?Arrow 3

We offer charter bus transportation from the Chicago area and Chicago O’Hare Airport. Bus transportation is $100 each way and includes luggage transport and lunch. Based on interest, we will also offer buses from the Detroit and Cleveland areas. Campers can fly into Chicago O’Hare airport or the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek airport in Michigan where they will be greeted by camp staff. Families also have the option to drive their camper to and from camp.

WHERE DO CAMPERS COME FROM?Arrow 3

Our campers come to us from over 20 states in the USA and from over 10 countries around the world, including Mexico and England! We are happy to put you in touch with camp families in your area.

HOW DOES MY CHILD SELECT THE ACTIVITIES THEY WANT?Arrow 3

Campers choose the activities they think they want to participate in prior to arriving at camp by filling out an Activity Selection Form in the spring. This helps us get to know each camper’s interests before camp starts. We allow campers to make changes to their activity schedule during the first week of camp. There are over 50 different activities to choose from. We guarantee that campers get all of their activity choices!

HOW ARE CAMPERS GROUPED IN CABINS?Arrow 3

Campers are grouped in cabins according to their school grade. We place new and returning campers together and do our best to create a diverse group with campers from a variety of cities, states and even countries!

WHAT IS THE STAFF-TO-CAMPER RATIO?Arrow 3

We have a 1:3 staff-to-camper ratio.

WHAT IS THE POLICY ON ELECTRONICS?Arrow 3

We are proud to be a “screen-free” zone. This means we do NOT allow the following: cell phones, handheld electronic games/devices that have gaming and/or wi-fi capabilities (iPads, iPod Touches, Kindles and/or e-readers, Apple Watches, Gameboys, Nintendos, etc.). Campers are only allowed to bring an MP3 player or iPod that does not have wi-fi or gaming capabilities. We recommend that campers leave valuables at home, as the camp is NOT responsible for loss or damage to valuables. Our electronics policy helps ensure that campers have authentic social interactions.

HOW DO I COMMUNICATE WITH MY CHILD WHILE AT CAMP?Arrow 3

In addition to snail mail, parents can sign up for our one-way email system. Our campers are required to write letters home at least three times a week. Although our campers do not get on the phone with parents, our directors and leadership team are available throughout the summer to let you know how your child is doing. We also post hundreds of photos daily!

WHAT IF MY CAMPER GETS SICK?Arrow 3

We know it is hard for our parents to be away when their child is sick. Please know that the safety and well-being of our campers is our top priority. Our fully equipped, air-conditioned Health Center is staffed with 10 nurses who are available 24 hours a day! A pediatrician is always on call, and two local hospitals are only 15 minutes away. We will always contact you if your child has to spend the night in the Health Center or seek outside medical care. We do not call if your child is seen by one of our nurses for a minor illness or injury, like tummy aches, headaches, etc.

WHAT IF MY CAMPER TAKES MEDICATIONS?Arrow 3

We require that all medication in pill form (both daily and as-needed) is ordered through CampMeds, our pre-packaging medication service. We distribute medications at breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed. All medication is stored in our Health Center. We stock many over-the-counter medications, including Tylenol.

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE AT CAMP?Arrow 3

Our campers tell us that the food at camp is delicious! Click here to read more about the food we serve.

DO YOU PROVIDE ANY TRAINING TO YOUR STAFF?Arrow 3

All staff are required to attend our week-long Staff Orientation. We have additional on-site training for lifeguards, climbing staff and boat drivers.

DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE LESSONS OR TUTORING?Arrow 3

Yes! Learn more about private lessons for boys and girls camps.