We’re your partner!
At Walden, we view parents as partners in creating the best possible summer-camp experience for your child.
In many ways, parents need to be as equipped as their camper for the child’s time away. In order to educate you about what to expect, Walden offers a variety of resources, including this page, an online Parent Orientation Guide for enrolled families, a private Facebook group, and access to the Prep4Camp homesickness prevention program for families. Liz and Scott make regular trips to the Midwest to meet personally with prospective campers and their parents; in the spring we host video chats for new campers. If you live outside of the Detroit-Chicago-Cleveland areas and would be interested in hosting a small group of families at your home to learn about Walden, please contact us.
Resources & Links
American Camp Association: Campers and Parents
Information and advice from camp professionals, from the nation’s leading summer-camp accreditation organization.
Website of Dr. Tina Bryson, psychotherapist and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD. Dr. Bryson is also the Child Development Director for Lantern Camps and blogs about kids and summer camp.
Why send your child to summer camp? For one thing, it makes them more resilient.
Michael Thompson Ph.D. @MGThompsonPHD
Award-winning author of Raising Cain and other books about boy’s development.We strongly recommend Thompson’s latest publication, Homesick and Happy, which explores the tremendous benefits of overnight camp on the social and emotional development of children.
SEXUAL ABUSE AT SUMMER CAMP: WALDEN’S PRO-ACTIVE RESPONSE
Who are our counselors?
Camp is only as good as its “front-line” staff: the cabin counselors. They are the individuals whose personal relationships with campers will make a child’s experience worthwhile and memorable–or not.
That is why we are committed to bringing only the most dedicated, conscientious young adults to work at Walden. Our counseling staff consists of college students from across the United States and abroad–all counselors must have at least one year of college. Many are pursuing degrees in K-12 education or plan to work with children in some professional capacity. And some who had never considered a career in education decide, based on their camp experience, to pursue one!
Our international staff come to us through the cultural exchange programs Camp America and Camp Leaders. These organizations recruit college students throughout Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. These counselors, office and kitchen workers bring a wonderful cultural diversity to the Walden family.
Walden’s counseling staff begin their child-development training online, prior to their arrival at camp.Training continues on camp grounds for one week before campers arrive, with seminars and activities led by Walden’s directors and senior administrative staff.
All Walden employees undergo rigorous application and background-checking processes. As an ACA-accredited camp, Walden adheres to the highest national and state standards for employee screening.
Read our Staff Recruitment Brochure
Mini-Mini Session 2021
Saturday, July 31 to Tuesday, August 3
Our three-night “rookie camp” provides an introduction to Walden for rising 1st-3rd graders.
These campers live in cabins of no more than seven children with three counselors. Walden staff accompany Mini Mini campers to their A-B activities, which they chose prior to their arrival. Mini Mini campers eat their meals in the Mess Hall with the rest of camp and may participate in some regular Evening Programs and Special Day events, too.
Walden does not provide transportation to or from the Mini Mini Session; our staff meet families in Cheboygan for drop-off. Parents pick up at camp on Tuesday morning.
Space is limited!
Did you know?
Walden is the title of a famous book by 19th-century New England naturalist and writer Henry David Thoreau. Here’s a quote from the book that we especially like:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
COVID-19 and CAMP
On June 6, Walden announced our cancellation for 2020. Our goal throughout this difficult process was to be honest, informative and fair as we asked for families’ patience and forbearance. You can read our cancellation letter below and our previous correspondence to the right: