Who We Are

Founded in 1959, Walden is a coed overnight camp for campers entering 2nd grade through 11th grade. We’re in the Northern Michigan’s Lower Peninsula on a pristine 100 acres outside the town of Cheboygan. Walden stretches along Long Lake, a clear, spring-fed body of water, and camp’s terrain ranges from lush meadows to old-growth forests.

Thank you for taking great care in the kitchen with [my daughter's] allergy. She felt safe and secure. And both kids said the food this summer was the best ever!

Ashley A.
Ashley A.Veteran Walden parent

Olivia had a wonderful time at camp. After hugging the family, she asked if she could go back next summer. Count her in.

Gail K.
Gail K.First-time Walden grandparent

My son had an outstanding 1st time at Walden! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job taking care of him and teaching him new things--We hear new things each and every day! Looking forward to an awesome next summer!

Jennifer S.
Jennifer S.First-time Walden parent

The Walden Way

Our philosophy is this: Summer camp should be a place where kids feel safe and supported; where they develop independence and gain skills that feed their resilience and self-confidence; and where they form lasting friendships and craft lifelong memories. That’s The Walden Way.  And, as thousands of former campers will tell you, it’s an unforgettable way to spend the summer…

Reasons to Join Us

As a family-owned, traditional summer camp, we offer a diverse range of activities from land and water sports to horseback riding; from rockets and radio to the visual and performing arts. Walden campers roast marshmallows, sing silly songs, star-gaze and drink “bug juice”!
And they also do less-traditional camp stuff, like mountain biking, gardening and yoga. Kids choose their own activity program and, with the guidance of a fun, committed and highly professional staff, find out what it’s like to be “on their own” for part of the summer.
What We Do

why do campers love it here?

For the adventures, the friendships, and the culture of acceptance.
Oh, yeah–they love the cinnamon toast, too!


1| A-Field

2| Arts & Crafts

3| B-Field

4| Basketball

5| Beach/Swim Area

6| Boys’ Cabins

7| Girls’ Cabins

8| Fencing

9| Game Room

10| Gymnastics

11| Horseback Riding

12| Meadow

13| Mess Hall

14| Outdoor Stage

15| The Pit

16| Rec Hall