Brookside campers enjoy both recreation and instruction. Each morning, campers and staff start by singing the morning cheer. Campers then begin a day full of fun and enriching activities, including music, art, science, nature, sports, movement, and drama. Using a rotating schedule, activities span across the week. Science and nature includes nature walks around Cranbrook’s historic campus. Campers enjoy the playground and go swimming every day. Each week has a theme, such as Animals, Wacky Week, When I Grow Up, Science, Earth, and Nature. Social interactions and cooperation are stressed, as campers practice following directions, sharing, and safe play behaviors. Games instill sportsmanship and activities nurture the full development of each child’s health, happiness and skills.
About the Camp
(coed, ages 5-7)
View the sample schedule. Schedule subject to change. Activities that are offered in multiple weeks create different projects or have different themes, building on the fundamentals of the activity. Prior weeks are not required for subsequent offerings of the same activity.
Brooksiders swim every day at Cranbrook's Williams Natatorium. Swim tests are conducted on the first day. Campers who fail or prefer not to take the test are supplied with life jackets and remain in the shallow end of the pool. Campers are allowed to retake the test at any time. The Natatorium staff include a certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts. 2019 Update: Swimming is available all eight weeks of camp.
Ages, Groups, and Buddy Requests
Brooksiders are assigned to one of the following groups: Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Zebras, Elephants, Cheetahs, Penguins, and Bears. Brooksiders are divided into age appropriate groups. Buddy requests are considered in order received and fulfilled as best as possible. Groups are emailed to parents/guardians the week prior to camp.
Lunch, Snacks, and Allergies
Lunches and snacks are included in tuition and are provided by Chartwells Dining Services. They are a nut-free organization who cater Cranbrook Schools’ meals during the academic year. Menus are provided in the Parent Welcome Packet and in the Document Center. Special arrangements can be made for Brooksiders with food allergies. Brookside lunches are served family style in the Brookside Dining Room.
Extended Care, Transportation Service, and Swim Lessons
- Extended Care offers activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym as early as 7AM and as late as 6PM. Afternoon care includes a snack.
- Transportation Service is available to shuttle campers to and from specific stops in Birmingham (8:10 AM / 3:45 PM), Rochester Hills (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM), Royal Oak (7:50 AM / 4:05 PM), Troy (8:10 AM / 4:10 PM), and West Bloomfield (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM). Campers not picked up in time will be transported to Extended Care.
- Swim Lessons are offered for Grades 1-5 as group lessons by the week after the camp day and last 35 minutes.
- These options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose the morning Transportation Service and afternoon Extended Care.
- Logistical information for these additional options will be provided in the Parent Welcome Packet closer to the start of camp.
Communication & Photos
Parents/guardians are emailed a newsletter each week that includes a recap from the prior week, highlights for the following week, field trip information, updated group lists, lunch and snack menus, and merchandise available for sale. Daily camp photos are taken and posted in the Photo Gallery to view, post, and purchase.
Staff, Training, and Accreditation
The camp includes a Director, Assistant Directors, an Office Administrator, Instructors, and Counselors. Each group has one or two counselors who remain with the campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas. All staff are trained by the Director of Special and Summer Programs, the Camp Nurses, Public Safety, and other internal departments. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association to ensure the highest standards in safety, training, and programming. Staff are offered annual professional development and certification. The camp is also licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.