Camp Registration Opens on the 15th!

It’s mid-February and Mid-Michigan is about to be buried by 6-10” of snow.  For some people like myself, that is good news.  However, many other people cannot wait until summer is here and it is time to start complaining about how hot it is. For those of you who are dreaming about summer, we have an announcement that might make it feel a little closer.

The Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp registration OPENS next week!  That is right, on Thursday, February 15, 2018.  You can begin signing your son, daughter, grandchild, or even your neighbor’s kid up for a week of outdoor adventure down at Cedar Lake.

The MOOD Youth camp has been in operation for 81 years.  Our Camp takes place at the Cedar Lake Outdoor Center, a property that spans 225 acres, including beachfront access to Cedar Lake. With the help of countless volunteers, the staff and our awesome campers, we have been providing top-notch conservation education programs and encouraging kids to get outdoors.

Over that time, we have helped nearly 58,000 kids learn more about conservation science, natural resource management and taught hands-on skills for hunting and fishing. The Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp is held for five weeks during the summer and has a focus on engaging our campers in their natural recourses. Our curriculum sets us apart from other summer camps, as we cover conservation/environmental sciences, outdoor recreation, and sportsmen’s heritage. We use hands-on programming to expand our camper’s awareness or ecological concepts and outdoor technical skills.

For more information on the camp itself, you can visit our website  On our website, you can find out about the staff who work at camp (maybe even pass a job application to someone you know).  You can review the types of programs we offer for your child to sign up for and look at the dates for each camp.

New this year we are offering online registration for camp! We have collaborated with CampDoc which is an online registration platform specifically designed for camps. The link to register online will be under the registration tab on our website.

If you prefer to register through the mail, you can find the forms you will need to complete at this link.

We are very excited camp registration begins next week! February 15th, 2018!

As a reminder, registration is based on first come first served, so we encourage you to start making your summer camp plans early.

If you have any questions about the process of registration or have specific questions on camp, feel free to get in touch with our Camp Director. Tyler Butler can be reached at with any questions.


  1. Terri matheson on February 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Where do I register I met you guys at the fishing show and wanted to register Lucas Vitale 6 and Amelia Taylor 7 for the day camp.

    • Shaun Mckeon on February 19, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Hi Terri,

      You can register your day campers by going to this link.

      Please click the camp logo on the page and the brochure will come up. Please print the brochure and fill out the appropriate paperwork for each child and mail it to our headquarters with payment. Also, I believe Tyler is following up with you via phone (we were out of the office recruiting camp staff last week).


  2. Tim Horvath on February 18, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    You have offered a military members children a chance to go to camp is there anything like that available
    My older daughter went several years ago and loved it
    My now 9 year old is asking to go
    Figured I would ask

    • Shaun Mckeon on February 19, 2018 at 9:07 am

      HI Tim,

      We don’t have anything that specifically targets military kids, but we do have a couple of scholarship offers available to get your 9 year old to camp. The main scholarship is through Riley Foundation in Partnership with SCI-Novi. You can fill out the application at this link. This foundation sponsors 80 kids to camp each year.

      Currently, they are working on updating their website and form but that is your best avenue to get your child signed up. If you have any other questions you can contact Tyler Butler the Camp Director at

  3. Valerie Kabat on March 28, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    I’m the middle man here, and the kid’s parents left the dr., dds, and insurance portion blank. Will that be acceptable?

    • Shaun Mckeon on March 29, 2018 at 8:17 am

      HI Valerie,

      Since you are the middleman in the situation. That will be fine. Go ahead and send in the paperwork and our office staff will give the parents a call to finalize the information. Or we will get it from them when they drop their child off at camp.



  4. DAVID KAUFMAN MEMBER FOR 35 YEARS OR MORE. on April 4, 2018 at 6:51 pm


  5. Valerie Kabat on May 27, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Apparently, my grandson, Bo Kabat, hasn’t received his packet of info. Could you check on that, please. (I think it’s POSSIBLE that Mom & Dad can’t find it in all the junk mail we all get!) I assume his paperwork is all in order. Thanks.

  6. Jonathan R. Nims on July 19, 2018 at 9:54 am


    My daughter will be turning 5 next year (2019) on July 27. I see the Day Camp runs at the end of June and was wondering if she needs to be 5 to sign her up or would she be close enough to let her attend?

    • Shaun Mckeon on July 19, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      HI Jonathan,

      Thanks for reaching out. We require our Day campers to be 5 years of age at the time of attendance. So unfortunately for next year she would miss the cutoff by about a month. We only run 1 week of day camp as we are primarily an overnight camp facility.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions


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