Camp Carvela Traverse City Summer Camps 2023

Camp Carvela Traverse City Summer Camps 2023 – Sleepaway, overnight destination camp for kids ages 7-18 on beautiful Bass Lake in Traverse City, Michigan.

Camp Carvela empowers young people through experiential learning and strives to make a positive impact on each member of the community by building connections to self, others and the natural world.

Camp Carvela is committed to:…

Collaborative programming – Camp Carvela’s programming model fosters strong leadership skills and independence while giving participants the opportunity to create their own experience.
A non-competitive culture – Camp Carvela’s camp community is a safe space for participants to try new things and take healthy social and physical risks.
Fostering an unplugged community – At Camp Carvela, campers and staff alike take a break from the electronic world to reconnect with others in an authentic way and develop strong communication skills.
Free time – Unstructured time is built into the daily routine to give campers a chance to relax, explore new interests, and connect with others.
A sense of playfulness – Camp Carvela’s camp culture is built on play, creativity, and fun to maintain an environment for kids to discover themselves and explore with others.

Camp Carvela Traverse City Summer Camps 2023

Registration is now open for the 2023 season! Visit to learn more and register for an upcoming session.

Super Starters is a three-night introduction to overnight camping for seven, eight and nine-year-olds. Campers will have opportunities in arts/crafts, sports, games, skits, and campfires, swimming and weather permitting, an overnight camp-out under the stars on the beach. Super Starters will participate in activities both in their own group and with other resident campers.

One Week Sessions offer arts/crafts, sports & games, drama, and music, swimming, canoeing, paddleboarding, hiking, sleep-outs in the Lounge or Cottage – all the traditional camp activities. Alongside these, Camp Carvela always has crazy-weird-wonderful activities available from the imaginative brains of their campers and staff.

Two Week Sessions offer the opportunity and time to participate in more involved camp programming. In addition to all the traditional camp activities like arts/crafts, tie-dye, sleep-outs, mountain biking, sports & games, drama, swimming, canoeing, paddleboarding, and hiking, two-week sessions allow campers the time to participate in a camp play, work with staff to develop camp-wide evening programs, complete a large art project or adventure away from camp, into the woods, or on an overnight trip.


Camp Carvela
33 Bass lake Rd
Traverse City, MI 48685

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