Hayo-Went-Ha Camps

Isle Royale Camp - Girls completing 8th & 9th grades - FOUR weeks!

Camp Description

As Isle Royalers, campers spend two-weeks of their camp experience backpacking around Isle Royale, a remote island in Lake Superior. The first week at camp will include practice hikes and extensive trip preparation before the fourteen day excursion begins.

The adventure starts with a four and a half hour ferry ride from Copper Harbor to Rock Harbor. Once the group leaves the ferry dock, they are truly out in the wilderness. Campers get the chance to see a moose, swim in Lake Superior, and become a Junior Ranger at the Ranger Station in Windigo as they make their way from one end of the island to the other.

The group will backpack around 110 miles, carrying all of their food and gear with them, and be challenged both mentally and physically on this adventure of a lifetime. Isle Royale provides campers with the chance to push themselves to the top of the breathtaking Greenstone Ridge and cool off in the crisp waters of Lake Superior, while learning critical outdoors skills and exploring the wild. While in camp, the girls will get to participate in all of the fun on-site challenges and activities offered.


Few places in North America are as remote and beautiful as Isle Royale National Park, located in Lake Superior just east of Thunder Bay, Canada. It is a place made special by its remoteness. No vehicles are allowed here and the only “roads” are the trails hikers tread. For more information about the location of the trip, check out the Isle Royale National Park website.

Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha

YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha Camps is an all girls YMCA overnight camp that offers a dynamic combination of wilderness experiences and traditional in-camp activities. Located on 120 acres on the shores of beautiful Arbutus Lake, YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha has 109 years of tradition and experience to provide incredible adventures campers remember for a lifetime.

Campers learn to work together, to support each other and to respect what each member of the cabin has to offer. The wonderful variety of camp trips reinforce the value of teamwork. Cabin groups of two cabin leaders and eight campers meet the challenge of extended canoeing and hiking trips to Michigan’s north country, the Canadian wilderness or biking along trails across the Upper Peninsula, all the while learning to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. Trained and experienced staff lead our trip programs.

The morning schedule allows campers to work together as a cabin unit. The time is also used to teach campers about the camping equipment, trip location and safety before their trips. The afternoon allows each camper to individually select any one of the following activities: sailing, swimming, canoeing, paddleboarding, kayaking, arts and crafts, archery, nature studies, soccer, pickleball, gaga, tennis, basketball, and newspaper.

Our camp motto, Each for All...All for Each is evident in all we do. The cabin group is the essence of the camping experience. We emphasize and follow the seven core values of our YMCA of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Inclusion, Teamwork, Environmental Stewardship and Responsibility in all that we do.

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Camp Information
06/16/24 to 07/12/24
07/14/24 to 08/09/24
8th to 9th
Full Price: $4,880.00


Financial Aid is available. Apply here - https://hayowentha.org/parent-resources/#financial-aid

Opens: 10/02/2023

Closes: 06/17/2024

Amanda Macaluso , Camp Director

1380 East Arbutus Lake Road Traverse City MI 49696