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Sparks Summer Day Camp

YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Sparks Day Camp, located on the shores of Torch Lake in Central Lake, MI, creates great memories and traditions for boys and girls ages 5 -10 year old!

Our regular Day Camp hours are 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, with transportation available from Clam River, Bellaire and Central Lake.

The fees for the 2018 Sparks Day Camp are listed below. We offer a $10 discount per week for those campers that sign up for four (4) or more weeks.

For fast and secure online enrollment in our Sparks Day Camp program, please click on the following link to log in or create your online account:

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Please call the camp with any questions at (231) 544-5915.


Boys and girls who have finished Kindergarten through Fourth Grade will utilize many areas of Hayo-Went-Ha's 640 acres of virtually undisturbed forest and 1.5 miles of shoreline on beautiful Torch Lake. The Activity Center serves as Day Camp's home base. Campers utilize a Native American Tepee, playground equipment, an archery range, athletic field, the waters of Torch Lake, many forest trails, and the Dow Environmental Education Building. Campers will be busy playing group games, hiking, exploring nature, singing and doing crafts. The high point of the week is Fabulous Friday, which is filled with special activities, including Hayo-Went-Ha's 50 foot climbing wall and Big Zip Line, to cap off the week.


We intentionally keep our staff to camper ratios at a maximum of eight campers to one staff. The staff works diligently to see that camper safety and success is ensured. Our staff enjoys working with young children. As a result, many day campers return for two, three and even four years!


In all activities we do at Day Camp, we follow the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. We teach campers the virtues of honesty in one's dealings with all people, respect for others, and an understanding of one's self within the framework of a world that is greater than us all.

Sparks Day Camp Sessions are

Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For 2018 we will again be offering nine weeks of Sparks Day Camp adventures and excitement!
Please note that during the Session Week 3 there will be NO camp on Wednesday, July 4th.  Camp will be in session every other day that week!

Sample Sparks Day Camp Schedule

8:15 AM - Pick Up Campers at Clam River Bridge (Dockside)

8:30 AM - Pick Up Campers in Bellaire, MI

8:45 AM - Pick Up Campers in Central Lake, MI

Begin Drop Off Campers at Day Camp on Torch Lake

9:00 AM - Bus Arrives

Opening Ceremonies

9:20 AM - Morning Activities

10:20 AM - Morning Snack

10:30 AM - Change into swimsuits/Walk to Morning Splashtime

10:45 AM - Morning Splashtime

11:45 AM - Travel back to Camp/change clothes

12:00 N - Lunch and Rest Time

1:15 PM - Change Clothes and Apply Sunscreen

1:25 PM - HWH Activity Time

2:20 PM - Splash Time

3:45 PM - Return to Camp

4:00 PM - Afternoon Snack /Free Time

4:15 PM - Closing Ceremonies

4:30 PM - Parent Pick Up and Load Bus and Head Home

4:40 PM - Drop off @ Central Lake

4:55 PM - Drop off @ Bellare

5:10 PM - Drop off @ Clam River Bridge (Dockside)

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The Session Dates & Themes for 2018 are:


Sparks Day Camp

Length Options

1 Week


Girls and Boys


Completed Kindergarten Through Fourth Grade


Day Camp

Popular Camp Activities

Splash time, games, sports, hiking, crafts, climbing wall, zip line


Session Week 1:

Dates: Monday June 18 - Friday June 22
Camp Fee: $150.00
Theme: Animal Planet
Availability: Very Good

Session Week 2:

Dates: Monday June 25 - Friday June 29
Camp Fee: $150.00
Theme: CSI: Camp Scene Investigation
Availability: Very Good

Session Week 3:

Dates: Monday July 02 - Friday July 06
Camp Fee: $100.00
Theme: Show Your Camp Spirit!
Availability: Very Good
****NOTE**** No Camp on Wednesday, July 4th!!

Session Week 4:

Dates: Monday July 09 - Friday July 13
Camp Fee: $195.00
Theme: The Wizarding World of Sparks Day Camp
Availability: Very Good

Session Week 5:

Dates: Monday July 16 - Friday July 20
Camp Fee: $195.00
Theme: Olympic Extravaganza
Availability: Very Good

Session Week 6:

Dates: Monday July 23 - Friday July 27
Camp Fee: $195.00
Theme: Super Campers Assemble!
Availability: Very Good

Session Week 7:

Dates: Monday July 30 - Friday August 03
Camp Fee: $195.00
Theme: Around the World in 5 Days
Availability: Very Good

Session Week 8:

Dates: Monday August 06 - Friday August 10|
Camp Fee: $195.00
Theme: Under the Sea
Availability: Very Good

Session Week 9:

Dates: Monday August 13 - Friday August 17
Camp Fee: $195.00
Theme: Across The Universe!
Availability: Very Good

*Themes may change due to field trip availability.


Availability Legend

Very Good= more than 10 spots left
Good = between 5 and 10 spots left
Fair = less than 5 spots left
Full = session is full, wait list only
X = session completed

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