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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 cost of the 2017 Sparks Day Camp is $185.00 per week. 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 or toll free at 877-547-5915.


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 2017 we will again be offering nine weeks of Sparks Day Camp adventures and excitement!

Sample Sparks Day Camp Schedule

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

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 - Change into Swimsuits

9:30 AM - Walk to Polar Bear

9:45 AM - Polar Bear Swim

10:30 AM - Travel Back to Camp/Change Clothes/Morning Snack

10:45 AM - Morning Activity

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

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The Session Dates & Themes for 2017 are:


Sparks Day Camp

Length Options

1 Week


Girls and Boys


Completed Kindergarten Through Fourth Grade


Day Camp

Popular Camp Activities

Swimming, games, sports, hiking, crafts, climbing wall, zip line

Summer of Fantasy!

Session Week 1:

Dates: Monday June 19 - Friday June 23
Theme: Dr. Seuss Wacky Inventions
Availability: X

Session Week 2:

Dates: Monday June 26 - Friday June 30
Theme: Jurassic Camp
Availability: X

Session Week 3:

Dates: Monday July 03 - Friday July 07
Theme: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Availability: X

Session Week 4:

Dates: Monday July 10 - Friday July 14
Theme: Adventure to Neverland
Availability: X

Session Week 5:

Dates: Monday July 17 - Friday July 21
Theme: Minions of the Galaxy
Availability: X

Session Week 6:

Dates: Monday July 24 - Friday July 28
Theme: Counselor Ivy, at the Tire Swing,
with the Hula Hoop (Board Game Week!)

Availability: X

Session Week 7:

Dates: Monday July 31 - Friday August 04
Theme: Mission Impossible: Sparks Protocol
Availability: X

Session Week 8:

Dates: Monday August 07 - Friday August 11
Theme: Honey, I Shrunk the Campers
Availability: X

Session Week 9:

Dates: Monday August 14 - Friday August 18
Theme: Finding Nemo
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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