Camp Detroit 2023

Join us for Camp Detroit!

We're so excited to bring back an in-person summer camp this year at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.

Dates: Monday June 26, 2023 to Friday June 30, 2023

Time: 9am-3pm each day

Ages: 8-12

Capacity: 30-40 campers

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided to all campers. 

Camp Detroit is an interactive weeklong camp experience. An evolution of successfully inclusive and multidisciplinary youth experiences designed by the Society's expert education leadership staff, this year’s summer camp will be immersive – taking campers back in time and then inspiring them to draw their maritime future!  


Complemented by our permanent exhibitions at the museum, young learners will be transformed into innovators and explorers. They will discover the early maritime technologies of area Native American tribes, the innovation of steam ships and the first superhighway of our inland seas alongside the creativity and bravery of freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad crossing the Detroit River into Canada.  


Campers will also discover the dynamic ecosystems that have supported all arrivers to these rivers and lakeshores and will be encouraged to design watercraft that is as futuristic as it is sustainable. This camp may seem complicated; however, it is structured to be real, simple, and incredibly fun. 


Additional activities may include tours of other Belle Isle facilities, outdoor exploration on our newly renovated grounds, a field day, or daily morning centering activities including yoga stretches, morning affirmations, and team building exercises. Our young explorers will discover the greatness of their city river, the surrounding Great Lakes, and themselves!


The cost for Camp Detroit is $250 per student. The fee includes daily snacks and lunches and admission to Belle Isle facilities. 

The Detroit Historical Society believes that all children should have the opportunity to participate in our programs. Through a generous foundation grant, Camp Detroit will be able to provide financial scholarships so that any child can enjoy the programs, regardless of financial capacity. Please contact to learn more about applying for a Camp Detroit scholarship. 

SOLD OUT as of 5/25/23! Looking forward to a great week of camp! FYI, the first day of Camp on 6/26/23 will now be at Detroit Historical Museum in Midtown, 5401 Woodward Ave, due to the fireworks on Belle Isle.