Founded in 1959, Walden is a coed overnight camp for campers entering 2nd grade through 11th grade. We’re in the Northern Michigan's Lower Peninsula on a pristine 150 acres outside the city of Cheboygan. Walden stretches along Long Lake, a clear, spring-fed body of water, and camp's terrain ranges from lush meadows to old-growth forests.
As a family-owned, traditional summer camp, we offer a diverse range of activities from land and water sports to horseback riding;from rockets and radio to the visual and performing arts. Walden campers roast marshmallows, sing silly songs, star-gaze and drink “bug juice”!
And they also do less-traditional camp stuff, like mountain biking, gardening and yoga.
Kids choose their own activity program and, with the guidance of a fun, committed and highly professional staff, find out what it’s like to be “on their own” for part of the summer.
This summer, 2016, will be Walden's 57th. Why do campers love it here? For the adventures, the friendships, and the atmosphere of trust and acceptance. Oh, yeah--they love the cinnamon toast, too!
Our philosophy is this: Summer camp should be a place where kids feel safe and cared for; where they develop independence and gain skills that feed their self-confidence; and where they form lasting friendships and craft lifelong memories.That’s The Walden Way. And as thousands of former campers will tell you, it’s an unforgettable way to spend the summer… Come see for yourself!