Activities for the most active to the most creative to enjoy, with skilled staff to make your experience be the best one yet. Family camp has vibrant camp community with many campers returning year after year.
What is Family Camp?
The answer is simple: a great opportunity to get out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the beautiful Adirondack Mountains for a week and recharge with your family and loved ones.
We provide plenty of activities from the most active to the most creative for anyone to enjoy, with skilled staff to help your experience be the best one yet. There is a vibrant camp community with many campers coming back to camp year after year.
We are excited to announce that, because of your requests, we will be offering two weeks of Family Camp at the Point fun this year! Week 1 campers will arrive on August 11, 2024 starting at 1pm and depart on August 18 at 10am. Week 2 campers will arrive on August 18 starting at 1pm and depart on August 25 at 10am.
Why Point O'Pines Family Camp?
Many of our campers have been attending family camp for over 50 years! They bring a lifetime of knowledge and joy to the experience. The family camp originally began as a program of the University of Michigan Alumni Association operated by Point O’Pines Camp, and there is plenty of Wolverine spirit, especially in week one of camp. The camp is now open to everyone, and is independent of the University.
We have experienced staff at every activity who are more than happy to make your experience one of a kind. From arts and crafts to tennis to horseback riding, there is something for everyone.
Point O’Pines sits on a 25-acre peninsula surrounded by the Adirondacks. With the beautiful scenery alone, your experience can’t be beat. Along with the property, there is the Point O’Pines Farm, a 500-acre property five miles from camp. This is perfect for those who do horseback riding or want to go hiking or just want to explore.
You can participate in as much or as little as you want, and there is something to enjoy for every family member. That’s the beauty of this experience!
The surrounding area of Brant Lake and beyond is also spectacular and historic. Within a day’s trip are Fort Ticonderoga, Lake Placid, Saratoga Springs, Ausable Chasm; whatever you want to do is up to you!
Campers live in cabin units that are perfect for families and couples. Each unit offers privacy and has its own bathroom and shower. All units have electricity, blankets, pillows, and storage space for clothing and equipment. Campers may bring their own towels and bedding, or they may be checked out for free. Families with infants should bring their own cribs, high chairs, playpens, and favorite toys. There are also some smaller rooms available as well.
At a brand new state of the art facility, campers learn the skill of archery. Target Archery is a unique sport that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of previous experience. We teach both beginner archery skills and further develop the skills that campers bring to the range.
Our facility includes high-quality, modern wood and laminate recurve bows in sizes for all ages, and a shooting line with capacity of up to 18 archers at a time.
For the competitive archers, there is a tournament during the camp session.
With the guidance of certified fitness instructors, campers can choose to work out in our state-of-the-art, 25-station fitness center or enjoy classes in step aerobics, pilates, yoga, spin bikes, water aerobics, or circuit training.
The Point O’Pines Farm is home to our extensive English riding program. Professional instructors introduce beginning riders to our horses and riding, while more advanced riders are assessed by the instructors so that individual programs can be developed to fit their specific needs.
Our small group lessons provide an ideal opportunity for riders of every level to learn from our experienced staff. We have numerous horses appropriate for every level of rider. Our staff takes great care in matching each rider with the most suitable horse. Instructional facilities include our dressage arena, an oversized jumping and cross-country field, and two large circle arenas. Our 500-acre farm provides miles of trail-riding opportunities.
Classes are offered by sign-up only, and the opportunity to participate is not included in camp registration. This is an additional charge.
Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing, and Paddleboarding
Our skilled sailing instructors come from all around the world to give campers the opportunity to become successful sailors, canoeists, and paddleboarders in a safe and enjoyable environment. The camp has a small fleet of Sunfish that make it easy to learn basic sailing. Small groups can enjoy sailing on the camp Hobie Cat. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are also available for use but campers are welcome to bring their own boats.
In addition to daytime boating, canoeists and kayakers enjoy sunset paddles on the lake. Toward the end of each week, sailors will have a chance to compete in a regatta.
Swimming & Waterfront
Our waterfront has a spacious lane and dock system that is ideal for all swimmers, and the swimming area is open daily.
Children’s classes include aquatic games and activities that challenge and entertain children of different swimming abilities. The activities are designed to include all the children in the class regardless of ability.
Our swim instructors are all American Red Cross certified and have their certificates in Water Safety Instruction. All swimming lessons are based on the American Red Cross standard progressions.
Tennis instruction for children is scheduled several times throughout the week. Adult lessons include basic tennis technique and strategy and are scheduled throughout the week as well. Men’s and women’s singles, doubles, men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles, teen, and parent/child tournaments are held for those who wish to sign up and participate.
Each camper has a chance to experience the thrill of water skiing on beautiful Brant Lake. With three performance Ski Nautique watercraft (one with tower) always in use, our campers have ample opportunity to glide on the water. Novices learn to ski with a ski boom on the side of our boats and have the security of our ski staff right beside them to give them direction and instill confidence.
Campers of all ages can sign up to enjoy a group ride on the giant inflated banana as it is towed.
Waterskis and wakeboards are available but campers are welcome to bring their own.
Adirondack Park provides Point O’Pines with a spectacular setting and plentiful opportunities for adventure in the wilderness. Our Wilderness program provides our campers with endless opportunities to be inspired by our gorgeous natural surroundings.
Our farm property, with 500 acres of breathtaking mountains, is an ideal setting for hiking and outdoor enjoyment. In addition, day hikes varying in difficulty are offered in other locations within Adirondack Park.
The farm is also home to our “challenge course.” Campers can participate in weekly challenge activities that promote self-confidence and facilitate team building.
Campers of all ages also enjoy the challenge of the mile-long obstacle course with many features, including monkey bars, balance beam, and tire obstacles.
Arts & Crafts
Our 2,700-square-foot arts and crafts center is fully equipped with six classrooms, including a ceramics studio and a separate studio for jewelry making. Campers can choose from specialty areas such as copper enamel, painting, sewing, paper mache, weaving, stained glass, nature crafts, scrapbooking, and many more stimulating areas!
Nursery, Kids Club, Kids Camp, and Teen (13 Years+) Programs
Structured schedule each day so children who wish to participate have a chance to experience all areas of camp with well-trained counselors. There is a morning session and an afternoon session.
Babysitters are also available upon request.