Frequently Asked Questions

Camp is in Michigan?  How can I get my child there?

Camps Leelanau & Kohahna is located in beautiful northern Michigan, just a four hour drive from Detroit and six hour drive from Chicago.  Campers can either fly into Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport or Grand Rapids’ Gerald Ford Airport for pick up and return by camp staff.  Contact our Office Manager with questions regarding travel including potential carpooling.

Why not a shorter summer session?

The 3 week, 4 week, and 7 week options of camp are an important part of the mission of Camps Leelanau & Kohahna.  Our mission is to “cultivate leadership qualities and Christian character…”  Session lengths allow campers to relax and settle in and then accomplish more character and skill development, form closer relationships at camp, and participate in more activities, all in a supportive Christian Science environment.   This unhurried, intentional approach to learning and practicing new skills cements learning and promotes confidence, which spills over into other areas of campers’ lives.  We find our longest sessions are the most popular with returning campers.  However, if there is a situation which needs special accommodation, parents are encouraged to speak with one of our Directors.

How do I fit camp into today’s schedule?  Summer is a busy time with summer school, athletic camps, and team practices, which seem necessary or mandatory.

We acknowledge there are other activities competing for the involvement of campers.  Camps Leelanau & Kohahna firmly believes camp is the best place for youth to grow in their confidence, team building skills, character, and athleticism, while also growing in their application of Christian Science.  A camp experience will develop campers to be stronger athletes, students, and members of their home community.

We find many coaches are willing to prescribe a sports regimen for campers who value camp, which we can put into place here.  Camp is glad to accommodate weight training, adjust schedules for sports practice, and encourage participation in our Speed & Agility training (during the 4 week session) and other sports clinics we offer.  Contact the Leelanau or Kohahna Director so camp can accommodate those needs.

Can the cost of camp be adjusted to help my children attend?

While Camps Leelanau & Kohahna has set rates, we believe there should be no obstacles for children to attend camp.  Camp provides a variety of options to assist families in their demonstration of attending camp.  Families are encouraged to:

•             Take advantage of early enrollment and camp show sign-up discounts

•             Contact our office and set up a pre-payment plan

•             Apply for Campership Funds

•             Investigate other scholarship resources, such as Sunnyside Foundation (for youth from Texas) and The Campership Fund of the Midwest & Southeast (for youth from Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee).

In addition, we offer a $50 per child sibling discount.  Contact the camp office for questions at [email protected] or at 231-334-3808.

We take vacations and have a lake house for the summer.  What’s so great about camp in Michigan?

Camps Leelanau & Kohahna builds independence, leadership qualities, and provides campers the opportunity to see Christian Science in action, outside of the home environment, as well as building a support network of Christian Science peers and adults.  Camp is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and is surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.  With 2500 feet of sandy beachfront, 220 acres of pristine woods, and activities ranging from windsurfing and waterskiing to horseback riding and athletics, this experience creates memories and friendships for a lifetime.   In 2011, Good Morning America named the Sleeping Bear Dunes area the “Most Beautiful Place in America”.

Do you provide leadership training for older teenagers?  What is the CT Program?

The Counselor Training Program is for campers entering their senior year in high school.  This seven week program focuses on developing leadership skills and Christian character.

The first three weeks are spent tuning into the teamwork elements of leadership. Together, these campers work for a week on a community service project where they learn about true service, work ethic, and develop usable skills.

The second and third weeks are spent preparing for, participating in, and debriefing a 6 day wilderness trip, often in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or Ontario, Canada.  The focus of this experience is looking to God for strength and direction under the guidance of experienced staff.

During the remaining four weeks, CTs move into camp cabins to put their new leadership skills while apprenticing under experienced cabin counselors, working with younger campers, and learning to teach regular camp activities.

The value of the CT summer at Camps Leelanau & Kohahna is profound.  The true strength of the CT program is in developing leadership skills, the ability to take initiative, and to be a confident and dedicated Christian Scientist.

Can my child bring a friend from school?

Any child who regularly attends a Christian Science Sunday School can attend camp. We love to see children introduced to camp, whether they are new to Christian Science or have grown up in it.  There have been many instances where campers have introduced friends to Christian Science through Sunday School in order for them to attend camp. Attending a Christian Science Sunday School first is an important step to prepare campers for living Christian Science at camp.