Build, Play, Learn, and Grow with Campville USA at The War Memorial

Summertime mini-camps for kids, teens, and college students offer diverse and exciting experiences

Campville LogoGROSSE POINTE FARMS, MICHIGAN — As summer quickly approaches, The War Memorial is pleased to announce the return of Campville USA, a series of mini-camps for children aged 5+, teens, and college students. Campville USA begins on June 19 and runs through August 11; each camp has its own schedule, ranging from one-day to one-week engagements.

Campville USA is made possible by generous donations from The Stonisch Foundation and The Youth Enrichment Fund.

Boasting over 30 individual camps, Campville USA offers a full spectrum of activities, ranging from robotics to musical theater, cooking to writing, and sculpture to self-defense. The diverse programming is sure to appeal to the varied interests of children and teens, and several camps are offered at multiple times throughout the summer, ensuring that no one will miss out due to vacation plans.

“Summer is an exciting time for kids to learn new skills, delve deeper into a passion, or just enjoy a new activity,” said Brandon Faber, Director of Community Engagement at The War Memorial. “With such an assortment of programs, Campville USA has a camp that will pique kids’ interests or entice them to explore something new!”

Denise Fry, Manager of Community Engagement, added, “Campville USA allows The War Memorial to partner with some of our area’s finest — and most fun! — educational professionals. We’re very happy to welcome back a number of instructors this year, and we’re particularly pleased to foster some new relationships as well. Not only do our campers learn from their instructors every year, but the instructors learn so much from the campers!”

This year’s camp instructors include prominent local businesses and educators, including Arts & Scraps, City Sprouts Craft and Nature Camp, Danielle Wright of Detroit’s Opera MODO, Eisenhower Dance Center of Birmingham, Game Crazy, Inc., Kids Empowered, and Live Safe Academy among others.

New this year is a series of two-day camps aimed at high school and college students, taught by professional writer and editor Sarah Sheppard. Sheppard, who is originally from Grosse Pointe but spent five years working for a nonfiction book publisher in Boston, will present four camps: Jumpstart Your Creativity, The Personal Essay, Short Fiction, and Reading Like a Writer.

All Campville USA activities are held at The War Memorial, located at 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms; a complete listing of camps and registration information is available online at, or by calling 313.881.7511. Fees vary per camp and pre-registration is required.

Complete Listing of Campville USA Programming

June 19—23
Pokémon Go Themed Video Game Design (Ages 8+)
Minecraft Redstone Camp (Ages 8+)
Princess and Pirates Camp (Ages 3–7)
Scrap Camp: Our Earth (1st–2nd Grade)

June 26—30
Summer Sewing Camp from Elena Victoria (Ages 8–14)
Junior Chefs (Ages 8–11)
Four Day Mini Performance Camp (Ages 9+)

July 3—8
Babysitter Safety (Ages 11+)

July 10—14
Girls Empowered: American Girl Camp
Jumpstart Your Creativity (Writing Series for High School and College Students)
Kid’s Cooking Boot Camp (Ages 7–12)
Hand Building with Clay (Ages 8–15)
Storytelling Day Camp: Ophelia’s Edible Garden (Ages 3–5 with parent)

July 17—21
Hand Building with Clay (Ages 8–15)
The Personal Essay (Writing Series for High School and College Students)
Storytelling Day Camp: Ophelia’s Edible Garden (Ages 6–11)
Safe on Campus (High School and College Students)
Two-Week Performance Camp (Ages 9+)
Scrap Camp: Problem Solvers (3rd–4th Grade)

July 24—28
Storytelling Day Camp: Ophelia’s Edible Garden (Ages 3–5 with parent)
Short Fiction (Writing Series for High School and College Students)
Fashion Summer Camp (Ages 8–17)

July 31—August 4
Storytelling Day Camp: Ophelia’s Edible Garden (Ages 6–11)
Trumpet Workshop
Pokémon and Star Wars Stop Motion Animation Camp (Ages 6+)
Robotics Camp (Ages 5–8 and 9–13)
Reading Like a Writer (Writing Series for High School and College Students)
Self Defense Camp for Kids (Ages 6–10)

August 7—11
Hand Building with Clay (Ages 8–15)
Scrap Camp: Innovation (5th–6th Grade)

About The War Memorial

The War Memorial, located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is a legacy-filled institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality and connectivity. Situated on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, The War Memorial serves an estimated 200,000 individuals with over 2,000 functions annually, including programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, The War Memorial is a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan with a mission to be a patriotic, cultural, and community leader.

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