Our weekend and summer camps are designed to teach at-risk children they are incredibly loved and special. When they're with us, they'll be well fed and cared for in a safe, fun environment. They'll have a chance to participate in a variety of exciting activities with other kids their age. And our staff and teen volunteers serve as positive role models, much like a big brother or big sister.
Because we want to help children who might not have the resources to come to camp, even for a weekend, we offer our programs to them free of charge! And it really does make a difference in their lives.
“Our students love attending the retreats where they learn and grow. I personally enjoy seeing their faces and hearing their stories when they return. Without Youth Haven's services some of our students would not have the chance to participate in these positive emotional and spiritual growth opportunities. Youth Haven is truly making a difference in the lives of individual students and helping our community provide exceptional services that help enrich the lives of our youth. Without Youth Haven we would not be able to offer these wonderful experiences for our students. We truly appreciate all the programs Youth Haven offers our students and our community." -Jay Vandercook, Dean of Students, Leslie Middle School
Our desire is to offer our programs to children who would not be able to go to camp if we weren't here for them. Because we do not receive state or federal support and are completely funded by private donations, we ask that you only refer children who are truly in need of our help.
This includes children who are:
We want to help as many children as possible, so we encourage you to refer as many new children as you can. However, we also realize the benefit of consistent positive influences, so we welcome children to return as often as once per season.
We also want to make sure all children have a fun and safe time here at Youth Haven. When scheduling your kids, please keep in mind that Youth Haven serves a very large population of children. During their scheduled time with us, the kids are placed on a team of 5-7 children and 1 adult. Youth Haven is not clinical, nor are we staffed to provide one-on-one attention for the kids. Please make sure the children you schedule are able to function well in a group setting. If you are not sure about a specific child, please call us! We would love to help you determine what the best option is for the child.
If there is a child in your care who is struggling and you feel he or she is deserving of a free week or weekend at Youth Haven, we'd love to partner with you to make a difference in that child's life! We are grateful for the opportunity to be a resource for you as you look for ways to help the children you serve!
If you have never sent children to us before, please complete our Agency Application.
If you have sent children to us in the past, please contact our Children's Scheduling Coordinator, Stephanie Stanley. She will be able to give you the most up-to-date information about availability and get the children in your care scheduled for a fun week or weekend with us! Stephanie can be reached at 517-569-3328 (Michigan), 520-466-3093 (Arizona), or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be sure to coordinate transportation and have a parent/guardian complete and sign all permission forms. The children need to have these forms with them when they come to camp, so please don't mail or fax them to us. Thank you!