Greenwoods - Lake of the Woods

Decatur, Michigan    

Lantern Review of Greenwoods - Lake of the Woods

Two of the standout Midwestern camps reflect a loyal camp family for these brother-sister programs, Greenwoods Camp for Boys and Lake of the Woods Camp for Girls. The lush, manicured grounds and more modern cabins indicate a very current camp program that continues to evolve to meet the desires of their campers. The relatively new offerings like culinary arts and the addition of a recording studio might seem to contrast with almost farm-like setting, but these activities are a wonderful complement to the more traditional offerings like sailing or archery. More importantly, they show a willingness of Greenwoods and Lake of the Woods to innovate in their programs.

Within both camps, shorter term 2-week programs called the Glen and the Grove follow a similar program as the full season and 4-week campers. The program is laid out prior to the summer with campers choosing from among almost 50 choices. The 4-week and full season campers also benefit from overnight camping and rafting trip options. The campuses for the boys camps and girls camps are completely separate, though they do share a few facilities for specific programs and they enjoy a weekly get-together between camps. The programs, however, are decidedly separate for the boys and girls.

The constant evaluation of program opportunities and the thoughtful communication with parents during the summer sets Greenwoods and Lake of the Woods in a small group of camps that are willing to innovate while staying true to the values inherent in overnight camping. The atmosphere at these camps is almost electric, led by a well-trained, intentional and enthusiastic staff. The camaraderie and spirit of the counselors is contagious. The engaged counselors and activity specialists are the key to these exciting camps, imparting shared values and fostering lifelong friendships.

Fast Facts

  • Girls Only
  • Boys Only
  • Brother/Sister
  • 180 Campers per Session
  • 2-week, 4-week, 8-week
  • Founded in 1935
  • $$$

Director's Message

The program focus is to prepare campers to succeed as adults in the 21st century. Our exceptional instruction combined with a fully elective program is designed to meet the needs and interests of each individual camper. From the athletics fields to the waterfront and from the great outdoors to the arts, the experience is customized for each one of our campers. If a camper wants to focus on a particular activity, he make take it daily at camp.

Program Highlights

  • 40 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Tripping
  • Waterfront
  • Rural
  • Remote

Top 5 Activities

  • Waterskiing
  • Sailing
  • Basketball
  • Culinary Arts
  • Go-Carting

Travel Information

Coach bus transportation from Chicago and Detroit. Pick up at O'hare International airport with coach bus to camp. Pick up at Kalamazoo airport to camp.


Greenwoods - Lake of the Woods

(888) 459-2492

(269) 423-3091

Dayna Hardin