Summer Programs

TCAPS has many exciting summer learning and camp opportunities for children of all ages. All programs are available to children living in the Traverse area region as well as those visiting the area for the summer. Click on the sections below to view more information regarding all summer programs.

Ages 3-12: Summer Adventure Day Camps

Summer Adventure Day Camps are available to children ages 3 – 12. Camps are licensed by the State of Michigan to assure safety, health, and quality measures are met. Staff members are certified in CPR/First Aid and have met training and regulation standards. Camps are open to all area-wide residents and summer visitors!

  • Dates: June 15 – August 24, 2017
  • Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Full and half-day options available
  • Locations: 4 convenient locations
    • Cherry Knoll Elementary School
    • Long Lake Elementary School
    • Traverse Heights Elementary School
    • Willow Hill Elementary School
  • Weekly Field Trips
  • Games, Sports, Arts & Crafts and so much more!

Grades P-12: LEAP Camps

Crystalaire Summer Adventure Trips for Middle & High School Students

  • South Manitou Island 3-Day Camping Adventure - Ages 10-13

    • June 23–June 25, 2017
    • July 28–July 30, 2017
    • August 18–August 20, 2017
  • Backpacking the McCormick Wilderness - Ages 14-17

    • June 27-July 3, 2017
  • North Manitou Island 5-Day Backpacking Adventure - Ages 12-15

    • ‚ÄčJuly 7 – July 11, 2017
    • July 21 – July 25, 2017
    • August 11 – August 15, 2017
  • Biking the Leelanau Peninsula - Ages 12-15

    • July 13-19, 2017
  • Sailing the Great Lakes with Inland Seas- Ages 14-17

    • August 2-8, 2017
View Summer Adventure Trips Information & Registration Here


Young Americans Summer Camp - Five Days of Fun!  (Gr. 3-College)

Open to students in grades 3rd-college in Traverse City and the surrounding area. This high-energy, comprehensive performing arts summer camp includes instruction, classes, and workshops in voice, dance, comedy improvisation, songwriting, performance techniques, sound, lighting, and master classes from industry professionals. Participants are divided into three age groups to learn age appropriate material. By learning a show in just 5 days, students are able to learn teamwork, discover their individual potential, and walk away with a huge sense of accomplishment at the end of the week, all in an encouraging and positive atmosphere that The Young Americans foster and provide.

  • Dates: June 20 - 24, 2017
  • Location: Traverse City Central High School, 1150 Milliken Drive, Traverse City
  • Cost: $199 (limited scholarships available)

For more information: External LinkYoung Americans Summer Camp Information

Youth Learn to Sail (Ages 8-17)

  • Youth Sailing Session 1: June 19 – 30, 2017
  • Youth Sailing Session 2 : July 10 – 21, 2017
  • Youth Sailing Session 3: July 24 – August 4, 2017
  • Youth Sailing Session 4: August 7 – 18, 2017
View Youth Learn to Sail Information & Registration Here

Grades 1-6: Camp Invention

Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking. TCAPS will host three Camp Invention camps for students entering grades 1-6. Students are immersed into fun-filled, exciting activities that connect science, technology, engineering and math through fun hands-on activities. Children will work together to solve real world challenges that prepare them for the 21st Century. Discounts available – register today! To sign up click on the camp links below, visit or call 800.968.4332.



Grades 6-8: Invention Project

Invention Project will take fun to the next level while exploring circuitry, energy, bio-engineering and economics to create smart gear, program a mini-bot and prototype lifesaving technology. They’ll use these newly acquired abilities to research, pitch and invest in a product while learning alongside fellow creative thinkers! Although the business deals are simulated, the skills, the friendships and the fun are all real. It all takes place in an environment that inspires and supports individuality. When Invention Project comes to a close, the innovators won’t have a patent — yet — but they’ll have the skills and the confidence to make anything possible in the future. 

  • June 27 – July 1, 2016 – Invention Project
    Central High School (1150 Milliken Dr.)
    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Grades 9-11: Bridge Academy: Building Academic Fundamentals

Traverse City Area Public Schools’ Bridge Academy is a program available to incoming 9th – 11th grade students attending TCAPS high schools.

The academy is intended to provide students with instructional support and skill development in preparation for high school English Language Arts and Algebra I & II courses. Students will focus on enhancing fundamental skills to be successful in the coming school year. Students wishing to enroll in the program need to possess and demonstrate a willingness to achieve. Bridge Academy courses are worth .25 credits.

All Bridge Academy classes are aligned to state standards. Classes combine the best of highly qualified teachers with the effective use of interactive technology. Courses provide rich multi-media presentations that engage students in the learning process. Students will have the opportunity to receive individualized and/or small group instruction from a certified teacher Mondays through Thursdays during this four-week program. Daily attendance is required. 

Online Registration Open May 1 Through June 24

Academy Dates

  • July 5-28, 2016
  • Mondays – Thursdays
  • All students must attend a mandatory course orientation on the first day of class.

Academy Location

  • Traverse City Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr.

Course Options

High School Transition 101: This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop and improve basic high school academic survival skills and study methods. Topics include: introduction to student’s own personal learning style, learning theory, active listening, time management, test taking strategies, basic study techniques such as SQ3R, note taking, improving concentration and memory, and controlling the study environment.

Class Time:
8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 
10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

English Language Arts Concepts – Grades 9 & 11: This course is designed to enhance the skills that students will need to be successful in English Language Arts in the coming school year. Students will have the opportunity to participate in some learner-centered activities that will equip them with the necessary reading, writing and digital learning skills heading into English Language Arts courses in the fall.

Class Time:
English Language Arts – 9:  8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
English Language Arts – 11:  10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Algebra Concepts I & II: This course is designed to enhance the skills that students will need to be successful during the school year. The class prepares students by working on algebraic concepts as they are used in the current grade level curriculum. Students will participate in a learning environment that differentiates instruction based on the different learning needs of each student utilizing digital resources, direct instruction and peer collaboration.

 Class Time:
Algebra I:  10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Algebra II:  8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.


  • All courses are $150
  • (includes a $50 non-refundable registration fee)

If paying by check: 
Make your check payable to TCAPS
Be sure to include the following with your payment: student’s name, school, courses registering for, and a hone number where you can be reached

Mail check to:
TCAPS Bridge Academy
Attn: Pat Bowen
Central High School
1150 Milliken Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686

Additional Information

Highly qualified teachers are available Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until noon, at Central High School. Teachers also monitor student progress and check emails on Fridays.

All courses are $150 each. Enrollment is limited to 30 students per course. For enrollment or tuition questions, please contact the Academy Director at 231.933.3570.

Online Registration Open May 1 Through June 24


Pat Bowen, Administrative Assistant
Questions regarding course selection should be directed to the student’s counselor:

Central High School Counseling Office, 231.933.3560
East Middle School Counseling Office, 231.933.3348
West Middle School Counseling Office, 231.933.8200
West Senior High School Counseling Office, 231.933.7700

Grades 9-12: Summer Academy: First Time & Recovery Classes

First Time Classes and Credit Recovery Options
for Grades 9 – 12

TCAPS Summer Academy is open to all 9th – 12th grade students. No residency is required. Students wishing to enroll in the program need to possess and demonstrate a willingness to achieve by completing a course for the first time or completing a course in which an incomplete, withdraw or failure was received.

Classes Held

  • July 5-28, 2016
  • Traverse City Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr.
  • Online courses are available 24/7. Course completion is July 30.
  • Highly qualified teachers will be available for support at the Central High School library

Tuition Structure

Tuition balance is to be paid in full before a student may begin the class.

  • 1st course – $150
  • 2nd course – $150
  • 3rd course – $100
  • 4th course – $50

Other Information

Non-TCAPS students who are auditing a credit recovery class for credit will need to provide a student assignment report to the Summer Academy Office prior to the start of summer school by faxing to 231.933.3551 or email

Credit recovery course work will include online assignments, video lectures and assessment through GradPoint. All classes are aligned to State standards. Classes combine the best of highly qualified teachers with the effective use of interactive technology 24/7 at school and at home. The programs provide rich multi-media presentations that engage students in the learning process.

  • Students will have the opportunity to receive individualized and/or small group instruction from a certified teacher Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Grades for first time course work will be awarded/recommended upon successful completion of course work, at the discretion of the student’s home school.
  • Credit recovery option 1 – audit for credit by doing assignments that were not at 78% or missing. Upon successful completion the grade CR for credit is awarded.
  • Credit recover option 2 – retake the course based on pre-test results for a letter grade.

Online Registration Open May 1 Through June 29


Boys' Camps

  • TC West Boys' Basketball Camp
    Grades 2-5: TBD
    Grades 6-8: TBD
    Coach: Sanders Frye
  • TC Central Boys' Basketball Skills Camp
    Grades 2-4: 9 AM - 11 AM
    Grades 5-7: 11:30 AM - 1:30 AM
    Grades 8-9: 2 PM - 4:45 PM
    Coach: Jeff Turner, 231.499.6750

Girls' Camps

  • TC Central Girls' Basketball Skills Camp
    Grades 2-5: 9 AM - 11AM
    Grades 6-8: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Coach: Greg Farmer, 231.933.8293
  • TC West Girl's Basketball Camp
    Grades 3-5: 9 AM - Noon
    Grades 6-9: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Coach: Rebecca Mckee



Cross-Country Running


  • Trojan Boys' Middle School/High School Running Camp
    Grades 6-12: 8 AM - 10 AM, Eastern Elementary School
    Coach: John Lober, 231.342.8247
  • Trojan Boys' Middle School Pre-Season Running Camp
    Boys Attending East Middle School in Fall 2016
    Coach: John Lober, 231.342.8247
  • TC Central Girls' Cross-Country Summer Group Runs
    Grades 6-12: M,W,F 8 AM
    Meet at the CHS campus courtyard at the flagpole
    Lisa Taylor, 231.631.2195
  • Traverse Area Running Club
    Grades 6-12
    M-F, 8 AM at the dog park at Grandview Parkway and Division
    Coach: Bryan Kay, 734.645.3026
    Coach: Diane Goss, 231.620.1437

Cross-Country Skiing


  • XC Ski Training Rollerski Camp
    2 night mini-camp at Sleeping Bear National Park
    Grades 8-12
    Contact Coach K for details
    Coach: John Kostrzewa, 231.357.5346



  • TC Central Football Camp Session II
    Grades 7-9: 1 PM - 4 PM
    Coach: Eric Schugars, 231.642.1784
  • TC Central Football Camp Session I
    Grades 3-6: 9 AM - 11:30 AM
    Coach: Eric Schugars, 231.642.1784
  • TC Central Varsity Football Unity Camp
    Varsity Team: 9 AM - 7 PM, CHS Field
    Coach: Eric Schugars, 231.642.1784
  • TC Central JV/Varsity Trojan Team Camp
    CHS Football Teams: 9 AM - 12:30 PM, CHS Field
    Coach: Eric Schugars, 231.642.1784
  • TC West Football Middle School/Freshman Camp
    Grades 10-12: 8 AM - 11:30 AM
    Coach: Tim Wooer, 231.218.3470





  • TC Central Youth Soccer Camp
    Grades K-3: 10 AM - Noon
    Grades 4-8: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Coach: Rob Boynton, 231.534.4610
    Coach: Sarah Melius, 262.758.1227
  • TC West Youth Soccer Camp
    Grades 3-10 (Boys/Girls)
    9 AM - 11 AM
    Coach: Matt Griesinger
  • TC Central High School Girls' Northern Exposure Team Camp
    Grades 9-12
    TBD: All sessions at West Senior High School
    Coach: Sarah Melius, 262.758.1227



  • TC West Softball Skills Sessions
    Grades 3-12: 10 AM-12:30 PM
    Coach: Juli Tiesworth



  • GT Team Tennis & Sports Academy
    Ages 4 –18
    Various times - held at West Senior High School
    Coach: Chris Michalowski, 231.534.6787
  • GT Tennis Camp
    Ages 3-18
    Various times - held at TC Central High School
    Coach: Larry Nykerk, 231.218.9608
    External LinkMore About the GT Tennis Camp



  • TC Central Volleyball Camp
    Grades 5-7: 8 AM - Noon
    Coach: Kathleen Nance, 918.691.0564
  • TC Central Volleyball Camp
    Grades 8-10: 8 AM - Noon
    Coach: Kathleen Nance, 918.691.0564
  • TC West Volleyball Camp
    Grades 4-7: 8 AM - 9:45 AM
    Grades 8-10: 10 AM - Noon
    Coach: Emily Baumann, 231.360.7771



  • Trojan Summer Weights & Conditioning Program
    Grades 9-12: 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
    Coach: Doug Gle, 231.631.3731
  • Youth "NXT LVL" Wrestling Camp
    All ages: 10 AM - Noon & 1 PM - 3 PM
    Coach: Mike Krause

Ages 4-18: Sports Camps

Sports camps are offered through both Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School. For more information on camp offerings, please contact the school athletic offices at:

  • Traverse City Central High School - 231.933.8207
  • Traverse City West Senior High School - 231.933.7780