Summer Adventure Day Camps

For Children Ages 3 – 12

TCAPS Summer Adventure Day Camps are available to children ages 3 – 12. TCAPS Summer Adventure 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. We offer flexible scheduling options for parents with busy summer schedules. Financial assistance may be available through the Department of Human Services (DHS) for qualifying families. Weekly field trips include (subject to change/cancellation): Centre Ice, Bowling, Beach Trips, Canoeing, State Theatre, Old Town Playhouse, and more.

Drop-In Information

Due to the large number of campers registering for the TCAPS Summer Adventure Day Camps this year, we will not be not able to accept drop-ins. Licensing requirements on the staff-to-student ratio  that must be maintained at all times as well as space constraints make it more difficult for us to be as flexible with schedule changes as we have in the past. We ask families who have already registered for summer camp for your patience and understanding and to limit schedule changes as much as possible. We will do whatever we can to accommodate your needs when we can, but it may not always be possible. We are looking forward to a great summer of making new friends and sharing some great adventures!

Camp Dates & Tuition Information

2017 Camp Dates

  • June 15 – August 24, 2017
  • Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, (Old Mission is Monday - Thursday)
  • No camp on July 3-4, 2017

Tuition Rates

  • Non-refundable Registration Fee(s): $30 for 1st child in household, $15 for each additional child in same household.
  • Daily Tuition Rates: $35 per day for 1st child in household, $27 for each additional child in same household when enrolled on the same day.
  • Half-day Tuition Rate: $15 per child + $5 charge for lunch if student arrives/stays for lunch.

Camp Locations & Contact Information


About the Camp Managers

Cherry Knoll Camp - Maire Burns

Maire Burns - Cherry Knoll Camp ManagerHello! My name is Maire Burns and I am the Summer Adventure Camp Manager at Cherry Knoll. This will be my first summer as a Camp Manager. I am excited to get started! My passion is working with, supporting, and educating youth and their families. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development from Grand Valley State University. Most recently, I was a Lead Pre-K Teacher at the YMCA Child Development Center. In addition, I have worked in the Child Welfare field as a Foster Care Case Manager. Ensuring that a child has a healthy, safe, and educational environment is very important to me. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to explore northern Michigan and experience all that it has to offer. I am very eager to meet all the campers and parents this summer! Let summer begin! 


Long Lake Camp - Lynette Purdy


Hi, my name is Lynette Purdy and I have been an employee of TCAPS for 19 years. I have worked at Long Lake for 17 of those years as a special education assistant. The last five years I have been the A.M extended day child care manager at Long Lake and this will be my 6th summer working for the summer camp program. Last summer I took over for the previous manager a week before camp started. It was tough at first but I had a tremendous staff that helped me and wonderful understanding parents that kept me going. I am definitely ready for this summer and looking forward to seeing all of our previous campers that are coming back and meeting all the new campers for the first time.


Old Mission Camp - Tanya Laprade

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Hi, my name is Tanya Laprade and I am the Summer Adventure Camp Manager at Willow Hill. This will be my third summer as camp manager. During the school year, I work as a preschool teacher at Old Mission Peninsula School. I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I have my CDA certificate and am working on my master’s degree in Child Development.  I live in Traverse City with my two daughters, Taylor and Samantha, and we enjoy taking advantage of all the activities that northern Michigan has to offer. I am looking forward to another great summer at Willow Hill!  


Willow Hill Camp - Lindsey Ross

Lindsey Ross - Traverse Heights Summer Camp ManagerHi, my name is Lindsey Ross and this will be my first year as a Summer Adventure Camp Manager. I lived in Chicago‚Äč for the past nine years but am excited to move back to beautiful northern Michigan where I grew up. I attended Michigan State University for a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Geography. Then I moved to Chicago to pursue my Master of Education at DePaul University. For the past six years, I taught preschool and preschool summer camp in my neighborhood. While living in the city, I enjoyed exploring museums, riding the subway, and going to Cubs games every year. I look forward to gardening in our new backyard and spending more time with my family and friends. I can't wait to meet the campers and am sure it will be a fun-filled summer!