Welcome to Mystic Lake YMCA Camp! We are happy that you have chosen Mystic Lake Camp for your child’s summer camp experience. Please read the following information carefully. Please make sure to complete all forms online prior to your child’s session. This will help us better prepare to serve your child’s needs.

Mystic Lake YMCA Camp’s goals and expectations are:

  • To provide a safe, inviting and open community atmosphere for all campers.
  • To ensure highly trained and qualified staff dedicated to being professional positive role models work with your child(ren).
  • To help foster friendships between your child and other campers.
  • To allow campers to learn and have fun in our exciting progressive activities and traditional camping programs.

Please use this Handbook as a tool to help better prepare your family for your child(ren’s) upcoming camp experience. We look forward to partnering with you in helping to bring your child up strong in spirit, mind and body!

In the Spirit of Mystic, Ricky Wright Executive Director



Please use this camp packing list to assist your child in packing for their week long trip. Write your child’s name on everything. Add additional items for a two week stay accordingly. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items. Please leave valuables at home.


  • 3 pairs shorts 
  • 2 pairs blue jeans &/or pants
  • Heavy sweater, sweatshirt or jacket
  • 6 shirts (1-2 long sleeved)
  • Swim suit
  • Rain gear
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Optional "Fancy Friday" outfit - some campers and staff dress up for our final dinner on Friday night

Suggested Equipment

  • Bag for dirty laundry
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater)
  • Flashlight, extra batteries & bulb
  • Hat with brim
  • Daypack or small backpack
  • Water bottle

Bedding and Toiletries

  • Summer‐weight sleeping bag
  • Twin sheet to cover mattress
  • Pillow and cover
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Comb/brush
  • Soap
  • Washcloth & bath towel
  • Deodorant

Suggested Clothing (Wrangler, Ranch, Horseback Club Campers)

  • Hard soled shoes or boots with 1‐2” heels (required)
  • 3‐pair of jeans or heavy pants (required)
  • Several bandanas

Optional Items

  • Toiletry bag (mesh) • Camera • Fishing pole & tackle
  • Writing & Reading Material
  • Approved Equestrian Helmet
  • Stamps & envelopes
  • T‐shirt for tye‐dyeing

The following are not permitted and may be confiscated: Absolutely no cellular phones, personal music devices, TVs, laser pointers, video games, electronics, unapproved food items, chewing gum, fireworks, alcohol, tobacco products, illegal substances or weapons of any kind.



Please pack enough items for the length of your camper’s stay. Laundry facilities are generally not available to campers. 



Please complete all of the following at least 5 days before your child's camp session. You can also make payments online!



Final Balance

Your camper's final balance must be paid at least 15 days prior to the start of their camp session. For your convenience, our registration software will automatically withdraw this final at the time, if it has not been paid sooner. 


Camper Check In

Check in is held each Sunday from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Prior to this camp staff are involved in a staff meeting and completing projects in preparation for your camper’s arrival. A health screening is part of the registration process. We will have staff available to assist you during the registration. We do not provide early check in.


Camper Check Out

Check out will begin on Saturday morning at 9:15am with a short closing ceremony near the main lodge beginning at 9:45am. Please stop by our check out table on the front porch of the main lodge to properly check your camper out. All parents/guardians picking up a camper must be listed on the Camper Release Form and show a picture ID. 

Check out for Mini Camp Sessions is Wednesday at 6:45pm

Important: Session 3 (June 28 - July 3) has a Friday evening check out at 5pm with a short closing ceremony at 5:45pm.


Mystic Lake YMCA Camp strives to offer a positive experience for children of all abilities whenever their needs can be met. Campers with disabilities are welcome to attend any session. We request that you call camp and arrange a visit to review your child’s needs and level of staff involvement. We will work with you to determine if Mystic Lake YMCA Camp is the right choice for your child.



Bus trips to and from camp are provided from the Parkwood YMCA (2306 Haslett Road, East Lansing) to Camp. Check in at the bus is Sunday morning at 11:30am and the bus leaves the Parkwood YMCA at 12:00pm. The bus will return to the Parkwood YMCA at approximately 12:00pm on the following Saturday. The fee for this service is $25 each way. You must register in advance for bus transportation. There is no return bus service for Mini Camp.

Important: Session 3 (June 28 - July 3) has a Friday evening check out at 5pm with a short closing ceremony at 5:45pm.


A nonrefundable registration fee of $100 is required per session per child and must accompany your camper registration. The registration fee is applied to the total balance.  All camp balances must be paid at least 15 days prior to your child's camp session.


Camp Store

From water bottles and t‐shirts to sweatshirts and bandanas, Mystic Lake YMCA Camp offers a wide range of souvenirs and snacks for your child to purchase. The average store account is normally $50 for one week of camp. Camp store accounts can be set up during Sunday check in. 

Refund Policy

  • Registration fee is nonrefundable under any circumstance.
  • In case of dismissal due to poor behavior or voluntary withdrawal, there is no refund of fees.
  • A medical excuse must include a physician’s authorized signature to be considered for a refund less the registration fee.


Financial Assistance

We believe that no child should be turned away due to the inability to pay. Through the hard work of volunteers and generous donors, financial assistance is available for those who demonstrate need. All information is kept confidential and assistance is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. For financial assistance information or to make a donation, please contact our camp office at 517.827.9650.



All campers MUST have a completed health form with parent/guardian signature on file. Mystic Lake YMCA Camp cannot accept a camper without this form. This is required by the State of Michigan and the American Camp Association. For accurate health information, all campers need to have a new form completed each year. 

Completed Health Form with Parent Signature


Mystic Lake YMCA Camp does not provide health insurance for campers. Please list your insurance carrier, insurance number and personal physician on the Health History Form. 



All medications, including inhalers, must be sent in their original container. The child’s name, physician name and the directions including dosage and frequency must be clearly printed on the label. Send only the supply needed for your camper’s stay. All medications and vitamins are to be given to the Health Officer at check‐in. Parents are responsible for all necessary health care expenses  while your child is at camp. Inhalers should be put into the original box.




Our kitchen staff plan and prepare well balanced meals. Campers eat family style in cabin groups in the dining hall. To help ensure we are able to meet your child’s needs, if your child is a vegetarian or has a special dietary restriction please include this information on their Health Form. Please feel free to call and talk to our Senior Program Director about any of your child’s dietary restrictions and/or needs at 517.827.9650.


Health Care

Mystic Lake YMCA Camp has a well equipped Health Care Center with around the clock care from a Certified Health Officer. All staff are trained in first aid and CPR. We have a very good working relationship with our local fire and rescue departments. Mystic Lake YMCA Camp hosts training events with our local department to enhance their ability to respond to incidents at camp.

In case of illness, campers will be housed in the health center. If necessary, you will be contacted to pick up your camper. In case of sudden illness or injury, your camper may be transported by camp vehicle to Mid‐Michigan Urgent Care or the Emergency Room in Clare. We will contact you or the emergency contact you have listed right away. If necessary, for the well‐being of your camper, Mystic Lake YMCA Camp will transport your child via local ambulance.

It is very important to complete the emergency contact information. If you are traveling, please give the Health Officer a copy of the itinerary and phone numbers where you can be reached. In case of any injury or illness that requires medical attention, we will make every effort to contact you prior to treatment. In the event you cannot be reached, we will contact your emergency contacts.



We encourage letters from you as the best way of communicating with your camper. Positive, supportive letters let your camper hear from you in a constructive way. We suggest you send a letter a few days prior to your child’s session to insure it is received while your camper is here. Campers are encouraged to reply by writing letters as they are generally not allowed to use the phone, fax or computers. We suggest that campers bring paper and pre‐ addressed stamped envelopes.


Care Packages

Although all campers enjoy receiving these packages from home, we discourage care packages containing food items. They can expose fellow campers to allergies or other dietary restrictions. Please keep snacks at home, our kitchen will provide snacks to campers. Campers can purchase snacks in the camp store. 

Updates from Camp

Camp administrators will communicate with parents of current campers via e-mail. You will have the opportunity to look at a daily photo album and receive periodic emails from camp.


Letters and Emails


Mystic Lake YMCA Camp
Camper Name, Cabin Name (if known)
Dates Attending
P.O. Box 100 Lake, MI 48632


Parents may email their camper at mysticcampers@ymcaoflansing.org. Please list camper name and cabin in subject line. Note that campers will not be able to reply via email. Emails received after 12:00pm may not be delivered until the next day. The final delivery of email will be Friday at 12:00 pm.


Missing Home

Going away to camp can be a challenging experience for a child of any age. Short term separation from parents and learning independence are important parts of growing up. Talking with your camper prior to camp lets them know you have confidence in their ability to cope with the new camp lifestyle. Focus on the positive aspects of camp: making new friends, exciting activities and how proud you will be when they succeed. Once at camp, our staff apply the best homesick cure known: We keep campers so busy and having so much fun with their new friends, they have little time to miss home!

Set your camper up for success!



The camp experience is an opportunity for a camper to learn responsibility for their personal articles. Please discuss with your camper the importance of caring for and keeping track of their gear. Any unclaimed items will be held for a period of 2 weeks and then donated to charity.