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More fun in storeat Camp Maas.

Located on 1,100 forested acres and two sparkling lakes in Ortonville, Michigan, Camp Maas is uniquely designed for children and teens entering 2nd-9th grades. Our program combines wonderful activities with outdoor adventure, Jewish culture, excellent facilities and of course, lots of fun.

All campers live in villages, separated by grades.

Brighton Side

Brighton Side: Campers entering 2nd - 5th grades

The Brighton Side, named after our beloved former camp site in Brighton, Michigan, is reserved for our youngest campers. It’s just a short walking distance from our private waterfront, sport fields, roller-skating/floor hockey rink, arts and crafts, and our new farm.

Brighton Side programming and staff training are geared to provide the highest standard of care. Programs take into account the natural imagination of this age group, allowing kids to pretend, make believe and enjoy every day to the fullest.

Campers can choose to attend for a Full Session (24 days) or a Mini Session (10 days).

Applebaum and Shiffman Villages: Campers entering 2nd and 3rd grade

Each cabin has its own bathroom. The lodge is centrally located to all cabins, which allows additional unit programming.

DeRoy and Fishman Villages: Campers entering 4th and 5th grade

All cabins have bathrooms, and the centralized lodges provide extra program areas and an updated bathhouse for showers.

Mid Side

Mid Side: Campers entering 6th and 7th grade

Mid Side has been created to recognize the progression of a child’s development. Activities are purposely planned with elevated programming and more “choose your own adventure” days. Some of the favorites for these groups include: Derby Days, Tamarack Idol and a short, yet amazing camping trip, just to name a few.

6th graders live in Levison (boys) and Charach Sheruth (girls) Villages. 7th graders live in Hermelin (boys) and Berman (girls) Villages.

This year, we are offering one Mini Camp for campers entering 6th grade (Mini A).

Senior Side

Senior Side: Campers entering 8th and 9th grade

Senior Side offers the perfect combination of structure and freedom. Activities include: an unbelievable camping trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, rock climbing, the “Zip Line” and our Adventure Challenge Course (R.O.P.E.S.). In addition, as the campers age, they have more choices at camp - with Artists in Residence and Prime Times.

Senior Side villages include the following:

Robinson Pioneer Adventure Program – Campers entering 8th Grade
Created for adventurous campers who enjoy the outdoors, this program travels to Hocking Hills for zip-lining and the beautiful Allegheny, Pennsylvania, for an extended camping trip. This is a co-ed experience; home base is Camp Maas.

Grosberg Ruach Village – Campers entering 8th Grade
This co-ed program offers unique and creative programming, utilizing all the facilities that Tamarack Camps has to offer. A multi-day overnight camping trip is scheduled to Manitou Island along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Kaufman Specialty Village – Campers entering 9th Grade
This program is geared to the interests and abilities of our oldest campers. They have the opportunity to choose one area of specialization to participate in each morning; drama, waterfront, sports, fine arts or tripping. A memorable part of this program is their travel trip which includes the famous Mackinac Island and sightseeing along majestic Lake Superior in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

Teen Programs

As kids become teens (entering 9th - 11th grades), we offer several options outside Camp Maas.

Outpost Camps
Outpost Experience: Entering 9th grade
Ultimate Agree: Entering 10th, 11th grades

Teen Travel Trips
Western Trip: Entering 10th grade
Alaska Trip: Entering 11th grade

Jewish Programming

The Jewish traditions at Camp Maas are enhanced by our strong sense of spirit.

For over one hundred years, we have intentionally created a welcoming Jewish environment by celebrating Shabbat, enjoying Havdalah, singing and dancing to Jewish and Israeli songs, participating in Israel Day, reciting the blessings before and after meals and serving kosher food. Our resident Rabbi, Director of Jewish Life (aka Supervisor of Soul), connects Judaism to campers of all ages.

Overall, Jewish Programming is created within each bunk or group and through it, our campers live and learn the main tenets of Judaism: community, respect, kindness and friendship.

For more on Jewish life at camp, watch our video.

Activities

At Camp Maas, campers enjoy ongoing adventures while gaining a true appreciation of the outdoors, group experiences and development of individual skills.

Daily activities include a climbing tower, ropes course, horseback riding, land sports, boating, canoeing, paddle boarding, waterskiing, tubing, theater and drama, arts and crafts, music, nature, cooking, Israeli dancing and Jewish programming—just to name a few.

Campers enjoy a nurturing environment while stepping outside of their comfort zone to learn and discover new adventures every day.

For more on activities at camp, watch our video.

Facilities

 

Have questions? Our Camp Directors are always here to answer any questions you may have.

Lee Trepeck – Director, Camp Maas
Carly Weinstock – Associate Director, Camp Maas
Becca Fishman – Program Coordinator, Camp Maas
Lindsey Brenz – Administrative Assistant, Camp Maas