The mission of Camp Just Us is to foster personal growth for each child through a focus on individual and shared responsibility developed through close mentorship by our camp counselors. We encourage campers to recognize their own unique gifts and broaden their horizons.  Our campers build friendships through group participation and service to the community.

Weeks One – Three: Discover Your Voice

In session one, campers will learn to articulate who they are as unique individuals, learn about how they interact and work best with others at the camp, and build self-confidence. 

Week One – 6/18 – 6/22/18 – New Beginnings This week’s focus is learn about the camp’s daily and weekly routines and start to build new friendships!  We’ll celebrate the summer and talk about what we’ll accomplish.

Week Two – 6/25 – 6/29/18 – Get Moving!  This week’s goal is to promote health at any size as well as give the campers the opportunity to explore physical activities they enjoy.

Week Three – 7/2 -7/6/18 – Anti-Bullying  This week, we will discuss what constitutes bullying, how it affects everyone involved, and ways that we can effectively respond to bullies.  

Weeks Four – Seven:  Expressing Ourselves

We will focus on how art can be a means of individual and group expression and community spirit.  This month, children will try out many different art forms, from painting to dance, and from many different cultures.   By visiting various community organizations, campers will choose and design a community service project this month as well.

Week Four – 7/9 – 7/13/18:  Creative Arts and Self-Expression

Week Five – 7/16 – 7/20/18:  Performance Arts and Community Advocacy

Week Six – 7/23 – 7/27/18:  Culinary Arts and Hospitality 

Week Seven – 7/30 – 8/3/18: World Cultures in Battle Creek

Weeks Eight – Ten:  We’re All Connected

In the last three weeks of camp, we will be focusing on our planet and our shared connection to and responsibility for it. We will explore our space both on and off the earth and how we use it by exploring Kingman Museum, local farms and food businesses, and we will meet urban, rural, and exotic animals as we learn about how to protect them.

Week Eight – 8/6 – 8/10/18: Farming the Land

Week Nine – 8/13 – 8/17/18: Animal Conservation

Week Ten – 8/20 – 8/24/18: Space – The Final Frontier

Camp Just Us: The Details

Location:  Camp Just Us is open to school age children, 5-12.  It is part of Garden of Dreams Community Preschool and Child Care at 145 Capital Avenue NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017.  Camp Just Us is an exploratory learning camp, which means that our campers will be doing lots of hands-on learning and will participate in many different activities both at Garden of Dreams and off-site.  Our campers will spend a lot of time outside and take many walking field trips within downtown Battle Creek. Campers will also ride the city bus or chartered school bus for field trips each week. 

Camp Daily Routine:  Camp Just Us runs from 8:30am – 4:30pm daily, June 18 – August 24, 2018.  Garden of Dreams Community Preschool is open from 7:00am – 5:30pm.  Children may enroll in before- or after-camp child care for an additional $5/week.   

7:00 – 8:30am Before-Camp Child Care

8:30 – 9:10am Breakfast and Opening Flag Ceremony

9:10 – 9:40am Camp Greeting Time 

9:40 – 11:00am Team Time (discussion with counselor on topic/speaker and small group)

11:00 – 11:45am Outdoor Exploration

11:45am – 12:15pm Lunch

12:15pm – 12:45pm Camp Council

12:45 – 2:00pm Independent Creation Time (art/ journal/ craft/reading/table toys)

2:00 – 3:00pm Gross Motor Time (organized physical activities or classes, walks, trips to city parks)

3:00 – 3:15pm Snack

3:15 – 4:15pm Camp Capers (chores) and Weekly Theme Activities

4:15 – 4:30pm Closing Flag Ceremony (Review circle and prepare for next day)

4:30 – 5:30pm After-Camp Child Care (Outdoor Exploration Time)

How to Enroll

  1. Fill out enrollment survey
  2. Send in $100 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of submitting enrollment survey.  Deposit will be credited toward tuition due.  
    1. You may pay online at
    2. You may send a check made out to Garden of Dreams Preschool to 145 Capital Avenue NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017.
  3. Fill out enrollment forms here and submit by 5/31/18.

How to Enroll:

  • Enrollment is open to children ages 5-12
  • Fill out enrollment survey here:
  • Send in $100 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of submitting enrollment survey.  Deposit will be credited toward tuition due.  Registration deposit is $25 for families with DHHS subsidy.
    • You may pay online at
    • You may send a check made out to Garden of Dreams Preschool to 145 Capital Avenue NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017.
  • Fill out enrollment forms here and submit by 6/17/18.


  • $115 weekly tuition or use DHHS benefits
  • 5% sibling discount (if two or more children from the same families are enrolled at Garden of Dreams)
  • 5% discount for full-summer enrollment
  • Families enrolled for the entire summer qualify for one week of tuition-free vacation if there will be weeks when your child will not be in attendance.
  • $5 additional weekly charge for before- or after-camp care