Michiganual, Schedules, and Packing

Michiganual – The Camper Manual

Take a look at the 2017 Camp news and highlights.

Program Notes

Find out what is new and noteworthy at your favorite programs.

Archery/FS – Look for additional disc golf goals! FS staff have course map.

Boating – We have a few new boats, so come down and check them out!

Ceramics and Arts and Crafts – Canvas and Cocktails with a local artist. Check out your blue book for details!

Fitness – Check out new cardio drumming classes and more diverse yoga offerings.

Kids Camp – Come to the Thursday Open House where Kids Camp kids show off their week’s work to their parents and families.

Riflery – We have a few new guns for your use this year.

Sustainability – Check out the brand new Sustainabilaroom, located in the Nature Center.

New 789 Challenge Award Program Theme – it might be spy-worthy!

Tennis – We’ve got even more pickleball offerings for you this year.

Sunday Morning Skits – Our staff show has moved to Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. and will lead right into morning programs!

Sunday Porch Party – Meet and greet with the Faculty Forum speakers, Camps Council reps, campers, and staff at our Porch Party.

Networking event on Sunday – For campers to engage with staff!

Escape Rooms – Check out your blue book for times and locations for our two Camp Michigania-themed Escape Rooms.

Sunday Night Family Activity – We have a new Sunday evening activity with a classic twist! Check your blue book for details.

Summer Program Staff

Mitch Rosenwasser, Sr. Executive Director
James McRae, Sr. Associate Director
Julia Roberts, Sr. Assistant Director

Archery/Field Sports
Katie Kunkel, Area Leader
Noah Kerwin
Adrienne Edson
Brad Gurwin

Jack Stearns, Waterfront Coordinator
Geoff Gonzalez, Lead Sailor
Alex Arldt
Lisette Boer
Kendall Coden
Alex Loveland
Maxwell Moore
Brooks Nevrly
Jeff Olmsted
Matthew Vidusek

Ceramics, Arts & Crafts
Jen Doom, CAC Coordinator
Katie Roy, Lead Teacher
Myles Bennett
Hannah Chosid
Jodie Jarcho
Michael Rigney
Nina Serr
Ethan Tucker

Mallory McPherson-Wehan, Area Leader
Lara Vanderbilt
Kimberly Blaine, Yoga
Jessica Jacobs, Yoga

Kids Camp
Kelley Wier, Kids Program Coordinator
Zoe Mendelson, Lead Teacher
Amber Mukherjee, Lead Teacher
Rachel Ritter, Lead Teacher
Emma Fellows
Miriam Francisco
Rachel Huang
Leah Krieger
Sarah Mays
Charlotte Pierce
Bailey Reiter
Sarah Rosenthal
Haley West

Kitchen & Housekeeping
Jeff Sisson, Food Service Director
Jennifer Hoig, Dining Room Manager
Tony Kathman, Kitchen Manager
Richard Fustos, AM Chef
Adam Rittersdorf, PM Chef
Aneta Andrikova
Paulina Babska
Bernadett Balazs
Luca Beres
Barbara Bihaly
Joanna Bzik
Adrienn Cseh
Agnieszka Gacek
Filip Gawrych
Ola Grabarz
Kristyna Habancova
Reka Horvath
Gabor Jedlicska
Agnes Kalnay
Kornela Kasperowicz
Lucie Konecna
Zoltan Nagy
Krisztina Nameth
Amanda Nemes
Angela Nepp
Pavla Rezacova
Veronika Roubickova
Aleksandra Rucinska
Adrianna Romaniec
Adrianna Staniek
Daniela Stekla
Sona Struharova
Max Svacina
Peter Szolary
Marcin Szydlowski
Linh Tran
Linda Varga
Petra Virag
Klaudia Voller
Fanni Wiesner
Patryk Witkowki

Jeff Gardner, Director
Matt Blanford
Dan Lewis
Lester Stark
Gresiek Bieg
Maciej Kosior

Quinn Falter, Area Leader
Sabrina Thompson, Nature Intern
Ian Campbell
Mackenzie Dalton
Craig Williams, Naturalist

Susie Svetich
Laura McMasters
Karen Willat

Valerie Ramage
Lindsay Kim
Cameron Craig
Hannah Schnaar

Belinda Jayne Davis, Riding Coordinator
Faye Clinch, Area Leader
David Picking, Riding Intern
Jo Hatton
Madeline Salem
Leah Smith
Caitlin Trenkle

Abigail Arldt, Area Leader
Alex Wrocklage
Brad Gurwin (1/2)
Crystal Brinker (1/2)

Bryce Owens, Area Leader
Kegan Hartman
Clare Jenkins
Amanda Krieger
Megan Rigney

Jack Stearns, Waterfront Coordinator
Kelly O’Laughlin, Lead Lifeguard
Matt Mueller
Shane Pausits
Emily Schram

Gavin McPherson, Area Leader
Clare Fendrick
Sarah Morse
Michael Kaye
Jennifer Kusch
Daniel Wong

Adam Edery
Crystal Brinker (1/2)
Michael Kaye (1/2)

Natalie Breuer
Luke McElroy

Sustainability Intern
Meredith Grupe

Camps Council

The Camps Council Advisory Board consists of representatives from each week at Camp and is a valuable resource for you during your stay. They provide direction and recommendations to the Camp Michigania professional staff, sharing your feedback throughout the summer and at two annual meetings.

Current Camps Council Reps:

Week 1: Rob Dannemiller
Week 2: Dave Harwood
Week 3: Faith Brower
Week 4: Ken Silverman
Week 5: Mike Mickelson
Week 6: Jason Jarjosa
Week 7: Jonathan Greenberg
Week 8: Dan Atkins
Week 9: Greg Cowles
Week 10: Brian Kutinsky
Week 11: Tracy Jensen
At Large: Mary Krasny

Incoming Camps Council Reps:

Fall Incoming: Amy Sample (Week 3)
Fall Incoming: Jill Bookholder-Bloom (Week 7)
Fall Incoming: Leticia Valdez (Week 8)


Check out the fun-filled possibilities of your time at Michigania.

2017 Faculty Forum Lineup

 Week 1 (6/17 – 6/24) Scott Ellsworth Lecturer IV, Dept. of Afroamerican and African Studies
 Week 1 (6/17 – 6/24) John Branch Academic Director of Part-Time MBA Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Ross School of Business; Faculty Associate, Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies
 Week 2 (6/24 – 7/1) John Burkhardt Professor, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education; Director, National Forum on Higher Education; former Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity
 Week 2 (6/24 – 7/1) Angela Dillard Professor, Dept. of Afroamerican and African Studies and Residential College; Associate Dean, LSA
 Week 3 (7/1 – 7/8) Kentaro Toyama W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor, School of Information
 Week 3 (7/1 – 7/8) Eve Brensike Primus Professor of Law, Law School
 Week 4 (7/8 – 7/15) Jonathan Tukel Lecturer, University of Michigan Law School
 Week 4 (7/8 – 7/15) Alec Gallimore Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering; Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Aerospace Engineering
 Week 5 (7/15 – 7/22) Jonathan Haft Associate Professor, Department of Cardiac Surgery
 Week 5 (7/15 – 7/22) Mark Rothstein Head Coach, Women’s Rowing
 Week 6 (7/22 – 7/29) Vivek Sankaran Director, Child Advocacy Law Clinic
 Week 6 (7/22 – 7/29) Derrick Darby Professor, Department of Philosophy
 Week 7 (7/29 – 8/5) Jack Bernard Associate General Counsel; Adjunct Professor of Law, Education, Public Policy, and Information
 Week 7 (7/29 – 8/5) Naomi Andre Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Residential College
 Week 8 (8/5 – 8/12) John U. Bacon Lecturer I, School of Education
 Week 8 (8/5 – 8/12) Jim Burnstein Director, Screenwriting Program/Department of Screen Arts & Cultures
 Week 9 (8/12 – 8/19) Stewart Thornhill Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies; Professor of Business Administration; Executive Director, Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
 Week 9 (8/12 – 8/19) Deborah Loewenberg Ball William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Director, TeachingWorks; Research Professor, Institute for Social Research
 Week 10 (8/19 – 8/26) Jerry Miller Director, Project Outreach, Psychology
 Week 10 (8/19 – 8/26) Srijan Sen Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute
 Week 11 (8/26 – 9/2) Jennifer Weizer Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
 Week 11 (8/26 – 9/2) Tiffany Marra Executive Director, Center for the Education of Women

What to Pack

With the wide range of activities available at Michigania’s family camps throughout the year, it’s hard to know just what to bring. To make life a little easier, here are some thoughts to get you started. For those visiting Michigania-Walloon, the Michigania Store will be open during your visit, which offers convenience items and souvenirs.


Informality is the key at Michigania. In the summer, bring both heavy and lightweight clothing, since weather cannot always be accurately forecasted. Rain gear could also come in handy (though we hope not!). Be sure to bring clothes for swimming, horseback riding (including closed-toe shoes), hiking, tennis, and other sports-related activities. Horseback riders may want to bring an extra pair of jeans and shoes or boots with heels.

For fall and winter months, the recommended clothing is casual and warm. Don’t forget winter socks, boots, gloves, hats, and jackets. You may wish to bring a lightweight jacket or sweatshirt for cross-country skiing and an extra pair of comfortable shoes to wear in the Education Center, rather than the heavy boots you are likely to wear to and from your cabin.

Coin laundry facilities are available at Camp Michigania during the summer sessions.

Recreational Equipment

Michigania has a good supply of equipment for all activities offered. However, you may prefer to bring your own sports equipment, including:

  • yoga mat
  • tennis racket
  • baseball glove
  • golf clubs
  • riding helmet

Michigania-Walloon maintains a fleet of approximately 50 sailboats, canoes and kayaks for your use, but you are also welcome to bring your own vessel. Launching and mooring facilities are available. Boat registration and fishing licenses are required. Bait is not available at Michigania but is sold at nearby shops.


Cabin units are equipped with a queen bed and single or bunk beds. Michigania furnishes blankets and pillows. You may wish to bring a sleeping bag, comforter, or electric blanket, especially during the colder seasons. You may bring your own sheets and pillowcases, or we provide fitted and flat sheets and pillowcases at no charge. No advance order is necessary. Michigania does not provide towels and washcloths.

Highchairs, Cribs, and Playpens

Highchairs are available for use in the dining hall. Cribs are provided at no cost and are automatically set up in cabins for children two years and younger. The nurseries are equipped with playpens and cribs, but you are encouraged to bring a playpen for use at the beach or in your cabin.


Remember to bring medication that you may need during your visit. There are several pharmacies in Boyne City and Petoskey in case additional prescriptions are necessary. A refrigerator in the infirmary is available to store medications that must be kept cold.

Helpful Hints

  • Pack clothes in laundry baskets. Unpack when you arrive, then use empty laundry baskets for dirty clothes.
  • Bring extra shoes for the kids for muddy days!
  • Bring a marker to highlight the activities on the schedule you’re interested in.
  • Refrigeration is not available in the cabins. Bring two coolers — a large one for the cabin and a smaller one to transport ice from the ice machines to your cabin.
  • Paper/plastic cups and a roll of paper towels always come in handy!
  • Backpacks for the kids make carrying towels and other supplies much easier.
  • Pack a nightlight.
  • Pack folding lawn chairs for days at the beach.
  • Label everything! Bring a marker to label items purchased at the camp store.

Packing Checklist

  • Fitness shoes (indoor)
  • Water bottle (refillable)
  • Swimsuits
  • Rain gear
  • Shoes/boots with heels (for horseback riding)
  • Extra shoes
  • Slippers
  • Bath towels/washcloths
  • Paper towels
  • Camera
  • Books and magazines
  • Stationery and writing materials
  • Games, playing cards, etc.
  • Radio
  • Alarm clock
  • Nightlight
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlights
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing equipment
  • Tennis rackets
  • Baseball gloves
  • Folding lawn chairs
  • Beach towels
  • Beach toys
  • Ice chest/coolers
  • Paper/plastic cups
  • Back pack/tote bag

Additional Information