YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha

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Welcome to YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha

YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha summer camps, have provided; single gender, unplugged traditional onsite camping with wilderness adventures for over 100 years.

Why we love it

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YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha Camps is an all girls YMCA overnight camp that offers a dynamic combination of wilderness experiences and traditional in-camp activities. Located on 120 acres on the shores of beautiful Arbutus Lake, YMCA camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha has 109 years of tradition and experience to provide incredible adventures campers remember for a lifetime.

Campers learn to work together, to support each other and to respect what each member of the cabin has to offer. The wonderful variety of camp trips reinforce the value of teamwork. Cabin groups of two cabin leaders and eight campers meet the challenge of extended canoeing, biking, kayaking and hiking trips to Michigan State and National Parks or Canadian Provincial Parks, all the while learning to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. Trained and experienced staff lead our trip programs.
The morning schedule allows campers to work together as a cabin unit. The time is also used to teach campers about the camping equipment, trip location, logistics and safety before their trips. The afternoon allows each camper to individually select any one of the following activities: sailing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, arts and crafts, archery, nature studies, soccer, ultimate frisbee, dodge ball, tennis, basketball, and newspaper.

Our camp motto, Each for All...All for Each is evident in all we do. The cabin group is the essence of the camping experience. We emphasize and follow the seven core values of our YMCA of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Inclusion, Teamwork, Environmental Stewardship and Responsibility in all that we do.


Campers are assigned to cabins according to the grade they have finished. Each cabin is in a Division area of 5 - 6 other cabins of similar age. Each Division has a senior staff member that overseas that group of campers, staff and programming.

Bathrooms are centrally located with private showers and bathroom stalls.

Cabins are rustic and spacious for 8 campers and 2 staff.

Shared Bedrooms

Max 8 campers and 2 staff are assigned to each cabin. campers per room

Separate Bathrooms

Non-ensuite bathrooms


Dining Room
Arts room
Tennis Court
Soccer Court
Basketball Court


YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha has all the fun activities that you would imagine, plus a few you maybe didn't.

  • Archery / Riflery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Campfires
  • Canoeing
  • Team Building
  • Climbing
  • Games
  • Nature
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Ropes Course
  • Zipline
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Gaga

    Saturday is the day for campers and staff to show off their creativity. Every other Saturday, the camp gets transformed by the theme of the day. There are teams and all-camp games and activities. Giant games of capture the flag? Sure. Fashion shows? Maybe. Facepaint? Probably. Fun? Definitely.

Academic Courses

How to get to there

Address: 1380 E Arbutus Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI 49696, USA
Closest Airport: Traverse City (TVC)
Airport Pickup: available

Things to know

Cancellation Policy


Health & Safety

Our new health centers are staffed with certified health officers that are ready to handle the vast majority of our medical needs. There is no need to worry about your camper getting the correct medication at the correct time. All medication is tightly controlled and administered per physician instructions. We coordinate with general practitioners or hospitals in Traverse City for more advanced medical care. If you have any medical concerns, we can discuss them before camp, or you can speak with our health officer at dropoff. Any camper who requires off site medical attention will have their parents notified.

Staff & Student Ratio

1 : 4

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