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Full 2024 Crystalaire Schedule

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Crystalaire Mini Adventures

Ages 10-15 (Grades 3-9)

Our South Manitou Island "Mini Adventures" are designed to complement our 1-week and 2-week residential camp sessions at Camp Carvela and Camp Lookout.. However, these trips can also be done as a stand-alone camp experience. This 3-day mini adventure is the perfect introduction to wilderness camping and is ideal for campers who are interested in participating in our longer expedition-style trips in the future.



7 Departure Dates

Crystalaire Classics

Ages 11-14 (Middle School)

Our "classic" trips are well suited for middle school-aged participants who are interested in trying backcountry camping for the first time or who want to deepen their backcountry skills. These week-long adventures offer plentiful time to form meaningful relationships with fellow participants and a unique opportunity to explore some of Northern Michigan's most beautiful wilderness destinations. 

In 2023 we are operating our "Classic" trips in two locations with multiple launch dates:



Crystalaire Expeditions

Ages 13-18 (High School)

Our expedition-style trips are well suited for older campers or campers with previous backcountry experience. These 2-week adventures offer campers an extended opportunity to explore a more challenging or remote terrain and build deep realtionships with fellow participants. 



July 28th - August 9th


Costa Rica

March 23rd - 30th

Teen Leadership Cojourn

Ages 15-18 (High School)

The Cojourn is our capstone camp program for older campers who are seeking an intentional leadership development experience. This three-week program is designed to strengthen campers' communication, collaboration, and conflict-resolution skills while providing opportunities for self-discovery and growth.  The Cojourn is ideal for campers who are on the cusp of a big transition, whether that's college, a career, or a gap year experience.

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June 22nd-July 7th

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Payment and cancellation policy

(Updated 1/04/2023)

Deposits and Payments:

An initial payment of 20% will be due within one week of your registration. After your initial payment has been made, a monthly payment plan will be set up. The amount you will be charged per month will be calculated based on how many months remain until June 2024. The remaining balance will be spread out and charged to your credit card on the 1st of every month and the final payment will be due on June 1st, 2024.  Please contact us if you prefer to pay via check or cash. Balances can be paid in full anytime.


To calculate your initial deposit amount, multiply your total balance by 0.20

Refunds and Cancellations:

If, before December 31st, 2023, WE need to cancel your camper’s session due to COVID-19 or any other unforeseen circumstance, all of your total payments will be refunded less a small $50 administrative fee.

If, after January 1st, 2024, WE need to cancel your camper’s trip due to COVID-19 or any other unforeseen circumstance, 50% of your payments made (or should have made if paid in full) will be refunded**. This method helps cover any direct costs (materials, staffing, insurance, taxes, etc.) that camp has already paid in preparation for your camper to attend camp. We are always happy to chat more about this, just contact us at 231-299-0005, thank you!

** For families with multiple campers, only 50% of what has been paid for ONE of your accounts will be held and 100% of sibling accounts will be returned.

If YOU need to cancel your camper’s spot in the trip for any reason, refunds will be given, less a $100 administrative fee, and ONLY if we are able to fill their spot.

In order to ensure the healthiest environment possible, if your camper cannot participate in their session due to a COVID exposure directly prior to camp or they’re experiencing COVID-like symptoms, all camp fees will be returned minus a $100 administrative fee.

If paying by check, your monthly payment will also be due within the first week of each month and will need to be mailed to PO Box 1129, Frankfort, MI 49635.

To help us organize your camper's trip and make your child’s camp experience as enjoyable as possible, email us a brief note commenting on any of the following: recent changes in your child’s life; difficulties in school; past camp experiences; unusual/difficult medical or emotional experiences; your child’s ease of making friends; hobbies/activities especially enjoyed; what your child is looking forward to (or not looking forward to) at camp, etc.

It is also helpful for campers to provide a brief statement about themselves. This registration form and both parent and camper statements will be used to organize cabin groups and will be shared with your child’s counselor. All comments will be treated confidentially.


If your desired trip is filled, you can complete the enrollment process to be added to the trip waitlist. No deposit is required for waitlisted campers.

Featured Trips


Teen Leadership Cojourn

June 22nd-July 7th  | Ages 15-18

Designed espcially for older campers, The Cojourn is a unique leadership retreat-style program in which participants collaborate to plan and lead their own backcountry trip.

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