Each year, Camp Raanana takes the day camping world by storm by offering fun nearly every day of the summer (excluding 4th of July and weekends)!  It simply doesn’t get much better than this!

We offer 8 weeks (each week is a 1 session) at our Chelsea location (including 4 optional overnights), and 1 week at the JCC.

For camp dates, visit our calendar.

Camp Raanana @ Cedar Lake

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Camp Raanana @ Cedar Lake takes place for the first 8 weeks of summer at the Michigan United Conservation Club’s (MUCC) Out of Doors Center at Cedar Lake in Chelsea, MI from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

The camp day starts by meeting at the JCC, hoping on the bus, and heading to Chelsea for a short 30 minute drive, all while singing songs and playing games.  When the bus arrives, campers recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing some songs to open the day.  Campers then break in to their groups and begin the day.  Monday through Thursday’s schedule stays the same, while on Friday, we switch it up!

Activities include:

  • Kayaking (3rd grade and up)
  • Canoeing (Kindergarten and up)
  • Red Cross certified swim lessons
  • Fishing
  • Archery
  • Field Sports (ex:  Soccer, Kickball, Volleyball)
  • Gaga
  • Omanut (Arts and Crafts)
  • Nature hikes
  • Music and rhythm
  • Dance
  • Drama/Improv
  • Lunch
  • Daily snack time (healthy, both nut & meat-free)
  • Chugim (Electives)
  • And more!

*In the event or rain or inclement weather, camp will take place at the JCC.  Camp will never be cancelled.

Camp Raanana is a great place for both Jews and non-Jews alike.  It’s also a great place to learn about Element “J”.  We incorporate the “J” of Jewish life into the daily camp experience through a celebration of Jewish themes in music, games, art, and our core camp values.

Camp Raanana @ the JCC

Camp Raanana @ The J takes place for 2 weeks after Camp @ Cedar Lake ends.  We are happy to offer many of the same activities at the J that we do at Cedar Lake.

Activities include:

    • Swimming at the Spruce Knob pool across the street (life jackets available for those who need)
    • Field Sports (including Soccer, Volleyball, Kickball)
    • Gaga
    • Arts and crafts
    • Dance
    • Drama/Improv
    • Music
    • Chugim (electives)
    • Free time in the KidZone Lounge
    • Lunch
    • Daily snacktime (healthy, both nut and meat-free)
    • And more!

Theme Thursdays

Theme Thursdays take place once a week on Thursday’s.  Campers, CIT’s, and staff have the opportunity to dress up and/or participate in a special activity which is fun for all ages!

Theme Thursdays include the Annual Camp Raanana’s Got Talent! (formerly Camp Raanana Talent Show).

To find out what theme days we will be doing this year, check out our Theme Thursdays page!


Overnights are one of the things that makes Camp Raanana so special. There’s an extra snack, free swim, campfire, s’mores, and a delicious, nutritious, breakfast to begin the next day.  Not many day camps can brag that they offer three overnights to all campers, but we can!

To find out more about the Camp Raanana overnights, visit our overnights page!

Friday’s & Shabbat

On Friday’s, we like to switch it up!

Instead our normal schedule, we have a kosher hot dog lunch (for purchase only), free swim, and Shabbat at the Lake at the amphitheater overlooking Cedar Lake to finish out the week.

What is included in a kosher hot dog lunch?

Many families choose to purchase a hot dog lunch once a week for their camper. If you have not yet signed your camper up for hot dog lunch, you may do so up to 24 hours in advance by logging in to your JCC account, registering, and paying.

This meal is $5/meal/camper and includes:

• Up to 2 kosher or veggie hot dogs (this is indicated at registration)
• Up to 2 pickle slices
• Chips
• Fruit
• Water

*Although the hot dogs themselves are kosher, the grill they are cooked on, is not.

*If your camper will not be eating hot dog lunch, make sure to pack a cold lunch as usual.

What is Shabbat at the Lake?

Families are invited to join us each Friday beginning at 2:00 PM at the amphitheater overlooking Cedar Lake.  Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and potential camper families are all invited.  When you arrive, a staff member will direct you to our beautiful amphitheater overlooking Cedar Lake. You may then find your camper and sit with them for skits, songs, prayers, challah, grape juice boxes, and snacks as we welcome in the Jewish Sabbath.

You may then take your camper home right from camp (just make sure you sign out with their counselor first)!  Those whose parents or guardians cannot make it, will be transported back to the JCC on the bus. We can’t wait to see you there!