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Cherry Stompers / Jr Leaders

Sign your kids up for Cherry Republic's Cherry Stompers Day Camp and give them an "up north" experience to remember!

Cherry Stompers Program

Cherry Republic is proud to announce our third summer of Cherry Stompers; a nature filled activity based day camp in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Cherry Stompers crams an entire summer of fun into a single day. Kids will explore the dunes, swim in the rivers and lakes, learn about wildlife, play games, and develop leadership skills. Licensed camp professionals hired by Cherry Republic will lead the outdoor adventures. It’s all about having fun while learning everything there is to know about the National Lakeshore & Leelanau County. Your kids will even be able to show you some secret spots at day’s end.

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Jr Leaders Program

Want to become a Cherry Stomper counselor one day? Work with the Cherry Stomper staff to learn leadership, teaching, outdoor skills and much more! Learn to facilitate camp activities and help the Cherry Stomper staff with daily camp duties. 

You can sign up and pay for both programs online. We tried to make it easy, but please give us a call if you have any questions. We apologize for all the questions we need you to answer. Our mean lawyers insisted we ask them all.

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* While the camp is primarily intended for children ages 7-14, we can accommodate younger children in certain circumstances, especially if they have an older sibling attending the camp.

The Cherry Stompers / Jr Leaders programs runs from June 19 through August 11 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Note: Scholarships are available. Please email for more information or to apply for a scholarship.

24 Day Pass $600 ($25 per day)
12 Day Pass $420 ($35 per day)
6 Day Pass $240 ($40 per day)
3 Day Pass $135 ($45 per day)
1 Day Pass $50


4 week program (June 19-July 14) $200
4 week program (July 17-August 11) $200
8 week program (June 19-August 11) $400


2017 Weekly Schedule 

Week 1: June 19 - June 23 Catch Me if You Can

This week we will embark upon a journey to the muckiest swamps and through crystal clear waters in search of all that flickers with life! We will catch frogs, fish, tadpoles, turtles, snakes, bugs, and maybe even a beaver!

Week 2:June 26-30 Survivor

You are lost and alone! How will you survive? Join us this week to learn some basic survival skills, build fires, make forts and maybe even roast some marshmellows!

Week 3: July 3 - July 7 Science!

Use your observation skills to learn about nature and to play games like Thicket, Stalker, and Survival. Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes Museum and learn about the dunes and wildlife in our region. Visit a beaver’s dam, find magnetic sand, and learn about the different types of rocks on our beaches. It will be the most fun you’ve ever had while learning!

Week 4: July 10 - July 14 Dynamic Dune Explorers

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s... a cherry stomper jumping off the side of a sand dune! Spend a week exploring all of the secret spots of the dunes. Maybe find the Ghost forest, the Sand Bowl, Devil’s Slide, or get dirty at the mud pits!

Week 5: July 17 - July 21 Natural Art Week*(NEW)

Nature is full of patterns, colors, and expression! Join the Cherry Stompers this week as we make creations from the beautiful nature around us. What will our medium be? Perhaps the clay beneath our feet!

Week 6: July 24 - July 28 Outstanding Orchard

Take a step back in time to the old barns around the National Park and learn about their stories. Learn everything there is to know about a cherry orchard. Meet a cherry farmer, help out on the orchard and enjoy eating cherries right off the tree. Get a tour of the new Cherry Republic production facility.  

Week 7: July 31 - August 4 Northern Michigan Water World

See how many bodies of water we can jump in within a week’s time. Play, swim, wade in everything from North Bar Lake to the Crystal River and all water sources in between.

 Week 8: August 7 - August 11 A Walk Down Memory Lane Week

After a full summer of fun we will revisit some of our favorite locations.  Where will we end up? You will help us decide!

Frequently Asked Questions

How will the Stompers be traveling?

We need to say we will be taking the big red bus! Our Cherry Stompers staff will be driving the kids in the bus around the county in search of grand adventures.

What if it rains?

If the weather is bad enough we will be using a rainy day location, but we are going to do as much outside as possible.

What should I bring?

  • Day Pack / Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • T-shirt
  • Shorts
  • Packed Lunch (will not be provided)
  • Snack

Additional Questions?

If you need any additional information, please contact us at (231) 334-3150 x5555 or via email at

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