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About Camp

Located north of West Branch, MI, near Clear Lake, the Saginaw Family YMCA Camp Timbers is a natural treasure. Our private 300-acre setting features beautiful rolling hills and dense forest surrounding our own, private, spring-fed Piper Lake.

YMCA Camp Timbers offers incredible camping experiences year-round for all ages, featuring:

  • Horseback Riding (summer only)
  • Canoeing, Kayaking, and Paddleboards
  • Zip Lines
  • Climbing Tower
  • Archery
  • Mountain Biking
  • Fishing
  • High Ropes Course
  • 40Ft Giant Swing NEW Fall of 2017!
  • Team Challenge Course
  • Disc Golf
  • Arts/Crafts
  • Ball Fields
  • GaGa Ball
  • 5+ Miles of Hiking Trails
  • Outdoor Classrooms

Our flagship programs are summer overnight camps for boys and girls ages 7-16. Campers come to YMCA Camp Timbers from all around the region to unplug, unwind, get outdoors, get dirty and splash around, make friends, gain independence, explore their creativity, grow spiritually, learn, laugh, sing and make memories – all under the careful supervision of our highly trained and responsible staff (many former campers themselves).

Camp Timbers also offers other opportunities:

  • Family Camps
  • Group Retreats
  • Team Building Retreats
  • Day and Mini Camps
  • Band and Choral Retreats
  • Outdoor Educational Experiences

Our philosophy makes us special, with daily values-based messages to encourage campers to be caring, honest, respectful, and responsible. The YMCA Camp Timbers staff team provides opportunities for children to grow as leaders themselves, as they experience a wide variety of safe activities. Campers gain an expanded view of the world by meeting and interacting with staff from across the country and around the world.

Camp Philosophy:

  • Small-group / family-like structure
  • YMCA Values emphasized & practiced
  • Campers grow in community / social skills
  • Campers grow through new experiences
  • Meaningful time to build lasting friendships


See and experience a taste of YMCA Camp Timbers – You really have to see YMCA Camp Timbers for yourself.

We invite you to set up a private tour as the weather allows and come see camp for yourself.

Winter        (989) 753-7721 at the Saginaw YMCA
Summer      (989) 345-2630 at the Camp in West Branch

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