Adult and Corporate Programs

Tamarack Camps Outdoor Education is a fantastic place to bring your adult group. We can cater our program to meet your group’s goals. Whether you want to bring your university organization out for a few hours of ropes course excitement, bring your corporate firm out for a leadership development workshop, or bring a family reunion out for some much needed relaxation, we will exceed your expectations. Groups can choose to come for a few hours or for a few days. For all of your overnight needs, traditional cabins are available in one of our eight camp villages or adult groups can enjoy the luxury and seclusion of our Butzel Retreat Center.

Whatever your needs are, the Tamarack Camps Outdoor Education team will be happy to help you realize your goals. Call today to schedule a tour!

A typical board of an organization only meets once or twice a month, so its members only get a few short hours to get to know the people they are working with. Imagine bringing your board to Tamarack Camps for a team building and leadership retreat, where your team will get to collaborate and grow, increasing the overall effectiveness of your board and organization as a whole.

Board retreats can be a half day, whole day, or overnight experience. You can choose from our Adult Programs (listed below,) or lead your own retreat.

Call today to schedule a tour or book a retreat!

248-647-1100

Every university has dozens of organizations, and many are working toward a common goal; the growth and development of its students into mentors and leaders. Many of our Adult Programs (listed below) str

ive to build these qualities into their participants. Any type of organization is welcome!

Call today to schedule a tour!

248-647-1100

Tamarack Camps Outdoor Education serves many corporate groups who are all striving to make their organization more efficient, cohesive and collaborative. Corporate retreats are a great way to build morale, while instilling qualities of leadership, cooperation and respect into your employees. Choose from any of our Adult Programs (listed below) to develop these qualities in your department.

Corporate groups can utilize our facilities for a day or overnight trip, whichever best suits your company’s needs.

Call today to schedule a tour!

248-647-1100

Plan the best family reunion your family has ever had! With a family reunion at Tamarack Camps, every generation will get to experience the thrill of being a kid again. See the Adult Programs (listed below) for all of the grown-ups on the trip, and add some of our Traditional Programming, ideal for the whole family. Your group can use the facilities for a day or overnight reunion, all year round!

Call today to schedule a tour!

248-647-1100

Leadership and Team Building workshops can be tailored to your group’s specific needs. In any group of people working together, issues are bound to arise. Many of these issues are brushed under the rug as an inherent part of working in a team, but that’s not conducive to a fully cohesive group environment. By working with your group and addressing those specific issues, a Leadership or Team Building workshop can bring these issues to light, and start to build a more collaborative and efficient group dynamic. Extended workshops are available upon request.

Call today to discover your options!

248-647-1100

 

Programs

Corporate group testimony

There are many programs available to adult groups and can be mixed and matched to create the perfect trip for your group. Extended Leadership Development workshops are available upon request.

Team Building and Adventure Programming

Team building and Adventure Programming is specifically designed to facilitate growth within groups and individuals. Everything from the Giant Swing to Raft Building will get your team working together to accomplish a goal, all while working on trust, respect and encouragement.

Please click through to view individual classes

All Aboard! (Raft building)

RAFT BUILDING! A great way to work on teamwork in an all hands on deck scenario. Groups of 4-5 participants will be given a set of supplies and challenged to build a raft that is stable enough to keep all of the members afloat. Participants are free to seek help from Tamarack facilitators who will teach lashings and knots to help the group succeed. Participants learn the importance of asking for help and communicating effectively. Members will most likely get wet, so towels and a change of clothes are encouraged!

Max Participants: 20                                 

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Balloon Drop

This unique new class gets groups brainstorming, communicating and constructing a design that they believe will accomplish the challenge set before them: participants must safely drop a water balloon off a second story balcony without the balloon bursting! Groups will be divided into small teams and each team will be allowed to choose a certain number of objects from the “store.” Using these items, their brainstorming ideas and trial and error, teams will construct a device to take the balloon safely to the ground.                                         

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Building Support

Participants become engineers in this class, using a set of dowels and ropes to design and create a structure that can hold a Tamarack staff member! Teamwork and good communication skills are essential in this unique program. This class is ideal for an evening program or as a class in your groups’ daytime rotation.

Portable programming available.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Community Puzzle

A fantastic culmination to your Tamarack trip, Community Puzzle is a great debriefing tool that will get your group reflecting on their time at camp and how they will apply it to their day to day lives. Each participant receives a blank puzzle piece that they customize to express their unique experience. The puzzle can then be assembled and hung in a common area for all participants to look back on throughout the year, long after they leave camp.

Portable programming available.

1 hour– SHORT

Giant Swing

As a team, the group hoists two participants at a time up to 45 feet into the air! The pair of participants has control over their release, and when ready, takes a wild ride, zooming through the air and up into the trees! The Giant Swing allows participants to choose how high they will be hoisted up, giving individuals an opportunity to push their personal limits. Teamwork is imperative and the Giant Swing helps build comradery within the team.

Max Participants: 24 (Min: 14)

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Group Initiatives

Also known as “team building” and “low ropes,” Group Initiatives will help groups of all ages learn to work together in a respectful and effective manner. Groups are presented with a series of challenges which they solve by working as a team. Tamarack staff help facilitate meaningful debriefing exercises focusing on communication, planning, respect, leadership and responsibility which participants can take with them to their teams, workplace or classroom! (Groups of 18 or more will be split unless requested to otherwise)

Portable programming available.

                         

2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

High Ropes

Tamarack Camps’ High Ropes courses give participants an opportunity to explore and expand their personal comfort zones. The two courses are built in a beautiful wooded setting, and each offer 15 elements for participants to traverse while 20-30 feet above the ground! With a maximum of 20 participants at each course, members of your group are able to explore at their own speed and choose a route that fits their individual needs. Tamarack staff reinforce the importance of positive encouragement and teamwork.

Max Participants: 40                          

2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

Ice Breakers

Get your group energized and excited with Icebreakers! This program gets everyone up and moving and helps to make the group feel comfortable with each other in a safe and supportive environment. We will customize all Icebreakers to the age and size of your group.

Portable programming available.

Monster

In this exciting twist on the classic game, Telephone, participants are split into smaller groups. Each group member is assigned a role within the group and must recreate a Lego “Monster” based on the model provided. The fact that only one person in the group is allowed to look at the model Monster only makes this activity more challenging and hilarious. A great activity to work on clear and concise communication.

Portable programming available.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Rock Wall Climbing

Tamarack Camps’ Rock Wall stands over 30 feet tall and features 9 different routes to climb! Ranging in difficulty from beginner to an advanced overhang, this wall has something for climbers of all skill levels. Tamarack staff promote expanding personal comfort zones and positive encouragement. The maximum for one class period is 20 participants. For additional team building, ask about our group belay option.

Max Participants: 20                          

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Tango Swing Combo

An ideal program for groups who want to practice positive teamwork. Participants will have an opportunity to choose one climb on the Tango Tower and take one wild ride on the Giant Swing. Both the Tango Tower and the Giant Swing require the team to belay, keeping all members active and engaged in each others success the entire time.

Max Participants: 32  

2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

Tango Tower Climbing

This unique climbing structure features five different vertical challenges and eight routes, towering 45 feet in the air! The Tango Tower offers novice and experienced climbers alike a challenge that suits their abilities. Participants climb and descend the tower while on a group belay system which builds trust and encourages effective teamwork. Tamarack staff lead a debriefing session afterward to help the group apply their positive experience to real-life scenarios.

Max Participants: 40

2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

Team Games

Get your group thinking like a team with a series of games designed to introduce and reinforce basic team skills. Use this program to teach concepts such as collaboration, leadership, respect and good sportsmanship. Team games is a great class to incorporate into any community building or positive behavior program.

Portable programming available.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Zip Line

Weight Requirements

Spanning across beautiful Phipps Lake, the Tamarack Camps Zip Line is one of the longest continuous zip lines in Michigan! Participants climb up a cargo net to the takeoff platform where they are clipped in to the quarter mile zip line for a thrilling ride across the lake and a pleasant walk back afterward. For an added thrill, ask about our new Night Zip option! Due to safety systems, all participants must weigh between 95 and 275 pounds.

Max Participants: 16                            

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Recreational Programming

What better way to spend your time at this beautiful wooded camp than getting some much needed rest, relaxation and recreation? Check out some programs that are sure to make your group remember the value of fun! Explore over 1200 acres of beautiful Michigan woods and lakes with Tamarack Camps sports and recreation programs. These programs get participants outside playing traditional games, learning new skills and experiencing outdoor recreation.

Archery

Archery is a fun and exciting sport that is fun for everyone, no matter their athletic ability. Participants learn about the bow and arrows, stance, marksmanship techniques, and of course, the importance of safety. Tamarack Camps’ uses basic recurve bows, perfect for participants of all abilities.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Canoeing

Newly revised canoeing maximizes a groups’ time on the water. Tamarack facilitators teach basic canoeing skills on land then shove off the group to learn first hand how to work with their partner to accomplish a goal. Once the group gains the necessary skills, Tamarack staff facilitate games on the water for the group! This program is supervised by an American Red Cross certified lifeguard.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Day Hike!

Getting participants into nature is one of the best things about bringing groups to Tamarack Camps. The day hike is for those groups that want to explore the natural beauty of the woods while experiencing teachable moments with their Tamarack guide. Groups will hike through the woods and around lakes, ponds and streams, exploring nature. Options include a half day hike, or for the more adventurous groups, a full day expedition which includes lunch on the trail. Boots or sneakers required for both hikes.

͌ 3 mile hike:                   2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

͌ 6 mile day hike:           7 hours 30 minutes- DAY

Fishing

No fishing license is required for this class, where participants learn how to properly look for bait, bait a hook and safely remove a fish from a hook to release back into its home! All equipment is provided.

Chaperones Required: 1
1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Hammock Hang Time

Just like it sounds, this program gives groups an opportunity to “hang” out and relax unlike ever before. Tamarack staff provides the hammock and the skills to hang the hammock, then each participant finds their ideal location and kicks back for an hour of uninterrupted reflection time, or a nap!

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Kayaking

Kayaking allows participants an opportunity to explore Phipps Lake like never before. With extended time in the water, groups are able to learn new skills and play exciting games while being close enough to the water’s surface to drag their hands through. Kayaking is run by an American Red Cross certified lifeguard.

Max Participants: 30

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Living Science


With the completion of Tamarack Camps’ brand new nature center, Living Science will give participants a hands on experience they will never forget. Groups learn about Michigan native mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and invertebrates, getting a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these Michigan critters. This program is a great opportunity for learning about adaptations and biodiversity in this great state.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Nature Art

This recent addition to the Tamarack curriculum has participants creating beautiful works of art that they can take home with them. Groups learn how to make their own charcoal and use it to draw their unique design on their own mountable wooden block. A great class with a nice memento to take home from camp.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor cooking is a great way to give your group hands on experience in this authentic camping tradition. Participants will feel a sense of accomplishment as they enjoy the delicacy that they created and cooked for themselves over the fire. Groups can also choose this class as a full meal option. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated upon request.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Paddle Boarding

This new class offers an exciting twist on enjoying beautiful Phipps Lake. Participants stand on paddleboards to navigate around the water. Eager participants can try paddleboard yoga! This program is supervised by an American Red Cross certified lifeguard.

 Max Participants: 12            

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Recreational Games

Leave the portable devices at home! This program brings back to life the immeasurable value of playing outside! Tug of War, Ultimate Frisbee, Camouflage and Freeze Tag are just a sampling of fun be had.                              

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Tamarack Tie-Dye

Create this classic piece of camp attire! Participants receive a white Tamarack Camps shirt to create their masterpiece. Shirt sizes MUST be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to class. Ask about customizing your shirts.

Portable programming available.                               

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Waterfront

Available May through October, the waterfront defines relaxation. Groups can swim, play games or just lay back and rest! This self-paced activity is a great way for groups to interact in an unstructured yet busy environment. All activity at the waterfront will be monitored by one or more of Tamarack Camps’ American Red Cross certified lifeguards.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Wilderness Survival

The perfect class for any group, the newly revised Wilderness Survival gets participants’ hands dirty as they dig in to what it takes to survive in the wild. Groups discover the basic needs of food, shelter and water and learn what to pack in a survival kit. Groups who choose the SHORT class choose between having participants build shelters or fires. Groups participating in the LONG class are able to build both fires and shelters. LONG class participants can also choose a class based on Gary Paulsen’s novel, Hatchet.

Fire OR Shelter building:         1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Fire AND Shelter, or Hatchet: 2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

Evening Programs

Tamarack Camps offers a wide variety of evening programs that can be the perfect culmination to a perfect day. Anything from educational to goofy to pure relaxation, choose the evening program that your group will love.

Campfire

What better way to wind down after a long day at camp than sitting around an iconic campfire? Groups can choose to run their own programming and have a Tamarack staff start the fire. Wood, water and a shovel will be provided for groups to tend and extinguish their own fire. Looking for a more structured campfire? Choose from any or all of the following activities to be run by a Tamarack facilitator:

  • CAMPFIRE SING-A-LONG

Tamarack staff bring the songs and energy to make this addition to your campfire a lasting memory.

  • S’MORES

Tamarack staff gather, organize and facilitate your s’more experience. Participants roast their own

marshmallows and enjoy them around the fire. No mess for you to worry about, except sticky fingers!

between 10 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Minute to Win It

Based on the hit TV show, Minute to Win It is an exciting and energizing evening program where participants face a series of challenges that they must beat in 60 seconds or less. Good sportsmanship is required and silliness is encouraged!

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Mock Olympics

Groups are divided into teams and assigned a color. Teams create a name and mascot for their group’s color, and then represent those colors in a series of hilarious relay races and team challenges! A fun and engaging way to burn off any extra energy your group has before bedtime.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Movie Night

A unique twist on the typical movie going experience, Movie Night at Tamarack Camps allows groups to enjoy their movie while laying under the stars. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets and snuggle up while watching the movie of your choice. Fresh popcorn completes this perfect evening of relaxation.

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Night Hike

Night Hikes are a great opportunity for groups to experience the great outdoors in a new light– or no light. Night Hikes are scheduled after the sun sets and participants are led out into the darkness to observe the woods and learn what nighttime means for nocturnal critters. Groups explore how the senses of sight, hearing and smell are affected by the dark. Participants gain confidence walking in the dark woods without a flashlight!

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Square Dance

A classic form of entertainment revitalized at Tamarack Camps! Groups have good ol’ fashioned fun as the Tamarack facilitator teaches them authentic square dance calls and responses, then spends the remaining time showing off their new moves to a mix of classic and modern music. Get ready for a swinging good time!

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT