Our 2020 Summer Camp schedule has been redesigned and will
be available on June 1. Stay Tuned!

The SCA is a longstanding community favorite for summer enrichment and exploration. Though our camps will operate a little differently this year to ensure camper and instructor safety, we promise it will be fun, playful, creative and original!

Please know that you and your child’s safety are of the utmost importance to us. In revising our summer programs, we have adhered to the best available practices from our local health department, state government, and national leaders in children’s summer programming.

All live-instruction camps are dependent on State guidelines. Should the State “dial back” gathering guidelines in the future we will comply. If this should happen, all impacted classes would be cancelled; patrons would receive e-notification and be refunded. To learn more about the SCA’s plans to facilitate safe and creative camps this summer please visit our FAQ section below.

Make art and make memories!

Welcome to the intersection of art, community, and joy: professional theatre, world-class concerts, films, exhibitions, education and outreach. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is a community sparkplug bringing people – and learners of all ages – together under one roof. 

Let your children experience the JOY of creativity this summer!  Inspired by the lush lakeshore environment that surrounds the Art Center, all of our classes include experiment-based art projects, multidisciplinary learning, outdoor kinesthetic activities, and healthy snacks to keep both mind and body active and creative.


29jun10:00 am11:30 amVirtual Mini Makers (Ages 1 - 6) Bugs & InsectsAges: 1.5 - 310:00 am - 11:30 am


06jul10:00 am11:30 amVirtual Mini Makers (Ages 1 - 6) Outer SpaceAges: 1.5 - 310:00 am - 11:30 am

07jul10:00 am12:30 pmThe Creative Outdoors with ODC + SCA: SoilAges: 5-1010:00 am - 12:30 pm

10jul9:30 am12:00 pmZagitek Clay CampAges: 7+9:30 am - 12:00 pm

11jul9:00 am5:00 pmSpoken Scrolls: A Sonder Workshop9:00 am - 5:00 pm

13jul9:30 am12:30 pmCollective Voices (Ages 5-8)9:30 am - 12:30 pm

15jul9:30 am12:30 pmCollective Voices (Ages 9-12)9:30 am - 12:30 pm

20jul10:00 am11:30 amVirtual Mini Makers (Ages 1 - 6) GardeningAges: 1.5 - 310:00 am - 11:30 am

21jul9:30 am12:30 pmThe Creative Outdoors with ODC + SCA: TreesAges: 5-109:30 am - 12:30 pm

22jul9:00 am12:00 pmRoyal FlushAges: 7+9:00 am - 12:00 pm

27jul10:00 am11:30 amVirtual Mini Maker Mondays: TransportationAges: 1.5 - 310:00 am - 11:30 am

30jul10:00 am1:00 pmCreative CharactersAges: 8+10:00 am - 1:00 pm


04aug10:00 am12:30 pmThe Creative Outdoors with ODC + SCA: WaterAges: 5-1010:00 am - 12:30 pm

10aug10:00 am11:30 amVirtual Mini Makers (Ages 1 - 6) Forest Flora & FaunaAges: 1.5 - 310:00 am - 11:30 am

10aug3:00 pm5:00 pmMusical Mindfulness with Musician Cameron Blake3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

13aug(aug 13)10:00 am14(aug 14)1:00 pmGood NeighborsAges: 5-1010:00 am - 1:00 pm (14)

15aug9:30 am12:30 pmHappy Greetings with Designer Lindsey Peterson9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual Camps

Participating in virtual camps is the safest way to participate in children’s programming this summer. By minimizing contact with other children and adults, there is little risk of contracting or spreading illness. Mini Maker supply boxes will be assembled in a disinfected area and distributed outside of the SCA on a designated pickup date.

Live-Instruction Camps

Program Launch and Registration

  • All live-instruction camps are dependent on State guidelines. Should the State “dial back” gathering guidelines in the future the SCA will comply. If this should happen, all impacted classes would be cancelled; patrons would receive e-notification and be refunded.
  • All parents and/or guardians will be asked to sign an agreement when registering their camper acknowledging our policies and expectations.


  • Indoor facilities, which will be routinely disinfected, will be available for camper use.
  • Signage regarding proper handwashing techniques will be prominently displayed.

Small Groups

  • Until further notice as indicated by the State of Michigan Executive Order 2020-96, camp registration will be limited to 8 campers with 2 adult supervisors (which includes an SCA Staff Member and/or Artist/Facilitator)


  • If snacks are provided in the camp you registered for, they will be individually packaged and distributed. Food-sharing between campers is prohibited.
  • Campers should bring a water bottle that is clearly labeled with their name.

Open Air

  • All live-instruction camps will occur in an open-air setting. While most camps will take place under the pavilion at the SCA, campers may visit parks or other locations within walking distance.
  • For camps not held at the SCA, all policies listed therein will apply.
  • If in the event of a threat to camper or staff safety during a live-instruction camp, the SCA reserves the right to guide campers to temporary shelter, which may require a move indoors. Instances, where this may be warranted, are, but not limited to: sudden and inclement changes in weather, another threat, such as an active shooter or rouge vehicle, etc.


  • Until further notice for outdoor activities, campers will be spaced at least 6ft apart.
  • When tables and chairs are utilized in our open-air classrooms, they will be routinely disinfected.


  • The SCA will not provide transportation of any kind to campers for Summer 2020.


  • All SCA staff and artists will wear masks unless otherwise indicated by state guidelines.
  • All campers are encouraged to wear a mask, though not required.
  • We kindly ask that parents or guardians checking campers in-and-out of SCA camps wear masks to minimize possible transmission between adults.

Minimizing Contact

  • When deemed necessary, gloves will be provided for handling communal supplies.
  • Personal articles of clothing and lunches will be kept separate from fellow campers.

Preventative Education

  • As advised by the American Camp Association, all camps will receive an age-appropriate overview of practicing good hygiene in public spaces (like good hand washing and proper coughing techniques.)

Potential Exposure

  • If the SCA becomes aware of a staff or camper that tests positively for COVID-19, parents and legal guardians will be notified immediately about any potential contact their children may have had with suspected or confirmed cases.


  • If you, your child, or a member of your household displays signs of illness within 2 weeks prior to a scheduled camp date, we kindly ask that you do not attend out of an abundance of caution.


  • In the case of inclement weather, which includes lightning, heavy storms and/or heavy winds, families will be notified via email an hour prior to the camp. Camps will either be postponed until the weather clears or will be cancelled. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be refunded in full.
  • In the case of inclement weather during a camp in session, all campers will be escorted indoors following the best possible social distancing practices.

What is the cancellation and refund policy for camps?

  • All live-instruction camps are dependent on State guidelines. Should the State “dial back” gathering guidelines in the future the SCA will comply. If this should happen, all impacted classes would be cancelled; patrons would receive e-notification and be refunded.
  • If a camp runs, but a patron cancels their registration voluntarily within 14 days prior to the scheduled camp date, the SCA will retain 50% of registration costs. Patron-elected cancellations outside of the 14 days, will be honored in full or the patron may opt to donate their registration fees to the SCA for operating costs. If cancelling due to illness or requesting a refund/donation, please contact


Resources Informing SCA Policies

Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps – developed by the Center for Disease Control

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance to Reopen Workforce – developed by District Health Department #10 (Northern
Michigan) on Childcare Programs pgs. 53-55 and Outdoor Activity pgs. 44-46

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide For Event Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic – developed by
the Event Safety Alliance, Edited by Steven A. Adelman

Camp Operations Guide 2020 – developed by the American Camp Association and YMCA of America

State of Michigan Executive Order 2020-96 – Section (Section VIII, Article 21) – Social Gathering <10