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Each year, Orion Area Youth Assistance sends dozens of youngsters to summer camp through a scholarship fund known as our "Adopt A-Camper" program.  Funding includes an annual contribution of $5,000 from the Charter Township of Orion.  This critically important program provides a wonderful camp experience to children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend camp.


OAYA receives applications from families who meet financial guidelines as well as referrals from school personnel and local leaders for students who could benefit from a summer camp experience.  In the  summer of 2019 (our most recent non-covid summer), a total of 120 weeks of summer camp were provided including:

  • Camp Wonder

  • Camp Wanna Have Fun

  • Dragon Extreme Adventure Camp

  • Various Athletic Camps

  • Orion Art Camp

These camps provide many activities, including those that promote teamwork, leadership, and social skills.

Many thanks go to LOCS Community Enrichment Program and Lori McGraw for their passion for youth and continued support of the OAYA Camp program.

Donations to "Sponsor-A-Camper" are gladly welcomed and greatly appreciated.  The more funds we have, the more children we can send to camp!  If you are interested in sponsoring a camper, please call or write Lisa Gdowski at 248-693-6878 or or make a donation right here!



Scholarship requests will be filled on a first- come, first-serve basis, beginning March 2, 2023. Forms must be returned via fax, email, or mailed or dropped off at the CERC building.  

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