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Camp Carvela

Boundless Nature for the Builders & Dreamers

Welcome to camp!

Sitting on 50 acres on the shores of Bass Lake in Traverse City, Camp Carvela gives campers seemingly boundless space to hike, adventure, craft, and imagine. At Carvela, we’re unplugged, giving our campers time and space to choose their own adventures every day.


With supportive staff, campers co-design what camp days look like – days that are inclusive of all and full of creativity. You’ll find Carvela campers working on masterpieces in the beloved art house, swimming in Bass Lake, playing games throughout camp, or even writing songs. There is no shortage of inspiration for campers at Carvela!

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The Carvela philosophy

At Camp Carvela, we empower young people through experiential learning. Our unique programming model emphasizes creativity, exploration, inclusion, and community building. Our goal is to make a positive impact on each member of our community by building connections to self, others, and the natural world. 


Meet Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team works year-round to foster a safe, playful, and inclusive environment for campers and program participants throughout the year!


Camp Carvela Parent

“My son loves everything about Carvela. He loved the imaginative outdoor adventures that he went on. We’ve noticed how much his self confidence has improved too”

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33 Bass Lake Rd | Traverse City, MI 49685 | 231-299-0005

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