August 12 - 19, 2018



11841dms flyerEscape to Camp Cavell, on the shores of Lake Huron, for a week of dancing, music, art, crafts, outdoor activities, and more, led by world-class instructors! Hone your skills, learn new ones, or just revel in the opportunity to do things you love with like-minded people.

From contras and squares to English country dances and waltzes, from comedy improv to technical tree-climbing, from sunrise to late-night campfires, expect to be delighted. Come prepared to expand your horizons and to be amazed by the creativity and talent of staff and campers alike. We welcome newcomers, old hands and everyone in between. Join us for an unforgettable week of friendship and joy at CDSS’ newest week: Camp at Cavell.

Extraordinary Staff, Fabulous Program

Our staff leads the way in expanding horizons… They dance! They call! They teach! They play! They sing! They make jewelry! Many of them have hidden talents! And they're fun to hang around with, too!

Carol, Gaye and Kathy will delight you with a lovely mix of contras, squares, English dances, and waltzing. Foxfire (Karen and Daron), Audacious (Larry and Audrey), ¾ of Combine (Chirps, Dave, Steve), and Brad will conjure glorious melodies, rich harmonies and lively improvisations to send us into dance ecstasy. In addition to dancing to them, you'll have opportunities during the day to join our staff in making music, with band and singing classes and a daily old-time jam.

The “spice” component of our camp is an exciting and novel addition to the programming. If you’d like to take a break from dance and music for a bit, or even spend your entire day (and evening!) doing other things, we have plenty of offerings, indoors and out. This year’s outdoor activities feature expanded, advanced offerings, including kayaking to Lexington Harbor.

As if that’s not enough, every day will feature an assortment of camper-led sessions. We don’t know what these will be yet, because you haven’t told us. What would you like to add to the mix?

Gorgeous Setting

The sunrises and moonrises over Lake Huron have to be seen to be believed – and you can see them from the dance hall. The beauty of this camp is absolutely breathtaking.

Come Join Us

The staff is just the foundation of this camp; you're the ones who make it happen! The only prerequisite is a willingness to join in the fun. The bottom line: catch up on your sleep before you come to camp! See you on the shores of Lake Huron….

~ Carol Ormand, Program Director


This is an adult program. We can accept people as young as 13; anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. We expect any minors to be fully involved in the programming.

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