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Our History


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Our History

YMCA Storer Camps sits on approximately 1300 acres in the beautiful Irish Hills region of southeast Michigan.  Founded in 1918 as the summer camp facility of the YMCA of Greater Toledo, YMCA Storer Camps has long served the communities of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Much of what YMCA Storer Camps has become is owed to the direction of Robert Dale “Doc” Miller.  Doc Miller served as director of Storer Camps for over 2 decades.  The original 8 acres of Storer Camps sit on the South Center with a chapel dedicated to Doc’s memory.  Over time, Storer Camps grew to include most of the waterfront of the 240 acre Stony Lake.  Storer Camps expanded to offer Outdoor Education starting in the late 1960's as one of the first programs in the United States.

Currently, Camps operate on both sides of Stony Lake in what is called the North and South Centers.  The North Center is home to the Outdoor School, as well as Youth and Teen Camp.  The South Center operates from May-September and is the home of our Specialty and Day Camps.

The Living Legacy of Doc Miller

"The Book", as it is commonly referred to by Storer Alumni, is over 500 pages of history and pictures lovingly written and compiled by a team of fourteen volunteers. Most spent years under the loving leadership of "Doc" Miller and were profoundly influenced by him and by Camp Storer. Click the header to view an excerpt from the history of YMCA Storer Camps and purchase a copy of this masterpiece for your own enjoyment.

I'm Third

God first, others second, and I'm Third. Click the header to find the story behind camp's "I'm Third" motto.

Motto Years

A long time tradition of summer camping at Storer, the Motto Years Program challenges campers to strive to learn about and live with enthusiasm, responsibility, humility, leadership, and service.

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