Michigan Technological University is located in Houghton, in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Upper Michigan. The town and campus are only a few minutes from the scenic shores of Lake Superior. Take a tour of the Tech campus, the Copper Country, and the Community or view the Interactive Campus Map.
Combine Vacation with Your Child’s Sports Camp
Accommodations are available on campus or at the many resort areas nearby. The air is clean, the water is pure, and many recreational opportunities are at hand—boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping—just to name a few. The University also owns an 18-hole golf course and a 600-acre recreational forest—ideal for hiking and biking—that adjoins campus near the SDC.
Getting to Michigan Tech
If you are arriving by car, US Highway 41 and State Highway 26 take you right to campus. Auto maps are available upon request from anywhere in the US. The area is served daily by Indian Trails and Skywest-United Airlines (airport code CMX).
If you have any problems en route after business hours (after 5:00 p.m. or on weekends), call Public Safety at 906-487-2216.
Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex provides year-round recreational and fitness activities for students, faculty, staff and the entire community to encourage a healthier lifestyle. The athletic complex features classrooms, a fitness studio, fitness center, ice arena, multipurpose room, racquetball and squash courts, shooting range, swimming pool and dive tank, and varsity gym. Spacious men's and women's locker rooms include saunas and showers. Patrons can check out a variety of recreational equipment, including basketballs, volleyballs, and racquetball racquets. Adjacent to the SDC is Gates Tennis Center with indoor courts, a pro shop, lockers, and showers. Outdoor recreation areas include the recreational forest and trails, softball fields, sand volleyball courts, Sherman field, Hubbell field, soccer fields, and disc golf.
Open daily at the arena, University Images features sporting equipment and a complete line of jackets, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and Michigan Tech memorabilia.
Code of Conduct
Michigan Tech Sports Camps provide both recreational and social opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere. We believe in promoting a positive learning environment for all participants in our camps. We request that all participants adhere to this belief. However, all participants must follow certain rules, including a prohibition on using or possessing alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or illegal drugs. In addition, participants must not leave their groups. Failure to follow these rules will result in expulsion from the program, and the fees paid for that program will be forfeited.
A packet of required forms will be sent to participants via email once their application is processed. The required forms must be submitted prior to the start of camp.
Live-In vs. Commuter
Live-In (Plan A)
Resident (live-in) students stay in one of Michigan Tech's residence halls, Wadsworth Hall, during their time at sports camp. The halls are divided into groups per residence counselor. Male and female participants do not share accommodations. The residence hall cafeteria provides breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
Sports camp is a great opportunity to meet new people, and we take care to match students with roommates who are similar in age but different in other areas (like geographic area, for example). If you want to stay with a sibling or friend, you must indicate so on the confirmation packets that participants receive after being accepted into camp. Remember, both you and your friend must request each other on your forms and be attending the same camp (and age group) or you will not be placed together. Rooms are equipped for two people. We do not take requests for 3-person rooms.
Commuters (Plan B)
Commuter students attend sports camp during the day, but stay off-campus with a friend or family member in the Houghton area during the evenings. Some commuters are local students, while others stay with family, for example camping or in a hotel. If you choose to commute, participants are provided lunch and dinner depending on the duration of camp. Refer to individual camp schedules.
Summer Sports Camps partners with Summer Youth Programs (SYP), a division of the Center for Pre-College Outreach, for the live-in accommodations portion of our sports camps. After a full daily athletic camp schedule, evenings allow students to relax under the supervision of our professionally trained counselors. Residence counselors provide general supervision at night and serve as mentors to the students.
Residence Hall for Live-In Participants
Live-in participants stay in Wadsworth Hall on Michigan Tech's campus, just a short walk from the Student Development Complex (SDC), where Michigan Tech Sports Camps are held. Rooms in the residence hall are furnished with bunk beds, dressers, and desks. Dorm rooms are not air-conditioned, so students are encouraged to bring a fan. Linens, pillows, and blankets are provided. Students must bring two to three towels. Restrooms and showers are conveniently located on each floor. The residence hall has lounges, cable TV, and a recreation room. Laundry facilities are available. Students must bring their own laundry supplies. Participants receive round-the-clock supervision. Note: Lost key $75.
Room Occupancy Policy for Live-In Participants
Participants living in the residence hall will room with members of their own age group. Rooms are equipped for two people. We do not take requests for 3-person rooms. Roommate requests must be made by both participants and will be asked for on the confirmation packets that participants receive after being accepted into camp. Participants not requesting a specific roommate will be paired up with another person in their age group. All roommate assignments are prepared ahead of time and do not happen at the time of check-in.
Prescription Medication for Live-In Participants
All students taking prescription medications are required to bring and turn in medication in single-dose packets that are pre-dosed for the correct time they are taken. Please use an online pharmacy that provides pre-dosing, like PillPack by Amazon (a free service, you only pay your copays). These services can take 2 weeks to get your prescriptions set up so please plan. This does not include over-the-counter medications. If you have any medications that are not available for pre-dosing through an online pharmacy, please contact us so we can work out a plan with you.
We can provide many over-the-counter medications as needed, please do not send these with your child. In your confirmation paperwork, you will have the opportunity to authorize our staff to provide specific over-the-counter medications or not. In addition, we are happy to create an individual medication plan with you upon request.
Supervision and Campus Security for Live-In Participants
Counselors, residence hall coordinators, and head counselors supervise participants whenever they are not in their camp activity. We hire undergraduate mentors and include intensive training in safety, age-appropriate activities, and diversity.
Participants have constant supervision. They are not allowed to leave the designated campus area without accompaniment by a staff member.
Our campus is secure. While we rarely have problems, we recognize the value of keeping valuable possessions safe. A free "safe deposit" service where participants can store money and valuables such as extra cash, laptops, or other items. Valuable possessions are individually stored where the participant can access them at any time. The balance of stored cash is tracked, and participants must initial each withdrawal.
- The residence halls are locked from 10 p.m.–6:30 a.m.
- Individual rooms lock and participants are responsible for their own room keys. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- No one is allowed on the Sports Camps floors of the residence hall without a Sports Camps ID.
- Michigan Tech is ranked as the safest college campus in the nation.
- Campus is patrolled by full-time police officers.
Check-In Procedure for Live-In Participants
All live-in participants will first check-in for camp at Wadsworth Hall. (DO NOT GO TO THE SDC!) See individual camp schedules for specific check-in times. Upon arrival, park in Lot 15W at the front of Wadsworth Hall and follow the direction of the greeters/signs for our curbside (outdoor) check-in. Please leave all personal belongings in your vehicle until after the check-in process has been finished. Folders, medicine collection, contact information verification, and photos will be taken. If parents would like to assist with move-in inside the building, you will be directed to drive around back to enter the building at a separate entrance with your child and meet another staff member to assist you. If parents will not be entering the building, participants will go in the main entrance and our counselor staff will assist with luggage, show them to their rooms and deliver their photo ID and room key. Once participants are settled in their rooms, welcome meetings with counselors will take place on-floor. Again, see individual camp schedules for further details.
Check-Out Procedure for Live-In Participants
See individual camp schedules for specific check-out times. Upon arrival, parents should park in Lot 17L at the back of Wadsworth Hall (on Woodlawn Drive) and pull into a parking spot. Participants will be checking out on-floor with their counselor (packing up/cleaning, turning in keys, etc.) and will need to be signed out by an approved parent, guardian, or authorized release person.
Late Arrival Procedure for Live-In Participants
If a participant will arrive late due to an emergency, please call the Summer Youth Programs 24-Hour Emergency Line 906-483-7651.
Late Arrivals must be pre-approved two weeks prior to the camp check-in date. To request a late arrival, please call 906-487-2975 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When our participants are set to arrive late, parents and participants first must report to the front desk at Wadsworth Hall to check in and meet with a head counselor who will have materials ready for them when they arrive. The parent and participant will go through check-in procedures and drop off their luggage in their assigned room. Once this is taken care of, a counselor will escort the participant to wherever they need to be.
In general, the residence hall cafeteria provides live-in participants breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Commuter participants are provided lunch and dinner depending on the duration of camp. Please refer to individual camp schedules for differences in meal options and locations. Special dietary needs and allergies will be asked for on the confirmation packet that participants receive after being accepted into camp. You can always call our office in advance to discuss your participant's situation, and we can put you in touch with our Dining Services Team for a proactive approach to ensure a great experience at our camp.
Parents and commuter campers will receive a parking permit when you check in for camp. The permit will allow you to park in SDC Lot 22 (at the main entrance to the SDC). You must display the permit on the driver side dashboard while parked in Lot 22. The permit is valid for only the dates listed on the permit. No permit required after 4:00pm on Friday through Sunday evening unless the vehicle will be parked overnight. Please contact the Transportation Services Office if you need to park overnight.
Parking passes for live-in participants that drive their own vehicle to camp can be purchased at camp check-in at Wadsworth Hall from the SYP front desk. The weekly permit is $20. Vehicles must be parked in Lot 17U and keys handed over to staff for the duration of camp.
Parking tickets will be issued to violating vehicles and will not be the responsibility of Michigan Tech Sports Camps.
What to Bring
All articles should be clearly marked or initialed. Please leave your iPods, cell phones, etc. at home! Michigan Tech Sports Camps is not responsible for any lost items.
Health and Medical Services
All participants must have a completed and signed Health History Form on file at least two weeks prior to the start of the program.
Please note any special dietary needs on your Health History Form. If we need more details about your needs, one of our staff will contact you prior to the start of the program.
Our dining hall has a variety of options to fit almost any diet, including salad and sandwich bar, made-to-order stir-fry, pizza, burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, cereal bars, toast, bagels, fresh fruit, and desserts, in addition to the hot dishes of the day. For more information, refer to Dining Services.
Be sure to note any special medical conditions on the Health History Form. One of our staff will contact you if necessary to ensure that we are prepared to accommodate your visit.
All staff members receive first aid and CPR certification and are capable of handling minor first aid needs. If you need professional attention, treatment for minor ailments and injuries is available at the Portage Medical Clinic, which is located on campus. We also have a rapid-care facility near campus. Clinic staff includes physicians, nurses, and lab assistants. If a student needs to be taken to the clinic during their stay, please know that applicable fees and insurance will be the responsibility of the family. Portage Hospital, located less than ten minutes from campus, is used after clinic hours and for emergencies.
Certified athletic trainers are on staff to provide emergency medical care. Located within the SDC, the Portage Medical Group Clinic (906-483-1860) offers medical services to participants, as well as the public.
Note: Basketball coaches and teams are responsible for their own first-aid supplies such as gauze, tape for ankles, etc. for team camp.
Check-In and Check-Out
See individual camp pages for schedule.
|Michigan Tech Sports Camps
Student Development Complex, Room 142
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton MI 49931
|SDC Ticket Office||906-487-2073|
|Public Safety and Police Services||906-487-2216|
|Houghton County Airport (CMX)||906-482-3970|
|Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau||800-338-7982|
|Housing and Residential Life (Wadsworth Hall)||906-487-2682|
|National Car Rental||906-482-6655|
|University Images (sportswear store)||906-487-2969|
|On-Campus Housing for Parents & Family Members|
|Memorial Union Building||906-487-2543|
|Housing and Residential Life||906-487-2682|
|Residence Hall Summer Youth Programs Front Desk||906-483-7650|
|Residence Hall Summer Youth Prorams 24 Hour Emergency Line||906-483-7651|
|Residence Hall Coordinators||906-483-7652|