Welcome to Camp Trotter for Children

Camp Trotter is a Children’s Camp located 7 miles East of Newaygo on M-82. The camp sits on the shores of one of west Michigan's beautiful and picturesque lakes.  It is owned and operated by the Department of Michigan, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.  The management and oversight is carried out by a committee of elected members of the Michigan VFW, who take pride in keeping the camp in pristine condition to ensure the comfort and safety of our guests.  The camp is fully licensed and insured with the State of Michigan.

Camp Trotter exists primarily for children of veterans, but is not limited thereto; we offer five weeks of camping to children seven to twelve years old from all over the United States.  The camp includes summer activities on site including swimming, boating, hiking, biking, arts and crafts, archery, softball, volleyball, as well as campfire activities. The children are given a general knowledge of science, art, and nature, and taught patriotism, courage, self reliance and kindred virtues. We try to further instill upon our campers morals and values by combining educational activities with fun, our goal is to guide and assist our youth to build a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Only through your generous donations can this camp accomplish these goals! Get a Camp Trotter life membership for honoring a Comrade or loved one. 50% of the money goes into a trust while the rest goes to maintaining the Camp.
For more information email the VFW Camp Trotter for Children Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Camp Trotter Begins the 2014 Camping Season on July 6, 2014
Camp Trotter is located on beautiful Bill’s Lake located in Newaygo County. Camp Trotter is a resident camp for girl’s and boy’s ages 7 to 12 years old. Your child would be enjoying lots of outdoor activities. Some of them include: swimming, archery, canoeing, paddle boating, Arts and Crafts, Team building activities, fishing, hiking, hay ride, mountain biking ,overnight campouts and campfires to name a few. Our staff ratio is 1 counselor to 10 campers. This allows for lots of individual attention for your child.
2014 Camping Season Schedule (for children 7 to 12 years of age).

Week 1, July 6, 2014 to July 12, 2014
Week 2, July 13, 2014 to July 19, 2014
Week 3, July 20, 2014 to July 26, 2014
Week 4, July 27, 2014 to August 2, 2014
Week 5, August 3, 2014 to August 9, 2014

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Your Camp Trotter overlooking beautiful Bills Lake

Young campers experiencing paddle boating and canoeing

Young girl campers enjoying sinking the councelors

Young boy campers learning the art of the Ga-ga Pit

Campers enjoying the new Nature Center




Campers enjoying the fire



The 'state of the art' Medical First Aid Cottage
Thank you Horley-Hanel VFW Post 3033, Charlotte VFW
Post 2406 Ladies Auxiliary & Dads Post 286

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Ernie Meyers, Sr.
Camp Trotter Director

925 Forest Street
Charlotte, MI48813
Cell Phone: 517 490 1221
Home Phone: 517 543 0014
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