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Apr 21-22nd 2018: Water Park Weekend at Kalahari

Our 6th annual family waterpark weekend will be held at Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky, Ohio Saturday April 21st.  The room rate is $159.00 pre tax and $209 with taxes and fees included.  The room rate covers up to 5 guest, there will be a $30.00 for additional guest.   Reservations are available now- March 22nd or when our block of rooms is booked.  Reservations have to be called in to 877-525-2427 reference the Three Fires Longhouse room block for April 21.


Three Fires Longhouse will have a cabana available for use on the main level in the waterpark for Saturday the 21st.

Driving Directions

Feb 9-11, 2018: Family Ski Weekend

The snow is flying, and it’s time for the Third Annual 3-Fires ski weekend at Otsego Resort in Gaylord Michigan!  Last year was a blast, and this year we planned much further in advance and got a better deal!  The rooms will go quickly, so book now if you haven’t!  We were able to get great rates, much better than any other resort up north.

Otsego is a private club with a ski area that is pretty nice (compares to Boyne Highlands).  The lines are short and it is very safe.  There is sledding, skating, lots of terrain, snow-shoe hiking, fire pits, large game room, babysitting, ski lessons, and much more.  You can rent skis or board if you need to, and there is a pro-shop if you need to buy anything.  Make your reservations now by calling 989-732-5181, and telling the front desk clerk that you are part of the “Three Fires Longhouse Group”.  Make sure you reserve for the weekend of February 9-11, 2018.  If you prefer to have a room that opens out into the common area, ask for a room in the “Tyrol Tunnel” part of the lodge (there are only 12 rooms in this area of the lodge, so act fast).

Rooms are typically two queen beds, so plenty big for each family (or two dads and two kids sharing).  If you don’t mind a tight squeeze, you can fit 6 to a room if you are ok with two of the kids sleeping on air mattresses or in sleeping bags on the floor.

Food will be on your own – – bring food, or use one of the restaurants on site.  We will probably collect from everyone interested, and get pizza in the common area for Sat night.

This is a family weekend, so bring the entire family!  Reserve now, because space is limited!

Driving Directions

Jan 26-28, 2018: Winter Campout

Winter Campout will be at YMCA Camp Storer located in Jackson, MI which by far has the nicest lodging of any of the YMCA camps (Camp Storer Web Page).  Each lodge has 4 bunk wings and a large common area with seating and a fire place.  The cost per person is $80.00 for the weekend.  There will be snow snake competition, sledding, reptile hut, broom ball and winter fun!!!!!

Snow Snake Rules are here!

If you’ve got any questions about camping, check out our Camping page for more information.

Jan 7th: Family Skate at Skate World

Please join us for Family Skate Night Sunday January 7th at:
Skate World of Troy
2825 E Maple Rd Troy, MI 48083


Dec 6th: Bell Ringing and Songs at Somerset Mall

Please join for Bell Ringing & singing Holiday Songs for the Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 16th 10:00AM – 2:00PM outside Macy’s at Somerset Mall in Troy, MI.
Dress warm and bring your holiday spirit!!!!

What:    Salvation Army Bell Ringing / Songs
Where: Outside Macys, Somerset Mall – Troy, MI
When:   Saturday, December 16th


Nov 5th 2017: Hike Bald Mountain

Banner Hike Bald Mountain

Hike @ Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Sun November 5th 1pm–3pm

Family and Friends Event – Everyone Welcome!

Bald Mountain Recreation Area has a number of family-friendly trails. We’ll be hiking about 2.1 miles on the White Loop, with the option of hiking further on the Blue Loop. Come enjoy a Fall walk in the woods. Trails are jogging-stroller friendly, and leashed pets are welcome! Don’t forget your camera, we’ll be walking around several scenic undeveloped lakes.

We will be meeting at the White Loop parking area at Predmore Rd and Harmon Rd. We’re meeting at 12:45 SHARP(ish). Please be sure to bring water and snacks for the hike and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. The group will leave the parking lot more-or-less together at 1pm and walk clockwise to the left from the parking lot. Please plan to stop at the midway point – marker #6, at the bench – for a group picture and apples.

Parked vehicles should have the new Michigan Recreation Pass. Passes are available at the Secretary of State when your plates are renewed.

Trail details with a description of what you can expect to see:
White/Blue Loops – Bald Mountain

The parking lot is at the intersection of Predmore Rd and Harmon Rd (black diamond #1 in the trail map):

Bald Mountain North Trails

Oct 20-22nd 2017: Fall Campout at Camp Copneconic

Fall Campout

This year for the Fall Campout we will be visiting Camp Copneconic  in Fenton. Activities to be announced, but you can bet we’ll have Model Rockets, Trick or Treating, and a Haunted House for everyone to enjoy!

If you’ve got any questions about camping, check out our Camping page for more information.

Please bring a pumpkin (to carve, or pre-carved) if you will be participating in the pumpkin-carving contest. Also bring your Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating Saturday night!

Details to come!

YMCA Camp Copneconic   (website)
10407 Fenton Road, Fenton, MI 48430, USA  (google map)


Oct 14th, 2017: Bike the Creek

Banner Bike The Creek
Patch Event/Family Event!
When:      Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Time:        Meet at 1:00 pm (Group leaves at 1:15 pm)

Where:    Rochester Municipal Park (400 – 6th St – Rochester MI, 48307 – google map)

We will meet at Rochester Municipal Park and bike north to the Paint Creek Cider Mill

Why: It’s a blast! Ride the Paint Creek Trail (former C&N Railroad Bed, now the pristine Paint Creek Trail). Snarf some doughnuts and cider.

Who: Family Event / Recruiting Event! Friends Welcome!

Sept 22, 2017: Night of the Painted Trees


Banner NOPT

Open to current members, alumni and anyone interested in learning about the program!
Informational meeting beginning at 6:30pm for those interested in finding out more about the program.
Main event 7:00 to 9:00 at Beachwood Located at 3365 Jack Dr., between Lancer and Babcock in Troy

Cider & Donuts!
Fire Pit!
Navigator Induction Ceremony!
Bring the Whole Family (and new recruits)!

Rain or Shine