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This is Your Summer

It is a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and you pull onto our campgrounds. There are people milling about excitedly, and you're greeted by a staff member with a kind smile. 

You check in your camper and ensure they visit the camp's Medical Officer. After, you roam the grounds peering over Bills Lake, basking in the sunshine. Your child meets the other kids in their cabin and quickly becomes friends as you unpack their belongings. You meet their counselor who assures you that your child will have a great time. 

As you pull away from camp, your child is unpacking and meeting new friends that they may keep for a lifetime. You hope they have a great time and are excited to hear about all of their adventures when you pick them up Saturday morning. 


Our Programing

The daily schedule at VFW Camp Trotter balances enriching activities with free time to enjoy with friends. Whether it’s learning a new skill or engaging in friendly competition, we offer something for everyone to enjoy.


Water Front

Our amazing waterfront program is an integral part of life at VFW Camp Trotter for Children. From swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding we guarantee a fun and exhilarating time for all participants.


Like everything we offer at VFW Camp Trotter, our athletics program encourages campers to get out of their comfort zones and embrace new challenges. We lead campers on nature hikes, bike rides, ball games, and so much more!

Special Activities

We like to mix things up for our campers using our special activities to ensure they get diverse enrichment. This includes our talent show, camp wide dance, and more!

Our Story

VFW Camp Trotter for Children has been known by many names, but most fondly known as Camp Trotter. Named after Ralph Trotter who donated the property, we have continued his passion for creating fond summer memories since 1949. Ralph Trotter was a WWI veteran and a past VFW Department of Michigan Commander (1934-35), he had named the camp VFW Buddy Poppy Camp. We have continued to grow since our humble beginnings and now operate with eight buildings and our historic dining hall. These buildings overlook Bills Lake in Newaygo, Michigan right off North 131.

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Photograph found from Don Harrison at link

Google Review - August 2022

"Very nice place and the staff was very friendly.. Hope all the kids have a really good time 😎🌅 …"
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