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"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." I agree wholeheartedly that it is the dedication of a lifetime that defines true patriotism.  You all have given not only your time, dedication and effort, but—most importantly—your very being to the protection and advancement of this great country. You work tirelessly for the rights of the veterans who serve our country, while conducting the nation’s finest civic training to instill young future leaders with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to govern this country.



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.
VFW Camp Trotter Begins the 2017 Summer Camping Season on July 9, 2017
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 camp outs 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.

Camper Health and Registration form 

11th Annual Camp Trotter Golf Outing June 23 2017

Camp Trotter Family Day August 19, 2017
2017 Camping Season Schedule (for children 7 to 12 years of age).

    Week 1, July 9, 2017 to July 15, 2017
    Week 2, July 16, 2017 to July 22, 2017
    Week 3, July 23, 2017 to July 29, 2017
    Week 4, July 30, 2017 to August 5, 2017
    Week 5, August 6, 2017 to August 12, 2017 
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For further information call, write or email the VFW Camp Director at:

Robert Benderman
VFW Camp Trotter Director
3893 Mac Arthur
Muskegon, MI 49442
Phone: 231-773-2076
Email: rsb002@comcast.net

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