Camp Carpenter is an outdoor adventure day camp for Neighborhood youth ages 7-14 set in and around Popps Packing’s dynamic buildings, art installations, and green spaces. Campers work alongside professional artists to design, build and create the elements of their own imaginative worlds to construct the physical structures of the camp facility.

What do kids do at Camp Carpenter?? Youth learn to use basic hand tools, to take their designs from idea to reality, to collaborate across age groups, to tell imaginative stories through theater games and role playing and more — all while contributing the betterment of the Detroit/Hamtramck community through the construction of a lasting play space for all.

Cost: $350 for  non-residents. Free for youth living in District 3 Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

Register with link above or pick up form at: Popps Packing, 12138 St. Aubin, Hamtramck

NOTE: Register for one session only to allow more kids an opportunity to participate.  Space is limited.

For more information, email or call 248-568-9167

Follow us @campcarpenterdetroit to see camp in action!!


Camp Carpenter back after a 3 years pandemic pause! We are asking for support to make camp accessible to our community through scholarships, to pay lead artist, visiting artists and mentors and to help us stock camp with building supplies, tools and art supplies.  Please consider donating to our Patronicity campaign or via venmo, paypal or check. Your tax deductible donation will support camp scholarships for youth living in Detroit District 3, Highland Park and Hamtramck, 

  Donate to our Patronicity fundraiser here!! or via Venmo

Your donation will support camp scholarships that prioritize neighborhood youth living in the Hamtramck, Highland Park and District 3 Detroit zone.  Camp Carpenter is part of a 501c3 Not for Profit Organization. Your donation is a 100% tax deductible

Mission: Camp Carpenter focuses on Detroit’s next generation of artistic producers by giving them the tools and skills to reimagine their built environment. Camp Carpenter welcomes youth into the Popps Packing ecosystem as generative artists and stakeholders in their own community, strengthening the ties between artists, youth and other neighborhood residents.