Ages 8 – 10 • $975
Sunday – Saturday, end of August
Through a variety of direct, entertaining activities, campers explore the area, its habitats and wildlife, and are set at ease with the natural world. The short session, structured days, small camp size and specially trained staff make this program an ideal first overnight camp.
Organized in small groups, campers move through a series of workshops each morning, wherein they are introduced to topics in the natural world. The activities are largely hands-on, so that by lunchtime, campers may have waded in the pond, chased butterflies, caught salamanders, planted a row of lettuce, or predicted the day’s weather.
Each afternoon the staff present a fresh set of choices among hikes, games and arts, all of which integrate the natural world in creative ways, and incorporate further outdoor skills.
Evenings are sometimes whole group activities such as a round of games, a folklore night, or a sleep-out on top of our mountain. Other evenings the campers choose among small-group options that celebrate the crepuscular hour.
Meals are served family style, with several staff presiding at each table, assuring that eating and conversation promote good health along with hilarity. Campers are supervised throughout the bedtime process by the staff who manage the dormitories. Bedtime is a ritual of toothbrushing, sharing thoughts, and reading aloud. Campers soon settle down to sleep.
A typical Junior Program day is likely to follow this schedule:
7:00 Wake up
8:15 Clean up
8:45 Morning Activity –small assigned groups
10:00 Snack – bookstore open
10:30 Morning Activity –small assigned groups
11:45 Free Time
2:00 Swim/Free Time
3:00 Afternoon Activity Choices – size of groups limited
5:30 Free Time
6:45 Reflections – with reflections group of 1 staff and 2-3 campers
7:15 Evening Meeting – campers and camp director
7:30 Evening Program
8:45 Lights out