Camp Fire programs, especially those at our Summer Camps, help kids find their “spark”. Our goal is to introduce a variety of different activities to help them learn their passions. Here’s what kids will experience at camp:
Archery: We use the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program offered by USA archery to teach archery to young people. Our staff are certified level 1 and level 2 instructors, who help campers set and reach goals in recreational and competitive archery. The program allows participants to learn range safety, proper shooting form and develop the discipline needed to earn achievement awards.
STEM: Being one with nature at camp allows kids to see how science, technology, engineering, and math are important parts of the world around them, and not just elements at school. Age appropriate activities encourage kids to explore animals, bridges, germs, rockets, solar systems, plant life, etc.
Fishing: Kids learn water safety as it relates to fishing. They also learn about different species of fish native to our waters, how to catch each kind, the importance of catch and release, as well as how to clean and cook fish.
Forestry: The best place to learn about the forest is at camp! Campers of all ages learn about insects, soil, tree species, how to identify a tree’s age, deforestation, and the importance of forest management. As campers learn about nature, they grow to appreciate it and take ownership of it. Emphasis is placed on the importance of minimum impact camping.
Outdoor Skills: We teach all kids the proper way to build a safe, minimum impact campfire. Kids also learn how to cook meals over a fire using a variety of methods including using a stick, foil, reflector over, Dutch oven and planking.
Challenge Course: Both of our camps feature low ropes courses. Camp Sweyolakan also has a high ropes challenge course. Our challenge courses teach team building which helps kids learn to support and encourage one another, go out of their comfort zones and push their limits. Our counselors are trained to facilitate these elements to get the most positive outcomes and success for campers.
Water Safety: We also offer American Red Cross Swim lessons on the lake at Camp Sweyolakan and at the pool complex at Camp Dart-Lo. Waterfront programs at both camps teach safety and skills for boating in funyaks, kayaks, canoes, and rowboats.
Other Activities: Handcrafts help foster that creative spark. Time is also spent reading and writing letters.
Family and Community: Our camps foster a “family” feel. Each of our camper groups are set at the beginning of the week and are assigned a counselor who stays with the group for the week. Camper groups move around to activities together, plan together, sleep together, and thrive together. They form a bond that can foster lifelong friendships. At Camp Sweyolakan Overnight Camp, most of our meals are served “family style” where the entire camp sits down in mixed groups to eat together, discuss their day and practice good etiquette.