Life At Camp

Cabin Groups

As part of our structured program, Campers are scheduled to participate in most of the activities offered at camp with their cabin group.  Each day, after breakfast and lunch, cabin groups check the schedule board to see to which activity they are assigned to for their morning and afternoon activities, respectively.  Participating in activities as a group promotes bonding within the cabin and also ensures that campers will attempt activities they might not be familiar or comfortable with.  Each evening, the cabin group circles around their own campfire pit to eat marshmallows or popcorn, and to share stories and talk about their accomplishments from the day.  Cabin groups are guided by a Group Counselor, that lives with and participates in the activities with the group.  Also living in the cabin are one or more Activity Counselors, who spend the day teaching one of our activities.  Between the Group Counselor and Activity Counselors, there is always someone supervising the cabin group who knows the children personally and the dynamics of group.  For more information on the importance of activities with cabin groups, “See Our Blog”.

There is an opportunity for campers have extra time at an activity after dinner during a time that we call “Freetime.”  This is the one time of day when campers split from their Group Counselor and cabin group to do something independently.  Campers sign up for an activity that they want to spend more time at Freetime.  So, for example, if a camper has an interest in sailing, then that camper can spend some Freetime periods learning more about sailing.

All cabin groups are scheduled for one or more overnight trips out of camp, including destinations such as our island at Shaver Lake, Hilltop Outpost, and backpacking trips to various lakes and waterfalls in the area.

Shaver Lake Island Outpost Camp

Special Events

CandlelightingIn between activities, campers are supervised by their cabin counselors at meals and other special events such as Morning Assembly, Rest Time, campfires, and special age group and all-camp events.  The campers are broken up into sections at camp based on their school grade: Bears (K-3), Tigers (4-5), Lions (6-7), and Eagles (8-9), and the cabin groups in each section will have one or more special social event.  These include ice cream socials, bingo night, and casino night, depending on the group.  All campers enjoy the mid-session Carnival together as a group.  Each session concludes with Appreciation Campfire, with all campers attending, which is a time for reflection and celebration.

In addition to our regular menu, at the end of each session, campers and staff enjoy a special banquet. The dining porch is transformed to match the theme of the banquet. The menu is also changed to reflect the fancy night. After an afternoon of showering and packing, campers enjoy a new, fresh meal and fun dessert in celebration of the last two weeks at camp.

6:00Optional early morning activities: waterskiing, fishing, horseback riding
7:30-8:30Breakfast
8:30Cabin clean-up, showers, camp store open
9:00Assembly: announcements, songs, and skits
9:30-12:00Morning activities: one long or two short programs
12:00-1:00Lunch
1:15-2:00Rest Time
2:15-4:45Afternoon activities: one long or two short programs
5:00Dinner
6:15-7:45Free choice activity
8:00Campfires
9:00Lights out for Bears (completed grades K-3)
9:30Lights out for Tigers (completed grades 4-5)
10:00Lights out for Lions & Eagles (completed grades 6-9)

Living Areas

In between activities and in the evenings, campers sleep in tent cabins or rustic wood cabins on camp-style bunk beds in sleeping bags.  Living without modern conveniences of electricity and temperature control in the cabins is an important element of our philosophy where campers get a more personal experience with the forest and develop resiliency and grit.

Modern bathrooms with electricity and hot water showers are located near the cabins.  Campers are scheduled to take a shower every other day, but can choose to take one every day if they wish. To see some of our living area up close click here!

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