Camper Groups & The Roughing It Community
A Place Where Everyone Belongs
and Where Friendships Flourish
campers spend the entire session with the same small group of
friends and counselors. This consistency allows campers to form
strong bonds of friendship, trust, teamwork and loyalty that are a
part of the "Roughing It Spirit" & our Community of Respect!
Roughing It is a group
centered program for children and teens. Campers
develop group living skills through working and having fun together
as a camper group. Our group centered approach is the central tenant
of our philosophy and is the reason we offer four-week sessions at
Roughing It. It takes four weeks to build the dynamics of a positive
camper group and repetition over this period of time assures skill
development and promotes lasting friendships and interest in the
outdoors and activities learned at camp.
attend Roughing It Day Camp range in age from 4-16 years old and are
in camper groups based on their age, and grade. Camper groups for 1st
through 8th graders are gender specific, and our youngest
campers (preschool, pre-k and k) as well as our oldest high school
campers, Campers In Leadership Training (CILT,) are in coed groups.
At Roughing It, each age group has their own dedicated camper group
and their own adult counselor that remains with them throughout each
day and throughout the summer.
group has at least one adult group counselor and a maximum of 15
Roughing It has an overall 4 to 1 camper
to staff ratio when all staff is included. Junior Counselors who are
eleventh and twelfth graders also assist with the youngest camper
groups. Our adult counselors set positive guidelines and
build strong supportive relationships with the campers in their
camper group encouraging every child to reach his/her potential. By
participating in a wide variety of camp activities together over
longer camp sessions, each camper group builds lasting friendships,
team spirit, and a caring community.
Creating a Community of Respect the Roughing It Way
and personal responsibility are what we call “The Roughing It Way.”
This is an integral part of everything we do and a key reason why
Roughing It is unique when compared to other camp programs. At the
beginning of each camp session,
with their group, decide on a group name, create a group flag, and
Code of Living. Groups discuss the value
of respect and the benefits of following rules. After this
discussion, campers come up with a unique "Code of Living" that is
their groups’ rules to live by while at camp. All members of the
group sign and pledge to follow their group’s code of living which
constitutes the foundation of a great community and the start to
building strong friendships and group cohesiveness. Campers find the
Code of Living to be a great measure of individual growth towards
becoming a more effective, contributing group member. Below, we have
included some "Codes of Living" that have been created by past
Group Building & Teamwork
the campers’ favorite activities provide opportunities to help them
develop the social skills necessary to work and enjoy camp together.
Group counselors are trained to lead group building and team
leadership activities starting on the first day with name games,
“get to know you” activities, and other activities designed to
create a strong group dynamic. One of our long-standing traditions
at Roughing It, secret forts and flags, helps campers build group
loyalty and esprit de corps. Campers select a group name and make
their group flag. Each group sets out to find a secret fort
somewhere around the reservoir and hide their flag in the fort.
Campers keep an eye on their fort and flag while trying to find
other groups’ secret forts and flags throughout the summer. In
addition to great camp traditions that provide strong community and
loyalty, the wide range of camp activities also promote teamwork as
well as individual skills. Encouraging friends, working together and
building skills and friendships are all plentiful every summer at
Roughing It. Take a look at a typical camp day and the programs and
activities catering to the age and ability of our campers as they
grow at Roughing It.
at camp and what activities are
New For You
at camp as campers get older.