Longer Sessions Build Our Camp Community
4 & 8 week sessions allow campers to
practice and hone their skills, build lasting friendships, and
improve self-confidence. This is what we call The Roughing It Spirit.
Longer Sessions Make The Difference!
Our group-centered approach is a central tenant of our philosophy
and the reason we offer 4 and 8-week sessions at Roughing It Day
Camp. It takes time for staff
to get to know each individual and time for campers to form
friendships and a sense of community. By building a cohesive, steady
group over longer sessions, counselors helps campers
become friends, work together, share, and depend on each other.
A Place Where Everyone Belongs
And Friendships Flourish
Group Consistency Throughout The Summer
group consists of 12 campers of similar ages, led by an adult counselor who supervises and
mentors the group for the entire session.
Our counselors set positive guidelines and
build strong supportive relationships between campers, encouraging every child to reach
their 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.
We group campers based on age and grade. 1st
through 8th grade groups are gender specific, while our youngest
campers (Pre-K and K) and CILT
campers (9th and 10th grade) are in coed groups.
We maintain an overall 4 to 1 camper
to staff ratio. Junior Counselors (11th and 12th grade) assist
adult counselors with the youngest groups.
Creating a Community of Respect
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From Past Camper Groups
and personal responsibility are an
integral part of Roughing It Day Camp and are what we call The Roughing It
A great example of this is our Code of Living.
At the start of the session each group comes up with a set of rules the group will follow.
Campers comes up with the rules themselves, then sign and pledge to follow them. This
contract becomes the foundation to
build strong friendships and group cohesiveness. Campers find the
code to be a great measure of individual growth towards
becoming effective, contributing group members.
Group Building & Teamwork
Campers spend the full
day with their group
Activities provide the opportunity for campers to develop the social
skills necessary to work and enjoy camp together. Group counselors
lead group building and team leadership activities 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 create a group flag and find a secret fort at the Reservoir
to hide it. Campers protect the location of their fort and try to find
other groups' forts and flags throughout the summer.
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