4 & 8 Week Sessions
Longer sessions build a sense of community and
create lasting friendships.
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, the counselor helps their camper group learn to become friends, work together, share, and depend upon each other.
We have learned through years of
experience that the optimum time
period for a camp session is 4 to 8 weeks.
Each camper group consists of 15 campers of similar
ages and an adult group counselor who supervises and mentors the group for the
entire session. The group counselor
encourages acceptance and friendship among all. Junior
Counselors also assist with our younger camper groups. With all adult staff
included, the ratio is 4 campers to 1 adult.
Activities are selected because they're fun and because they help build skills and
self-confidence, respect for others, and an ability to work as a team. Roughing It offers more than a summer of
entertainment; it makes a contribution to the emotional and social development of each
camper. Age and skill-level appropriate
activities ensure success for each child.
Longer sessions with the same group of counselors and children build a
strong sense of community. Activities
designed to encourage friendship, consideration, and respect for each other and our
environment enrich each child's experience at Roughing It. An atmosphere of trust, helpfulness, group decision-making and cooperation help