have the freedom to choose their own specialty activities during the
Choice Activity periods, offered 2-3 times each day. Campers of all
ages explore together their favorite outdoor activities at the
Reservoir including boating, fishing, crafts, hiking, sports,
and outdoor cooking!
addition to daily choices, Outdoor Explorers enjoy the camaraderie
of a group setting during their daily group time.
Camper groups are co-ed and determined by age.
While group assigments vary by session, typically groups are
assigned as follows:
Group 1 - 1st and 2nd grades
Group 2 - 3rd and 4th grades
Group 3 - 5th and 6th grades
morning Group Meeting, Counselors meet with their
campers to confirm their daily choice activities prepare
everyone for the day.
Activity is a time for camper groups to decide on a group
name and cheer, make a group flag, prepare a skit for Closing
Circle, and participate in traditional camp games such as
Mississippi, Village Chief, and Capture-the-Flag.
together each day for Lunch in the shade. Counselors will
encourage campers to reapply sunscreen, refill their water
bottles, and use the restroom. Younger campers may listen to a
short story and older campers participate in a quiet game.
Each afternoon, Group
Debrief is a time for campers to share their daily
adventures with their group members and counselor and reflect on
the skills they've learned. Counselors help campers get ready
for the ride home-refill water bottles, use the restroom, and
collect projects-and the next day. Groups may also practice a
song or skit before heading over to Closing Circle together!
Program Activity Periods
Campers participate in age-appropriate,
skill-based outdoor activities with their camper group and
Campers join in on scheduled
weekly program activities with their camper groups including
fishing lessons, rowing lessons, hikes, crafts, and outdoor
Scheduled program activities
allow campers to try new activities in a structured and
supported setting making them feel more comfortable and
confident to try something new during choice time.
Program activity periods
encourage group camaraderie, consistency, and opportunities for
campers to make new friends.
Choice Activity Periods & Outback Day
Each day campers have 2-3
choice periods where they choose their own activities. Once a
week, on Thursdays, campers have two extended choice times during Outback Day.
Campers of all age groups participate together in choice activities.
Choice activity periods give campers more
time doing the activities they love and that appeal to them.
nature exploration, crafts, sports,
and outdoor living skills are offered during choice activity
periods giving campers time to go more in-depth into the
activities they love.
Each Thursdays campers have
extended choice time during Outback Day. Campers can
choose to go on extended
hikes, join in on more complex crafts, take longer fishing and
rowing excursions, or whip up a meal in outdoor cooking.