All-Outdoors Camp Activities at the Lafayette Reservoir

Outdoor activities for campers of all ages and skill levels.

Teen Campers Head on a Hike around the Reservoir

Hiking – Explore the Outdoors

Explore 900 acres of Lafayette Reservoir wtih a variety of trails for hikers of all levels. Campers of all ages participate in hiking trips with their groups and counselors, learn hiking basics and safety skills.

Young Camper Learns About Bugs in Environment


Environment is an activity area designed to help campers appreciate the great outdoors by exploring the Lafayette Reservoir site and the natural wonders found within. Trails, water, trees, and animals make the reservoir a perfect place to learn about the environment. Nature activities include: bug hunts, bird watching, and nature hikes. The environmental counselor leads groups in a variety of activities to heighten awareness and appreciation of the environment. Campers use their sense of smell, touch, sight, and hearing to identify various species and ecosystems.

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Outdoor Living Skills

Campers learn many outdoor living skills, such as wilderness survival, tent pitching, basic first aid, and compass and map reading. The trails and trees of the reservoir provide the perfect environment for hiking, orienteering courses, and mountain rescue. 

Teen Campers Play an Active Game in Sports


Our sports program helps campers improve their physical skills, endurance and work as a team.  The program emphasizes skill development in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere where everybody plays together. Highlights include soccer, softball, t-ball, flag football, field hockey, and volleyball.  Older campers participate in more advanced sports and learn the skills to play lacrosse, rugby, and ultimate Frisbee.

Teen Camper Shows off Clay Figure in Crafts

Arts and Crafts

Crafts projects make the perfect camp memories. Campers of all ages show their creativity and originality by making lanyards, friendship bracelets, bandanas, picture frames, clay, beading, jewelry, and much more. Many of the crafts are environmentally friendly and utilize natural products and recyclable materials. Camp favorites for older campers include leather work, woodworking, advanced jewelry making, painting and clay sculpting.


The adventure program (4th grade & up) focuses on group activities, initiative games and challenges that require cooperation, communication, problem solving, and teamwork. 
Campers work together to solve group challenges and overcome obstacles facilitated by the adventure counselor. Initiative games and group challenge activities are highlights of this program. Some favorites include the spider web challenge, lava crossing, pipeline game, and geocaching.

Young Campers Play a Group Game with String

Camp Games & Group Activities

Traditional games and activities capture the imagination, encourage teamwork, and promote physical development. Some favorites include capture the flag, medic, kick the can, Mississippi, and tree-tag. Groups participate in team building activities throughout the session: flag making, group forts, and lizard huts.


GRIT & Team Building Challenges

Great Roughing It Team Challenges continue with more fun ways to learn teamwork and life skills. Campers work together to complete G.R.I.T challenges as they use collaboration and problem-solving. Get ready for more G.R.I.T. fun!

Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor cooking is a favorite activity, where campers learn to cook meals that can be eaten on camping trips, such as BBQ pizza, cake in an orange, and biscuit on a stick. Favorite camp recipes include campfire nachos, pizzas, western chili, desserts, and s’more treats! Plus SuperChoice menus and Iron Chef Cook Off.

Counselors Perform a Song During Closing Circle

Opening Circle

Opening Circle is where the entire camp assembles for announcements, songs, zany stunts, and crazy visitors on Theme Days. Bus groups perform skits they’ve practiced while on the morning bus ride, and staff announce the challenge of the day for their program area.

Closing Circle

At the end of the camp day, everyone comes together and winds down the day at closing circle. Groups perform skits and Hobie leads the camp in a round of traditional camp songs. Closing circle concludes with program staff announcing group and campers of the day for their area.

Young Boy Campers Hear a Story from a Picture Book

Lunch and Quiet Time

Campers bring a sack lunch, snack, and drink to camp each day. Campers eat lunch in the shade, together with their group. Following lunch is time for quiet activities. Counselors read stories to younger campers, while older campers do small crafts, make up songs, or perform skits.