Reservoir Activities – Sports, Crafts, Adventure, Outdoors, Environment

All-Outdoors Camp Activities at the Lafayette Reservoir

There are reservoir activities for campers of all ages and skill levels. Experience rowing, fishing, canoeing, hiking, picnics, and nature!

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 so much more! Many of the crafts are environmentally friendly and utilize natural products. Recyclables are great materials for creative projects like bird feeders and birdhouses. Traditional camp favorites for older campers include woodworking, advanced jewelry making, and clay sculpting.

Teen Campers Play an Active Game in Sports

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.

Young Boy Campers Roast Marshmallows over the Grill

Outdoor Living Skills

Campers learn many outdoor living skills, such as wilderness survival, outdoor cooking (for all ages – “Iron Chef” for 5th grade and above), 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.  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.

Young Camper Learns About Bugs in Environment

Nature & 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.

Teen Camper Practices Belaying at Sports

Adventure (4th grade and above)

Campers 4th grade and above look forward to participating in adventure activities. The Adventure Program focuses on group activities 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, and Geocaching.

Older camper can participate in advance adventure activities like rock climbing and the Team Challenge Course in SuperChoice.

Counselors Perform a Song During Closing Circle

Opening & Closing 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.

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.

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 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 together with group and counselor in the shade. 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.

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 get-to-know-you games and team building activities throughout the session: Flag making, finding their group fort, searching for flags, and making lizard huts together. Then there are the traditional events that campers enjoy: Fun Runs, Captain Rough’s Treasure Hunt, and camp theme days.