A Day at Camp
Every day is different at camp. We like to stay flexible and let the campers help choose the activities, while making sure to always include the favorites. This is a sample of activities we do in our schedule to give you an idea of the fun we have.
Tom Denney Program
Morning all-camp game
We start every morning with a running game in the field, because, why not!
We like to gather on the logs at camp circle and do some stretching, sing a few songs and introduce Mystery Beast Clue #1 before breaking into groups.
Morning Group Time
Mondays we form our groups according to age and vote on a name. Although we have our assigned groups, we also do many all-camp things and re-organize into other groups for variation.
We review the upcoming day and get the count for free choice. We also work on our skit that will be performed at the end of the week for families and friends.
Who doesn’t love snack time!
Tracking: Your counselor is lost in the woods and you need to find them while not falling for misleading clues!
Habitat Rush: Which safe spot do you run to according to what the animal is – and make sure not to get out!
Amazing Race: Work with your group to get through the Poison Ivy Patch, Swamp Pit and Water Cycle.
Scavenger Hunt: What can you find in nature?
Ponding: Catch and release frogs and fish in nets
Lunch time song and Mystery Beast Clue #2
Our counselors do everything with the campers: from playing all the games and activities to eating snack and lunch with them.
Arts & Crafts
Running Games: sometimes campers just want to run some more so we play Sticks/Capture the Flag, Camouflage, Kick the Can, Stampede/Sharks & Minnows, Tennis Ball Game, etc.
Predator and Prey: An all-camp game of tag where you are with a group of animals in the food chain and you have to find food, water and shelter while tagging those in the food chain below you and avoiding getting tagged by those in the food chain above you – an all-time camp favorite.
Animal Adventures: Exotic and local animals are brought in by the Animal Adventures staff and campers learn about them and then get to pet them. Past animals have included: bunnies, turtles, snakes, alligators, ferrets, chinchillas, foxes, lizards, porcupines, skunks, frogs, beetles and more!
Shelter Building: Another camper favorite. Work with friends to build a lean-to shelter that when you are in it and water is poured over it you will stay dry.
Hike: on Fridays we do age-appropriate hikes (shorter ones for little legs and challenging ones for the kids who want to go for it) and explore trails and the interesting things that can be found like the car in the woods or the Climbing Tree.
Performance: On Fridays families and friends are invited to camp circle to watch their camper perform a skit/song that they have created, as well as enjoy a treat.
Afternoon Group Time
Write/Draw in your journal about the day to show your family and friends what you have done at camp.
Mystery Beast Clue #3 and drumroll for answer.
Activities for Anytime
Seven up, Poacher, Smog’s Jewels, Hollywood Squares, Interactive Story Time, Wax Museum, Wah, Ninja, Moshi Moshi, etc.
We think all of our activities are special, but we also like to kick it up a notch and add things like Sprit Days where we all come dressed for camp in a theme, or Color Wars where each group comes dressed in one color and applies face paint.
Rainy Day Activities
We play in the rain! Almost everything we do can be done in the rain. Some games are even better in the rain such as slide tag.
The canopy of trees in the woods keeps most rain off of us, however we also have a big tent if we need it.
Eco Adventures Program
EA has a flexible schedule because the campers are older and we like to give them ownership of their program. There are some set activities such as:
Kayaking games on the pond
Laser Tag in the woods
Raft building competition
EA 360 (a game designed by past EA campers that combines multiple games at once)
Sleep overnight in the big tent on Thursday
Campfire dinner & S’mores
Manhunt in the dark
Night time walk
Movie in the tent
Predator & Prey and Animal Adventures with Tom Denney
Counselor in Training Program
Our CITS do everything with the staff and campers.
They play games and do activities while helping to keep the campers safe.
CITs work on responsibility, leadership, team building, communication, skill development and personal growth, so that they can gain confidence and independence for wherever their future takes them.
Do it with your friends and have fun!