Pioneers: For campers ages 3-5
The Pioneers division is set aside specifically for our youngest campers (ages 3-5). This is a special division where children are nurtured, encouraged, and safeguarded. Under constant and careful supervision, all campers in Pioneers are led by experienced, licensed adult teachers, adult assistants and collegiate aides. Here, our youngest campers make the most of our camp facilities as well as their very own, age appropriate facilities which include a separate pool for instructional and recreational swim periods, air-conditioned activity rooms, and enclosed outdoor playgrounds. All of the Counselors in this program are chosen to work with this age group because of their exceptional patience and caring nature.
Adventurers: 1st & 2nd Grade Campers
Adventurers is our division for those campers entering the 1st and 2nd Grade. This group is under constant and careful supervision of experienced and licensed adult teachers and experienced collegiate assistants, these campers are encouraged to participate in a wide range of cultural, sport and craft activities. The limited number of campers in each group allows the teachers to give much needed individualized attention to each camper.
Voyagers: 3rd And 4th Grade Campers
Voyagers is our division for children entering the third and fourth grades and it encourages the unique interests of each camper. These camp groups are led by experienced licensed adult teachers or experienced collegiate counselors and experienced assistants. While all campers participate in team sports and performing arts, Voyager campers also choose “Elective” activities each week. The campers are guided and encouraged to expand their imaginations and increase their knowledge through athletics, nature, and art.
Explorers: 5th & 6th Grade Campers
Explorers is the division that is set aside for campers entering the 5th and 6th grades. All Explorer groups are led by experienced collegiate counselors and experienced assistants. Every activity is tailor-made to nurture the emerging maturity evident in this age group. Campers have the ability to select several “Elective” choices each week. The campers are guided and encouraged to expand their imaginations and increase their knowledge through athletics, nature and art.
Teen Quest: 7th & 9th Grade Campers
For campers entering the 7th and 8th grades (ages 11-12), The Teen Quest, a program designed to meet the complex and diverse needs of the maturing camper. Beyond participating in weekly special events and traditional events such as Color War and others, Senior campers have more “Elective” choices than any other campers, as well as “Group” choice activities. This flexibility gives Senior campers the ability to customize their schedule to meet the interests of each individual, thus doing more of what they want to do, when they want to do it. 6th graders or higher may also choose to join our “Getaway Day Travel Program” where they leave the camp grounds 2 times each week for a fun filled outing. (Please See below)
Counselor in Training – For Campers Ages 15 to 16
Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Leadership Program is for energetic and motivated teenagers (ages 15 to 16) interested in learning and developing leadership skills working with children in a camp setting. This program is designed so that CITs develop leadership skills through direct supervision, regular conferences with their instructors/onsite director, and a hands-on experience engaging with campers. The goals of this program are to provide teens with training and skills to become effective leaders, improve self-confidence, learn public speaking skills in a group setting, assist children in a camp environment, and excel at handling responsibility at camp. This program prepares teens for future work experience, motivates them to be effective role models resulting in a fun and productive summer, allows them to select the specialty camps they want to participate in, and is a great resume builder!
The Minimum Required Participation: Our CIT program is available for a minimum 4 week enrollment up to all 8 weeks.
Teenagers ages 15-16 interested in participating in the CIT Program must go through an application process. In order to be accepted into the program, the applicant must register for our CIT program online.
Since most of the interviews are the first interview for these applicants, interviews are meant to be a friendly and positive experience. After the interview, the decision for acceptance is made within one week.
Upon acceptance into the program, a formal letter of acceptance is provided (detailing the CIT’s summer schedule). At orientation, the CITs become CPR/First Aid certified, receive their CIT Handbook, discuss leadership skills, and train for camp! CITs participating in Specialty Camps may train in these specialty areas. Upon completion of training, our CITs are ready to embark on a great summer experience!
CIT SUMMER EXPERIENCE AT CAMP:
During the summer, CITs engage with campers under the close supervision of their lead instructor and the camp director. One main goal of the CIT Leadership Program is for the lead instructors and CITs to develop strong professional interactions where the CITs learn from their instructors at camp and continue to improve their leadership skills each day. CITs are encouraged to be hands-on and are grouped with campers based upon age, ability, and experience level. CITs are also encouraged to write daily journal entries pertaining to their camp experiences, and these entries are discussed at weekly leadership conferences between the CIT, lead instructor, and the camp director. The leadership conferences are a great way for instructors and the camp director to work with the CIT on his/her leadership skills and performance at camp.
Under the supervision of our experienced staff, CITs assist campers with camp activities, help with organizing materials and supplies, think creatively, share ideas, and act as positive role models for campers. CITs are very hands-on, are generally grouped with younger campers, and choose the specialty camp or camps where they want to be placed. CITs may teach campers to do things like baking a cake, using proper technique when passing and receiving a soccer ball, building and programming robots, and so much more!
A junior counselor position is not a guarantee for all CIT’s. Exceptional CIT’s will be given first preference to interview for all junior counselor positions the following year.