We encourage campers to use the most important art tool that they have to create great art – their imagination. The campers make art they can hang, they can wear, they can give as gifts, and art that shows off their name and who they are. They will even use food items to create edible masterpieces. A special art project is done every week to accompany the weekly theme. Each group has a scheduled art activity at least twice a week.
Campers visit our state-of-the-art computer lab several times each week. During IT, campers perform various tasks and are assigned activities including: ◦Researching the week’s theme ◦Introducing campers to appropriate games and web sites ◦Learning how to work on music videos ◦Downloading and uploading pictures they have taken from digital cameras ◦Integrating video taken and making camp movies ◦Making logos and signs for their teams ◦Given free time to be creative and play
Each camp room is also equipped with computers allowing students to continue their computer based projects when the lab is in use.
Incorporates the popularity of the latest games including Rock Band, Guitar Hero, karaoke, and music videos. Campers are also given an opportunity to showcase their individual skills during talent contests throughout camp. Campers are introduced to various genres of music beginning with 50’s 60’s and ending with modern Rock and Rap. Each week at Color War, different music is played in accordance with the theme. We end the summer with individual cabins performing camp songs which they wrote.
Sports and activities focus on teaching the camper to be a part of a group, wait and take turns, and learn the effect that one person can have on a whole team (as is the foundation to being a member of a family, a neighbor, or a student in the classroom).
In addition to working on sequencing skills, organizational skills, and memory skills, sports and activities programs teach campers good social judgment, how to follow directions, and to pay attention. The campers have scheduled P.E. sessions throughout the week, as well as, some sort of physical activity every day. These sessions are held both indoors and outdoors. During P.E. time, campers play traditional team sports such as basketball, kickball, dodge ball, volleyball, soccer, or hockey (always a favorite) or new games created by the counselors designed to remove the advantage of experience campers have and give every camper a chance to succeed. Our sports program is designed to promote: ◦Good sportsmanship ◦Fair play ◦Being part of a team ◦Learning how to win and lose graciously ◦Following the rules ◦Participation ◦Having fun
Science and Invention
These sessions tap into the campers’ natural curiosities of exploring life’s mysteries while having fun. Campers focus on nature, magic tricks, kitchen chemistry, and physics. Example activities include blowing up a balloon with every day items from the kitchen (baking soda and vinegar), making silly putty a.k.a. goop, cultivating a butterfly garden, and developing photographs using the sun.
The campers play a variety of board games, computer games, card games, educational games, guessing games, logic games, lawn games, and table top games. Some of these games are commercial and some are created by our counselors. These games are chosen to: ◦Promote socialization and bonding ◦Encourage fair play and healthy competition ◦Stimulate cognitive thinking ◦Develop problem solving skills ◦Improve decision making.
Campers swim several times per week at a local pool, beach, or water theme park.
** All campers are swim-tested the first day the camper attends swimming
** Campers enjoy free swim time while monitored by certified lifeguards as well as our counselors.
Camp War Competitions
Each camper is assigned to one of two teams (Blue Sharks or Green Gators). Campers will remain on their team for the duration of summer camp. Semi-weekly, the campers gather, divide into their teams, and compete against each other (and sometimes even against counselors!) in a myriad of unique games including:
- Egg and spoon races
- Bubble gum blowing
- Marshmallow stuffing
- Chubby Bunny Contests
- Coke / Pepsi Challenge
- Limbo Contests
- Balloon Shaving
- Basketball Shoot-outs
- Indoor Bowling
- Toilet Paper Mummies
- Water balloon toss
- Team skiing
- Bottle feeding
- Freeze dancing
- Logo design
- Video Games
- Song writing
- Cheering and Chanting
- Team spirit
- Best costumes
- And more!
Campers have opportunities to earn points for their team every day through competition, sportsmanship, effort, and team spirit. Counselors keep a visual running score for each team in their camp room allowing campers to track their team’s progress.
In Color War, the activities are designed to help campers learn:
- Friendship-building skills
- Team-building skills
- Sportsmanship and fair play
- Healthy competition
- Art of winning and losing gracefully
- How to laugh at one’s self and have fun!
- Field trips
Field trips are used as an opportunity to exercise social skills, make friends, and practice following directions. Field trips may include:
- Ice Skating
- Roller Skating
- Water Slide Park
- Beach Parties
- Airboat Rides