Every day starts with reveille. Many campers choose to take a morning dip in Panther Pond. Nothing wakes you up and gets you ready for the day better than a refreshing swim. Besides feeling clean, you'll earn a campfire point for your cabin if you go all the way under. Not much for swimming? Don't worry, we also have hot showers :)
A hearty breakfast with hot and cold options served in the dining hall. Main entrees include classics like scrambled eggs, waffles, and french toast. Hot sides like bacon, muffins, sausage, oatmeal and home fries are available almost every day. Everyday options include bagels & cream cheese, toast with butter, jam, or peanut butter, fresh fruits, cereal with milk, and yogurt with granola and berries. Drinks include orange or apple juice, milk and chocolate milk, and water. Health conscious campers will have plenty of options to suit their diet, and even picky eaters will find a filling meal every morning. Picky eaters are welcome here - our menu includes sundry basics and most items are separated: View menu page
After breakfast everyone reports to their cabin for a team effort to clean. Each camper needs to clean up his own area, and then pitch in on the cabin-wide chores like sweeping the floor and emptying the waste bin. The head counselors inspect and rate the job for campfire points.
Whenever cabin cleanup is finished, the counselor dismisses the kids to a little free time before the first session. The lake is not open during this free time, but all the regular yard games, volleyball, and gaga ball are out as usual.
Camp splits up by program for the morning session: sports or specialty camps head off to practice & train; SAT campers hit the books; dodgeball campers have 2 or 3 game periods within the morning period; Athena and Excalibur campers have one skills session before joining dodgeball campers for the remaining periods. This typically goes until 11:30, but sometimes goes into morning free time.
Morning free time is an active time for most campers. Many play yard games or tetherball while others splash around in the lake in the midday heat. Some choose to relax or play ping pong in the shade of the lodge.
Lunch is a fun time to socialize and fuel up. Food options are quite diverse and provide something for everyone. View menu page
Rest hour is the best hour! Counselors love rest hour, and campers learn to love it by the end of the week. Everyone is in their cabin with two options: sleep or read. It is a great time to digest peacefully, and to recharge for the afternoon session.
After rest hour we have a short free time without swimming. Some campers keep sleeping or reading, while others hop up to play badminton or gagaball, and others change to be ready for the afternoon session
This is the second main activity period of the day. The camp splits up by program. Sports & specialty camps go off to their practices. Dodgeball campers get 4 activity periods within this session each about 45 minutes long. Excalibur and Athena campers have a skills session to start the afternoon, and then join back with the dodgeball campers for the other three periods. Sometimes the periods go a little longer than 5:15 and they dismiss to free time at 5:30. SAT prep ends the afternoon at 4:30, but sometimes has individual practice time going later.
This is the last free time of the day. Many campers hop in the lake to cool off from the afternoon activities, while others relax or shower before dinner. All the programs have this period together.
After a full day, a big healthy meal to recount stories & share experiences hits the spot. The salad bar & fruit bowl are always open to augment a meal, and the hot entrees like spaghetti & meatballs or ham & sweet potatoes satisfy campers of all ages. Want to be first in line for dessert? --use the vocabulary word of the day in a sentence to get dismissed earlier.
The whole camp comes together for big field games in the evening while some campers choose to eat s'mores and play relaxing games by the fire. Many campers eagerly anticipate Capture the Flag and Manhunt played toward the end of the week. Relaxing options like a kayak trip and campfire games are offered every evening along with a few smaller games and sports.
Everyone gathers around our big campfire for an evening of camp songs, awards, readings, dances, and competitions. Adventurous campers will make many trips to the stage and back and watch from their log bench during the voluntary activities. At the end of the night, campfire points are totaled to determine the winning cabins. Parents are invited to the campfire on the final night of camp. Check out the Campfire Page to learn more.
Time to recharge for another day. Taps played from the trumpet on the dock marks the end of the day. Fall asleep to a classic story read aloud to the entire cabin. After reading a few chapters, the counselor too goes to sleep, and the waves, loons, and breeze become the only sounds left.