In addition to instructional activities, we take trips out of camp to go canoeing, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, sailing, caving, and mountain biking. Every boy may sign up for trips that interest him, and the trip staff create trips appropriate to the age and skills of the boys who signed up. A typical summer has 600 names in our trip log, an average of three trips per camper.
Every coin has two sides, and we believe in teaching responsibility as well as freedom and independence. All the campers and staff share in the daily chores that keep the camp running. Every boy has some age-appropriate job. They help in the cleaning, dishwashing, re-cycling, kitchen, and dining room work. They each have a share in keeping their cabins clean and orderly, and each is responsible for his own bunk area. The end result is that boys develop a sense of pride and responsibility for their work, and the role they play in making the community function.
Cabin life is the crucible for learning social skills. Our cabins are simple, made of pine boards, and non-electrified. It feels a little like living in a tree house, in tune with the natural world. But it quickly becomes “home”. Cabin groups eat together, spend time together, and learn each other’s differences, strengths, and weaknesses. We guide these groups with a light hand, giving them the opportunity to sort things out by themselves when possible. But with three experienced staff in a cabin, we’re never far from the action, and we’re always ready to help.