2023 Important Dates:
Adventure Day Camp Itinerary
MONDAY: Plants Around Us
Campers begin their day with introductions, expectations, and an overview of the week. Campers will be active participants in identifying and outlining reasonable expectations for the week. Counselors and campers will discuss the two camp rules and what they look like in action. Camp rules are: 1. Have fun safely 2. Be kind.
On Monday, campers learn about plants around us, from the garden to the prairie, through hands-on activities. Campers will create their own nature weaving with plants from the prairie. Campers end the day by participating in a “Counselor’s Choice” activity or craft.
TUESDAY: Midwest Ecosystems
Campers spend the day at Swiss Valley Nature Center. While there, they hike the trails and participate in station activities to learn about macro-invertebrates (crawdads) water ecosystems, exploring nature through their five senses, and the art of cairn for communication (rock stacking). Campers end the day by participating in a “Counselor’s Choice” activity or craft.
WEDNESDAY: Mines of Spain
Campers participate in station activities to learn about animals in the creek, canoe safety & paddling strategy, and Mines of Spain history. After the lesson students spend the day canoeing on Catfish Creek. Campers end the day by participating in a “Counselor’s Choice” activity or craft.
THURSDAY: Pioneer Day and Pioneer Ways
Campers spend the day at the Mines of Spain. They hike and explore treasures of old along the trail such as the root cellar, the wine cellar, lead mines, and the Pine Chapel. They participate in station activities to learn about plants and animals of the area, how to navigate using a compass at the life size compass marker at the John and Alice Butler trailhead, how to make their own compass, make their own pioneer toys to take with them at the end of the day.
FRIDAY: Pushing Boundaries
Campers take part in team building activities on the high ropes course. For many this means overcoming personal limitations and fear of heights, and extreme trust building. Campers participate in parachute games and activities and make a camp memento to take home with them. At the end of the day students take some time to reflect on the week, their learning, and their favorite experiences.