These are just a few of the awesome activities campers get to do while attending our summer camp programs!
With two archery ranges, skilled instructors, and archery challenges to keep returning campers interested, this activity is a hands-down favorite with our campers!
A quarter mile of waterfront on the beautiful Lost Lake provides the opportunity for some great water activities! We have fun-yaks (pictured here), kayaks, paddle boats, canoes, and a pontoon boat, allowing campers to explore the lake under the watchful eye of our certified lifeguards.
Each week campers will have the opportunity to join activity clubs. It’s a chance for them to do more of the activities that interest them. Dodgeball club, a cappella club, archery club, mural club, mountain biking club, and drama club are just a few examples of these unique activities!
Each day all of camp will come together for chapel time! During this time there will be fun camp praise songs led by our talented staff members, an introduction to the day’s theme, and some break-out discussion topics for our older youth.
Our challenge course provides a unique opportunity for team building and bonding. Campers will work together to accomplish a goal at one of our low ropes elements. Pictured left, campers are working together to get each person through the spider web to the other side without touching the string! The challenge is that each hole can only be used once. Trained instructors assist in safe lifts and spotting, while allowing campers to work through the problem on their own.
Arts and crafts are a long-standing summer camp tradition and Grotonwood is no exception! Our art directors are excited to bring some new unique activities for 2014 like candle making, collaborative art, wood-working, sculpting, mask-making, jewelry making and more!
Campers will visit the camp store each afternoon. This is a favorite activity for many of our campers, who love picking out a snack and just hanging out with their friends for a bit. When campers arrive on Sunday, they can deposit money onto a store card, which acts as a debit card for purchases. Campers are never to carry around money or keep it in their cabins. At the end of the week and unspent money is returned.
Grotonwood sits on over 250 acres of wooded land in which local mountain bikers have carved out some great trails! We recently purchased new bicycles for our campers to use and take advantage of our great trail system. Expert instructors come in each week to lead groups and teach them mountain biking safety and general bike maintenance.
Swimming & Tubing
Daily afternoon swim time is many campers’ favorite time of day! Our waterfront set up includes a shallow swimming area surrounded by docks, a roped in “deep end” with inflatable fun island and mini-blob, and a small speed boat for tubing. Campers must pass a simple swim test before they may enter the deep end or participate in tubing. A sandy beach with a beach volleyball court are great alternatives for those who choose not to swim.
Grotonwood’s large gymnasium is home to an indoor rock climbing wall with a number of different climbing routes to accommodate various skill levels. Our low “traversing wall” is a great way for campers to gain confidence before attempting a vertical climb. There is nothing better than the smile on a camper’s face when they have faced their fear and conquered the wall!
Slip ‘n Slide
Our “grassy knoll” area of camp has proven to be the perfect place for one of our favorite hot summer day activities, giant slip ‘n slide! A large sheet of plastic is rolled out and watered down with hoses so campers can cool off and have some fun!
Each night our energetic resource staff runs evening programs ranging from campfires, to talent shows, to battleball games, to our camp tradition “Safari”! These programs often bring all of camp together, allowing youth campers to spend time with our adult campers who have mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.
Additional activities include: Basketball, kickball, frisbee, hiking and nature walks, fishing, carpet-ball, gaga, campfires, and more!