Re: Specialty Camps
Jim Peterson (kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU)
Tue, 22 Sep 1998 12:55:12 +0100
>I was just wondering if anybody's camp has a specialty week. A camp I used
>to work at had it. It was great program, especially for the boys that had
>been to camp for 4 or 5 years and there wasn't much more for them to do.
>Camp Lavigne (Columbia-Montour Coun. PA) has a great program. The boys can
>participate in Buckskinners, Indian Lore, PhD of H2O (Aquatics), Rain
>Forest (Ecology/Conservation) and Operation First Class. The buckskinners
>learn blacksmithing on the camps's forge (which is attached to their
>stockade style fort) leather working and live all week in buckskinner's
>garb that they make themselves. The indian lore guys live in teepee's and
>longhouses alongside of the fort. I think it's a great program because the
>campers really get immersed in the program (as opposed to classes for an
>hour a day for each M-B) If anybody knows of a similar program (Especially
>one in the NE so I could visit) let me know. I would like to see how other
>camps run their specialty camp. Also, if anybody wants Camp Lavigne's
>website info, let me know (I don't have it in front of me at this moment)
Lavigne sounds like a great camp! Yep, I'd like more info on the specialty
program...I'll pass it on to our council camping folks. You might want to
check out the H. Roe Bartle Reservation. It runs a "Program Ranger" option
for troops that is offered during each session of camp. These programs are
in addition to the merit badge program (30+ MBs offered) Programs include:
>Turnip Top Trek: A mountain bike trek (you choose the distance) on state
>of the art bikes....covers three counties and lots of historical sites.
>Indian Villiage: Action and regular target archery, tipi living. etc.
> Mountain Man Village: Black Powder, blacksmithing, ax throwing.
> Diner in the Oaks: Focus on different cooking techniques.
> Pioneer trails: Three days on the trail with stops for large pioneering
> Timberlash crossing: Large pioneering projects and Rapelling - no hiking.
> Paddles: canoeing across the lake, set up camp, go caveing.
> COPE: a three day COPE course at a premier cope facility.
> Briley Creek Trap and Skeet: Trap and skeet shooting.
I think there are some others I'm missing....again, these are offered for
every session of camp. You're right...it makes coming back to camp
exciting for the older boys....especially when you couple it with Bartle's
Micosay program. We get lots of 16-18 year old campers who are back for
their 5-6th year of camp!
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