Camp is about creating memorable and meaningful moments for our campers. We call these M&M moments! Because we seek to intentionally manufacture as well as react to these magical moments- they help us create a undeniable culture of community at camp. The definition of community is “the feeling of fellowship with others as a result of the sharing of common interests, attitudes and goals.” In our opinion, “Community” is achieved as with an intentional assimilation of quality ingredients, including: creative, innovative and diverse programming, experienced educator-based administrators and staff, supportive families, and of course, enthusiastic and fun-loving campers. Community is where all individuals combine efforts and unite to make the overall outcome greater than the sum of its parts. We pride ourselves in greeting campers by name and with excitement.
We believe a successful camp program begins with a wide variety of games and activities to create a fun and dynamic program.
We believe games and activities provide a foundational base for creating an interactive and fun program for campers.
Our focus is not skill acquisition, but rather putting campers into situations where conversation, communication and community are promoted and where their self-confidence and personal identity can be strengthened through a positive summer camp experience.
We also believe that diverse programming contains activities that allow campers to be creative, problem-solve, design, collaborate, take risks and develop a greater sense of self-reliance and self-assurance.
We utilize many games and activities that one might find in a good quality PE program. These are games/activities where the greater objective, besides having fun, is how the group works together to accomplish or succeed. We do not shy away from competition, but we seek to keep a healthy balance between the spirit and desire to win, and the reason for, and method of, winning. Click here to see how we stack up against other area camps. Click here to see a clip of our memorable and meaningful moments at camp.
Groupings- We group campers by co-ed cluster age groups. We have two main divisions: Junior Camp (ages 6-11) and the senior camp (ages 12-14). Each group has a lead counselor along with a CIT, JC, or/and an AC. One distinct feature is that when a group goes to a scheduled activity there is an Activity Leader (career teacher) to facilitate and run that activity. This allows our counseling staff to concentrate on camper interaction and having maximum fun.
Senior Camp- Our senior camp (ages 12-14) has an expanded camp program that includes a CHOICE in their schedule selection as well as a very cool Teen Travel program of weekly off-campus trips. Campers may select CHOICE activities based on their interest or do what their friends are doing. Check out the proposed list of SENIOR CAMP CHOICE OFFERINGS 2018.
Click here to read about the awesome counselors we had in 2017: Big Oak 2017 Counselor bios. Be sure to check back in the spring to see our amazing counselors for 2018!
With the combination of our youngest age group- Little Buds (ages 2-5) and Big Oak Day Camp (ages 6-14) being on the same campus, it provides full summer programming for children ages 2-14.