Day Camp Life

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Daily Schedule, Themes, Zipline, Components of the Day

Time Activity
7:45-8:15am Drop off at Camp Newaygo
8:30am First Day Orientation
9:00-10:30am Specialist Themed Activities
10:30-12:00pm Specialist Themed Activites
12:00-12:15pm Camp Store
12:00-12:45pm Lunch
12:15-12:30pm Girls Change into Swimsuits
12:30-12:45pm Boys Change into Swimsuits
12:45-2:15pm Waterfront Activities
1:15-1:30pm Sunscreen/Water Break
2:15-2:30pm Boys Change out of Swimsuits
2:15-2:45pm Snack and Free Time
2:30-2:45pm Girls Change out of Swimsuits
2:45-4:15pm Adventure Activity Time
4:15-4:30pm Reflection Time
4:45-5:15pm Pick up at Camp Newaygo
4:30-5:00pm Friday’s colsing ceremony at the main lodge
4:45-5:15pm Parent Pick up at TrueNorth
5:00-5:15pm Parent Pick-up at Gerber/Nestle

Theme Weeks & Morning Sessions
Each Day Camp week has a distinct, engaging theme. In the morning, campers are grouped according to age and participate in activities centered on the weekly theme. Every day is an adventure with new morning activities each day! Theme activities may include: STEAM based projects, Robotics, High Ropes Elements, Wilderness excursions, Survival training, Arts and Crafts, Team games, Character Building, Waterfront Activities, and so much more! Check out this year’s themes here!

Camp Newaygo’s Zip Line Canopy Tour is a three part zip line course through the woods. The course totals 1,000 feet, is 90 feet in the air, and participants can expect to go over 20 miles an hour! Campers 50 pounds and over will have the option of signing up to do the zip line once every week during Day Camp.  The full canopy zip experience is $12, which will be taken out of your campers store account. If your camper is interested in the zip line. please take this into consideration in your camp store planning.

 *The zip line is included during our Xtreme Adventure Weeks*

Free Play Time
Although the majority of our day is highly structured, we make it a point to provide time for your child to participate in unstructured play. This time allows your camper to take the initiative to create stories and activities based on the natural world around them. We believe that exposure to the outdoors is one of best ways to promote the development of our campers emotional intelligence and socialization. Some of your child’s favorite memories may come from free play time where they have the opportunity to collect frogs and insects, build wilderness forts with friends, or play a part in an imaginary woodland adventure.  

Adventure Time
Adventure Time occurs every afternoon. During this period, Campers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of choice programs. Options may include canoeing, additional time for themed projects, archery, slingshots, fishing, rock wall climbing, low ropes, Arts and Crafts, floating obstacle course races, games, and much more.

We are located on beautiful lake Pickerel, one of four in a spring fed, chain of lakes. Campers have the opportunity to swim, play, and relax. Waterfront activities may include swimming, fishing, tubing, GAGA ball, shuffleboard, canoeing, kayaking, and pontoon boat rides.  Campers who wish to tube behind a boat, or Kayak and Canoe without a counselor in the craft, must pass a swim test by treading water for 5 minutes with their chin and ears above water and then complete a swim back to shore.