Summer Camps - Agenda

Monday (Day 1)

7:30am – 9:00 Morning Care (Optional)
Parents can drop campers off earlier
Games / Activities in the classroom

9:00 – 10:00 Morning Circle
Introduction to Howell Woods
Go over rules/expectations of the day
Ice Breakers - Let’s get to know everyone!

10:00 – 10:30 Snack
Provided by HW staff

10:30 – 12:00 Ropes Course
The low ropes course is designed to focus on leadership skills.  It incorporates teamwork, strength, agility, communication, and quick thinking.

Activity: Campers will work together to complete various tasks and obstacles!

12:00pm – 1:00 LUNCH BREAK!
Get your grub on!
Please pack a picnic lunch with an icepack.
Your child will have an hour to eat, but most children will only need 30 minutes; therefore there will be extra time for self-exploration / free time!

1:00 – 3:00 Intro to Citizen Science
We will introduce the concept of citizen science, the benefits of collecting data yourself, and go through a few projects together

Activity: Campers will get to participate in a citizen science project of their own!

3:00 – 3:30 Snack
Provided by HW staff

3:30 – 4:00 Closing Circle
Reflect on today’s activities through discussion and Nature / Camp journal entry
Bead Ceremony - Give out beads
Questions, comments

4:00 – 5:30 Afternoon Care (Optional)
Parents can pick up campers later
Games / Activities in the classroom / picnic shelter

***  Your child may want to bring a backpack to take with them when we are away from the building equipped with medical necessities (inhaler, epi-pen), bug repellant, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, binoculars (we have some if your child doesn’t).

PLEASE WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES!!!

 


Tuesday (Day 2)

7:30am – 9:00 Morning Care (Optional)
Parents can drop campers off earlier
Games / Activities in the classroom

9:00 – 10:00 Morning Circle
Introduction to Howell Woods
Go over rules/expectations of the day
Ice Breakers - Let’s get to know everyone!

10:00 – 10:30 Snack
Provided by HW staff

10:30 – 12:00 Tree & Plant ID
Campers will learn how to identify many of the trees and plants in our area by growth, habit, form, bark, and leaf shapes.

Activity: Campers will go on a hike using their I-dials to identify local species.

12:00pm – 1:00 LUNCH BREAK!
Get your grub on!
Please pack a picnic lunch with an icepack.
Your child will have an hour to eat, but most children will only need 30 minutes; therefore there will be extra time for self-exploration / free time!

1:00 – 3:00 Signs of Wildlife
We will discuss what native animals leave behind (tracks, scat, fur, etc.) and set out to find certain tracks along our trails.  We will also go over trail cameras and set some up for the week!

Activity: Campers will take home a plaster foot print mold of their favorite Howell Woods animal!

3:00 – 3:30 Snack
Provided by HW staff

3:30 – 4:00 Closing Circle
Reflect on today’s activities through discussion and Nature / Camp journal entry
Bead Ceremony - Give out beads

4:00 – 5:30 Afternoon Care (Optional)
Parents can pick up campers later
Games / Activities in the classroom / picnic shelter

***  Your child may want to bring a backpack to take with them when we are away from the building equipped with medical necessities (inhaler, epi-pen), bug repellant, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, binoculars (we have some if your child doesn’t).

PLEASE WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES!!!

 


Wednesday (Day 3)

7:30am – 9:00 Morning Care (Optional)
Parents can drop campers off earlier
Games / Activities in the classroom

9:00 – 10:00 Morning Circle
Introduction to Howell Woods
Go over rules/expectations of the day
Ice Breakers

10:00 – 10:30 Snack
Provided by HW staff

10:30 – 12:00 Intro to Geocaching
Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS device (or a smartphone) to hide and seek containers with other participants.

Activity: Campers will learn the basics of using hand-held GPS units to find hidden items on the Howell Woods property.

12:00pm – 1:00 LUNCH BREAK!
Get your grub on!
Please pack a picnic lunch with an icepack.
Your child will have an hour to eat, but most children will only need 30 minutes; therefore there will be extra time for self-exploration / free time!

1:00 – 3:00 Birds of Prey
An in-class session on birds of prey that will cover history, anatomy, life cycle, diet, native species, and why they are important to us.

Activity: Campers will get to dissect owl pellets to better understand the digestive system of birds of prey.  We will also go on a riding tour to search and identify local birds of prey.

3:00 – 3:30 Snack
Provided by HW staff

3:30 – 4:00 Closing Circle
Reflect on today’s activities through discussion and Nature / Camp journal entry
Bead Ceremony - Give out beads

4:00 – 5:30 Afternoon Care (Optional)
Parents can pick up campers later
Games / Activities in the classroom / picnic shelter

***  Your child may want to bring a backpack to take with them when we are away from the building equipped with medical necessities (inhaler, epi-pen), bug repellant, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, binoculars (we have some if your child doesn’t).

PLEASE WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES!!!

 


Thursday (Day 4)

7:30am – 9:00 Morning Care (Optional)
Parents can drop campers off earlier
Games / Activities in the classroom

9:00 – 10:00 Morning Circle
Introduction to today’s activities
Go over rules/expectations of the day
Ice Breakers

10:00 – 10:30 Snack
Provided by HW staff

10:30 – 12:00 Beginner Fishing
We will compare fresh water to salt water fishing, talk about native species, identify common species in Howell Woods’ ponds, and learn how to be a sustainable fisherman.

Activity: Campers will learn all the basics of fishing: how to tie knots, set up a fishing pole, and cast to reel in the big one!

If your child has their own fishing gear, they may bring it this day!

12:00pm – 1:00 LUNCH BREAK!
Get your grub on!
Please pack a picnic lunch with an icepack.
Your child will have an hour to eat, but most children will only need 30 minutes; therefore there will be extra time for self-exploration / free time!

1:00 – 3:00 Intro to Kayaking
We will begin on land with safety precautions, how to put on a life jacket, getting in and out of the boat, paddling, how to determine safe water, etc.  We will then move to the pond where campers can put together what they learned on land into the water.

Activity: Campers will learn how to navigate in a kayak, including in the water!

Campers may want to wear a swimsuit or light weight clothing and waterproof shoes (sandals, crocs, water shoes etc.are approved for this day)

Bring a towel and extra set of clothing!!!

3:00 – 3:30 Snack
Provided by HW staff

3:30 – 4:00 Closing Circle
Reflect on today’s activities through discussion and Nature / Camp journal entry
Bead Ceremony - Give out beads

4:00 – 5:30 Afternoon Care (Optional)
Parents can pick up campers later
Games / Activities in the classroom / picnic shelter

***  Your child may want to bring a backpack to take with them when we are away from the building equipped with medical necessities (inhaler, epi-pen), bug repellant, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, binoculars (we have some if your child doesn’t).

 


Friday (Day 5)

7:30am – 9:00 Morning Care (Optional)
Parents can drop campers off earlier
Games / Activities in the classroom

9:00 – 10:00 Morning Circle
Introduction to Howell Woods
Go over rules/expectations of the day
Ice Breakers

10:00 – 10:30 Snack
Provided by HW staff

10:30 – 12:00 Wilderness Navigation
We will learn the basic concepts of using a map and compass to find your way through the wilderness

Activity: Campers will put their skills to the test on the Howell Woods orienteering course!

12:00pm – 1:00 LUNCH BREAK!
Get your grub on!
Please pack a picnic lunch with an icepack.
Your child will have an hour to eat, but most children will only need 30 minutes; therefore there will be extra time for self-exploration / free time!

1:00 – 4:00 Nature Exploration
Campers will complete their week-long project on citizen science

Activity: Campers will use a nature journal to document what they see, hear and smell.  They will also get to create leaf rubbings and use SunPrint paper with natural materials they collect during the hike.

4:00 – 4:30 Closing Circle
Reflect on today’s activities through discussion and Nature / Camp journal entry
Bead Ceremony - Give out beads

4:30 – 6:00 End of Camp Cookout
We will provide hot dogs, chips, and drinks
Please bring your favorite side dish to share!