The starter camp is designed with the first-year camper in mind, and is specifically limited to those who are first time campers at Crestridge. Additionally, only campers who have finished grades 1-5 will be allowed to enroll. We do this to accommodate those who would like a “taste” of camp but who may not quite be ready for a full two-week experience.
Each day of starter camp gives campers a chance to enjoy many great aspects of camp, but do so with more intensive supervision and instruction. The greatest difference between starter camp and a two-week camp is that campers will rotate through skill areas each day with both their counselor and cabin. Take a peek at what a day at camp will look like for your new camper:
7:30 AM Reveille
8:30 AM Chapel
9:00 AM Cabin Clean-Up
9:45 AM 1st/4th Skill begins**
10:30 AM 1st/4th Skill ends
10:35 AM 2nd/5th Skill begins
11:20 AM 2nd/5th Skill ends
11:25 AM 3rd/6th Skill begins
12:10 PM 3rd/6th Skill ends
12:15 PM Waiter’s Call
12:30 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Rest Period and Mail Call
2:00 PM Canteen
2:30 PM Village Activity
4:00 PM End of Activity
4:15pm Free Time/Free Swim
6:00 PM Supper
6:30 PM Campwide Activity
8:00 PM Go to cabins/showers/devotions
9:15 PM Taps
**Skills 1, 2, 3 meet Monday and Wednesday
**Skills 4, 5, 6 meet Tuesday and Thursday
Each morning starts off to the wake-up bell, calling campers to a big day at camp. From there, cabins eat breakfast together and head to our morning chapel time. Afterwards, the cabins pitch in to clean up their area. Campers will then rotate through the skill areas with their cabin and counselor. They will have a chance to participate in Crafts, Gymnastics, Outdoor Living, Swimming/Waterfront, Team Sports, and Drama. Skills are followed by Hostess (where campers learn responsibility in setting the table and cleaning up) and then lunch. Rest Period, Store (time to get sweets!), and an activity with their village age group round out the afternoon. Free swim for the whole camp encompasses time in our swim area, zipline, giant water slide, canoes, playaks, etc. If campers do not choose to swim, they have free time to play four square, write letters, or relax with campers and staff. Evening campwide activities may include Campfire, Field Games, Sock War, and Council of Progress. From there, it’s up to the cabins for showers, devotions, and bed.
Our starter camp is a wonderful way for your new camper to enjoy the “best of” at Crestridge. Come join us this summer to begin your journey as a Crestridge camper.
Click here to find out how to Register for Starter Camp this summer!