Offered each week from June 10 – August 27, 2024
Our co-ed Traditional Day Camp is designed to provide fun and growth through a series of exciting experiences in a beautiful setting. We offer a range of activities from climbing on our challenge course to learning about ground cherries in our garden. Campers rotate with their group throughout the many activities we have at Ketcha over the week. We also have ‘free time’ set aside on our schedules for all camp activities & old camp favorite games like ‘Gaga’.
Our traditional camp age groups are named after animals in our Maine Woods: Cottontails, Woodchucks, Chipmunks, Bobcats, and Black Bears. Campers ages 4-14 are grouped appropriately with low camper-to-staff ratios.
- Cottontails (Ages 4-5)
- Woodchucks (Ages 6-7)
- Chipmunks (Ages 8-9)
- Bobcats (Ages 10-11)
- Black Bears (Ages 12-14)
|Traditional Day Camp Sample Day
|9:10 – 9:20
|Drama & Music
|Arts & Crafts
|Outdoor Living Skills
Campers will rotate through all of our Traditional Day Camp activities throughout the week.
Campers swim at least once a day (weather permitting) in our pool or the pond. Campers will be swim tested on their first day and are able to re-test throughout summer as they progress. Swim skills lessons will happen weekly for traditional campers aged 4-9.
Basics of bow and arrow safety, care and function with lots of target practice and archery games.
OUTDOOR LIVING SKILLS
Survival skills from fire building and knot tying to map and compass or shelter building. Campers will focus on outdoor skills like fire building, hiking, shelter building, and orienteering and make sure to leave no trace while they explore our Camp Ketcha woods.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Campers discover their artistic side and let their imagination soar. Children will create through various projects such as making clay sculptures, sketching, watercolors and paints, nature collages, tie-dyeing, making picture frames, necklaces, bracelets, and more. We will have art projects to complete daily and extra time in our art cabin each day. Campers will create masterpieces to take home and enjoy!
Hands-on lessons that may include tracking animals, plants and tree identification, weather, birds, insects and conservation.
GARDEN & FARM
Campers will learn about growing and raising plants and animals. Campers will get hands-on experience in our vegetable and flower garden. They will get time to spend at our farm during the week, where we have chickens and goats, and learn the basics of animal care. Campers will get their hands dirty through exploring, playing, and learning about different parts of gardens and farms.
Soccer, kickball, frisbee, pirate ball, and much more! Campers will play traditional sports as well as some uncommon and camper-made sports all week. Every day they will play a different sport, and will have extra sports time allotted during the week!
For for adventurous campers who enjoy our ropes course. High and low rope elements and initiatives challenge campers both individually and in teams. They work through team and individual challenges on high and low ropes, learn knot tying and how to belay fellow campers, review equipment safety, and maintenance, and improve teamwork and communication skills.
Activities may include theater improvisation games, skits, physical activities, and group challenges.
Singing, dancing, music games, bucket drumming, and world music.