4 & 5 years old, including campers entering Kindergarten in fall, 2017
Start your preschooler’s love affair with the great outdoors by enrolling him or her in Wee Backpackers! From the moment campers arrive each day, counselors guide them through traditional camp experiences including hiking, nature studies, canoeing, archery, and arts and crafts. They will have opportunities to savor the wonderful flavors of outdoor cookouts, sing songs, tell stories, meet new friends, and more. All activities are geared to show your preschool camper the wonders of nature. Wee Backpackers is carried out under the watchful eye of counselors trained to meet the needs of young campers in a small group setting.
Wee Backpackers Learn to Swim
4 & 5 years old including campers entering Kindergarten in fall, 2017
All of the wonderful outdoor adventures in the Wee Backpacker program plus YMCA Swim Academy swimming lessons! Each day Wee Bees will have a 40-minute YMCA Swim Academy progressive swimming lesson at the Minnesota Valley YMCA indoor pool with our certified swim instructors. Little swimmers will also have time to play in our zero depth pool. The remainder of the day will be spent enjoying traditional camp activities. A swim lesson progress card will be given at the end of the session. Learn more about YMCA Swim Academy.
Entering grades 1 – 6 in fall, 2017
Imagine yourself as a bold explorer hiking through wooded trails, studying the wonders of nature, canoeing along lakeshores, and conquering the low ropes challenge course under the leadership of well-trained staff. There’s fort building, archery, swimming, canoeing, camp crafts, gaga pits and tons of group games. Satisfy your need for speed by sliding down our Black Hole slide!
Adoption Day Camp Partnership with CHSFS
Every morning, Children’s Home Society of Minnesota (CHSFS) staff and volunteers create a fun and active adoption camp program where children and families can celebrate their common bond; adoption! Adoption-specific activities will be presented in a fun, age-appropriate way and conversation topics will include; feelings, teasing, self-esteem, racism and identity. In the afternoon, activities expand to include traditional camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, archery, fishing, environmental education, cookouts, arts and crafts, and more through our unique partnership with YMCA Camp Streefland. Campers will remain with their Children’s Home group throughout the day. Bus transportation is available. Learn more about the Adoption day Camp Partnership with CHSFS.