A favorite tradition that makes Camp Thoreau so unique! Every morning begins with the entire camp gathering together at the Drama stage. Counselor introductions, group songs and skits are enjoyed by all and get campers and staff extra excited for the day ahead of them. Closing council is a time for more songs as well as dismissing campers to their buses, extended day or to their parents.
Introducing campers to a wide variety of activities so they learn and grow is an important part or our progressive instructional program. The morning periods are spent having fun and actively learning. These periods consist of archery classes, art, canoeing, drama, field sports, tennis, team building on the ropes course, Red Cross swim lessons, outdoor cooking & adventure skills. The emphasis of the different program areas is on instructional learning and character development. Campers acquire new skills and come away with new interests. During these morning periods, campers are able to sample and explore all of the different activities Camp Thoreau has to offer.
Hobbies are elective activites that campers sign-up for during the first opening council of the session. They participate in two hobbies every afternoon for the first week of the session and then have the opportunity to choose two new hobbies for the second week. Hobbies are unique and creative activities that counselors design themselves. Unlike morning instructional programs, the emphasis of Hobbies is on creativity, imagination and spontaneity.