At YMCA Camp ELK we are constantly making bigger and better programs! We want to make sure we have new programs for those who have already experienced camp once and are coming back again for more fun and learning! We will, of course, be bringing back favorites including Archery, Arts and Crafts, Campfire, Gagaball, Mountain Biking, Nature Hike, Swimming, Stargazing, and Teambuilding for Summer Camp 2017! Check back to see all the new programs will be adding.
Tracks and Scat Detective Hunt
This program involves doing some detective work to figure out what animals share the space around camp with us! By learning the basics of tracking animals and ecosystem function, campers gain a much deeper understanding of their community and all of the creatures involved.
Bird and Butterfly Bonanza
Our newly created pollinator garden is going to be the happening place for pollinators like local birds and butterflies! Using binoculars and field guides our campers will begin to identify many species that are found both at camp and back at home. Our walk through the garden will include many interpretive and hands-on elements that relate to understanding our place in nature and how we can work with nature to improve our lives and the lives of others around us!
Music in Nature
The benefits of time spent in nature expressing oneself have been proven to improve mood and concentration, decrease stress, and increase creativity. And at Camp ELK we really value positive wellbeing and creativity! Our music in nature program teaches campers the basics of rhythm and beat by exploring the origins of music as a creative interpretation of nature. Prepare for drum circles full of rock claps, leaf crunches, and stick drums!