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.
Health and Wellness Programming
At Camp ELK we value the connection of mind body and spirit and to that effect are introducing a health and wellness specialist to the program team. This presents a variety of ways to meet the mental and emotional well-being of our campers in order to foster a positive environment where everyone is free to be themselves. We plan on having many new programs related to mindfulness, guided meditation, and focused breathing as ways to center and focus our campers and give them effective tools for managing their energy and personal wellbeing.
If you teach a camper to fish… They can eat forever! Throughout time fishing has been a fun and applicable way to gain resilience and independence while also partaking in an enjoyable hobby. Our fishing program teaches campers the basics of lures and baits, fishing knots, effective casting, and hopefully even catching fish! This program will be run at our local lake, and is a great opportunity for campers to learn about ecosystems and food webs while having fun and learning to fish!
Primitive Skills and Survival Crafts
Through understanding that everything we use comes from nature, we gain more appreciation and respect for the elements. The process of learning primitive skills is one of the best ways to connect with nature and understand the importance of that connection. These skills allow campers to become more independent, more resilient in the face of emergencies and disasters, and will give them the confidence to enjoy being outdoors. Coupled with making survival crafts such as paracord survival bracelets, campers will feel ready to understand, interpret, and enjoy the wilderness.
Stretchy Bendy Yoga Story Time
A fun and interactive introduction to yoga- campers get the opportunity to stretch themselves in ways they didn’t know they could! By twisting and turning their bodies in trees, mountains, cobras, and downward facing dogs, our campers will get the opportunity to express themselves and get their blood flowing with a creative story with some of our most fun and dramatic staff!
Part of spending time in the outdoors is the joy of cooking in traditional and alternative ways! Our outdoor cooking program teaches campers how to cook easy and nutritious meals over the fire in ways very similar to indigenous Californians centuries ago. While our food is cooking, campers will hear stories and learn the history of California and the people who lived here. They will be immersed in another time and culture and will be given an opportunity to recognize their place in time and space as it relates to respect and pro-environmental action for California.
Organized Mass Chaos
Exactly how it sounds- Organized Mass Chaos has been delicately and intricately planned and organized in order to squeeze every drop of chaos out of our rambunctious group of campers! Everyone has a list of tasks to complete, and many of them require teamwork from others who also have their own list of tasks to complete! This activity is a great way to build teamwork and communication skills. Best way to describe it…. a group of crazy silly excited ants all working hard on their tasks… creating chaos!
Pokemon Go, Camp E.L.K. style! We use maps and compasses to play this popular game as we search for Pokemon hidden around camp, and catch them with our personalized pokeballs! A fun and contemporary way to understand the basics of map and compass use and why orienteering matters for our lives.
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!