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VBYC offers residential, recreational camping sessions from mid-June through mid-August. Most sessions last one week, although one lasts two weeks and one lasts a half week. These camps are designed for youth from grades 1-12. During a recreational camp session, qualified, certified, instructors lead organized programs in: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, folk dancing, drama, nature exploration, creative crafts, archery, riflery, sports, and team building.

Arrowhead will help children in grades 3-7 grow socially, physically and emotionally through recreational activities, cabin challenges, and all camp games. What makes this session great will be our focus on outdoor living skills.

Discovery will be a challenge in living together with a diverse age range and a journey of self-discovery.  Pushing our boundaries and exploring our natural world! This is the sister session to Frontier.

Sleep Over Saturday- For campers registered for Discovery AND Frontier.  (Up to 50 campers) We will spend a low key Saturday night together while we wait for our Frontier friends to arrive on Sunday.  It will allow the campers, staff and volunteers some time to rejuvenate and get to know each other better!

Frontier- Frontier is new to the schedule this summer and is a sister camp to Discovery.  This week of traditional camp program will branch out into outdoor living skills for the more advanced camper.  Nothing dangerous, we promise! This is the sister session to Discovery.

Pre-Early Youth (grades 1-3): Little Bear
During this short session, campers will share a cabin with their new camp friends and a counselor.
Little Bear: In this three day and two night session, campers will: swim, canoe*, play games, sing, dance, participate in skits, and eat great camp food. (*Weather or wind permitted)
Photo from past years:
 Little Bear

Early Youth (grades 3-6): Great Bear, Explorer* (grades 3-7)
Is your child ready to try new experiences or improve camp skills from last year? Early Youth camps do just that— they help a child grow. Campers will attend structured activities in: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, drama, folk dancing, nature, arts & crafts, archery, riflery, sports, and team building. Leadership and community building are fostered when campers help run camp by planning campfires, daily flag ceremonies, and participating in wacky cabin contests. Independence, self confidence, and friendships are built while campers engage in free time, make purchases at the camp store, and gather for all-camp games like capture the flag! This all happens under the supervision of certified staff and trained counselors who understand how important it is to make new friends and have FUN!

*Focuses on nature based activities.

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Photos from past years:
 Great Bear

Middle Youth: White Pine* (grades 6-9),
Wolverine (grades 5-8)

Friends, friends, and more friends! Have we caught your attention yet?  Middle Youth camps offer the same program as early youth camps, plus campers will take a more active role in running the program. At White Pine, our Middle School Leadership Camp, we’ll help campers identify and improve emerging leadership skills. At Wolverine, campers spend a day in a specialty program of your choice with other kids with the same interests. Both camps give campers more time to widen your circle of lifelong camp friends.

*White Pine now has a leadership component.

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Photos from past years:
 White Pine
 Wolverine

 

Specialty Sessions

Leadership Workshop (grades 9-12)
At this challenging workshop high school students will learn and develop specific leadership skills that will be useful in school, clubs and communities. They will attend daily workshops, meet visiting speakers, and work on special interest projects; all designed to target specific leadership skills.  Leadership will inspire and challenge them to achieve and believe in yourself!  Those interested in taking leadership to the next level can apply to participate in our counselor or staff-in-training programs

A 14 year-old entering ninth grade may apply with two letters of reference and a personal essay stating why they would like to attend the Leadership workshop.

Photos from past years:
 Leadership: Weekly Photo
 Leadership: General Photos

White Pine Early Leadership (grades 6-9)
White Pine is a mix of both traditional recreation activities and leadership clinics, tailored to the middle school learner. It focuses on individual leadership styles, developing friendships, setting goals, resolving conflicts, and communication skills.


 
     
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