What is a typical day at camp like?

If you ask a camp director what a typical day at camp is like, almost invariably they will respond that there isn’t such thing as a typical day. That, to a certain extent, is absolutely true. Campers at day camps may follow a set schedule of activities one day, then head off on a trip the next. And, while all camps have various means of scheduling and moving campers through activities, it’s true that no two instances are exactly the same. Some activities (for example, swimming) may be compulsory and occur every day. At others, each day is truly a new day. Likewise, some overnight camps ask campers to choose key activities before arriving, while others have elective sign-ups each morning. There are also camps that don't have any elective activities. Meanwhile, tripping programs have a fairly basic daily routine: wake up, pack up, paddle, set up camp, sleep. Read more


Ultimately, for those reasons and others, there truly is no typical day. That said, there are some fairly reliable commonalities. Often each day is divided into a number of activity blocks, with groups of campers moving between them (at overnight camps, kids typically travel in cabin groups). There may be two blocks in the morning and three in the afternoon, or some variance of that. Blocks are punctuated by lunch, often with a bit of free time afterward and at the end of the day—because smelling the roses, rightly, is part of the experience, too.



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