There are many different recreational activities awaiting your child at Camp Christopher. But we view these as a means to an end. Our goal for every camper is for him or her to become engaged and independent thinkers who embrace community responsibility and leadership. Leisure activities become the means of preparing children for a richer and fuller adult life. Along the way, campers gain confidence from navigating new situations, emerge self-assured, caring, and well rounded, and forge some of the closest friendships of their lives. While the attainment of new, concrete skills like kayaking or horseback riding may be obvious, newfound independence can be more subtle. Once your child returns home, we hope you will see more confident decision making, more willingness to take on responsibility and more resiliency when faced with solving problems.
Camp Christopher offers a structured program that combines game play and teaching in many different sports, waterfront activities, nature exploration, adventure activities, arts & crafts, and more. Campers are given the opportunity to enjoy their existing interests as well as the chance to experience new activities in order to develop and expand their skills. We ask campers: What would you try if you could not fail? We know that children learn and acquire skills most quickly when they are having fun. Each program area uses engaging activities and games to teach skills but also provides time that is less structured so campers can enjoy applying what they have learned. Throughout each session, campers follow a schedule in which we introduce them to as many activities as are available. We encourage campers to try new things, while improving at those activities which are more familiar to the child.
Camp Christopher employs a ‘challenge by choice’ approach to learning and acquiring new skills. We often encourage campers to establish their strengths first in something they already know and feel comfortable doing. Then, with guidance and nurturing, campers are encouraged to try new things. As the camper progresses and achieves, there is growth, and possibly even mastery of new skills that surpass simple recreation. We appreciate every moment at camp as a potential learning situation. We know that as campers learn to swim, to climb, to perform, etc, they also learn to persevere—to accept guidance, to make choices, and in so doing, to discover what makes them unique. The resulting feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction engender respect from the children toward one another.
Every day is filled with exciting activities and programs. Camp Christopher strives to offer variety, knowing that there is great value in different types of activities. Stories and skits nourish a child’s imagination and provide rich material for creative play. Games and movement activities engage both large and fine motor coordination. Arts & crafts offer children precision, exactness, and order through manipulation of materials. Time in nature throughout the week allows for awe, wonder, and discovery of the world. Campers are encouraged to try every activity that Camp Christopher offers, while being reminded that being fair, trying your best, and having the best time with your friends is all what really matters.