We start and end each day with a traditional flag ceremony. Each unit at camp will have the opportunity to lead an opening or closing flag.
Throughout the day, campers participate in a variety of stations: Tools and Knives, Fire Building, Knots, Music, Crafts, Wilderness and Flag. We have designed our outdoor skills progression to be developmentally appropriate at each level. A first grader will learn the proper technique to handle a knife, but will practice this new skill with a butter knife, while a fourth grader will gain experience making tinder with a pocket knife. A third grader will learn to safely light matches, but by the time she's in sixth grade she'll be challenging herself to light a one-match fire. We are Girl-Led, so we respect the comfort level of our campers. We will encourage your daughter to try new skills, but being "challenged by choice" means she may decide she's not ready. Often seeing others successfully complete a task is all the encouragement a girl might need to give it a try herself. More often than not, our campers surprise themselves by what they are capable of!
As mentioned above, Outdoor Cooking is a part of each camper's week. Most units will cook outdoors twice during the week. Our progression includes work with non-cook methods, foil cooking, stick cooking, one-pot meals, box ovens, dutch ovens, and camp stoves. Over the course of their years at Auburn Wilderness Day Camp, campers will have the opportunity to try each of these cooking options.
In between stations and eating great food, your camper will have fun with her unit. Playing games, singing songs, going on hikes, water play, or just relaxing, are all part of a camper's day!