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Camp Schedule for 11-13 Year Olds

Camps Colby, DeBruce, Pack Forest and Rushford

Operating Hours

Check-in for camp is between 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM on Sunday afternoon.
Camper pickup and closing ceremony is at 4:30 PM on Friday.

Camp Policies

Campers cannot stay over Friday/Saturday at camp.
Campers must be picked up by an authorized parent/guardian or representative, staff cannot place campers on public transportation.

Example Camp Schedules

All schedules are subject to change and provided only as examples of a typical week at camp.

Click here to view an example schedule for ages 14-17

Example Schedule 1
Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:30 AM Morning Optionals Morning Optionals Morning Optionals Trip returns Morning Optionals
8:00 Cabins Cabins Cabins Cabins
8:30 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:30 Group Dynamics Hunter safety OR field trips Optional Adventures 2 Cabin time Optionals
10:30 Environmental lesson
11:00 I FISH NY
11:30 Swim test All camp game
12:00 PM Staff meeting
12:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30 Cabin time Cabin time Cabin time Cabin time - Pack up!
2:00 Optional Adventures 3 All Camp Game
2:30 Optional Adventures 1 All camp game
3:00 Registration
4:00 Packing All camp activity Camp activity
4:30 Camp tour Camp Game Return Closing ceremony
5:00 Rules Cabin time Overnight trips Skit practice
5:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner
6:00 Dinner
6:30 Guest speaker Guest speaker Environmental lesson
7:00 Swim skit Cabin time Cabin time All Camp activity
7:30 Cabin time/
Outdoor skills Olympics
8:00 Cabin time
8:30 Opening campfire Closing campfire
9:00 Trip packing
9:30 Survival Ice cream
10:00 Songs/ story time Songs/ story time
10:30 Lights Out Lights out Lights out Lights out
Example Schedule 2
Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:00 AM Morning optional Morning optional Trips continue Morning optional Morning optional
7:30 Circle up Circle up Circle up Circle up
8:00 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 Group Dynamics Lesson 2 Optional Adventures or Hunter Safety Lesson 3
11:00 All camp game Optional Adventures 2 All camp game
12:00 PM Staff meeting Lunch Lunch
12:30 Lunch
1:00 Cabin time Packing
1:30 Lesson 1 Environmental lessons
2:00 Overnight trips
3:00 Registration
3:30 Optional Adventures 1 Clean up and pack
4:00 Cabin time
4:30 Closing ceremony
5:00 Rules Dinner Dinner
5:30 Hazards Dinner
6:00 Circle up Outdoor skills Speaker
6:30 Dinner Skit practice
7:00 Camp game
7:30 Cabin time All camp rec Closing campfire
8:00 Circle up Night games
8:30 Opening campfire All camp game
9:30 Songs Songs
10:00 Lights out Lights out Lights out Lights out

Guest speakers might include: ECOs with K9 units, Forest rangers, local rehabilitators, or other educators and DEC staff

Morning optionals might include: fishing, polar bear swim, birding, or other activities

Sample Optional Adventure Activities:

  • Fly Tying
  • Fishing
  • Shelter Building
  • Archery
  • Boating or canoeing
  • Tracking
  • Nature Art or journaling
  • Tye dying
  • Hiking
  • Fly Fishing
  • Orienteering
  • Map Making
  • Birding
  • Herping (searching for reptiles and amphibians)
  • Swimming
  • Visit to local sites such as bogs, mountains, state parks, beaches, or other locations

Sample environmental lessons:

Field lesson: collect insects with nets and discuss field habitats

Aquatics lesson: Use dip or kick nets to collect macroinvertebrates and discuss water quality

Forest lesson: Investigate tree diversity, the importance of soils, and forestry

General ecology: Habitats, human impacts, energy cycles

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