Bows and Arrows never get old! Our range and expert counselors offer opportunities for all ages to learn and master the sport. We offer both recurve and compound bows in appropriate sizes for every camper. Come out and develop skills in precision and patience shooting from 5,10,15,20 or even 25 yards at the Range.
Arts & Crafts
It is not just popsicle sticks and glue anymore! Campers learn to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary in arts & crafts. Whether they’re making bead necklaces or painting a set for the camp production, arts & crafts unlocks their creativity. Learning about color, texture, and design helps them make a good idea into a great project.
Cabin Day is a highlight for everyone! It’s that special Wednesday afternoon when a cabin can enjoy the fun and companionship found in shared activities. Hiking the dunes, tubing the Crystal River, playing games at Bar Lake , working together on the ropes course, biking to Glen Arbor… whatever the cabin chooses to do, it’s a guarantee that there will be smiles and stories brought back to camp.
Camp Crafts & Border Camp
Campers hone their camping skills with Leelanau & Kohahna’s expert instructors in Camp Crafts (Kohahna) and Border Camp (Leelanau). They learn how to camp, cook, and survive in the wilderness, as well as basic skills such as fire building, knot tying, and map use. More advanced techniques such as lashing and structure building, equipment maintenance and repair, and even the opportunity to design and lead a trip are included in the curriculum for each camp. Then campers take these new skills out on one of the 30 trips offered each summer.
The primary goal of the Canoe program is to teach whitewater (river) skills. The program is formed around four skill levels. Starting on Lake Michigan learning the basic strokes, basic concepts, safe launching in waves and safety on open water, the campers progress to increasingly demanding rivers. Here they develop understanding and skill in dealing with river currents. The campers learn to read the water and develop necessary paddling skills in order to master safe river travel. They will learn canoe/camping skills, knots, carries and advanced maneuvers. All skills are developed in tandem and solo.
All it takes is imagination to transform a lump of clay into a beautiful work of art and ceramics offers the opportunity for campers to work with their hands. They learn to make coil pots, pinch pots, and basic shapes. The potter’s wheel awaits them as they hone their skills with clay and kiln.
Does your camper want to learn ballet, jazz, tap or maybe even a little hip hop? No matter their experience on the dance floor, all are welcome! Classes include instruction from beginner levels to advanced. Each week various dance pieces are learned and practiced to be performed in An Evening of Art, at the end of each session. Those with experience also have the opportunity to design, choreograph, and perform their own dance. It is a wonderful opportunity to be on stage with their friends.
Camp is a wonderful place to let the inner actor or actress shine! Campers practice improvisation, expression, and speech, reading from both classic and contemporary material. They also have the opportunity to create their own pieces to perform in front of camp audiences from our newly-remodeled stage area. The second session of camp offers the opportunity to participate in a larger production which may include dramatic, comedic and/or musical numbers. Our costume room helps actors get into character, and campers from Arts & Crafts and RCA pitch in to design and create sets.
High Ropes Course
“Will you watch me transfer?” echoes throughout our Pine Forest when we open up our High Ropes Course. Develop confidence, teamwork, and push yourself out of your comfort zone on all 10 of our High Ropes Course Elements. At 22 feet in the air you can soar in trees from element to element with our trained and certified instructors managing the risk along the way.
The riding program is centered on safety, skill on horseback and on understanding the horse. The program develops through four skill levels. As a rider, the camper learns control maneuvers such as circles, half-circle and halts, as well as moving the horse forward. Riders will strengthen their balance and agility in the saddle at gates appropriate for their skill level. As confidence and ability develop, trail riding is added to the adventures of riding. The campers learn skills “from the ground” such as feeding, cleaning, saddling, bridling and leading. Each camper is required to clean up and care for all aspects of the barn and the horses.