The Navigators program is our core 1:1 program for campers ages 6-13. The Navigators program runs during the two-week Sessions 1 and 2, as well as the 19-day Session 3. We call our core campers “Navigators” because, with the help of staff, they choose their activities in several-day bundles, allowing them to discover their interests and “navigate” the world around them.
In Navigators, our goal is to provide campers with an engaging, fun, safe, nurturing program that sets them up for success. Each camper is part of a cabin group of 4-6 campers and at least that many staff members. Cabin groups spend time together each day at meals, rest hour, evening program, and during a nightly cabin meeting just before bed. Our program integrates the Starfish Tools (coping skills) and Keys (social skills) into everything we do, including daily reflection on individual goals.
Surrounded by the support of our staff and the increased confidence which comes from positive interactions with their peers, campers participate in “traditional” camp activities, such as arts-n-crafts, swim instruction, boating, nature exploration, sports, drama, music, athletics, and more.
Our camp days are structured, with plenty of forecasting and an emphasis on safe fun. And special events, such as Peace Games or Jamboree, fill each session with special memories.
All Navigators are scheduled for a daily instructional swim lesson until they reach a basic stroke and water safety proficiency level, at which time they may opt out of lessons or choose to continue expanding their skills.
“I believe my child felt nurtured and accepted, and that provided the safety in which he could look at his behaviors and make a change for the better.”
– Parent of Navigator Camper