Is your teen ready to experience the great outdoors in the Beachcombers Grove? Beachcombers is about being willing to try new things, working together on camp life (wood collecting, food prep, fire building, etc.), and engaging in outdoor pursuits including canoeing, hiking, camping and whitewater rafting.
Teens do not need to be outdoor-savvy to participate in Beachcombers, but they do need to be active and willing participants in the program. Teens should be fully aware that they are being enrolled in this program, and what it entails. While living in platform tents and taking part in basic camp chores like collecting firewood, participants quickly learn the importance of pitching in and keeping their camp tidy. Beachcombers cook at least one meal outdoors daily; the others are eaten in the dining hall or on the trail. Campers should be prepared to travel off-site during the camp day to participate in activities like hiking and whitewater rafting.
To participate successfully in Beachcombers, teens should:
- Have the ability and willingness to hike a one-mile uphill trail with plenty of breaks, carrying a backpack similar to one they would use for school.
- Be willing to try camp food that is different to what is prepared in the dining hall and be offered alternatives that are simple but filling.
- Be willing to get a little “dirtier” due to the outdoor nature of the experience. There will be bugs/dirt.
- Be understanding that each day is structured differently than the others, and the schedule is always susceptible to changes in weather.
- Be able to follow staff guidance surrounding safety and expectations for interactions with others and be able to stay with the group safely on off-site trips.
“He actually enjoyed helping with all the tasks that needed to be done and enjoyed the more rugged, adventurous experience. I think having shown himself that he enjoyed an unknown experience has given him more confidence in himself.”
– Parent of Beachcombers Camper