The Weekenders program offers a chance for campers to reconnect with camp and change their scenery for a few days during the school year, and gives parents/guardians much needed respite. Participants register for a series of weekends that occur once per month during each season, either Winter/Spring (January, February, March, April) or Fall (September, October, November).
The ratio for Weekenders is 1:3, which is plenty of staff for engagement and supervision, though campers do also need to be able to participate safely and appropriately within camp expectations and boundaries without consistent 1:1 support. At Weekenders, our day has a schedule that is forecasted and previewed for campers, but activity periods are more loosely organized. Transitions feel different because we come back together as a group after each activity to review options and determine where everyone is going next. Some activities differ from those at camp (like baking apple pies after returning from an apple picking field trip!) and others – like GaGa or Free Play – will feel very familiar. Though limited electronics use is allowed at specific and supervised times, participants spend the majority of their time engaging with others in camp activities, reconnecting with friends, and continuing to work on their Tools and Keys.
Staff encourage active participation in planned activities, however campers may choose how to spend their time so long as they are able to remain safely with the group (for example, choosing to read or relax on the sidelines of the kickball game). Each Weekend also includes a Saturday field trip with a picnic lunch, time at a park or playground, and special activity. Apple/pumpkin picking, bowling, mini-golf, local fairs, museums, indoor water parks and more are some favorites.
Weekends are based out of Crescent camp, where Crescent Lodge offers fully winterized sleeping, dining and play spaces. Campers love the “rec room” which is complete with air hockey, foosball, arcade basketball game, and ping pong. Campers with a creative side love the arts & crafts station upstairs, which is always available during free time. Additionally, Crescent has an indoor movie room with beanbags, floor cushions, and projector.
The Weekenders program is small and spaces do fill quickly. Enrollment is limited based upon staffing ratios, available beds, successful completion of summer camp or intake interview, ability to participate within behavioral guidelines for Weekenders programs, and other factors.
“The weekends helped to give him a positive outlet after a long school week. And they have helped provide some much-needed respite for all in our home.”
– Parent of Weekenders Camper