Adventure Camp cultivates a love of nature among the youngest members of our community. We foster connections to the environment while helping children develop a sense of place in the natural world as they discover who they are and their abilities. During the summer we interact with nature in hands-on ways through hiking, fishing, canoeing, and so much more. In addition to summer camp, our Adventure Camp series includes vacation camps in the winter and spring that run during holiday school closings. Here, we conduct experiments, build shelters, learn to track animals, as well as other activities inspired by the season. An increasingly popular alternative to traditional day care, killing time at home, and going to the babysitter – these popular nature-oriented summer and school-vacation day camps are hitting all-time attendance records.
The importance of personal and natural interactions at a young age cannot be overstated. Our Adventure Camp encourages both curiosity and exploration, helping campers learn more about themselves by making connections between the world they know and the patterns, movements, and colors around them.
Friends of Rogers began offering a summer day program for three weeks which served approximately fifteen children ranging in age from 8-12 in 2012. This program has grown exponentially in the last four years, becoming a recognized and certified day camp program by the Chenango County Health Department two years ago. In 2016, our eight-week Summer Adventure Camp served about 175 children ranging in age from 3-14. We anticipate hosting nearly 200 children this summer!