More About Our Pathfinders Summer Camp Program
During Week 1, Counselors teach the basics of hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, canoeing, and camping. Campers are encouraged to challenge themselves throughout this week of fun and adventure as they prepare for their overnight and Week 2 adventure outings, extended hiking, bike trail rides, fishing, high wall climbs, and high/low ropes courses. Each session includes an exciting on site overnight camping experience. Campers enjoy a variety of land and water excursions on Seneca creek and our 22 acres. Sample Activities: Tubing, campers will hike out early in the morning on the red trail to Riffleford road where they will pick up their tubes and float back to camp on the Seneca Creek. Ropes Course & High Wall—Our on-site ropes challenge course combines physical and mental activities that build trust, enhance communication, and improve problem-solving skills. Campers work together and encourage each other both on and off the rock wall and ropes course as they learn basic climbing skills and group dynamics. Experienced, certified Counselors teach climbing skills, including an introduction to climbing gear, getting comfortable with heights, climbing etiquette and techniques, knots, rappelling, belaying, anchors, and advanced climbing for the intermediate to experienced campers. Rain Plan: Butler Camp views rain as “liquid sunshine”! All activities will continue as planned except in cases of severe weather (i.e., thunder, lightning, or heavy downpour). In this case, we have indoor and undercover space where activities will continue. Traveling campers will use the Butler Camp bus as temporary shelter if needed. Tuesday-Wednesday Overnight (week two of each session) is a highlight for campers. The hands-on skills and team-building activities developed during Week 1 set the stage for the Week 2 overnight, preparing campers for one extended night where campers make a day-long hiking/tubing excursion before landing at their campsite. This adventure enhances the various tactical skills and team-building campers develop in their first week, where they implement their knowledge as they set up camp, prepare meals, and work together as a team. Counselors foster Leave No Trace (LNT) camping ethic and practices, including minimalist/ lightweight packing techniques, waste minimization and water purification methods, wildlife identification and preservation, and wilderness survival. Rain or shine, Counselors and campers are prepared for inclement weather. Some activities are subject to change due to skill levels, water levels, environmental considerations, and campers’ interests. Parents and campers will be updated accordingly. Please note: Camp citizenship (i.e., participation, behavior, demonstrated safety, and leadership) determines Counselor and Director approval for overnight outing.