Schedule Highlights and Daily Schedule
A Day At Camp: Parent Highlights (excerpt from Parent Survival Manual)
We have more fun things to do in a day at camp than there are hours available. So we start early and, sometimes, can end somewhat late at night. We like to keep things moving, we have a vigorous daily schedule that people who like routine can follow, and also have some exciting changes to the schedule, just to keep it fresh for everyone.
We wake each morning at Basecamp to the iconic sound of the camp bell ringing promptly at 7am. For those chipper morning people who like to hop out of bed and right into activity, we have (new for 2017), optional Early Bird Activities that begin right at 7am. For the majority of camp, this bell is just a warning that morning is coming and they can get another 15 minutes before having to get up and slowly prepare for the day. Our optional Early Bird Activities include; Polar Bear Swim, Roster Run and Peak Toppers Hiking Club. These campers will have a short activity followed by a short time to get ready for breakfast.
Meals: Our campers eat family style in our dining hall each day. Our youngest campers have a separate lunchtime that allows them a quieter venue. (Day Camp, Grand Adventure & Discovery) Our well-balanced, kid friendly meals are planned and prepared by our full-time camp Food Service Director and crew. Most meals have a salad bar that campers are encouraged to visit. If your camper has allergies or a special diet, we will work with parents before camp to insure that campers are healthy while at camp. If you’d like to see a sample menu, please check the website in the months before summer camp.
Campers who participate in helping keep-up camp feel more connected and learn responsibility. Each morning campers will take part in “Camp Clean-Up”, where they will be assigned by group to do things like sweeping the dining hall, set & clear tables, litter patrol, trash collection, sweeping the cabins and tidying up their own things. Your camper may even forget themselves when they get home and set the table for dinner and sweep up the kitchen, (for a few days at least.)
Programming: Discovery ½ Week
For our youngest overnight campers, we want them to experience a wide range of activities, to try new things and to discover new talents. We have prepared a well-balanced schedule full of high and low intensity activities. Discovery campers will choose their own activities during each day’s Recreational Time where they can go swimming, play gaga, 9-square, do a craft, play field games, have a snack, and/or just sit and talk with friends. In the evenings we will have worship, evening activities, and snack time. The evening campfires are a highlight for many Discovery ½ Week campers. After being a Discovery ½ Camper, youth move into Basecamp which has even more options.
We want campers to come to camp and enjoy the things they love, learn something new and develop skills in areas of interest. That’s why you chose up to three Skill Activities during your registration process. Campers will attend each of their Skill Activities Monday through Thursday. At these activities, they will have opportunities to form friendships with like-minded campers and staff as well as learn a new skill. They will also attend Group Time, Bible Study, Morning Watch, Worship, Rest Hours, optional Early Bird and Recreation Time each day. Recreational Time where they can go swimming, play Gaga, 9-square, do a craft, play field games, have a snack, rest in hammocks and/or just sit and talk with friends. If you’d like more detailed information on the individual Skill Activity Classes, please refer to our Skill Activities section of the website (downloadable) or call us for more information. 1-865-448-2246 Because each year offers new experiences, Basecamp is offered through 11th Grade.
Reserved for those with a taste for adventure, these programs focus on trying new things, excelling at specific skills, having fun with friends and traveling off-camp into big adventures around East Tennessee. All Adventure campers are based out at our rustic Outpost Huts, and eat most of their meals out in the woods (food they brought with them from the camp kitchen.) These campers have limited access to modern facilities - they are truly “roughing it”, and loving every minute of it. Our Adventure campers make sure they are back on camp to make it to our traditional Thursday Vespers. Once reaching Junior High School, many of our Basecampers may choose Adventure Programming.
Celebration camp offers special needs campers the chance to come to Camp Wesley Woods and enjoy many of the activities that our mainstream campers love. Things like Canoeing, Swimming, Archery, Crafts, Games, GaGa Ball, Slingshot, Songs, Skits, Campfires and even some High Ropes. Campers need to be able to function in a 6:1 ratio. We will be providing one counselor for about every 6 Celebration Campers. If your child needs more assistance than this, we are open to discussing your child coming with an approved aid. (Provided by camper’s family & complete the CWW Volunteer processes)
Counselor-In-Training campers probably have the most varied schedule of all campers at CWW. We spend a week in training, and enjoying camp activities. We spend a second week practicing skills we have learned and have plenty of hands-on time with the youngest campers while assisting Counselors. CIT 1’s then spend a third week back in a cabin together and will complete a service project to serve camp. The CIT 2’s will graduate after the second week of the program. In past year select CITs have been invited to Volunteer at camp (16yrs and up) and even have been hired at camp that very summer! (age 17yrs and up) These invitations are not guaranteed. CIT 1’s may register directly, but CIT 2’s must apply, interview, and then upon acceptance, will be given a registration code.
Each week at Basecamp has a theme. The Special Events on Wednesday evening and Friday morning are based on the themes. There also may be meals, Group challenges and short challenges based on the Theme of the week. This accounts for about 10% of the camp week. Please don’t purchase anything special, but if your child has appropriate, fun items at home that match the theme, please feel free to bring these.
The 2017 Basecamp Themes are:
Week 1 June 4-9 S’moregasbord
Week 2 June 11-16 Chaos Week
Week 3 June 18-23 Super Week
Week 4 June 25-30 More Chaos
Week 5 July 9-14 All Around the World
Week 6 July 16-21 Out of this World
Week 7 July 23-28 Holidays
Each Thursday evening we have a special worship and candle lighting service that is very meaningful for our campers and staff. We thank God for our week at camp and have an opportunity to consider our next steps in our relationship with God. Many campers and staff report that this evening is their most significant experience at camp.