The 14-15 year-old campers take the "next step" and learn how to belay, participate on the low and high ropes course, rock climb outside, and engage in waterfront activities. On Thursday evening, they end the week with an overnight campout. Everyone will enjoy participating in exciting new adventures as well as camper favorites.
1.) "On-Campus Option": This option will maintain the schedule of previous years. It will include mountain biking, canoeing, team building, ropes course activities and outdoor rock climbing as well as the overnight campout on our campus.
2.) "Off-Campus Option": This option will be for those who want to take the adventure to the next level. It will include the same activities, but away from the Gordon College campus for longer periods. Activity possibilities: canoeing on the Ipswich River, sea-kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and the overnight campout in New Hampshire or western Massachusetts.
(Activities are subject to weather conditions and logistical considerations.)
Price per week for Summer 2015: $395
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Adventure Camp uses team-building and adventure activities to help youth learn how to help one another, listen, speak respectfully, cooperate, develop trust, and develop leadership. 14-15 year-old campers participate in problem-solving activities such as the Team Triangle and the Wall to build up their group. Campers are encouraged to commit to care and serve others not only at camp but with their families, friends, schools, and communities after Adventure Camp.
High Ropes Course
The high ropes course is a highlight for many campers. They can challenge themselves with the Leap of Faith, the Vertical Playpen, the Wilder Woosey, and other elements. 14-15 year-old campers also have the opportunity to learn how to belay and support their fellow team members.
Campers learn beginning skills of how to rock climb and rappell from skilled instructors at rock climbing sites on the North Shore. Campers have opportunities to grow in confidence and challenge themselves.
Each week, campers participate in different waterfront activities including swimming and canoeing off property at Chebacco Lake (On-Campus option) or the Ipswich River (Off-Campus option). Note that the location of our waterfront activities is subject to weather conditions.
Mountain biking provides a great adventure in the woods on the several hundred acres of wooded trails adjacent to Gordon College's campus. Campers start with beginner trails and are guided by an experienced mountain bike specialist. Everyone is given the opportunity to try intermediate trails or to continue riding on beginner trails.
A special part of the 14-15 year-old program is an overnight campout on Thursday evenings. Campers stay for a cookout, games, a campfire, and camping out overnight in tents. It is a great way to end the week and to get a "taste" of camping.
For our 14-15 year old "off-campus" option this campout takes place off site, usually in NH. The exact location varies each week depending on site availability and weather conditions.
Adventure Camp provides many opportunities to learn through and reflect on experiences. Reflection times might take place during the overnight campout, through journaling, discussions, or within activities.
Campers are placed in a small group with a trained counseling team. Staff are current and past Gordon College students along with other carefully selected, caring adults. Adventure Camp's primary concern is seeing to each camper's phyical, emotional and social needs. For that reason, we limit our camper/staff ratio to 5:1 or lower.