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In order to attend the 10–13 year-old program, campers should be 10 by the beginning of the camp session they're attending. In order to attend the 14–15 year-old program, campers should turn 14 by the beginning of the camp session they're attending. In order to apply for the Adirondack Leadership Program, campers should have completed one year of high school and turn 15 by August 31, 2017.
Registration for camp on Monday opens at 8:45 a.m. Camp runs from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. There is no pick-up for 14–15 year-old campers on Thursday because of the overnight campout. Friday includes an all-camp celebration for campers and families beginning at 5 p.m. As a result, on Fridays, camp runs 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
La Vida Adventure Camp is part of Gordon College's La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership. Gordon is a liberal arts Christian college that operates from a multidenominational worldview. The Adventure Camp is staffed by Gordon students whose goals are to facilitate experiences and discussions that foster character development, positive self-identity, and a commitment to care for and serve others from a Christian perspective. Discussions, reflection times, character lessons, and debriefs may include discussions regarding God's love and the value of caring for and serving others. The Adventure Camp staff respect kids and families of all faiths and believe conversations can develop understanding between people of different faiths.
Campers can request to be grouped with a friend on the application and registration forms. We do our best to honor all requests, but logistically, we can't guarantee every request will be met. If only one of two campers attending together is 14 or 15, we recommend that the younger camper register for the 14–15 year old group as well. We do encourage kids to reach out and meet new people in their small groups even if they are attending camp with friends.
We aim to place kids with their peers and in groups that are of similar age. The 10–13 year-old groups are separate from the 14–15 year-old groups.
Campers should wear loose comfortable clothing that can get dirty and is appropriate for athletic movement. Campers should not wear revealing or midriff shirts or shorts. They should also bring a bathing suit for water activities. One-piece or modest tankinis are suggested for girls because of the athletic nature of the water activities.
La Vida Adventure Camp is not for profit and we are committed to providing a positive, high-quality environment for all campers. While our physical equipment accounts for part of our costs, the majority of our costs go toward compensating our incredible staff. Since the Massachusetts minimum wage has increased significantly over the past few years, Adventure Camp has largely taken this increasing cost out of our own budget. However, a limited increase was necessary to continue providing this wonderful experience for campers for years to come.
A 20% sibling discount is applied to each additional sibling attending the 10–15 year-old programs of Adventure Camp. This discount will only be applied if noted on the application form. The sibling discount does not apply to the oldest sibling or to Adirondack Leadership Program participants.
We also offer a 5% discount for placing an Adventure Camp yard sign in your yard in late spring through the beginning of summer. Additional questions about discounts can be forwarded to the camp registrar at AdventureCamp@gordon.edu
We encourage campers to try mountain biking, even if they haven't ridden much before. If campers do not have any experience on a bike, we may have them join another group at the waterfront for that activity time. Once mountain biking is over, they can rejoin their original group.
The Adventure Camp can provide mountain bikes and helmets for every camper. However, if a camper has his or her own mountain bike (provided it's properly-sized and in good working condition), we recommend that they bring it to camp and use it instead of a camp bike. Likewise, we encourage campers to bring their own helmets as well.
The Adventure Camp celebration is inside and runs from 5 p.m.–6 p.m. on Fridays. Parents, siblings, and campers are invited to attend this all-camp celebration which includes camper group skits, a video, and a slideshow.
Yes. If you know your child will be missing a day of camp, needs to leave early, or will be late please call our camp registrar at 978.867.4504 to let us know. Talk with your child's counselors to find out what activities he or she will be missing.
Below is a sample day for the 10–13 year-old program, but each day will look different for groups. All groups will participate in low ropes team-building, mountain biking, high ropes, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing by the end of the week.
9 a.m. Drop-off
9:10 a.m. Games
9:45 a.m. Morning snack
10 a.m. Team-building initiatives
11:45 a.m. Character lessons
12 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Adventure activities
3:30 p.m. Moment for reflection
4 p.m. Pick-up
Each day will include different adventure activities such as team-building initiatives, learning how to belay, rock climbing at various rock sites, waterfront activities, high course elements, and an overnight campout. The day will also include playing games, eating snacks, having character lessons, and reflection. Your camper's counselors will discuss any specific gear/clothing requirements for upcoming days with your campers ahead of time.
Massachusetts requires that every camp provides a copy of their background check, health care, discipline, and grievance policies to any parent or guardian upon request. If you would like a copy or have a question not covered above, please contact us at 978.867.4504 so that we may better assist you.