Learn new skills, explore interests
— be a leader.
Everyday Camp Claire campers get to experience and take part in a wealth of activities and programs designed to foster teamwork and get outside their comfort zones.
We have fun afternoon and evening programs like Capture the Flag and Spooknight!
As for activities, there are three, one hour periods each day. On Sunday evenings the overnight campers choose which activities they would like to participate in, after watching a brief counselor skit for each area. They participate in the same activity at the same time each day.
Sailing is a two hour activity and the instructors are USA Sailing Certified Sailing Instructors. Classes begin with safety instruction, rigging and the fundamentals of sailing. Campers then learn to sail in Hamburg Cove, under the supervision of their instructors. Those who participate in this class are able to sail during free time. This program requires a camper to be able to swim 2 laps non stop in the pool and not require swim lessons. In addition the camper must be at least ten years of age.
Our sports activity offers a variety of team sports. Our focus is on having fun so each day the campers participate in a different sport activity. We have a sand volleyball court, basketball area and a sports field with soccer nets. And a camper favorite — FROCCER.
In Camp Craft campers learn how to identify wood that is safe to burn, how to build a fire safely and cook over the fire. Each day they cook a different food under the direction of trained counselors. These include s’mores, baked apples, fried dough, banana boats and other delicious treats. Campers also work on orienteering skills and building shelters.
Fishing is offered as a class and is a camper option during free time. The instructor has a Connecticut Fishing License and is an experienced fisherman.
This activity offers campers the opportunity to engage in various dance forms and stay in shape. The campers in this class often prepare a dance to be performed at a weekly Talent Show program.
Canoeing & Kayaking
This is a one hour class. Students learn safety first, capsizing and then techniques for both canoeing and kayaking. They travel up and down 8 Mile River in Hamburg Cove. Canoeing & Kayaking is available to all campers during free time.
Our Olympic size pool offers lessons in the morning and free swim in the afternoon. Campers are required to take lessons unless they are able to pass the swim test. All campers participate in a swim test on Sundays when they arrive and on Mondays for day campers. The swim test is designed to quickly assess the child’s comfort and skills in the water. Lessons are structured and focused on specific skill instruction. At the end of the week parents are provided with a checklist of the skills that their child has participated in and hopefully mastered. Our ratio of life guards to campers is at least 1: 10. All of our pool staff are life guards and many are on swim teams.
Camp Claire has a 12 element Low Ropes Course. The challenges are no more than 12 inches from the ground and are cushioned on at least 12 inches of wood chips. The instructor is trained and certified. The course is inspected yearly. This course helps children learn communication skills and how to work cooperatively to solve problems. Each of the elements is designed to challenge the campers and stimulate problem solving skills.
Arts & Crafts
Campers who choose to participate in Arts and Crafts will enjoy a variety of activities including: beading, painting, drawing, leather work, pottery, wood working projects, crafting, gimp, and hemp bracelets. Arts and Crafts is open to any camper during free time.
During this activity the campers create a weekly Camp Claire Newspaper which is sometimes published to our website. This activity is great for the aspiring journalist!
Empty trash around camp and rebag the garbage cans.
Each cabin is assigned to be waiters for one day during their stay at camp. As a cabin, they set the table for the meal, serve those at the table during the meal and then help clean up after the meal. The counselors for that cabin assist as well.
Skunks are responsible for making sure that the bathrooms are clean and tidy. Both the older boys and girls cabins have skunks each day.
Sweep the porches and walk around camp picking up paper and other things that have blown around and make sure that camp looks tidy.