At camp, we have a regular daily routine that includes about 7 hours of activity time, divided into morning, afternoon, and evening periods. We do a lot of teaching during this time, but we also have loads of fun and play games often.
Meals are eaten family style, usually with your cabin group. There’s an hour of rest time after lunch during which we return to cabins; you can read or write letters if you’re not catching up on your zzzzz.
When you’re not on a trip, most days look like this:
As a camper, you have a lot of choice in what you do at Mondamin. You can choose canoeing over horseback riding, tennis over sailing, etc. We emphasize setting goals and working towards them - but you set the goals. You also set your own pace. In every activity, there are lessons as well as fun trips for even the most inexperienced young camper. (The only exceptions are canoeing, kayaking, and sailing, where we must insist that you swim well).
We think the rewards of outdoor adventure are sweeter when they are earned. Your counselors will be your coaches when it comes to making choices, and then following through with your dream summer, whether that be learning to trot on a horse, reaching group IV swimming, taking your first overnight sailing expedition, climbing to the top of Table Rock (our Mt. Everest), or even kayaking the difficult narrows of the Nolichucky River. All of these goals will take some work and personal commitment, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a blast on the journey to achieving them! Most campers set two or three major goals for their summer, and with a bit of determination it’s quite possible to achieve them.
Fun activities and instruction here at camp build up to overnight trips from one to six days. The overnight trips that we do at camp are often the most memorable part of a Mondamin experience. On the page called “Wilderness Trips,” we’ll tell you a little about this part of our program.