Girls Camp Five Pillar Curriculum
At FLC, campers have the opportunity to focus on all aspects of learning and growth through participation in a wide range of activities, both on and off camp. At the start of the summer, new campers learn about FLC’s 5 pillars, which act as the cornerstone of their learning and growth while at FLC. All of FLC’s activities fall under these 5 pillars: Team Sports, Adventure Sports, Waterfront, Creative Arts, and Wilderness and Nature. Each activity period campers have the opportunity to select an activity that falls under one of the 5 pillars. This allows campers the free choice to explore, feel challenged to try new things and equally to build off of the things they already know and love!
As sign ups for activities go, campers are often signed up for their first choice activity and sometimes they get signed into their 2nd or 3rd activity of choice. FLC’s mission is to inspire growth, instill confidence and have fun. The way our activity sign up works each day allows for us to carry our mission forward. Participating in your 2nd or 3rd choice activity can be equally as beneficial and rewarding as participating in your 1st choice activity. Encouraging our campers to try things they may not otherwise do is a valued part of the FLC experience and what leads to the growth of our campers.
Every day at Girl’s Camp begins with a traditional reveille trumpet call and occasionally a cheerful song played over the loudspeaker.
7:50 Assembly/Hoppers Call
Each cabin assembles in front of the Girls Office and all walk down to the mess hall together.
We have a breakfast bar available every day with cereals, yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, and some type of bread (bagels, pastry, muffins, etc). There is also always a hot meal served; some examples are: French toast with sausage, breakfast sandwiches, or scrambled eggs.
8:30 Cabin cleanup
After morning announcements, the girls head back to their cabins for cabin clean up. Each camper has a responsibility to keep her bed, drawer, and locker clean and neat. In addition to her individual responsibilities, each camper will also have a cabin chore to complete. This is decided on a rotating basis as a fair way to divide up the chores. Some of the chores include sweeping the cabin, cleaning the showers, and taking out the trash.
At the end of cabin clean up, the girls re-assemble for activity sign-ups.
9:00 First Period Activities
First period is generally a sport activity. An example of activity choices for first period may be: basketball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, or camp classics such as kick ball and capture the flag. Of course, there are many other activities that fall into this first period category.
The morning periods last for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
10:15 Morning Snack
The girls come to the Girl’s Office to get a healthy snack of fresh fruit or granola bar and a drink. At the end of snack time, they will move on to second period at 10:30.
10:30 Second Period Activities
Second period tends to be dedicated to hobby activities, such as hiking, fishing, and boating. Campers who elect to go horseback riding will generally get to ride in this time slot over their time at camp.
11:45 Free Time
Second period ends at 11:45, allowing for a bit of free time before lunch. During this time, the girls often get together on a porch and chat, practice for a camp event with a dance session, maybe write a letter, play some tetherball or the ever popular ping pong. If girls have a particular interest in continuing or picking up an activity during this free time, a Counselor will set it up and oversee the activity.
12:10 Assembly/Hoppers Call
The girls assemble for lunch and again walk over to the mess hall as a group.
The girls eat all their meals with their cabin groups. The girls thoroughly enjoy their time with their cabin “sisters”.
Mealtime is a great example of this. We serve our meals family style so everyone learns to be polite, take appropriate portions, and be considerate to others. Every day, a camper from each cabin is chosen to be the “hopper”. The hopper’s job is to prepare the table for the rest of the cabin by setting the table, retrieving all the food from the kitchen and clearing the table.
Girls meals at FLC are much different then they are at home. They are punctuated with cheers, singing and even dancing. Every table gets in on the action, and the energy is astounding.
1:00 Rest Hour
Rest hour follows from 1:00 to 2:00. During this time, the girls are required to be in their cabins for some down time. Sometimes this means sleeping, reading, writing a letter home, or maybe playing a simple board game with some cabin mates.
2:15 Third Period Activities
Each of the afternoon activities is centered around a certain theme, similar to first period. One period is set-aside for the girls to have general swim. This is offered every single day and is mandatory for all campers to be down at our waterfront for that given period of time.
3:15 Fourth Period Activities
Another period is set aside for hobby activities. Again, the girls choose these activities. Examples include: drawing, music, drama, and science, OR dance, crafts, riflery, and archery.
4:15 Afternoon Snack
A quick break and a healthy snack and drink keep the girls going through the afternoon.
4:30 Fifth Period Activities
The last period is an activity that all the girls do together and is usually split into junior and senior camp options. These activities are usually a change of pace from the rest of daily program and are wide-ranging.
5:30 Free Time
This period is often filled with camp tournaments (soccer, tennis, ping pong), a staff basketball game, rocket launching or maybe a quick Color Wars activity. Otherwise there is free time till 6:00.
5:55 Assembly/Hoppers Call
The girls assemble for dinner.
During dinner (as with lunch), there is always a salad bar offered with all the fixings offered to make a green or pasta salad in addition to a hot dinner. Of course, if a camper has specific/special dietary needs we work with our food service to provide quality and appropriate meals for all our campers as necessary.
7:15 Evening Activities
After dinner, the girls head back to girls camp. At roughly 7:15, the evening activity begins. Evening activity varies every single evening and often depends on age. Senior campers will have their social events with the boys one night a week. This can either be in the form of a dance, luau at the lake, or even a game of dodge ball. Senior campers also have an opportunity twice during a 4-week session to go on an outing, off camp. Both junior and senior campers often participate in other special activities. A few examples are a camp-wide Square Dance, Outdoor Movie night, Talent Show or the highest rated activity, Campfire.
Special evening activities take place the last week of camp to showcase what the campers have learned over their time at camp, such as the Music Show, Dance Show, and the Camp Play.
8:15 Evening Snack
Once Evening Activity is finished, the girls head back to the mess hall for evening snack. This usually consists of pretzels, popcorn, maybe a shortbread cookie, and always a drink. When snack time has finished, the girls head back to camp to have a little more free time before they are required to be back in their cabins.
8:45 Called to Quarters
Time for the girls to return to their cabins to wind down from a fun-filled day. The cabins buzz as stories are swapped and jokes told from the action-packed day.
Taps is played at 9:00, a proper way to end the day.
9:15 Junior Camp lights out
9:45 Senior Camp lights out
Everyone rests to get up and do it all over again the next day!
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