The Pathfinder School: Traverse City Community School

Typical Day at Camp

Here is a basic rundown of your typical day at Pathfinder Summer Camp

While each day is slightly different, we do try to maintain a similar daily routine to ensure a predictable and safe environment for learning & play. Many of our camp counselors are full time teachers both at Pathfinder and in the Traverse City community who join us in the summer months. As a result, we draft a curriculum each week for camp that we roll out over each day making sure that we are playing with a purpose.  Your children have good old fashioned summer fun while learning about all kinds of exciting new things. They're also working on teamwork and conflict resolution as they exercise their creative, critical thinking and problem solving skills. 



7:30-9am: Early Camp Care - $6 per use (billed at the conclusion of camp - Aug)

9am: Round up for songs & Circle on the Lower Campus

9:20am-12pm: Campers break off into individual age groups for team building games, exploring & activities based in the week's focus. Campers will always be outside on our 22 wooded acres unless there is thunder and lightning or severe weather. In that case, they will move into our log cabin classrooms around campus. 

11am: Healthy snack with group – provided by camp

12pm: Campers return to the lower campus with their packed lunch from home. The whole camp eats together on the lower campus picnic tables followed by some much loved free play time.   Half Day Campers are picked up before lunch but are always welcome to eat with their parents & older camp friends if so inclined. 

1-2pm: Campers break off into their age groups once more to finish morning projects.

2-4pm: Everyone heads down to the school's dock on Cedar Lake. Many of our counselors have their lifeguard certification to monitor the swimming area.  The littlest campers (4-8 years) must wear a life jacket at all times while in the water. Older campers (9-12 yrs) are allowed to take a swimming test at the top of the week to see if they can swim in the deeper water without their life jacket.  We have three swimming areas which are all relative to age - the first being extremely shallow (1-2ft). Children must rotate in and out of the water to keep the numbers in the water at any given time very low. Campers who are on the shore are encouraged to play in the sand, face paint, read books, play puzzles and build tree forts in the woods with counselor supervision.  

3pm: Healthy snack by the waterfront - provided by camp

4pm: Pick up on the Lower Campus

4-5:30pm: After Camp care is available to families who cannot make it to campus by 4pm - $6 per use