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Summer Camp Classes

It’s time to sign up for your classes at camp! To ensure that you get your preferences, make sure you submit the class sign-up form right away.

Campers take three classes each morning for a week at a time. For campers enrolled in our 2-Week Camp, there are two weeks of classes: Monday-Saturday and Sunday-Friday.

The purpose of classes is to develop skills in a specific area of interest. Choosing their own classes and achieving their own goals in those classes helps campers develop confidence and character.

Camper Choice time each afternoon enables campers to explore all the other activities at camp.

Campers who haven’t tested out of swim lessons (Red Cross Level 4) are automatically assigned swim lessons as one of their classes. We require swim lessons because swimming is an essential life skill that might enable campers to save their own lives or help others someday.

Campers will choose their top class preferences, and we will guarantee six of those classes for them.

Camptivities is an online program that schedules classes for campers. You will receive an email from Camptivities, and that’s where you’ll input your preferences. Be sure to check your junk/spam folder to make sure you don’t miss the email from them. They will use the email that we have on file for you in Camp Brain.

DO NOT CHOOSE CLASSES FOR YOUR CAMPER! We hate when people use all caps, but this point cannot be overstated. The ability for your child to direct their own camp experience (cultivating a sense of autonomy) is at the heart of what we do. Please let your child make their own choices.

That said, you can encourage your child to try new things. If you see that all their top choices are things they regularly do at home, you might encourage them to try something new. For example, if your child is really into sports, they’d probably also love high ropes, which is physically challenging too.

All classes are open to both Boys Camp and Girls Camp. Be sure that your child meets the age and skill level requirements, which are listed for each activity below. All classes count for one class period unless indicated otherwise (e.g. High Ropes – Double Class, which counts for two adjacent class periods). Note that there are a few differences in class offerings for North Camp and South Camp (also indicated in the classes below). Descriptions are only included to activities that we consider unclear.

Adventure Classes

Low Ropes

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers overcome obstacles on our low ropes course using trust, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. Elements are generally no more than one foot off the ground.

Rock Climbing

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: None

Campers learn rock climbing and belaying skills at camp and then practice on a field trip to a natural rock face.

High Ropes - Single Class

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: None

Campers expand their comfort zones and build confidence on our high ropes course, which includes challenges 20+ feet in the air.

High Ropes - Double Class

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: None

Campers expand their comfort zones and build confidence on our high ropes course, which includes challenges like the zipline. This double-period class gives campers more time to try more elements, develop stronger skills, and undertake challenges (e.g. climbing an element blind-folded).

Advanced High Ropes - Single Class

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: Must have completed a High Ropes class at Takodah during a previous summer

Campers build on their skills from the first High Ropes class with additional elements and challenges.

Advanced High Ropes - Double Class

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: Must have completed a High Ropes class at Takodah during a previous summer

Campers build on their skills from the first High Ropes class with additional elements and challenges. This double-period class gives campers more time to try more elements, develop stronger skills, and undertake challenges (e.g. climbing an element blind-folded).

Advanced Adventures

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: Must have passed Swim Lesson Level 4

Campers undertake some of Takodah’s most challenging activities, which include climbing the vertical playpen, swimming across the lake, hiking Mount Monadnock, navigating our orienteering course, and riding our mountain bike trails. Note: this is a strenuous class that requires physical fitness.

Athletics Classes

Archery

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Basketball

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Boot Camp

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers do a mix of endurance and strength-building exercises, which is especially valuable for campers who need to continue conditioning for school sports. Note: this is a strenuous class that requires physical fitness.

Football

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Hockey

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers practice skills and play on sports courts.

Lacrosse

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Mountain Biking

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: Must be competent riding a bike

Riflery

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: None

Campers learn firearm safety and develop marksmanship skills with air rifles.

Soccer

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Tennis

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Volleyball

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Yoga

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Arts and Crafts Classes

Basket Weaving

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Candling

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Candling

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: Must have completed a candling class at Takodah in a previous session

Ceramics

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

This is a two-week class (one period each week) due to the time required by the kiln to harden the clay and fire the glaze. This counts as two class periods (one each week).

Crochet

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Knitting

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Mixed Media

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers create art that brings together many materials, including paints, papers, glues, buttons, fabrics, found objects, photos, metal bits, fibers, things from nature, inks, pencils, crayons, markers, pastels, and more.

Mosaics

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Photography

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: None

Campers build pin-hole cameras to take photos and then use a dark room to develop the film.

Screen Printing

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers paint a picture or pattern onto a screen of fine fabric, which they then use to produce a graphic t-shirt.

Stained Glass

Camps: Both

Ages: 12+

Prerequisites: None

Weaving

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers create textiles by using looms to interlace fabric at right angles.

Nature Classes

Critter Catching

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers explore Takodah’s various ecosystems and catch/release small animals they encounter, such as frogs, turtles, and salamanders.

Designing with Nature

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers make art from nature, such as creating an ecosystem in a jar and a bird-feeder.

Explorers

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers explore Takodah through orienteering and letterboxing.

Mission Monadnock

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers spend the week hiking in preparation to summit Mount Monadnock at the end of the week. Note: Mount Monadnock is a strenuous hike.

Outdoor Cooking

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers make a variety of recipes using different methods of cooking over a campfire.

Rocketry

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers explore the science behind rocketry with both water bottle rockets and model rockets.

Science Experiments

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers explore scientific concepts through surprising and hands-on experiments.

Survival Skills

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers develop survival skills, such as fire-building, fort-building, and orienteering.

Wood Carving

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers use wood-carving tools to whittle objects from blocks of wood.

Wood Working

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers work in a team to build a piece of furniture, like a chair, using tools and natural materials around camp.

Performing Arts Classes

Acting & Improv

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Circus Arts

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers learn clowning skills, such as costume, makeup, character development, big motion, improv, pratfall, unicycles, juggling, magic tricks, balloon animals, clean jokes, and skits.

Creative Writing

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Dance

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Dungeons & Dragons

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Movie Making

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Musical Instruments

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers learn and perform music on instruments, such as guitars, bass, keyboard, and drums.

Singing & Acapella

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Stage Combat

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers learn stage combat skills and then choreograph stage fight scenes.

Stage Makeup

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers learn to use theatrical makeup to create wounds and other special effects.

Waterfront Activities

Swimming Lessons - Required

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers who haven’t tested out of swim lessons (Red Cross Level 4) are automatically assigned swim lessons as one of their classes. We require swim lessons because swimming is an essential life skill that might enable campers to save their own lives or help others someday.

Swimming Lessons - Optional

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: Must have passed Level 4

After testing out of swim lessons (Red Cross Level 4), campers can opt to continue swim lessons to pass Levels 5 and 6. These swim lessons are optional.

Swim Aide

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: Must have passed Level 6

After passing Level 6, campers can opt to be a Swim Aide, which gives them an opportunity to partner with a staff swim instructor to teach lessons to younger campers.

Boat Sampler

Camps: North Camp Only

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Campers develop skills in a different kind of boat each day, including canoeing, kayaking, rowing, paddleboarding, and our giant voyageur canoes.

Canoeing

Camps: South Camp Only (North Campers can opt for Boat Sampler)

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Diving

Camps: South Camp Only

Ages: All

Prerequisites: Must have passed Swim Level 4

Kayaking

Camps: South Camp Only (North Campers can opt for Boat Sampler)

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Paddleboarding

Camps: South Camp Only (North Campers can opt for Boat Sampler)

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Sailing

Camps: Both

Ages: All

Prerequisites: None

Notes:

  • Sailing is a double-period class at South Camp (two adjacent periods in the same week).
  • Sailing is a two-week class at North Camp (one class period per week).
Windsurfing

Camps: South Camp Only

Ages: All

Prerequisites: Must weigh at least 100 lbs. Must achieve Swim Level 4 and Blue Tag.