The Camp utilizes its two swimming pools, which are ideal for young campers. One pool is a large, shallow pool, and the other is an L-shaped pool with a depth of three to eight feet. Full-day campers participate in an American Red Cross swimming lesson each morning and a free swim each afternoon. Half-day campers have one swim lesson per day, during which they learn swimming and water safety skills through games, songs, and free play.
All pool staff are certified by the American Red Cross, and are experienced in teaching young children to swim and enjoy the water. The instructor-to-camper ratio during lessons is dependent upon the size of the camper group, but will not exceed 1:5.
SPORTS AND GAMES
Traditionally a favorite with the DCD campers, Sports and Games time takes place in the large Rand Gym or out on the playing fields. Traditional camp games (tag, frisbee, relays, capture the flag, etc) along with some basic beginning sports (whiffle ball, badminton, soccer, kick ball) are all a part of Sports & Games time.
Trekking through the marsh, or setting up a campground area in the pine grove, outdoor explorers will learn some basics of survival in the elements! Learn to pitch a tent, use a compass, or just take in the wonder of nature. Activities, experiments, and games are all a part of this piece of the camp program.
Woodworking with kids? You bet! Campers are introduced to the the use of hand tools and will craft pieces to take home. In the past, birdhouses, name signs, planters, boats, and boxes have all been popular projects.
Campers entering Nursery and Pre-K come to the wood shop for wood sculpture and painting.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Tye-dye, painting, beading, and fun art experiments form the foundation of the arts and crafts program. Weekly themes inspire the projects produced in the arts/crafts room.
A certified instructor teaches children entering First Grade and above the skills of archery. Aim, stance, and safety are the focus of this program.
The Camp Director and Assistant Director get in on the action and offer special activities each day. Caroline (Director) loves science and art. Last summer she made giant water bottle bubble guns, marmallow shooters, meted crayon paintings, splatter art and more. Dan (Assistant Director) is a PE teacher and likes getting out the climbing ropes and mats in the gymnasium. A pick-up game of Capture the Flag or Knock-Out might also be in the plan for the day.
Each camper enjoys cooking as one of their special activities one period per week. Recipes usually relate to the camp theme of the week (ie. Jello aquariums with candy fish for an Ocean Theme, or Red, White and Blue Cake for 4th of July theme , and so on).
Campers take to the DCD stage to play silly improv games, along with putting on several mini-performances. At our mid-summer point, we enjoy watching the annual camp talent show for the next budding star.
Each week at camp features a different exciting theme. The campers have special theme-related activities, adventues and games. For example, last summer during Ocean Week, we had the giant inflatable waterslide on campus. During Magic week , a magician came to perfom, and during Animal Planet week, we had a Petting Zoo and Pony Ride.