Time to start thinking warm thoughts and one way to do that is to look at the programs we are offering at camp this summer. With registration open, now is the time to start getting your kids signed up to join us at Cedar Lake for 2018. Moms, dads, grandparents and club members look at the programs we are offering this year. For 2018, we are offering nine overnight camp programs. No matter which program your camper chooses, they will have the opportunity to take the Michigan Hunter Education course, and spend a day learning wilderness survival techniques. We will be working with 5-16-year-olds this summer (including our day campers) and have a variety of skill-building and science-based programs to offer.
Below you can find a brief description of each camp
Conservation Connection Camp: Ages 9-11
Considered our “sampler camp,” this week of activities fits in as much diversity as possible! We will be covering kayaking, fishing, survival skills, wildlife surveys, hiking, archery and more! There are plenty of hands-on outdoor activities for your camper to discover their outdoor interest!
Fishing Camp: Ages 9-11
Grab your tackle and join us for this week full of fishing fun! Campers will have the opportunity to do plenty of inland and kayak fishing around the Waterloo Recreation Area while learning new skills and techniques to get them to start thinking about angling in new ways! Occasionally, we will put our poles down to enjoy a lesson in water ecology or to construct our very own lures!
Wetland Wonders Camp: Ages 9-11
Michigan is the Great Lakes State! This camp is designed to get our campers out and exploring the water! Wetland Wonders campers will be visiting and learning about bogs, swamps, lakes and ponds. We will be examining aquatic plants, catching macroinvertebrates, searching for reptiles and amphibians, talking water chemistry and fishing Cedar Lake to get a better look at fish.
Fantastic Forests Camp: Ages 9-11
Fantastic Forests is back for the second year! Michigan has unbelievable woodlands and this camp’s purpose is to get our campers into them! We will be hiking the Waterloo Recreation Area to observe ecosystems, identify trees, learn about the forestry industry and dive into responsible forest management. We will take a trip to the past using tree cross-sections and look at some wild edibles you can find in the woods.
Fur Harvesters Camp: Ages 12-14
This is an exciting program where campers learn the essentials of becoming an ethical fur harvester. Our lead educator this week will give our campers first-hand experience in setting trap lines and develop scouting techniques. Campers will have the opportunity to complete the Michigan Trapper Education program and become a certified Michigan trapper.
Hunting Heritage Camp: Ages 12-14
This is a week of game hunting techniques and strategies. We will cover the responsibility of ethical sportsmen and women, identify our camper’s roles as stewards of the land, wildlife tracking and I.D., as well as, cover the importance of choosing the right equipment for your hunt. We will have speakers provide insight for our campers and demonstrate how to hunt safely and effectively.
Primitive Skills Camp: Ages 12-14
This is a chance for our campers to get back to the basics of wilderness survival. This camp will go from training on our 3-D archery range to constructing shelters using only what our white pine forest provides them. Our curriculum will further our camper’s understanding of the survival resources available to them no matter the situation.
Stewards in Training Camp (SIT): Ages 14-15
This one-week camp has the focus on creating young leaders and longtime conservationists. Stewards in training campers have the task of working together to problem solve to tackle challenges that will test them mentally and physically. Two of the largest events facing this group of campers is a day traversing a high ropes course and a 15-mile, overnight, backpacking trip through the Waterloo Recreation Area.
Counselors in Training Camp (CIT): Ages 15-16
Counselors in Training Camp is designed to prepare our campers to become conservation educators. Our staff will spend the week going over conservation-related topics and refining our youth’s skills in communication, leadership and public speaking. These new educators will have the chance to engage with the rest of camp through facilitating programs and our campfire sessions.
Registration is now open for all of these camps and the application to sign your child up can be found at http://www.mucccamp.org/register-for-camp/
Come join us for another fantastic summer down at Cedar Lake!