Our Summer Program Modelled after our After-School Outdoor Adventure Program, our Summer Program offers a weekend of outdoor education from Friday, July 28th - Sunday, July 30th at the Mohican Outdoor Center in Blairstown, NJ. Activities include camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing and team building.
General Itinerary:Day 1: All registered youth will meet at the Downtown Community Center on Friday, July 28th at 9:30am for private bus transportation to the Mohican Outdoor Center (MOC) in Blairstown, NJ. Upon arrival at the MOC, youth will head to the Visitor's Center for lunch prepared by Appalachian Mountain Club staff and an orientation led by Manhattan Youth instructors. After lunch, youth will head to their assigned cabins to unpack and settle in. Thereafter, instructors will conduct team building exercises and youth will have the opportunity to choose between the following activities: swimming, canoeing, or social games inside of the Boat House. During the evening, the group will reassemble for dinner and s'mores around a camp fire before heading back to their cabins to shower and relax with their cabin buddies for the remainder of the night.
Day 2: After an introductory meeting about hiking with instructors and youth, gear is checked and issued. Hiking routes for the day will be reviewed, and youth will then hit the trail toward their camping destination while stopping for lunch and breaks along the trail. Outdoor skills will be discussed while enjoying breathtaking views from summits along the way. Once at the campsite, youth will learn about camp set up and sleeping comfortably outdoors.
Day 3: Youth work in groups to break down camp. After breakfast, all gear that was issued during the trip will be returned. Youth will pack and then have time to play games with friends, participate in team initiatives led by instructors, or have some down time to reflect on their experience in the outdoors before boarding the bus heading back toward the Downtown Community Center. Youth will return to the Downtown Community Center at 12:30pm on Sunday, July 30th.
Our Leadership Team Our leadership team of experienced child-care professionals have each been trained and certified through the Appalachian Mountain Club's Youth Opportunities Program. This program helps youth workers gain the skills they need to independently take their youth outdoors. Our activity specialists and counselors learn group management, navigation, time management, environmental awareness, proper clothing, team building activities, nutrition, menu planning, and more. YOP's annual trainings help ensure that your child has the best and most safe experience during camp.
Benefits to YouthYouth who participate in our Outdoor Adventure Summer Program benefit in countless ways as they step into new environments. These outdoor adventure experiences provide youth with the opportunity to develop: leadership skills, self-confidence and self-respect, trust, a sense of responsibility for self, others, the community, and the environment, critical thinking skills, teamwork and decision-making skills.
Have Questions?Please visit our FAQ page for answers to general questions about our Summer Program.For more information about our Summer Program, please email Yessenia Chimelis or call 212-766-1104 x. 303.