Quemahoning Activity Descriptions:
Archery – Katniss Everdeen got into archery at an early age — possibly being introduced to the sport at a summer camp just like ours.’ Using compound bows, campers are taught safety and proper technique as they shoot arrows at traditional archery targets. So it’s not exactly like Hunger Games in that regard.
Canoe – First invented by Native Americans, this unique form of watercraft is an essential skill for every boy and girl. Campers learn basic strokes and how to maneuver the canoe. They also learn rescue techniques. All of this knowledge and development culminates in camp’s epic Canoe Meet where campers test their skills and compete against one another.
Crafts – Crafts is not for the faint of heart. We’re not talking pinwheels and pipe cleaners here. No, it’s power tools, paint, and perspiration. At the end of two weeks—after the sawdust settles—campers will have completed an impressive wood craft that will be displayed in a place of prominence in their home.
Kayak – Picture this: 18-foot waterfalls, Class V rapids, huge hydraulics, and paddling beautiful river canyons. While these are not a part of our kayak program, the skills necessary to do all those things begin on the slightly calmer waters of the Que. Campers are taught how to paddle, exit, and roll a whitewater kayak.
Nature – Campers learn the long-lost art of actually knowing something about God’s creation. Knowledge results in appreciation, and appreciation results in praise and adoration for our glorious God. Campers learn some basic knowledge about local trees, plants, birds, and wildlife. Consequently, they grow as worshipers.
Paddleboard – It may look like a surfboard, but we’ll skip the waves and stick a paddle in your hands. In fact, it’ll look more like the Gondola drivers of Venice. But instead of crowded Italian waterways, campers will enjoy the tranquil waters of the Que. You will help them learn and develop the skills necessary to enjoy this trendy water activity.
Summit – Picture this: biceps bulging, calves straining, forearms hard as rocks, and eyes set upon the top of our 40-foot climbing tower. There’s nothing quite like the sense of accomplishment felt by campers who have reach the top of the tower. You’ll learn to help run the activity known as the “Summit,” including teaching knots and harnessing campers as you help them reach great heights.
Pickle Ball – You might find yourself across the net from the next Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams here at camp this summer. So practice that backhand and sharpen up that top-spin. Helping kids perfect their swing or learn the popular sport of Pickle Ball is a great way to spend quality time with campers on a hot summer afternoon.
Sailing – There’s nothing like sailing off into the horizon on the open sea on a sunny afternoon. And the open waters of the Beautiful Lake Quemahoning (BLQ) are pretty nice as well. You’ll be teaching proper sail boat care, knots, and technique. This activity gives campers an incredible experience — there’s nothing quite like harnessing the power of the wind to cruise over the water!
Track – Do you feel the need? The need for speed. You’ll coach campers as they race down their lane yearning to break the time requirements on the Que track. The high jump, long jump, and broad jump are also a part of this Track activity. Some of the most meaningful one-on-one moments are had as counselors encourage, exhort, and coach campers at the track. Campers will also be preparing for the Track Meet at the end of the term.
Trampoline – This is the only place you’ll see such intense acrobatic movements as turntables, airplanes, and barrel rolls—but no flips—here at camp. You’ll help campers learn coordination and body control as they have a ton of fun bouncing around on the trampoline
Tumbling – Can you do a front-walkover cartwheel back-handspring step-out roundoff back handspring? While you may not see many girls accomplish all those in combination, there are plenty who can do each of those skills. This may be one of the more difficult activities to teach at camp. It’s therefore one of the most rewarding as well.
Wrestling – There are not flying clotheslines, pile drivers, nor sliding forearm smashes. Just good old-fashioned folk style wrestling. One of the oldest sports in human history and also one of the most exhausting, the wrestling mats are a great place for teaching skills and coaching hearts. Campers will learn a variety of takedowns, pinning combinations, and defensive tactics all aimed to help them learn the sport of wrestling. Some of them will even get to put these moves into practice at the Wrestling Meet!