Current Camp Weeks

July 21-28, 2018

Campers Week at Pinewoods


Each evening at Campers' Week ends with an all camp gathering, an evening dance, and post-dance activities. As dusk settles over the Camphouse gathering, a Pied Piper leads families with children age 8 and younger to their cabins, where the parents put their children to bed. 9-12 year old children join in the first half of the evening dance, until their bedtime. While adults and teens are at the evening dance, roving monitors listen for wakeful children. If a child is uncomfortable, the monitor will alert the parents at the dance. Families are expected to prepare their children for these scheduled bedtimes.


July 28 - August 4, 2018


July 21 - 28, 2018

Camp Cavell Run Programs
(No additional charge, covered in registration fee)

  • Technical Tree Climbing: This activity is unlike any other that you have experienced before! As a climber, you will use arborist safety equipment that includes a rope system and harness to work your way up a tree. Enjoy the view as you tower over friends below. You may climb up to 35 feet in one of our beech trees! (2 groups - 30 minutes each)
  • Kayaking at Camp Cavell (Beginner to Intermediate): The kayaks we use are Old Town Loons and are special kayaks that are very stable for the beginning kayaker. We will do introductory lessons and will go over boating safety to help ensure that no one tips. If the lake is too rough, we will kayak in the stream. Everyone must wear a life preserver and stay with a guided group. (1 hour)
  • Archery & Atlatl: Try your hand at Archery! We provide a trained instructor who will give basic lesson and safety orientation. Afterwards, it’s in your hands! This is definitely a “bullseye” for all ages! (30 min)
  • Great Lakes Walk & Talk: Our Great Lakes Session is a walk and talk about history, nature and the lake shore. We first do a hands-on presentation and then spend the rest of the hour looking for treasures along the shore. We cover topics such as fossil identification, how sand is formed, beach mechanics, lake formation, zebra mussel invasion, and much more. (1 hour)
  • Hayride w/sing along: Our hayride takes you for an enjoyable tour out into the rural community for a scenic ride. To immerse yourself further, you’ll be sitting on festive, yet comfortable, straw bales. Singing is strongly encouraged. (1 hour)
  • Stream Ecology: By stepping into our streambed, you will be stepping back in time and onto an ancient sea floor! Examine the biodiversity and the amazing ecology found within a 20 foot radius of our starting point. See the stream’s determined action to change the topography of Camp Cavell. Dig samples of clay deposited 500 million years ago. There is an easy entry point to the stream bed with only a 8 stair steps. During the last part of the session those who are able can continue on downstream. (2 hours)
  • Create Your Own Walking Stick: Use your creativity to make a one-of-a-kind walking stick to remember your time at Camp Cavell. Camp will cut the stick for you, but you become the designer. You can decorate it by carving your name, stamping a leather “dangle”, wood burning, and more! Start your special walking stick this year and add to it each year you come back! (2 hours)
  • Orienteering: Here is your chance to learn how to navigate with a compass! This is an important survival skill when your gps fails you! This orienteering activity teaches the basics of map reading, using a compass and ways to make your own compass in an emergency. You can also try your orientating skills on our trails. (1 hour)

Supplemental Programs
(Additional fee, pay at camp, est. fee $50-100 based on number in group)

  • Kayaking in Lexington Harbor (More Advanced): Experienced paddlers will enjoy this kayak excursion out of downtown Lexington, only a ten minute drive from Camp Cavell. You’ll have a great time kayaking around Lexington Harbor. We will share information on the history and geology of the ancient rocks with thousands of fossils that make up the harbor walls. You will also have the opportunity to try beginners rock scrambling (or just watch), and explore cave like areas within the walls. If the lake and weather allow, we can venture out further into Lake Huron. (1/2 day including travel time - Off Site)
  • Horseback Riding Trail Ride: With Pine River Stables (1/2 day including travel time - Off Site)
Early Music Week at Pinewoods


August 11 - 18, 2018

Family Week at Pinewoods


July 14 - 21, 2018

American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods


August 4 - 11, 2018

Campers Week at Pinewoods


August 18 - 25, 2018

CDSS Adult & Family Week at Timber RIdge

English and American Dance and Music


August 13 - 19, 2018

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