Younger girls require encouragement and motivation to try all activities, both for the experience as well as for gaining knowledge of basic fundamentals. The two week and four week programs are well organized and schedule activities to meet these camper’s needs. We strive for a camper/counselor ratio of four to one. Junior Camp accepts girls from eight to twelve years old.
Junior campers receive instruction in tennis, swimming, diving, canoeing, games, glee club, drama, dance, nature, archery, arts and crafts, and riding.
Many girls of Intermediate and Senior Camp age have good foundations in some activities and are anxious to pursue their special skills and interests. With only four required classes – swimming, tennis, glee club, and canoeing.
Intermediate and Senior Campers have many elective activities which include arts and crafts, softball, diving, drama, hand bells, lifeguard training, sailing, dance, fencing, archery, riflery, riding, soccer, climbing wall, and zip line. Required classes meet four days a week; some electives meet four days, others two. There is a rest hour daily followed by a free swim period on weekdays.
THE ORDER OF THE DAY
7:00 Wake up bell
8:45-12:45 Tennis, swimming, canoeing, diving, games, riding, glee club, art, drama, riflery, dancing, sailing, archery, soccer, softball, fencing, nature, climbing wall , and zip line
10:45 Milk Break/Apple Break
3:45-5:45 Activity classes continued
8:00-Evening Entertainment such as Amazon and Valkyrie team meetings, Sunday evening Vespers, Council Ring, bunk stunts and games.
9:00 Taps: Junior Camp
9:30 Taps: Intermediate & Senior Camp
Activities Offered at Camp
Golf and Fencing
Arts and Crafts
Form and Speed Swimming
Tennis instruction is given four days a week. Senior Camp has six all-weather tennis courts; Junior Camp, five tennis courts. Both camps have Strokemaster Ball machines, and tennis backboards for extra practice.
At the beginning of the season, campers are grouped according to their ability. Everyone received group as well as individual instruction, and beginners are introduced to the forehand and backhand strokes, the serve, and net play. Advanced players work on perfecting the skills and talents they already have. Proper scoring and court courtesy are emphasized.
Weekly tournaments are held in Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Camps, following National Lawn Tennis Association rules. These tournaments are for team distinctions. During the final week of the camp season, the most outstanding players in Junior Camp compete for an individual medal in a double elimination tournament. All Intermediate and Senior Campers compete in season ending tournaments, grouped according to each campers level of play. Outstanding players participate in the tennis medal meet and compete for medals in doubles and singles play.
The Climbing Wall and Zip Line classes give campers an opportunity to gain self-confidence and develop trust with the challenges of climbing as well as having fun on the Zip Line.
Soccer is the main team sport in Intermediate and Senior Camps. The girls gain skill in ball handling and more importantly, they learn the art of teamwork while having fun. Meets are held throughout the summer.
Softball is offered to Intermediate and Senior campers and they gain confidence in themselves through teamwork, fielding, and learning new batting skills. Meets are held every other Wednesday.
Riflery is offered only to Senior campers, fifteen years or older. Twenty-two (.22) caliber rifles are used, and National Riflery Association regulations are observed.
Archery classes are small so the girls can receive individual instruction in form and safety. An archery tournament is held at the end of the camp session. National Archery Association certificates and pins are awarded.
The Riding programs in Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Camps are similar. Campers are grouped according to their ability for class instruction in English riding. Instruction in tack and grooming is also given. Many riders become adept in handling the walk, trot, and canter, and for the most skilled riders in Senior Camp, a jumping class is offered. Trail riders are offered to qualified riders throughout the camp season.
The Junior and Senior riding programs have separate barns, horses, riding rings, and counselor staffs. Junior, Intermediate, and Senior horse shows are held at the end of the camp season.
Nakanawa owns and stables all horses used in its riding program.
Golf and Fencing
Golf and Fencing are offered to Intermediate and Senior Campers. They learn the basics in both activities, and practice with their fellow campers during class. Tournaments are held the final week of camp.
The Music Program in Intermediate and Senior Camps consists of glee club, choir/octet, and hand bells. The program includes learning camp song, traditional team songs, and church music. Dance and Drama are offered in Intermediate and Senior camp. The campers perform dance routines and one act plays at the end of the session. Intermediate Two Week campers perform a Musical as part of their closing ceremonies.
Arts and Crafts
All Juniors take Arts and Crafts, developing their creative abilities in activities such as stitchery, painting, needlepoint, macrame, and sculpture.
The beautiful Ely Building for arts and crafts in Intermediate and Senior camp is the scene for art work such as weaving, sketching, quilting, stitchery, batik, block printing, painting, ceramics and pottery.
Form and Speed Swimming
Campers are grouped in small classes according to their ability; they receive individual instruction in the elementary back stroke, the front crawl, the side stroke, the breast stroke, and the back crawl. Both Form and Speed Swimming are taught in Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Camp. For the more advanced swimmers in Intermediate and Senior Camp, they may choose between “Nakanawa” form/speed swimming or distance and speed swimming. Each camper must pass a swimming safety test before she is allowed in deep water, and no camper may go on the dock unless a waterfront counselor is present. Waterfront counselors have American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificates.
Diving Instruction is given in Junior Camp on one meter diving boards with emphasis on the proper approach and water entry. Intermediate and Senior Campers can refine their diving skills on the one meter diving boards.
Instruction in Canoeing is given in Junior, Intermediate, and Senior camps, and only after a camper has passed her swimming safety test and her canoeing strokes, is she allowed on the lake in a canoe. Each camper is required to have a Coast Guard approved life saving cushion in her boat, and a waterfront counselor must be on duty before anyone is allowed out on the lake.
Once qualified as a bow and stern, a camper may select from two canoeing programs: War Canoe or Blading. War Canoe competes in a race and drill with crews of ten campers and a team elected Cox. Blading exhibits individual expertise in paddling a canoe by using strength, beauty and precision.
Sailing is offered in Intermediate and Senior Camp. Campers learn sailing terms and techniques such as rigging a sailboat, tying the proper knots and safety procedures. A sailing regatta is held at the close of the season.