Boats and Boots

Ages: 12–14

Last year we debuted “Boats and Boots” – the revamped version of Rock ‘n River!  This year we will explore different places than last year, making the program a different experience for anyone returning for their second year!  Come experience caving, high ropes, boats, orienteering, hiking, and swimming at Whipple Dam.  On Friday evening put your newly acquired wilderness survival skills to use on an overnight campout!  Families are invited and encouraged to attend the camp-wide campfire at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and stay overnight around the main building.  Campers will have a seperate sleepout along a trail nearby, and will then will return for the pancake breakfast at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.  (Families need to bring all of their own equipment if camping out.) 

Four-Day Camp Sessions

Cost:
$400 for nonmembers (save 15% with membership)

Times:
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Families: Friday 5:45 p.m.–Saturday 8:00 a.m.; optional program (see below); includes breakfast Saturday

Dates (Choose one):
June 19–20, 2020
July 14–18, 2020

Registration will open in early 2020.

Do you remember your username and password from 2019? You’ll need to login to your membership to register for camp. Send a password reset to your email or see our camp FAQ for more details.

Five-Day Camp Sessions

Cost:
$450 for nonmembers (save 15% with membership)

Times:
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Families: Friday 5:45 p.m.–Saturday 8:00 a.m.; optional program (see below); includes breakfast Saturday

Dates (Choose one):
June 22–27, 2020
June 29–July 4, 2020

Registration will open in early 2020.

Do you remember your username and password from 2019? You’ll need to login to your membership to register for camp. Send a password reset to your email or see our camp FAQ for more details.

Daily Schedule
Day Activity

Monday

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Canoeing on Lake Perez

Learn more about the other people in your group and try your hand at canoeing. Bring an extra full change of clothes as it is possible that you wind up needing them.

Tuesday

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Alpine Tower

Have you ever challenged yourself on an Alpine Tower, working your way up to the top? Today is all about that. But that’s not all! We will also hike some of the lesser explored trails further afield in Shaver’s Woods.

Wednesday

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Hiking

Lace up those boots and explore the forest for an entire day! You, your pack with gear, your leader, and your group will head out for a day hike across miles of changing terrain.

Thursday

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Caving

Time to explore a NEW wild cave — one that prior Boats and Boots participants have not seen! Using headlamps on helmets, this journey will take us through a cave with many options, from tight squeezes to larger passages — and plenty of mud.

Friday

9:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m.: Survival Skills

From orienteering through the woods (both on and off the trails), shelter building and Leave No Trace fire building, today is all about developing and building upon survival skills. We will also spend time at Whipple Dam on the beach and in the water (weather permitting).

5:00 p.m.: Claim your camper and stay with your family to enjoy the rest of the optional activities throughout the evening! Start with your own self-provided dinner on the front lawn!

  • With no cooking facilities available, please bring something that is easy and quick.
  • We are a zero waste facility and able to compost anything organic (including food scraps and paper products). Please still bring reusable plates and utensils if possible.
  • Families may “Adopt-A-Counselor” by bringing food for them and enjoying the picnic together! A signup sheet will be available starting Wednesday afternoon on a first come basis.

6:30 p.m.: Ice Cream from Meyer Dairy provided

7:15 p.m.: Campfire program! Campers and staff will present a myriad of songs, poems, skits, stories and adventures from the camp week. Bring along a blanket/chair or sit on the giant rocks in front of the stage.

8:30–9:30 p.m.: Night activities, including night walks, are optional for families while campers will head off (with staff) to their previously made shelters for a closing ceremony and sleep. Please bring warm layers and wear closed-toed shoes. Flashlights not needed.

10:00 p.m.: Settle into your tent for the night!

Saturday

6:30–8:00 a.m.: Breakfast/Last Day

6:30 a.m.: Coffee!

7:00–8:00 a.m.: Breakfast is served! Featuring freshly made pancakes and coffee, plus milk, juices, and pancake toppings.

What do I need to wear and bring each day?

Boats and Boots campers will need to wear outdoor clothes that may get dirty and closed-toe shoes each day. You should also bring a small backpack for carrying the following things: a zero-waste, nut-free lunch, a full water bottle, a raincoat or poncho, a hat, and sunscreen.

Monday: Bring a full change of clothes and a garbage bag.

Tuesday: Pack extra snacks as we will be hiking all day.

Wednesday: Wear clothes that allow for movement, as we will be on an Alpine Tower, then hiking.

Thursday: Campers  need to wear clothes that can get super-crazy muddy (please avoid cotton if possible) overtop their swimsuits and bring another full set of clothes, a thick trash bag, towel, pair of work or gardening gloves, and either another set of shoes for after the cave or pair of muck boots to be worn into the cave; shoes worn into the cave need to have good traction.

Friday: Campers need to wear their swimsuits under their clothes and bring a towel, sunscreen, and clothes to change into after swimming. If they are staying for the optional overnight activities, they need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, toothpaste, and any other specific overnight items that pertain to that individual.