“An Introduction to Camping” for Ages 8-12 (13 year olds possible)
CCSC’s Campers A-Way (CAW) program has been very successful in introducing first time campers to the benefits and fun of a summer camp experience. While many campers are ready for the longer sessions, this is a wonderful introduction for those new to camping.
Heading off to camp for the first time can be an anxious and an emotional time for young campers and their parents. Because we appreciate the hesitancy on the part of parents to commit to a 3 or 7-week length of stay, we have established a program that allows first time campers to join the ranks of our Resident Camp for a 10 day session rather than the longer sessions that are generally available in summer camps.
Should a camper find the adjustment easy and not want to leave, he/she may extend their stay if space permits. A great many of our Campers A-Way campers return in future years as half or full season campers. These spaces are limited and tend to fill fairly quickly.
The 1st and 3rd Campers A-Way sessions actually begin at the same time as the regular half sessions. These campers may stay for additional days or weeks if *space permits.
Although the 2nd and 4th Campers A-Way sessions begin mid-session, they end on our regular turnover and closing day. This allows CAW2 and 4 campers the opportunity to experience the culminating events at the end of a session. Due to our final closing events, our last Campers A-Way session is twelve (12) days in length. Some campers also put together a CAW2 and Second Session to allow for a 5 week stay. This can cause some sessions to fill quickly. (See application for exact dates).
Campers A-Way campers are welcomed into our lower units. Campers live with the longer session campers and have the same activity choices. Both the girl’s and the boy’s units are small with an excellent staff ration of 1:3 in the Junior Camps (ages 8-9), 1:5 in the Scouts/Middlers (ages 10-11) and 1:5 in the Guide/Petty Officers (ages 11-12). The extra staff make it possible to give the children the extra attention and guidance necessary to insure a happy and fun-filled first time resident camp experience.
The tuition for the Campers A-Way program is listed on application. In addition, a camp services fee (covering bedding, laundry, infirmary care, etc.) and an incidental deposit (covering store books and charges) are added.
*Should children extend their stay, tuition will be applied on a pro rated basis.
The space reserved for Campers A-Way is quite limited with each unit accommodating approximately 6-10 CAW campers per session. Because of this limited number of spaces, it is wise to make an early decision to prevent disappointments, since all spaces will ultimately be filled. Because some of our returning 13 yr olds request a 5 week session, we sometimes have space in the CAW1 or CAW4 sessions for 13 yr olds – call for updates.
Please call Directors, David Peterson or Christie Peterson at (508) 896-3451 to inquire as to how many spaces currently are open in this program. They will also be happy to answer any further questions or provide the names of references in your area.
If you are interested in an introduction to an overnight camping program, please consider our Days A-Way program which is a 5-day/4-night overnight camp experience through our Day Camp for children aged 8-13.
A Parent's Orientation To Camp
There is a great deal of content in our Parent Camper Handbook that will prepare you for the summer ahead. Follow this link to a bit more of an Orientation to our Culture at CCSC.