WILDERNESS CANOEING AND HIKING. “TEEN TOUR” TRIPS TO VERMONT, CANADA, AND MAINE. DAY TRIPS TO NEARBY ATTRACTIONS. COMMUNITY SERVICE. LEADERSHIP TRAINING.
Field trips, special evening get-togethers, movies, involvement in program formulation – these are special features of Applejack Teen Camp for campers between the ages of 13 – 16.
Applejack is really a camp within a camp. These senior campers have their own section of cabins and their own dining area, yet share all camp facilities and take part in many all-camp activities with Camp Regis. They can also elect to work off-campus in service projects or join our camper-in-leadership training program.
Applejack Teen Camp strives to provide an environment in which teens can feel good about themselves. Campers are given the opportunity, through greater involvement in planning their own daily schedule, to pursue activities which they feel good about and to master a high level of skill in those areas. They are also given a chance to confront challenges and, with the guidance and instruction of our caring staff, gain the tremendous feeling of having met the teen camp experience with success. They also have the opportunity to contribute to the running of our large community, and to thus gain the wonderful feeling of having made an inpact upon the betterment of others’ lives.
Social life is a very important aspect of the teenage years. Another goal of Applejack Teen Camp is to provide a safe, well-monitored, and non-threatening atmosphere where teenagers can get to know each other, form close friendships, and experience the significant joy of comraderie with one’s peers. To this end we recently built a huge, open-air, covered pavilion to serve as the focal point for teen camp gatherings. With a fireplace, and also electricity & lighting, this spot has quickly come to serve as an area for special evening programs as well as for informal socializing.
Another important focus of Applejack is to keep our campers active and involved. A full daily schedule keeps our teens busy in all of the areas of camp, and then a special activity program spices up their stay with various out-of-camp trips. For our younger teens, there are day trips to Montreal for the excitement of a jet boat ride through the Lachine Rapids, topped off by dinner and a visit to the Old French Quarter. There are also opportunities for white water rafting, amusement park outings or water park visits. We also offer evenings out at the movies, skating rink or bowling alley. For the older teens we offer these same possibilities, with the addition of an evening dinner and dance cruise on Lake George and, in August, a week-long travel trip to areas around either Niagara Falls/Toronto, Quebec, the Maine Coast, or other New England tourist spots. Variety is the spice of life, especially for young adolescents. Although there are quiet times, and times for reflection and just slowing down, we make sure that none of our Applejackers ever have a chance to get bored.