What is the Adventure Program at YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir?
The Adventure Program (which includes Adventure camp and Junior Adventure Camp) exists to welcome your child into a community of those who love the outdoors. We are lifetime lovers of the outdoors and we wish to share this passion with the campers so that they can gain confidence and skills to find joy in their lives and welcome others to the same. We are passionate about sharing our love for the outdoors with the next generation of leaders. We’re also passionate about teaching our youth how to explore the natural world safely. The Adventure Program at YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir is designed to be a sample platter of wilderness exploration. Campers will learn skills and strategies while developing lifelong friendships and a deeper connection to the world around them.
What is Adventure Camp?
Adventure Camp is for campers entering Grades 7-9. Adventure Camp takes the elements of Junior Adventure Camp and Youth Camp and adds extra independence. Adventurers sleep in tents in our remote Adventure Village. Instead of being near Youth Camp, they have their own area of camp to explore. Dedicated bathrooms at their campsite as well as modern bathrooms and showers at the Barn provide the same comfort of Junior Adventure without compromising a wilderness-style experience. Adventure campers participate in classic Youth camp activities like waterfront activities, archery, zip line, canoeing, and mountain biking, while getting extra high ropes activities; all of this on top of the unique fire-building, shelter-building, knot-tying and lashings, and sunset top-rope climbing that Junior Adventure gets to do.
Your camper does not need to have participated in Junior Adventure camp in order to participate in our Adventure Camp.
What does my child need for Adventure Camp?
Please refer to the Parent Camper Guide on our website for the Packing List, but know that we provide the essentials to make sure your camper can join in the fun without needing to buy expensive outdoor gear. Campers will do more outdoor activities than Youth campers, so be sure that they bring clothing for both chilly mornings and hot afternoons, as well as footwear made for walking. Please note that temperature variance at Y Camp can be wide. Sometimes our nights can be chilly. You know your camper better than anyone else; please be sure to check the weather before you check in to camp and add additional clothing/footwear as you see fit (search Cascade, ID for best weather results).
What do Adventure campers do differently for meals?
All campers at Y Camp participate in a cookout over a fire at some point during their week, but all meals except for that one are prepared for them in our commercial kitchen. For Adventure campers, everything is the same with the exception of 3 dinners during the week that we cook out over a fire. All adventure campers will participate in the meal planning, preparation, and cooking. After all, when one is out exploring the woods a well-cooked meal over the fire is the finest of luxuries!
What safety measures are taken for Adventure campers?
Because Adventure campers do special things, staff that work with these campers get additional training and maintain a high supervision ratio, 1:5. While the woods are lovely, dark, and deep, we uphold our promise to you that we will approach every situation with your camper through the calculated lens of risk management. At times, this means we will scoot inside to avoid an electrical storm, and other times it might mean we spend more time reinforcing tick checks. All this is to say that our campers’ safety is our top priority. We spend ample time with our staff training and drilling scenarios so that we are prepared and methodical whenever a difficult or dangerous situation arises.
Do Adventure campers get to choose activities based on their interests?
Of course! Choices include the same as those offered to Youth Campers. These choices fall under four focuses: Active, Natural, Mindful, and Creative.
Have a question?
We are happy to help! William Logan is our year-round Adventure Program Specialist and he is always happy to take your questions.
Email William Logan