We offer 2, 4, 6, and 8 week sessions. Extra weeks may be added on an individual basis. Between 10 & 15% of our campers stay for the entire eight week session. Another 50% stay for four weeks and the remaining campers choose a two-week option. Two weeks is a good option for a younger child who has never been away from home or a family who just has other plans for part of the summer. Each session offers different projects in the program areas and new and exciting tribe activities. For those campers that decide they want to stay at camp longer as they come to the end of their session may take advantage of that option if space remains in the cabin.
We call the daily program that we run “Guided Choice.” What that means is that campers do have daily opportunities to make choices about their individual schedule but that these choices are not pell-mell. There are a certain number of activities offered for each choice period from which campers can choose. In addition campers attend up to four activities each day with their cabin group so that each camper gets to try activities they might not choose to otherwise
Each regularly scheduled day begins with the wake up bell at 7:30. Staff are already up and ready to assist campers get ready for breakfast at 8:00. The activities for the day are divided up into cabin activities and camper choice activities. Before lunch at 12:30 campers will have gone to two cabin activities and one camper choice. After lunch is reading period, from 1:15 - 2:15. For campers who would like we do have supervised group tournaments going on during a portion of reading period. Before going out of the cabin to sit on the field and read or write or play games campers must spend 20 minutes relaxing and letting lunch settle and continue to re-hydrate. After reading period campers go to another camper choice followed by two cabin activities. Free Swim starts at 5:15 and campers may use this time to cool off and have fun down at the lake, take showers and freshen up from a very active day, play sports on the athletic field, or spend some time relaxing in the cabin before dinner. 6:15 Dinner starts and our evening activity begins an hour later at 7:15. After the evening activity it’s back to the bunk by 8:45 to settle down and get ready for lights out at 9:30. More detailed schedule here.
The Hawkeye program is also considered a trips-based program because of the emphasis on weekly out-of-camp wilderness adventure trips. These trips are both age and ability appropriate and participation is by cabin group or camper choice. Most of these trips are day trips and the majority of those are hiking trips. The Expeditions Program and our Trip Leaders take full advantage of the mountains and forests of central New Hampshire including but not limited to the Sandwich Range Wilderness and White Mountain National Forest. Even the farthest trip is less than two hours drive from camp. The trip experiences and the challenges contained therein are cumulative. Skills learned in camp and practiced on earlier trips are expected to be parts of the longer trips that come later in the summer.
One of the major factors in determining the unique nature of our program is the number and variety of Special Activities. At Hawkeye the weekly schedule is built around our Special Activity Days. Most Special Activity days are tribe specific and last ALL DAY! Campers and staff challenge themselves mentally, physically, and creatively while developing teamwork skills, increased trust and stronger relationships. These unique events may have names that seem familiar but they are skill-specific and team-based in a way that develops group and individual decision-making and leadership. The Bumppo Stick, Nation's Games, Welly-Wanging, the Tribal Contest, Treasure Hunt, and, of course, The Amazing Race cannot be missed!