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OUR PROGRAM

WHAT WE'RE DOING ALL DAY 

A COMBINATION OF STRUCTURE & SPECIALTIES

The Hawkeye program is an intentional combination of regular and special programming.  It includes small group and individualized instruction in areas such as Swimming, Archery, and Woodworking in addition to all-camp, Big-Idea activities that last from one hour to all day. Hiking and waterfront are important parts of the program, and active positive participation in all activities is too! One of our central goals is to get your child involved instead of sitting on the sidelines. We have scheduled down times throughout the day to balance things out so campers don't feel rushed or over-scheduled.

A RECIPE FOR PROGRAM SUCCESS

Our special blend of regularly scheduled and special activities, flavored with trips, and finished with creative spontaneity, is a program recipe of which we are proud! No session is the same and all campers, regardless of which session they choose, get to sample our most popular activities. In each 7-day period, there are 4 "regular" activity days, a bunk day, an all-camp Special Activities day, and a trip/hiking day. 

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ACTIVITY DAYS - GUIDED CHOICE

A combination of choice and assigned activities brings campers out of their comfort zone to try new things and learn new skills. Campers choose two of the five daily activities ("Camper Choice Periods"); the remaining three are done as a cabin group. Check out all the activities here!

BUNK DAY

We start with a late sleep-in and spend the day connecting with bunkmates and doing fun things around camp. The Camp Auction (maybe win some hammocks for the cabin porch!), Bunkball Tournament, and Make Your Own Pizza included. 

TRIP DAY

On out-of-camp trips to waterfalls, mountain peaks, natural wonders, and caves, campers experience the amazing outdoors and the challenge of the trip. Learn more about these amazing hiking days. 

ALL-CAMP SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

These unforgettable and unique-to-Hawkeye events reward teamwork, outside-the-box thinking, and a range of skill development all wrapped up in spirit and fun. Eggy Games, The Amazing Race, Treasure Hunt, and other special events days are highly anticipated each summer. Learn more about these awesome days.

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SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

A DAY FILLED WITH FUN

Click to open an expanded view of the hour-by-hour schedule of a typical camp day and see how you'll be spending your time! 

THE "WHY" BEHIND HOW OUR PROGRAM RUNS

ACTIVITIES ARE MORE THAN JUST ACTIVITIES

At Hawkeye, activities are the vehicle we use for teaching the big important skills and creating a toolbox for success in school, at work, and socially. Click to expand the sections below to learn more about the philosophy behind the Hawkeye Program. 

The Toolbox for Success


At Hawkeye, activities are the vehicle we use for teaching the big important skills and creating a toolbox for success in school, at work, and socially. We're hiking and swimming and cooking, and all the while we're building growth mindset, increased self-confidence, positive outlook, teamwork, improved communication, leadership, acceptance of differences, and a belief in the value of diversity. Staff frequently facilitate discussion and connection during activities that highlight these bigger outcomes.




A Guided Choice Approach


We value a combination of choice activities and assigned bunk activities as a key element of our approach to encourage campers to get out of their comfort zone and try new things. We use the term Guided Choice to describe this combination. We believe kids are smart and we intentionally facilitate decision-making throughout our program. We also know kids well...and it is our experience that many kids will tend to favor activities in which they already possess a relatively high skill level. Wanting to show their new friends what they are good at is a necessary and important part of the transition process into a new community, but over time it can also limit growth by allowing campers to remain firmly in their comfort zone. We encourage campers to push the boundaries of what they believe they can achieve by introducing them to a variety of activity areas, and then ensuring they have time to go back to the ones in which they would like to expand their skills further.




Trying New Things & Taking Safe Risk


There is much to be said about the growth and resiliency that comes as a result of trying something new, putting oneself out there, falling or failing, and growing in the process. We value small failures along the way as a teaching tool which is equally valuable to the learning that occurs through success and achievement. In the Hawkeye community, the acceptance, love, care, patience and support individuals show to one another is an important aspect of our approach. Trying new things in a positive and supportive environment means that both successes and failures can be viewed with the appropriate perspective.




Progression & Celebration of Achievement


At Hawkeye, we credit effort, growth, the taking on of the challenge and the attempt at a new skill over demonstrated proficiency. Individual awards are not common here, but we do celebrate and support campers' growth through Program Beads. Campers may earn Program Beads specific to a particular activity area for exemplary effort in that area over their time at camp. Being exceedingly helpful to staff, committing to help others learn in the area, helping with cleanup, following directions, and not spending ALL their choice time in an area are all criteria for earning recognition, while being the "best" at something is not. Campers proudly add Program Beads to necklaces, knowing they worked hard and earned each one.





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