A Day at JOURNEY Camp

Exploring Rhythm

At the Music Wall and Concert Corner, children take turns drumming. The repetitive beat is often a great way to self-regulate...even when you don't have a drum!

Exploring Feelings

Emotions can be overwhelming and BIG to most children, so that's exactly how we learn about them...

in BIG ways!

Exploring Nature

JOURNEY kids are eager to harvest the organic green beans they've cared for in Mamaw's Garden.

 

 

The Compass Path leads to Compass Cove
Making prayer bracelets in the Meditation Room

A Little About How We'll Travel

 Although we will follow structure each day, counselors are sensitive to the natural rhythm and needs of each child. As such, our schedule is intentionally designed to be fluid so adjustments can easily be made--even for one child--without disrupting the regulation and rhythm the rest of the group has established. If a child needs extra time, less time or special attenion during the day, the counselors are trained to move to other activities as needed while Ms. Jennifer assists the child that is in need.  This is another reason we are committed to maintaining our small staff-to-camper ratio.

Children are encouraged to fully participate during the planned focused activities in different camp areas each day. However, all areas have space for open-ended play available to any camper, at any time. Counselors and other staff will be closely monitoring your child's response to sensory stimuli, especially during activities that are more "charged". Often able to detect an issue with processing this stimuli before a child has fully engaged, we can redirect their attention; this is why areas of open-ended play are so important.

Below is our Daily Schedule. This will give us some basic structure throughout the day, but is subject to change for some children based on their individual needs.

DAILY SCHEDULE

 8:00 – 8:45

Early Campers Arrive - Jr. Counselors will be available at the Journey House to supervise campers who need to be dropped off early. The cost is $2/15 minutes and is to be paid directly to the Jr. Counselors on the last day of camp. (Please let us know in advance if you anticipate needing this service.)

8:45 – 9:00

Regular Arrival Time

9:00 - 9:30

Opening Ceremony at Flag Pole

9:30 – 10:30

Pathways

10:30 - 11:00*

Chores/Snacks

11:00 – 12:00

Pathways

Noon - 1:00**

Lunch (Please see additional information below)

1:00 - 2:00

Pathways

2:00 - 3:00

Pathways

3:00 – 3:30*

Snack

3:30 – 4:00

Labyrinth Walk (Group 1); Meditation (Group 2)

4:00 – 4:30

Labyrinth Walk (Group 2); Meditation (Group 1)

4:30 – 5:00

Closing Ceremony

5:00 – 5:15

Camper Pick-Up

5:15 – 5:45

Extended Camper Pick-Up - Jr. Counselors will remain at the Ball Field after Closing Ceremony to supervise campers who need to be picked up after 5:15. The cost is $2/15 minutes and is to be paid directly to the Jr. Counselors on the last day of camp. (Please let us know in advance if you anticipate needing this service.)

JOURNEY Camp Map

The Soul Compass Center property spans almost 5 acres. Every summer it becomes a giant, outdoor learning space for children to explore and experience the natural world first-hand. JOURNEY Camp is the ultimate interactive outdoor lab!

Some Food for Thought...

Eating our lunchtime meal together as a group is a special time. It’s an opportunity not only to refuel our bodies after so much play, but also sets the stage for children to develop important social skills. We encourage parents to let your child help you in preparing and packing their lunch for camp the next day; it’s a very important job, after all, and kids love to tell others how they've helped!

Feel free to pack foods that need to be heated. As a reminder, please send reusable containers in lieu of baggies, etc. whenever possible.  We encourage less processed and sugary foods as possible.

Each child will need to bring a sturdy, leak-proof water bottle to camp each day.

*  We will have snacks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  You will need to send 2 healthy, non-sugar snacks that are quick to eat.  The snacks need to be packed separately and marked with your child's name and "am" or "pm".  The campers will unpack their snacks each morning at arrival and we will keep in the refrigerator. 

**We ask that as much as possible, parents avoid sending sugary foods and drinks to camp. A natural stimulant, most children experience a "sugar high” 15-20 minutes after it’s in their system. This is followed by a “crash” as the body produces extra insulin to lower the blood sugar level. This can throw a sensory system that’s already challenged into a complete tailspin!

 

“We are not human beings

on a spiritual journey.

We are spiritual beings

on a human journey.”

- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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