Camp Howe is divided by gender, each housed on separate sides of camp. Camp is further structured into three programs divided by age: Juniors, Teens and Counselors-In-Training. A day program is offered as an alternative for our Junior Campers who may not be ready for resident camp. In addition, we have a fully-inclusive program for youth with disabilities to enjoy a traditional fun-filled camp experience. We limit each camper' stay to no more than 4 weeks, ideally taking a week or two off between registered sessions. All campers must go home at the end of a two-week session; campers enrolling for more than one two week session must therefore go home between sessions. Our goal is to ensure each child gets the most out of their stay with us.
While we accept campers entering grade 1, we accept campers aged 7 and older. Campers who have finished 6th grade and are entering 7th grade are considered to be an in-between age and can be registered either the Junior or Teen programs, depending on what the parents think the child is emotionally ready for. Please call us if you would like more information about the differences between the program.
DAY CAMP - one week sessions
This program is for children entering 1st through 6th grade or campers in the ECHO Program who are not ready for an overnight experience. They will be assigned to a cabin and spend the day with their cabin group going to all the great activities - just like a resident camper - but will go home each night. If we have large numbers of Day Campers any one week, we may place them altogether as a cabin group. Day campers attend Monday through Friday. They arrive daily at 8:30 am and are picked up at 5:45 pm. We can be flexible with pick up and drop off time with prior arrangements. Day campers have an option to stay late one night for the camp evening program.
JUNIORS - one and two week sessions
This program is for children entering 1st through 6th grade . They stay in a cabin with up to 10 girls or boys and 2 staff members. The cabin will enjoy most activities as a group, including, but not limited to, climbing tower, low challenge course, waterfront activities, arts and crafts, sports and farm life. This program is structured and offers a largely set program with additional opportunities for campers to individually choose activities based on their personal choice. Each day cabin groups will partake in swim practice and free swim which is an opportunity to build on their swimming skills and ability.
TEEN PROGRAM - one and two week sessions
An exciting outdoor program for teens entering 7th grade and up. This experience focuses on developing leadership skills, teamwork, trust, commitment, responsibility, and self-awareness. All of the fun camp activities are offered in addition to off site trips such as rock climbing (Fridays - included in the tuition) and skeet shooting (Wednesdays) included in the tuition) and white water rafting and ziplining (Thursdays-for an additional fee). These trips will not be offered in 2021 due to covid restrictions If weather is not cooperating trips will be cancelled. If you would like notification of cancellations, please let us know. The majority of activities are offered as choices so the program is more youth guided and tailored to meet the interests of the individual teenager.
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM- two week sessions
This program requires a four-week commitment over two years. A CIT receives leadership and development training, shares cabin responsibilities with counselors, and learns to apply teaching skills in program areas of their choice. All youth, ages 16-17, interested in learning to become camp counselors are encouraged to apply. (The course does not guarantee a counselor position upon completion. If upon completion CIT is still under 18 they may volunteer as a Jr. Counselor). Space is limited. Write, call, or e-mail for additional information. Separate application necessary to apply, please ask.
ECHO PROGRAM- one and two week sessions
This program is for youth ages 7 to 17 who need additional support. The youth are fully integrated into every aspect of the camp program from cabin living to every activity. The Echo program has a more than 50 year history and is an integral part of our camp program and camp community. Initially the program was targeted towards the inclusion of youth with physical disabilities and has since broadened to incorporate youth with a wide range of developmental disabilities and needs. All youth benefit when they live, laugh and play together. A couple of things to consider: we are not a specialized therapeutic program. We are not able to support youth who are physical towards others or unable to stay with a group. Please contact us prior to registering. Separate application necessary to apply.