Make friends around a campfire in a non-competitive, nurturing environment. This Nature Camp provides Traditional camping activities including: Horses, Swimming, Scuba, Team Course, Sailing, Skiing. Each cabin every week takes an out of camp back pack or canoe trip. Above all else we have fun!! American Camp Association Accredited & member of the Midwest Association of Camps
The benefits of spending time in nature, in the fresh open air, are well documented. For sleepaway camps, the great outdoors is as much a part of their culture as campfires and singing. For some camps, however, itís much more than just a passing mention, itís an integral piece of their program that reflects an intentional approach to child development. Such is the case with Swift Nature Camp.
Founded in the sixties as an outpost for environmental learning, in many ways this camp was ahead of the curve in recognizing the importance of bringing kids closer to the natural world. Its very philosophy is rooted in a deeply held belief that we can learn from the many creatures, trees and plants that surround us. The rustic facilities and program design speak to their values of environmental stewardship; look no further than their impressive Nature Center or carefully curated zoo.
The program follows a traditional camp model that mixes assigned activities in the morning with camper choice in the afternoon. In a true light-hearted camp form, afternoon activities are chosen using popsicle sticks on a board in the dining hall. The smaller size of Swift Nature Camp allows them to have flexibility in programming during the session. More importantly, it allows for a very personal, kind approach to camp life. Itís reassuring to know that each camper will be heard and appreciated at Swift.
Hiking and canoe trips are an obvious extension to Swiftís appreciation of the outdoors. They range from trips to nearby state forests to longer expeditions to Canadaís provincial parks. In addition, their Discovery Camp session carves a new path by camp standards by being a offering a complete session dedicated only to new campers.
Swift Nature Camp attracts a range of personalities, but a common theme is those who love animals or love to play outdoors; perhaps the kind of kid who isnít spending each afternoon on the soccer pitch or basketball court. Swift embraces those campersí individuality with kindness, no matter how vibrant or how awkward. If a camper wants to bring his pet lizard to camp, this is the place! For Swift, allowing campers to bring pets is not only an acknowledgement of a childís love of nature and creatures, itís an insightful recognition that some campers thrive when they can care for things they love. And it takes a dedicated and talented staff to translate this campís nature philosophies into an inclusive camp community.
SuperCamp provides a diverse range of academic enrichment and personal development courses. The academic offering focus on reading, comprehension and memory techniques; test preparation; study skills; writing; and problem solving. Personal development activities concentration building confidence and self-esteem, increasing motivation, and enhancing skills communicating with parents, peers, and teachers.
You may build a school or medical outpost in Costa Rica, Panama,Ecuador, Peru, Tanzania or Namibia, work on environmental projects,restore coral reef in the Florida Keys, save monk seals in Hawaii,work with wolves in Colorado or volunteer in aiding disaster reliefvictims. We travel to Norway, crossing the entire country kayaking,rafting, biking and hiking and offer formal language coursework inCosta Rica, Ecuador or Spain. We travel to the Himalayas, kayakbetween the skyscrapers of Chicago, restore rivers and work with localfarmers in Michigan, and provide aid to those effected by HurricaneKatrina and the Gulf oil spill. We offer surfing, rock climbing,snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, SCUBA PADIlessons and certifications, backpacking, ice and snow mountaineering.There are also specialized programs in leadership, Wilderness FirstResponder Certification, Family and Spring Break programs and GlobalPerspectives travel for young people grades 6 - 8. You willcontribute, learn and return home with a life changing travelexperience to remember.
'Camp Kupugani helped me challenge myself.It's the most positive environment I have ever found. The people are amazing, and, even after eight years, I'm still learning."
"There's lots of activities and you can make new friends and everyone there is loving, caring and joyful."