Barred Owls – Rising 4th & 5th Grade
(1 & 2 week sessions available)
“We LOVE Camp Kingfisher! My kids have been going every summer for 4-5 years. It is truly the perfect camp experience, with lots of time spent outdoors, learning about and appreciating nature and animals. The staff is so well-trained and professional. The kids go swimming, canoeing, enjoy nature hikes, meet and learn about animals, and throughout every activity the counselors make it fun for them. It is truly an experience my kids look forward to every year.”
Kris Brit, parent of a 5th grader
Barred Owl (BDO) campers LOVE the independence of maneuvering a canoe without an adult in their boat at Heron Pond (of course, adults are always present at the pond). BDO campers also enjoy daily swimming time in our junior-Olympic size pool, team building games, live animal encounters, and hikes through CNC 127 acres of beautiful property. GROW camp is also available for this age group.
How big are the groups?
Barred Owls are signed up based on a 1:9 counselor-to-camper ratio. BDO groups generally have 18 campers and 2 counselors. In rare cases, we will increase the ratio to a maximum of 1:10.
What’s the average day like?
Camp Kingfisher program hours last from 9am-4pm and our FREE aftercare spans 8-9am in the morning and 4-6:15pm in the afternoon. The camper day is split into 6 periods including lunch inside Kingfisher Hall, and 2 snack times. Each age group’s schedule includes 6 periods packed full of time in the outdoors, educational hikes, live animal encounters, swimming, canoeing, science exploration activities, and so much more. Educational content varies based on the session theme.
Highlighted BDO Activity: Solo Canoeing
Barred Owls become masters at canoeing! By the time campers reach Barred Owl age they are physically big enough and have the dexterity to maneuver a canoe. With instructions from Camp Kingfisher’s canoe instructor, certified by the American Canoe Association, campers are given the opportunity to learn the basic steering strokes: forward, back, draw, c-stroke. After some trial and error campers are able to navigate the canoe pond. The games that campers play at Heron pond are designed for campers to put their newly learned strokes to use through races, tag games, splash wars and obstacle courses that are created at the pond. Barred Owls become canoeing pros.
Highlighted Activity: Team Building
We try to teach our campers skills that they will use for a lifetime: personal responsibility, respecting and accepting others, working as a team, leadership, and listening. Team Building is a time where campers are faced with fun challenges that must be completed as a group. Giant puzzles, imaginary river crossings, and human-sized spider webs are the landscape where campers practice problem solving and crucial social skills.
Highlighted Activity: Engineering
Barred Owl campers are largely a very tactile age group who love to build, reason, and tinker. With this in mind, we have designed one special engineering science exploration activity for each Barred Owl session. From constructing marble mazes to building bridges and creating forts, this age group will have a blast designing and building the solutions to some real-world challenges.