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Eastern Screech Owls – Rising K & 1st Grade

Eastern Screech Owls – Rising K & 1st Grade

(Must be 5 years old to attend camp, 1 & 2 week sessions available)

“Through [camp], she learned to swim better than 5 years of swim classes taught her and learned more about nature than I could imagine. She teaches ME wilderness facts! She learned respect for the environment and everything in it. We can’t thank the counselors enough for sharing their knowledge and having fun with her. We plan to return every year.”

Lindze Merritt, mother of a Kindergarten age camper

For many Eastern Screech Owl (ESO) campers, this is their first time at summer camp and we think they get an amazing introduction to how much FUN it is!

ESO campers LOVE trying out canoeing on Kingfisher Pond! At the pond, campers learn how to enter a boat safely and even start basic strokes. ESO campers also enjoy daily swimming time and LIVE animal encounters with snakes, turtles, and birds of prey. We know the fun-packed day can be tiring, so we incorporate at least 30 minutes of reading and chill-out time called “Turtle Time” into each day. Our nurturing ESO counselors are trained to pick shorter trails, give plenty of air-conditioned breaks, and emphasize water and sunscreen.

How big are the groups?

Eastern Screech Owls are signed up based on a 1:6 counselor-to-camper ratio. Groups generally have 18 campers and 3 counselors. In rare cases, we will increase the ratio to a maximum of 1:7.

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 ESO Activity: Swimming at the CNC Pool

CNC maintains a newly renovated junior-Olympic size pool for use by all of our campers. There are 2 trained lifeguards, one counselor as an extra set of eyes on the pool, and 2 staff swimming with the campers. The pool is 3.5 feet at the shallow end, 12 at the deep end. There are wide stairs at the shallow end for kids who do not want to go all the way into the water and we do have noodles for beginners in the shallow end.

*Note: If you require that your child use a flotation device, please send it with him/her. If a flotation device is not provided, your child will not be permitted to swim.

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Highlighted Activity: Canoeing at Kingfisher Pond

An enthusiastic American Canoe Association certified canoe instructor leads fun canoeing games and canoe safety instruction for Eastern Screech Owl campers 2 times per week on Kingfisher Pond. Campers will always canoe with their counselor or a high school Leader in Training (LIT). Everyone wears Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) when canoeing. Skills covered include how to enter a canoe, the forward paddle, boat teamwork, and balance.

More Information on Camp Kingfisher’s Water Activities