Great Horned Owls – Rising 6th & 7th Grade
(mostly 2 week sessions; a few 1 week sessions available)
“As a Camp Kingfisher parent for 10 consecutive years, I can honestly say that this camp is amazing and far surpassed all of my expectations. Not only do I have a daughter who is applying to be a junior counselor, but also a daughter who has just completed two years as a Great Horned Owl (6/7th grades). The GHO program provides an opportunity for the campers to gain independence while still being led by a fabulous staff of counselors. Canoe trips on the Chattahoochee River, overnight camp outs, swimming and hiking are just a few of the incredible activities the GHO’s are able to participate in. I think it speaks volumes when your child asks to be dropped off early and picked up late in order to spend as much time as possible at camp. As a working parent, nothing could make a camp experience more rewarding.”
Julie Perlson, parent of a 7th grade camper
Often times, Great Horned Owls (GHO) campers get a large say in where they go to camp each summer. Our veteran campers know just how awesome Camp Kingfisher is!
Great Horned Owls expand their brain with ecology field studies and a fun nature version of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). GHO campers especially LOVE learning the proper way to flip a canoe at Heron pond! GROW Camp is also available for this age group.
How big are the groups?
Great Horned Owls are signed up based on a 1:10 counselor-to-camper ratio. GHO groups have 10 campers and 1 counselor. In rare cases, we will increase the ratio to a maximum of 1:12.
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 Activity: River Trip
During the 2nd week of each session, campers will get the chance to paddle 3 miles of the Chattahoochee River. Downstream in the serene wetlands, campers often experience for the first time what it’s like to be completely submersed in nature. Campers will learn about the history of the river, see plenty of wildlife, and get a little dirty playing at the mud flats. Each river trip is lead by an American Canoe Association certified canoe instructor.
Highlighted Activity: Overnight at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
Overnights at Camp Kingfisher begin with some extra swimming time and a grilled vegetarian dinner on the pool deck. After dinner, the age groups split up for a special wide game and night hike about native, nocturnal animals in Georgia. The night ends with non-scary stories and s’mores around the campfire. GHO campers sleep in open-air cabins with bug screens, separated by gender. Camp Kingfisher also provides breakfast, 2 snacks, and lunch the following day.