barred owls Rising 4th & 5th Grade
Barred Owl (BDO) campers LOVE the independence of maneuvering a canoe on their own at Heron Pond (of course, adults are always present and watching them). BDO campers also enjoy daily swimming time in our Junior Olympic-sized pool, team-building games, live animal encounters, and hikes through CNC’s 127 acres of nature. GROW, Survival and Art in Nature camp are 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?
Barred Owl program hours are from 9AM-4PM. We also offer free before and after care from 8-9AM and 4-6PM. The camper day is split into 6 activity periods, lunch inside Kingfisher Hall, and 2 snack times. Activities include outdoor time, educational hikes, live animal encounters, swimming, canoeing, science exploration activities, team building and so much more. Educational content varies based on the session theme.
Barred Owls will 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, and 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 to put their newly-learned strokes to use through races, tag games, splash wars and obstacle courses that are created at the pond.
One of Camp Kingfisher’s goals is to teach our campers skills 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 set the landscape where campers practice problem-solving and crucial social skills.