eastern screech owls Rising K & 1st Grade

For many Eastern Screech Owl (ESO) campers, this is their first time at summer camp. Our counselors and staff members make sure they get an amazing introduction to how much fun it is!

ESO campers love trying out canoeing on Kingfisher Pond, where they learn how to enter a boat safely and 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 12 campers and 2 counselors. In rare cases, we will increase the ratio to a maximum of 1:7.

What’s the average day like?

Easter Screech 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, Turtle Time, lunch inside Kingfisher Hall, and 2 snack times. Activities include outdoor time, educational hikes, live animal encounters, swimming, canoeing, science exploration activities, and so much more. Educational content varies based on the session theme.

All camp activity

From Color Runs to Olympics and various themed hikes, Eastern Screech Owls love participating in Camp Kingfisher’s All Camps. During All Camp, ESO campers get to enjoy a special counselor-developed activity. Campers are led through challenges and obstacles that allow them to grow and become stronger as individuals and team members.

Canoeing at Kingfisher Pond

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