Days at NEOC, for our Flying Squirrels ( 2nd-3rd graders) and River Otters (4th-5th graders), are filled with exploration, projects, discovery, and much, much more. They are encouraged to wonder about, investigate, and build their understanding of nature. Meanwhile, a camp culture of inclusion and appreciation creates a supportive community for self-expression and risk-taking.
Very unique to NEOC is how campers are empowered to find new interests, create new games, and mentor other campers. Special friendships have been born between campers of different ages during the afternoon sign-up activities. Some of the sign-up activities have come from campers wanting to teach games they had invented to the rest of the camp!
No matter how many weeks a Flying Squirrel or River Otter chooses to spend at NEOC, they leave with greater confidence in themself and new ideas about how to enjoy and preserve the natural world around them! They enjoy an immersion that is typical of an overnight camp experience, with the joy of sharing camp stories at home with their family each night.
Camp days are divided into five activity periods, plus lunchtime.
Flying Squirrels and River Otters have core activities that they do during their three morning activity periods through the week, like archery, canoeing, garden exploration with specialists from Mass Hort, shelter building, and trail walks. They opt into two afternoon activities each day, that change through the week.
Examples of the afternoon sign-ups are:
- Disc golf
- Dream catchers
- Eco tag
- Friendship bracelets
- Leaf printing
- Nature weaving
- Rock painting
- Rounders (British baseball)
- Science experimentation
- Ultimate frisbee
Structure of a Week
Each week begins with the whole camp gathering for call-and-repeat songs, expectation setting, and introductions to the counselors. Then, age-divided groups head-out for team building.
Each day ends with time for Flying Squirrels and River Otters groups to reflect on their day and prioritize the sign-up activities offered the next afternoon.
Thursday's theme day, which is new each week and revealed with great excitement on the morning of, is a chance for Flying Squirrels and River Otters to conquer new challenges and enjoy twists on familiar activities.
Camp ends each week with s'mores!
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