Can You Please Explain: Horizons and Adirondack
We're back to explain our two Middle School weeks to you: Horizons and Adirondack weeks! Both weeks are for campers coming out of 7th, 8th and 9th grade and they differ slightly in the type of camp experience they offer. This summer, Adirondack week will take place July 8-13 and Horizons week will take place July 29-August 3.
Adirondack week is for Middle Schoolers who really want to get out and explore. We added it as an alternative option to Horizons for campers who wanted more--more adventures, more challenges, more views. We make it our goal during Adirondack week to make it to as many corners of the Adirondacks as possible. Each day, we'll leave camp to climb to mountain peaks, paddle winding rivers, and kayak across big lakes.
While many of our weeks of camp offer a more well rounded set of options for sessions, Adirondack week really focuses on day trips: getting campers out of camp and into the backcountry. We often offer trips for Adirondack week that are not offered for Middle Schoolers in Horizons or Una Tierra weeks, so this week is an awesome chance to tackle some new mountains or try out some new paddles.
Horizons week really focuses on expanding the horizons of everyone there. We emphasize trying things you haven't tried before: maybe that's sailing, maybe that's learning about gardens and compost and chickens, maybe that's tackling our low ropes course or climbing a new mountain. Our sessions are broad and varied, offering campers the chance to try something new each day. While we still offer hiking and paddling trips off camp property like we do in Adirondack, we also offer more incamp sessions in the areas of arts, recreation, and nature. Horizons is a classic camp experience, designed specifically for middle schoolers.
We love Horizons and Adirondack week because they give Middle Schoolers a chance to just play, something they don't get very often. School is often rigorous and structured and Middle School is often when students start to experience serious academic and social pressures regularly. We love that, at camp, campers don't have to be students. They can just be kids. It's a great reprieve from their daily lives where they are constantly being told who to be and what to do.
Horizons and Adirondack weeks get middle schoolers out of their comfort zones in really positive ways and we see the impact it has on their lives. They get to meet people who don't know them from school and try things they don't get to try in their daily lives. They often leave with new friends and new interests and a greater sense of their place in the world. If we can help to provide that for young teenagers, we're doing what we want to be doing.