Activities

How Our Activity Schedule Works

We base the weekly schedule on staff availability and number of campers registered. This is a list we pull from regularly.

Archery
Arts & Crafts
Campfire Cooking
Canoeing
Cooking Class
Drama
Fishing
Gaga
Gardening
Outdoor Adventures
Science Explorations
Sports
So Much More!

Archery
One of our favorite activities.  Archery-Basic - Campers  learn all techniques and safety commands required to be a successful Archer. Targets are 15yrds out for good aiming practice.  Archery-Advanced - Campers learn more advanced techniques including improving aiming skills with targets 20-30 yards away. Campers must have already participated in a 4-H Archery program to select the advanced activity. All Archery Equipment is provided for campers.

Arts & Crafts
If you enjoy art projects, you will love this activity.  Youth who want to learn new skills in candle, jewelry and/or basket making will want to sign up for Ats & Crafts. Our goal is for campers to return home with new craft skills and a beautiful project each week . Some projects such as friendship bracelets, boondoggling, and painting will be offered as one-day events during ‘free swim’ each day.

**Note: Will be offered as a free choice activity each day!**

Campfire Cooking
Learn to cook over an open fire! Build a camp fire and learn recipes to create delicious snacks and meals that will impress your bunk mates.

Canoeing
Located at Upper Glen Lake, an 8 acre lake, campers will learn and improve proper paddling techniques while enjoying the views of Watkins Glen State Park. This activity is a DOUBLE SESSION or 2 activity choices.

Cooking
Campers get to spend some time in the kitchen learning yummy and healthy recipes! Campers learn cooking techniques including knife skills, cough kneading, measuring ingredients and more. This is a VERY popular activity!

Play Production
Our Drama staff will help each camper find the “actor/actress” hidden inside as we offer larger scale play productions offered Weeks 3 & 6. Play productions will be presented on Friday afternoons and parents are welcome to spectate!

Sports and Fitness
Sports Traditional sports are offered under the guidance of our qualified Athletic staff. Camp favorites such as Gaga, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Softball, Kickball, Soccer, and Basketball are offered to challenge athletes of all levels.

Outdoor Adventures
The program includes an array of activities from Stream Safari (Wet Hikes), shelter building, Campfire Cooking, Camping Skills and more.

Photography & Media
Our camp is a photographers heaven! Activities such as Adventure Photography, Beginning photography and Photojournalist will be i the schedule this year! Go on a hike and take amazing photos! Want to write a story for the Hidden Valley Herald and show off your photography talents? This one is for you!

Swim Lessons  for Cloverbuds
Our in-ground pool provides a safe and attractive setting for American Red Cross instruction from certified lifeguards.

Water Games
Marco!! (Polo!!) . . . but there’s so much more!! Water games for all in the wild wet fun of Hidden Valley’s pool. Campers must pass the Sunday afternoon swim test in order to select this activity.

Science Explorations
Whether you choose to spend the day exploring our scenic woods or splashing in our bubbling creeks, Wet & Dry Hikes are always a huge hit with all age groups.

Week Specific Activities

These are activities you may sign up for during the registration process. Each of the special activities is scheduled once a day. Campers will be able to sign up for 3 remaining weekly activities at sign ups Sunday evening or Monday morning.

Drama Play Production
(Weeks 3 &6)
Showcase your dramatic flair this week at camp! One week, one play. Take it all the way! Youth will create sets, make costumes and showcase their performance for the entire camp. Lights-Camera-Action!

Rocketry
(Weeks 2, 4, & 6)
RETURNING BY POPULAR DEMAND - 3 2 1 Blast off! The ground shakes, the engines roar, feel the adrenaline surge! Okay, maybe it is not Cape Canaveral but building your own rocket, sending it on a seemingly orbital journey, and retrieving it after a safe return home is one of the most thrilling experiences from my adolescence. Campers will learn about the physics of flight and using the Scientific Method to hypothesize and experiment with design changes to their rocket. An added fee is required for this program.

Special Event
(Week 5)
We plan an alternate schedule during this week, so activities campers sign up for will only take place for 1 -  2 days.  Campers should expect a surprise themed event that covers nearly the whole week! Lots of great activities and fun during Special Event Week! If your child wants to have a week full of their own selected activities, this would not be the week to select.

Contact

Jennifer A Sweet
Hidden Valley 4-H Camp Director
jas935@cornell.edu

Last updated September 22, 2017