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The Activity Periods
Cub Creek Science Camp has over 100 activities for our campers to enjoy! Each of these activities is available all summer long in each of our camp sessions. Every camper participates in four activity periods each day of the week. These are called "courses" and "classes".
Courses are the activities that campers sign up for that they will report to each day of the week. For example: "Jr. Vet" is a popular course here at camp. Because this course is so popular, it is offered for each activity hour to allow any camper who wishes to be a part of the course a chance to participate. Since it is a "course" campers who participate in this, will be a part of Jr. Vet each day of their week of camp at a specific activity period time.
Classes are activities that change each day. Each camper chooses two classes to participate in a day. On the Sunday that campers arrive, they will choose two courses, and Monday's classes. Then on Monday, they will choose Tuesday's classes, so and and so forth. ALL of camp's courses are broken down into daily classes. So for example, in Jr. Vet , they learn to give sutures and injections, give basic exams, and watch a live surgery. Because all of these are spread across the 5 days of the week, they are also offered as individual classes. So in this case, if a camper chose "Adopt an Animal" and "Archery" a their week-long course options, they could still take the "Injections" class while at camp!
Campers do not sign up for any activities prior to camp, but it is a good idea to go over what your camper would like to do during their stay with us! This way they can know exactly what to sign up for on their first Sunday of camp.
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A camp-wide activity is planned for each night of camp at 7:30 pm . In the one week sessions of camp, we have the same scheduled Evening Activities.
Sunday- Opening Camp Fire
On the first night of camp, we join together around a camp fire to start off camp! We start out singing camp songs and playing games. We then begin to gather and continue our bead collection. On the first night of camp we recognize everyone's years of camp. Those in their first year of camp are recognized and welcomed to the camp family. All campers in their first year get a red bead; This signifies their first year at camp and represents the roaring camp fire. Then , year by year we recognize campers and present them with their beads.
Monday- Circle of Life
This is a ICONIC and unique activity special to Cub Creek Science Camp. On this night of camp, our leadership campers, ASITs, and staff take around camp animals to the campers in their cabins! Each animal is presented to the campers while they have chances to ask questions and hold the animals. On this night, each camper gets a picture with all the animals that come to the cabins! This is a collaborative effort between camp's photographers and cabin counselors to capture each camper's encounters with animals. All of these pictures are put on camp's photo CD that is available for purchase.
Tuesday & Wednesday-Camp Out
Boys enjoy camp out on Tuesday night while the girls camp out on Wednesday. In 2017, we built pavilions where campers can now enjoy their outdoor stay in hammocks ! Campers will cook their dinners over the fire, and enjoy some time out in the wilderness. When boys are camping out on Tuesday, girls are enjoying movie night with the other girls cabins. The opposite will happen for Wednesday when the girls are "roughing it"!
Thursday- Capture the Flag
Undoubtedly one of the most popular camp activities is Capture the Flag! Campers love to band together with their teams to play Capture the Flag! Cub Creek Science Camp is not a "sports camp" but we love to see our campers really embrace this game! Counselors act as coaches on the field to maximize supervision, fairness of the game, and safety.
Friday- Skit Night
On the last night of camp, we enjoy time together in the dining hall to watch cabins perform a skit. Cabins work together all week to come up with a skit performance that entertains all of camp. Some of the best skits have been impersonations of counselors, lip-syncing to popular songs, or a reenactment of a camp event. At the end of skit night, we collect our last bit of camp beads and watch a video that encapsulates our week of camp.
Participation is highly-encouraged but not required. We want all campers to feel a part of the activity, but if they don't want to be physically participating that is fine! However, we want them to cheer on their cabin, have a different role, or at least be watching.
Two week sessions offer more variety when it comes to the evening activities. In the first week of a two week session, campers participate in the above activities, but in the second week we get wild! The following are some of our favorite second week evening activities!
This wacky water relay race is on top of the most favorite camp evening activities here at camp. Campers are guided through a watery maze by their cabin and the ASITs stationed around them. At the end of the course is a foam pit that campers have to crab walk through to find a token! Once they find the token, they'll race back to their cabin to allow the next camper to start! At the end of the event, everyone is a soaking mess, but there are only smiles!
For this event campers will be collecting points, or sometimes actually GOLD scattered around camp, to earn enough to bid on items in an auction! Each cabin is allotted three items to bid on so that each cabin ends up with three prizes. Common winnings have included getting to push a counselor in the pool and snacks. But it wouldn't be a real auction if there weren't some duds! Sometimes, a cabin will get a box of troll dolls or Mardi Gras beads. But it isa ll in good fun and we make sure that everyone leaves with something they're happy about.
Cabins arrive to Fox Field for this activity with an assortment of random items: toilet paper, a broom, a sleeping bag, duct tape, and their cabin blanket. The leader of this activity will be calling out things she "needs" for campers/the cabins to bring to her. For example, she may say "I need, three campers, holding one blade of grass together to come sing me a camp song!"or " I need a counselor dressed as a toilet paper mummy!". Well, then cabins fulfill that request!
I know we've said it before…but really.. this is one of the best activities! (lol) For a few days, and usually over the weekend, cabins work together to build a boat that one of their counselors will sail across the camp pool. Quite possibly this is the most hype and loud activity with all the campers excited to cheer on their counselors- win or lose- as they watch their boat brave the camp pool!
Project Cub Creek
Named after a popular clothing design TV show, this activity has campers dressing up a counselor to match a theme and totally embody a character. Campers write a back story for their counselors character and this counselor struts their look down a runway. This activity brings out the most creative stories and ideas from campers! And it's truly amazing to see some of our even most shy counselors embody the character their campers design!
Teamwork and Ingenuity is put to the test during this activity where campers must build a contraption that will kee an egg safe from a nearly 20 ft drop! With a set of materials and creativity, campers have 15 minutes to build a safe pod for their precious egg. But the real fun is watching them all be dropped by camp staff from our camp cherry picker. **Insider information: All eggs that survive are then added to a camp counselor egg toss!**
In the two week sessions, we also offer classes and courses designed by our counselors. Because during this time of camp we have campers staying for up to 6 weeks of camp, we want to make sure that there are different and unique courses/classes. This is also true for our Evening activities. Last year, we were able to try a new activity called "Counselor Trivia" in our two week sessions! One counselor represented their cabin: If the cabin got the answer right, the counselor get messy, if they got it wrong, the counselor gets washed off! Messiest Counselor wins!
Below is a partial list of our courses and classes. Courses will be signified in blue and Classes in orange. Remember that Courses expand over the week, so five days of a course can be broken up to make a class. This will help give you and your camper an idea of how many different options camp offers! To read more on these, please visit the pages under the Camp Activities drop down link.
There's a lot of classes and courses listed below! Click any of the following to jump to what you're looking for:
Adopt an Animal
Campers will choose an animal from one of the following animal areas. Each of these areas offers a class as well called Explore.
- Cats and Dogs
- Reptile Room
- Small Animal Room
- Wallaby Country
- Bird Nursery
Each Adopt an Animal course covers feeding our animals, learning about your animal , making enrichment for your adopted animal, and of course spending time with them.
- Basic Exams & Grooming
- Mastering Sutures and Reading Xrays
- Watching a Live Surgery
- Understanding Internal Parasites
Advanced Jr. Vet is offered for campers who have already taken our Jr. Vet course as well. This course expounds on the concepts learned in Jr Vet.
Campers will learn about and visit all of camp's animals over the course of the week.
- Jungle, Pentagon, and Cats and Dogs
- Pasture Animals & Bird Nursery & Nursery
- Lemur Island and Habitats
- Creepy Crawly Critter, Wallabies, and Llama Land
- Reptile Room and Small Animals
Even More Amazing Animals is the advanced version of Amazing Animals and offers a deep dive into genetics, taxonomy, and anatomy while exploring the animal areas. This only offered to campers who have perviously taken Amazing Animals.
Campers take our camp animals on a hike through camp each day! Walk a Llama is also a camp class.
- Making Oobleck
- Giant Bubbles
- Rainbow in a Jar
- Baking Soda Explotions
- Water Rockets
- Electro Magnets
- Physics of Flight
- Wild Edibles
- Edibles for animals
- Trees of Missouri
- Flowers and shrubs
- Flower Presssing
- Creepy Crawly Critters
- Bug Catch and Release
- Identifying Bugs
- Gemstone Quarry
- Fossil Pit
- Rock Hike
- Frog Catching
- Mini aquariums
- Looking for Clues
- Taking a Statement
- Plaster casts
- Finger prints
- Climbing Wall
- Rappell Wall
- Big Swing
- Crate Stacking
- Leap of Faith (Senior campers only)
Archery (both a class and course)
Riflery is only a course and is only offered to Senior campers.
- Fire Building
- Foraging : Wild Edibles and Finding Water
- Shelter Building
- Cooking with Fire
Campers who take Survival Skills also participate in a Survival Camp Out where they put their skills to the test building their own fire to cook on, preparing their own shelter, and spending the night outside. (Don;t worry, we provide staff to help ensure safety and lots of water is kept at camp-out in coolers!)
Extreme Hiking and day Hikes
- Coil Pots
- Slab Pots
- Pinch Pots
- Mastering the Wheel
There is also a Pottery course for Seniors that also them to spend all week on the pottery wheel!
- Casting a Mold
- Uncasting and preparing a Mold
- Painting Ceramics
- Firing Ceramics
The Ceramics course takes campers all week to accomplish, so you'll see that only "painting ceramics" is a class where campers can paint on pre-casted molds.
More Craft Classes:
- Dream catchers
- Beady Buddies / Seedy Buddies
- Friendship Bracelets
- Making Rope
- Candle Dipping
- Paper Making
- Tie Dye
- Animal Sketching
- French toast
- Oreo truffles
- Ice Cream
- Cake pops
- The Science of a Photograph
- Tricky Pics
- Selfies with Animals
- Writing a Play
- Stage and Lighting
- Making Props
- Casting and Performance
Other Camp Classes:
- Reading in the Hammocks
- Sign Language
- Can Jam/ Bucket Drumming
For information on our Counselor in Training (CIT) Program, click here! This is a week long course for any camper looking for some more leadership.