Beginning at Arcadia
Starting At Camp
The decision to send one's elementary-school-aged child to sleep-away camp can be daunting for parents. Will my daughter be happy? Will she get the care she needs? Will she gain confidence, learn new skills and make new friends? Will she be able to manage living away from home for one, two, four or seven weeks? Is she ready for camp?
At Arcadia we focus very significant attention on the experience we provide for our younger campers. Children between the ages of seven and eleven have been an important part of our camp community for generations and we have witnessed their growth first-hand. We value them, we understand their needs and abilities and we know how to provide for them. Arcadia's Juniors and Plebes are in every sense “happy campers!"
Camp Arcadia's Support for Your Camper
Creating a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment for young campers begins with leadership. Our Unit Coordinator for the Junior (2 and 3 grades) and Plebe (4 and 5 grades) groups has an extensive background in the education of young children and in supervising those who work with them. She serves as a teaching mentor for the counselors in the two units, keeps close touch with each child's progress throughout her time at camp and communicates regularly with our Directors and with the parents.
We train our counselor staff to understand the characteristics and needs of the children they live and work with. We take special care in our interview process and our ten days pre-camp orientation period to ensure that our counselors are compassionate and responsible and that they understand their role in guiding and nurturing young children.
“As parents, we are always looking to provide our children with the best possible and most rewarding experiences to help them grow, learn and develop into confident teens and adults. The Arcadia experience it truly unique in this regard as it develops so many of the traits we want our daughter to develop. The Arcadia experience is unmatched.
2018 Arcadian Parent
Junior And Plebe
We structure our activity program for Juniors and Plebes to meet their needs and abilities. They make their own decisions on what activities they participate in, based on those chosen by them and their parents before getting to camp. They each day are offered a choice of activities for people at their level.
At Arcadia a welcoming attitude, careful supervision, encouragement, active, hands-on, multi-sensory learning and having fun are essential for each camper’s experience. These are teaching fundamentals we instill in our counselors and reinforce in a variety of ways throughout each summer.
We are always amazed by how much our Juniors and Plebes learn, how their decision making gets better and how much pure fun they have in their few weeks at Arcadia!
Arcadia is proud of the experience we provide for our younger campers. We encourage you to see for yourself what Arcadia can do for your daughter.