As the campers get older, they have the opportunity to define and customize their own camp experience, while also venturing out to new places and on new adventures.
While Hill Campers stick to a similar schedule as the younger divisions at camp, the option to customize their day makes it intentionally less predictable. By offering this kind of program for adolescents, Camp IHC balances the spirit of a traditional camp community with age-appropriate experiences. It gives the campers milestones to look forward to while they’re in the younger divisions.
We adopt the idea of progressional programming meaning that our Hill Campers can individualize their summer program by choosing elective activities three days a week, giving them more time in the areas they enjoy most. These days are organized in groups in order to maintain a strong feeling of friendship and camaraderie. The Hill Campers also have big on-camp events like Survivor and College Days that really get them going!
There are times that the older campers also serve as role models for younger campers by exercising leadership in “all-camp” special events.
Hill Camp enjoys a wide array of trip experiences. Beginning with adventures in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State, campers go on rock climbing and mountain biking overnights where they finish their day around a campfire in the woods. There are also 4 day trips to places like Boston and Vermont keep camp life exciting for our older campers. The tripping program culminates with our unique IHC West Program, a four-week trip throughout the western United States.