Published: Mar 13, 2024

Summer Day Camp Itineraries for Adventure Day Camps – AND – Adventure and Science Day Camps 

Adventure Camp ages 10 to 14 $350/person 

Offered 3 times this summer: July 8 to 12, July 15 to 19, and July 22 to 27th, 2024. 

This is an adventure gourmet buffet! Throughout the week participants will get a taste of whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, ropes course and rock climbing, orienteering, outdoor and science education, and camping basics. Every day is a new adventure!  

Campers will experience adventure, learn outdoor and adventure sport skills, team building, self-reliance, problem solving, resilience, and nature appreciation. 

This is an approximate Itinerary as we will adjust the weekly schedule and day based upon the weather forecast. Swiftwater Adventures provides transportation for all programming, other than parents/guardians dropping off and picking up campers at start and end of day. 

We will run camp rain or shine. In the event of thunderstorms we will do an indoor activity until storm passes. 

Day 1 Introduction games, Ropes Course, and Whitewater Raft Lower St. Louis River.  

Campers will challenge themselves on High Ropes MN aerial challenge course, then after lunch raft the Lower St. Louis River into Jay Cooke St. Park. 

Day 2 Introduction to Climbing Day.  

Top rope and bouldering, interpretive hike to and from climbing sites. 

Day 3 Rafting Upper St. Louis River and Island Survivor games.  

Campers will challenge themselves while learning and apply camping and basic survivor skills in a fun team challenge, then raft the upper St. Louis River through 1,000 acres of semi-wilderness. 

Day 4 Intro to whitewater kayaking and canoeing.  

Campers learn whitewater kayaking basics and challenge by choice philosophy to paddle a couple of class II pool drop rapids for a safe and fun learning experience! Campers will also learn how to maneuver a canoe on a lake setting. 

Day 5 Orienteering and Adventure Race Day.  

Campers will learn how to use a compass and then use them to navigate an orienteering course, finding and moving from one challenge station to the next.  

After lunch it’s adventure race day. Split into teams, camper will apply all the skills they’ve learned throughout the week for the adventure race. Navigating from one challenge to the next, campers will climb (bouldering), hike, raft, and kayak, with the help and supervision of Swiftwater facilitators, their way through the adventure course. An awesome ending to a week of adventures! 

Adventure and Environmental Science Camp Ages 10 to 14 $350/person August 5th to 9th, 2024 

This camp is a mix of outdoor adventure and natural and environmental science education. Taking on an immersive approach, campers will experience outdoor adventures, such as kayaking, climbing, rafting, canoeing while learning local geology and reading the landscape, identification of native flora and fauna, forest ecology, and stream ecology.  

Campers will learn about real world applications such as how scientists determine water quality, and more! Campers will experience adventure, learn outdoor skills, team building, self-reliance, problem solving, resilience, and natural science. 

Learn outside and on the go in beautiful places along the St. Louis River Corridor, Jay Cooke St. Park, and more! 

Day 1 Introduction games, introduction to ecology, wildlife of the St. Louis River watershed, Predator and Prey games. Lunch. Raft the Upper St. Louis River. 

Day 2 Intro to Forest ecology, orienteering course. Lunch. Aerial challenge course with High Ropes MN. 

Day 3 Wetlands and stream ecology. Water quality testing and macroinvertebrates kick net catching in Otter Creek. Lunch. Intro to Whitewater kayaking. Campers learn whitewater kayaking basics and challenge by choice philosophy to paddle a couple of class II pool drop rapids for a safe and fun learning experience! 

Day 4 Fire and Ice: Geology of Jay Cooke St. Park and Lake Superior. Lunch. Climbing and bouldering. 

Day 5 Humans and the Environment. Thomson Dam and Jay Cooke Tour. Lunch. Science knowledge bowl and adventure race. Split into teams, campers will navigate the adventure race course from one challenge to the next, applying all the skills they earned throughout the week while also testing their knowledge. 

Adventure Day Camp and Adventure and Science Day Camp Hours and Camper Attire 

Drop off times 8:30 to 9am. Camp Hours 9am to 4:30pm. Pick up times 4:30 pm to 5pm. 

Location: Swiftwater Adventures, 121 Vermilion St. Carlton, MN 55718 

We will run camp rain or shine. In the event of thunderstorms we will do an indoor activity until storm passes. 

How to dress and what to bring: 

Campers should bring a change of clothes daily as we will be doing water activities, so a change of dry clothes is a must. It is also beneficial to bring a few extra layers for variable weather conditions. In case of cool weather and for water activities, synthetics like polyester or fleece shirts are nice to have. Swiftwater will supply wetsuits and paddling suits if the weather is unseasonably cool. Obviously, swimsuits are a must. 

For footwear, campers should have a pair of shoes dedicated for water activities. These don’t need to be water specific shoes, like neoprene booties, but can be old tennis shoes, or tight fitting sandals. Flip flops or Crocs type shoes are strongly discouraged as they are slippery when wet and do not stay on feet. Campers should also wear/bring a pair of closed toed, tight fitting shoes for other camp activities such as hiking, ropes course, and climbing.  

A small day pack/ back pack, water bottle and personal snacks are recommended.  

Lunch: Campers can bring their own lunches, fridges and microwave on site, or traditional brown bag lunch is probably best as we are on the move. Parents can opt to pay an additional $40 for lunch for the week for lunch from a local restaurant supplying sandwiches, wraps soups etc. 

Liability Waivers: Parents and or guardians need to fill out the liability waiver and medical information form so facilitators are aware of any medical needs or conditions such as allergies, insulin, need for Epipens etc. Link for waiver is in your confirmation email and/or click on Manage Reservation link. 

Cancellation policy: To receive a full refund cancellations must be 14 days prior to the start of camp so we can fill those spots. No refunds for last minute cancellations. 

Campers should show up with and open heart and an open mind and be ready to have fun!! 

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