Running Brook Adventures offers campers a combination of exciting day trip excursions and overnight camping trips, with the goal of experiencing the fun and excitement of the outdoors in a collaborative group setting.
The camp runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday during the on-campus portion of the session. When a group leaves for a camping trip, it returns for dismissal at 3:45 p.m. on Friday.
Early Dismissals from Adventures camp are challenging to coordinate as the groups are off campus until at least 3:15 every day. Please contact the Adventures Director if you need to pick your camper up early and they will formulate a plan with you.
Adventures campers should bring lunch, snack, large water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, bathing suit, and towel. As activities change based on weather we ask that campers are also prepared with footwear for any activity (i.e. sneakers, socks and flip flops, water shoes). In a confirmation packet you will receive prior to camp, there will be a letter detailing supplies needed for specific activities as well as a packing list for the camping trip.
Each camper needs to bring her/his own non-refrigerated lunch, drink and snack each day during the day-trip portion of the session. For overnight camping trips, campers need their lunch for the first day of the trip and snack money. The camp supplies the food for the remainder of the trip.
The day trip sites are all within a one-hour drive from camp. These may include rock climbing, hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, beach day, high ropes, or community service. A detailed schedule of activities will be sent via email 2 weeks prior to your scheduled session.
If you registered for Voyagers or Explorers, you are signed up for a two-week session, including camping during the second week (Mon-Fri for Explorers, Tues/Wed- Fri for Voyagers). If you are registering for Day Trekkers, please make sure you specified whether you want camping or no-camping (these are two separate groups, camping is Thursday-Friday for the Day Trekkers with camping). The camping trips are typically the highlight of the session and offer awesome opportunities for the campers to really engage in the experience. We work with campers to ensure that they are ready and comfortable with the camping trip. There is not an alternative on-campus plan should they chose not to attend.
We love helping campers experience new adventures and step out of their comfort zone. That being said, activities such as hiking and biking require some level of comfort to ensure that the whole group can move together at an appropriate pace. We have created a Program Readiness chart to help you understand our requirements for our different camps, based on age, session length, and developmental readiness. Please contact us before signing up if you are not sure about your camper’s comfort level.
The Voyagers, Explorers, and Adventure on Wheels! sessions all include biking excursions, many of which are during the camping trip. Please reach out to Sara ahead of time if you have any concerns about your child's ability to participate. There is no biking scheduled for Day Trekkers.
Each Adventures trip can accommodate a maximum of 13 campers. There are two staff for every trip. In order to provide participants with a rewarding group experience, each trip will require a minimum number of campers (typically 8 or more) in order to run. If a trip is going to be cancelled, families of registered campers will be notified by April 1.
Though we have a pre-set schedule, it is likely to change based on weather, timing, vendors etc. We ask that kids come to camp every day ready for anything. Although we preview and review plans as much as possible, “ at the moment” changes are inevitable. Also, if there is the time in the afternoon we take campers swimming at many different community locations. The camp pool is being used for swim lessons for the Day Camp, so while we may have the chance to spend an occasional 20-30 minutes there during an end of the day free swim, we tend to seek out alternate swimming spots (pools, lakes etc.).
We pride ourselves on hiring qualified, caring and experienced staff and aim to meet the needs of all campers. However, our ability to offer significant individualized support for campers can be limited by the structure of our program. Counselors provide frequent check-ins with the group and individually with campers as needed, but we do not have the capacity to stop an activity for a camper who requires a significant level of supportive intervention. If you are concerned about this, please contact Sara ahead of time to see if Adventures is a good fit for your camper. Our Day Camp Assistant Directors support our Adventures Staff while on campus but do not work directly in the program, so even if you have worked closely with one of the Assistant Directors to support your child, please follow up with Sara as well.
We are excited about the opportunity for your camper to be more independent and more empowered in Adventures camp. However, if you have any concerns about your camper's ability to be successful in the program, we want to speak with you before you move forward with your registration.
In the past, campers have participated in biking, hiking, rock climbing, trampolining, circus arts, beach day, stand up paddleboarding, high ropes course, zip lining etc. We ask that campers participate to their best ability and encourage kids to step out of their comfort zone. In some instances (i.e., rock climbing) they can choose how much they want to do. With other activities, (i.e., hiking or biking) the group needs to be able to stay together, so we expect that kids will have the ability to get to the destination.
RUNNING BROOK CAMPS AT CHAPEL HILL - CHAUNCY HALL SCHOOL