Junior & Intermediate Campers
Ages 8 – 12
Fun! Adventure! New friends! In the Junior programs for ages 8-10, campers live for 7 days in groups with other campers the same age and gender, led by two trained counselors. Intermediate campers aged 10-12 extend the same experience over 10 days. Nestled in the pines, while tenting on Zeden and Ispuchaw Lakes, campers get a taste of wilderness living. Spend your morning paddling silently to get close to a beaver lodge. In the afternoon we will switch into high gear for a rowdy game of flags! The evening activities include liturgy and singing in the chapel, then back to the campsite for cocoa and snacks around the campfire.
Spend your summer exploring nature, making new friends and having fun!
In their groups, campers will participate in a number of activities including kayaking, swimming, sports, drama, naturelore, canoeing, Hebertism, archery, orienteering, wilderness crafts, group initiatives, Discovery and the famous Bosco Games and Bosco Relay. Campers can earn badges for levels attained in canoeing, naturelore and orienteering. Visit our about page to learn more about the in-camp activities offered.
Other activities include out-trips to nearby lakes and streams. Use your skills to navigate to campsites, cook your meals and build your shelter. Try your luck at fishing, learn how to track animals, the list is endless! When you return to camp head to the beach for a cooling swim, or just to relax.
Our out-trip activities are what makes St. John Bosco Wildeness Camp unique. On a one-night (for Juniors) or two-night (for Intermediates) overnight hike, campers travel on foot and live with nature hands-on and close-up.
Campers are involved in all aspects of the trip planning and execution, from choosing the destination and planning the route to developing the menu and packing the gear. After hiking to one of many nearby lakes in Narrow Hills Provincial Park, campers practice their outdoors skills including campsite selection, outdoor cooking, shelter building, equipment care, wilderness safety and no-trace camping. The day ends with stories around a campfire and often an introspective ’fire-watch’ experience.
At the closing ceremonies, campers share their adventures with parents and friends. Spend part of your summer exploring nature, making new friends and having fun.