At Camp Twigs at Sanders Ferry, children will spend every day outside. Our programming encourages imaginative play, nature education, and outdoor skills development. Above all, our goal is for every camper to increase their appreciation and respect for nature. A flexible schedule allows campers to collaborate with their counselors and peers to choose their own adventure, and decide where each day takes them.
Activities include: nature education, hiking, camp games and songs, crafts, outdoor cooking, fishing, disc golf, animal tracking, camping skills, and more. All camp activities are led by caring, enthusiastic staff who are building careers in education, sports and recreation, and child development.
Camp is where your child will be supported and encouraged as they develop their independence, imagination, creativity, teamwork, collaboration, and social skills. They will spend every day playing, learning, and growing: surrounded by natural beauty.
Camp Twigs is known for having the most caring camp staff in town! Each camp has a site director and some also have assistant directors. The leadership staff is made up of local teachers or camp professionals with at least three years of experience. Camp counselors range from seasoned teens who participated in our Counselor in Training (CIT) program to adults with childcare experience. We take pride in having staff who make every day fun!
What To Bring
Your camper will need to be dressed and ready for an active day of outdoor exploration. This often means getting wet and muddy, so please come prepared for a full day of fun!
Campers should come to camp each day with the following items:
- WEAR tennis shoes or hiking boots; PACK sports sandals or closed-toed water shoes. No flip-flops. A separate shoe for the water will help prevent blisters – wearing sport sandals instead of sneakers is okay but we suggest still having separate water shoes.
- WEAR sunscreen & bug spray; PACK more for later. Spray is easiest for us to apply. We may ask your camper to use our bug spray if they have trouble not playing with it.
- WEAR a hat to keep the sun off of delicate faces; PACK a rain jacket or poncho. Camp adventures will not be stopped by rain. We will seek shelter during lightning or severe weather.
- Additional packing items:
- An extra set of clothes (or swimsuit)
- A lightweight reusable water bottle
- Trash-free lunch: we encourage campers to participate in our trash-free lunch challenge! We practice leave-no-trace principles and campers will pack out what they pack in each day. Camp is a great time to work on reducing our footprint by eliminating single-serving packaging.
PLEASE NOTE: If a child forgets their lunch, CTSF will call the listed contact person. Lunch can be dropped off or CTSF will provide a pre-packaged lunch for a fee of $5.00. CTSF is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please label all of your child’s belongings. Unclaimed items will be held for 1 week, displayed at checkout, then donated to charity.
Camp Behavior Policy
*Please review with your child before arriving at Camp Twigs at Sanders Ferry.
Camp Twigs at Sanders Ferry wants to cultivate the naturalist in your child and engage them with their immediate environment. It will be a fun week at camp, especially if the campers already know what is expected from them. Read these guidelines with your child.
Camp Twigs at Sanders Ferry Campers are expected to be respectful to each other, their counselors and themselves. We are a camp that encourages each other and that does not tolerate put downs. We are trying to learn something that is challenging and new, so we need to have patience with the process and with each other. We always pitch in to clean up and help out. We always think about safety first! This means we make good decisions, ask questions and listen to the instructors at all times.
Camp staff will work with your child to redirect minor behavior issues with listening, cooperation or positive participation. More disruptive behavior will be brought to the attention of the camp director and the parent will be notified at check-out or called by phone.
A camper may be asked to leave camp (without a refund) if the director determines that the camper is compromising the safety of themselves or their group. This could include verbally threatening other group members or acts of aggression/violence such as hitting, kicking or biting. Also, if a camper repeatedly leaves the group unannounced and is unable to be kept safely supervised, they may be sent home without a refund.
To guide us, we use the ACORNS* philosophy.
We strive for Camp Twigs at Sanders Ferry campers to be:
Be active in your group. Participate and try new things.
Ask questions & try and find out answers. Explore your environment.
Pay attention to world around you. Listen and notice small things.
Respect all things: people, animals, plants and our environment.
- In Nature
Being outside makes us mentally and physically healthier. Unplug and enjoy!
Make good decisions. Be careful with ourselves, others and our words.
(*Adapted with permission from Kalamazoo Nature Center – PDF)
Emergency Communications Plan
Although we do our best to stay safe and prevent injuries, sometimes accidents happen. In the case of an injury or an emergency, we will do our best to communicate with parents or emergency contacts as soon as possible.
*Please note, that camp does not provide any transportation. In case of an injury or emergency, the camp staff will assess the situation and call emergency services as appropriate. Once the nature of the injury/emergency has been established, parents will be notified by the camp director or the CEO. If the child’s parents cannot be reached, the designated emergency contacts will be called. If the injury or emergency is not life-threatening but requires further medical attention, the parents or emergency contacts will need to provide transportation to seek care.
NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER
This term was coined by Richard Louv to describe the effect that increased time indoors has on children. Examples range from increased rates of obesity and behavioral problems to lack of focus at school. Time spent outdoors quickly combats many of these issues. Learn more