A day in the life of a camper

The Typical Day at YMCA Camp Cullen

A camper’s day is full of intentional design. Each element, each hour, serves a purpose. Meals fuel the fun, the fun drives learning and skill development and the learning builds character, providing the opportunity to reflect and grow. From rising in the morning, to closing their eyes at night, your camper is taken on a journey.

9am-12pm

Land Activities (Ages 12-17)
Aquatics Activities (Ages 7-11)
Equestrian Activities

8:30am

Morning Meeting & Flag Raising

8:00-8:30am

Breakfast

7am

Rise and Shine

2:30-5:30pm

Land Activities (Ages 7-11)
Aquatics Activities (Ages 12-17)
Equestrian Activities

1:15-2:25pm

Siesta

12:30pm

Lunch

10pm

Lights Out

9pm

Embers*

7:30pm

Evening Program

6:45pm

Cabin Activities

6pm

Dinner

*Embers is a nondenominational reflection on the day’s lessons of the five core values (respect, responsibility, honesty, caring and faith).

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Daily Activities – Morning

Rise and Shine A cabin will rise with the sun and get ready for their camp day at around 7 am. During this time, they’ll listen to a podcast that details the activities and opportunities ahead of them, get fitted in all the right gear and head out the door ready for another day of adventure!

BreakfastA hot, nutritious breakfast fuels your camper for their day of fun. Providing a wide array of options from the main meal, to cereal bar and vegetarian options, with all dietary requirements taken care of, we’ll set your camper up for success.

Morning Meeting & Flag Raising Morning meeting gets the body limbered up, the excitement pumping, the mind grounded and the expectations set for the day. We pay respect to the flag and then get ready to make the most of the day.

Land Activities Each day, our activity selection changes for your camper. A typical day on land activities will always involve choosing 3 activities from a selection of – Arts, Science, High Adventure, Target Sports, Horse Riding and Sports.

Aquatics ActivitiesEach day, your camper’s waterfront choices remain the same. The campers can select 3 items from a choice of – Banana Boating, Sailing, Paddle Sports, Wet Willie Slide, Fishing or the Pool.

Equestrian ActivitiesThe Equestrian program is an option every time a child takes part in land activities. Campers who choose to go to our Equestrian Center will participate in a wide range of possible paths at the barn, from horse care, to arena rides, trail rides and equine science.

LunchA long morning having fun will build an appetite for any camper. From the main meal, to sandwich bar, salad bar and vegetarian options, we’ll refill the stomach and make the body ready for more fun in the afternoon.

Daily Activities – Afternoon/Evening

SiestaEveryone enjoys a nap. To beat the heat and to allow lunch time to settle before an afternoon of adventure, the campers come back to their cabin to spend a precious few minutes of recovery and relaxation.

Dinner Dinner wraps up the meals for the day, with the same structure of choice in place. Meal times at Camp Cullen are more than just the food. They are an EXPERIENCE. Cheers, songs, dance parties and competitions all bring the fun alongside the food.

Cabin Activities The cabin group is a close group, full of potential new lifelong friendships. Each day we find time for the cabin to laugh and play together through challenges that bond them as a team.

Evening Program – Evening Program is something a little different every day. At the start of the week, these programs are dedicated to the weekly theme, and as the week progresses, they end in campfires, dance parties, ice cream, cabin time, talent shows and more.

EmbersEmbers is an opportunity for cabin groups to get to know each other. Through counselor-guided reflection activities, the cabin groups will explore the core values of the YMCA and how they have behaved into those values as individuals, and as members of the community.

Lights Out A good night’s rest fuels a successful day of adventures. We get the kids in bed early and most will be asleep before their head hits the pillow.

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The camp experience is a transformational one. No matter where your child is on the journey to being the best version of themselves, an experience with YMCA Camp Cullen can take them one step closer. Spots are limited by the number of beds at camp, so sign up today to lock in yours!

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