PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

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Youth Programs

Youth are defined as Grades 7 to 12.

Note: Many of the planned programs will be multigenerational, but there will be plenty of time for the youth to hang out with other youth and their adult leaders

Early Morning Activities

Before 7:30 AM

Sleep in or participate in early morning activities which could include yoga, bird watching, hiking, labyrinth, etc.

Breakfast

7:30 to 8:30

All meals are served buffet style and provide a variety of choices for the health nut or junk food junkie and everything in between.

Morning Celebration

8:45 to 9:00 AM

After breakfast each morning, the whole community will gather for a multigenerational worship service with music.

Theme Presentation

9:00 to 10:00 AM

The theme for the week is “The Moral of the Story is Change” presented by Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, our theme speaker.

Workshops and Youth Programming

10:15 to 11:45 AM

Youth and Adults can choose from a variety of workshops, but there will be activities especially for youth as a group during this time.

Our primer this summer will be The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. Hate zombies or the thought of a zombie apocalypse? Don’t worry... our focus will be less on zombies and more on learning about preparing for a zombie virus outbreak. What would you do with your last 24 hours to live? How would you feed your colony of survivors? What are the religious ties of zombies to Haitian Voodoo? We’ll explore these questions and more and come up with our own expression of our time together... maybe a movie? A skit for the talent show? Endless possibilities!

Alternatives to workshops

With parental permission, youth have the option to use the workshops times to socialize, read, explore the camp, practice their talent show presentation, etc.

Lunch

12:00 to 12:45

Once again, all meals are served buffet style and there are many choices. Eat now or forever hold your peace - or at least until 6 when we have dinner.

p.s. There is dessert at nearly every meal!

Salmagundi!

1:30 to 3:00 PM

Every day will include fun opportunities to get to know people of various ages and from all over our district.

Salmagundi means a mixture of otherwise unrelated ingredients. We will meet after lunch every day for our own Salmagundi: a mixture of people, a mixture of ages, doing a mixture of activities. Folks may choose where they would like to mix. Offerings will include the challenge courses on campus, canoeing, volleyball games, organized outdoor games like capture the flag, creating a community quilt, and Eco-art projects like paper making, nature weaving, batik, and other ways for us to connect and have fun.

Challenge CoursesMonday, Tuesday, and Thursday there are ropes courses for almost everyone – the camp has three different ropes courses, at different heights and for people with different skill levels. All challenge and rope course activities will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff.

There will be an additional charge for these. See the Challenge Course page for the descriptions, schedule, and fees. Participants must register and pay for Challenge Courses by July 11, 2011.

On Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, youth and adults can participate in The Commitment Trail, a team building activity. (Note: The fee for this challenge course for the youth is included in the StarTrail Fee for youth.)

Afternoon Free Time

3:30 to 5:15 PM

Water ActivitiesThe camp has a swimming pool and a small lake with canoes.

Hiking and Trail RidesThe camp has hiking trails.

There are guided horseback trail rides at nearby Platte River State Park.

Field Trips

There are other opportunities within a few miles, including the Strategic Air and Space Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and Mahoney State Park with an Acquatic Center and an Activity Center with indoor playground.

Supper

6:00 to 6:45

Enjoy dinner with your new friends and your family. Elbows off the table and sit up straight!

Vespers

7:00 to 7:30 PM

After supper each evening, we will gather for 30 minutes of storytelling and song, meditation, reflection, or prayer. Led by Rev. Scott McNeill, this participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welcome our evening together.

Evening Program

7:30 to 8:30 PM

Some of the activities will include a dance, a talent show that will knock your socks off, and a campfire with s'mores.

Late Nights

8:30 to 11:00

Knowing that youth are on a different internal clock, some later night activities for socializing will be happening. These will be supervised by one of the adults who is working with the youth all week and will be safe but fun. We can play games, share our favorite music, show off the crazy things we find on Youtube, update our Facebook pages, and share the kinds of things that only seem to come up when one is kinda tired and hanging with friends.

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