A day at Treetops unfolds in a rhythm. Campers are awakened not by the blare of an alarm, but by the quiet words of a counselor telling them the day has begun.
Morning Chores, Breakfast & Tent Cleanup
6:30 am – 9:00 am
Children assigned to morning barn chores and garden harvest get up a bit earlier than their fellow campers. They make their way to the barn and garden to care for our animals and harvest food for the day’s meals.
As they return, the rest of Camp stirs. Everyone gathers in the dining room for a delicious, healthy breakfast — of eggs, oatmeal, fruit, or pancakes with our own maple syrup, for instance.
After breakfast, campers return to their tents and cabins to tidy up their tent space. They work together to take out the trash, sweep the floor, and make their own beds.
Council & Morning Activities
9:00 am -12:15 pm
Each day, after every meal, all campers and counselors gather for Council, where information about the day is shared, music is played, songs are sung. A crucial part of a Treetops day, Council provides community, structure, and choice. It is during Council that campers select activities for their mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
Daytime activities include, but are not limited to:
- nature exploration and wilderness trips >>
- traditional crafts >>
- music & drama >>
- horseback riding >>
- boating >>
Lunch, Council & Rest Hour
12:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Morning activities are followed by a wholesome lunch, afternoon Council, and rest hour.
Rest hour is a time for children to relax in their tent or cabin for quiet activities such as reading, writing, drawing, or a nap. Mail is also delivered at this time, so campers are able to savor news from home in relative privacy.
Afternoon Activities & Work Jobs
2:45 pm – 6:00 pm
After rest hour, campers participate in the two activities that they selected during lunch Council. At 3:45, between third and fourth activity periods, everyone gathers on the Lake Hill for a 15-minute snack break called “Juice & Crackers.” Campers look forward to this break as a time when the whole camp comes together.
At 5:00, all campers and staff participate in daily chores — a small, daily contribution to keep our Camp running smoothly. We believe that this meaningful work not only teaches and strengthens community values but helps campers feel valued and accomplished. In gaining real responsibility, campers develop confidence and pride in a job well done.
Dinner & Evening Activities
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Most days culminate with a variety of after-dinner activities. Some campers may opt for quiet games or reading by the fire, while others work on craft projects or join a short sunset hike. Pickup games of soccer and capture-the-flag are favorites, and on particularly hot evenings, many campers head to the waterfront for a dip in the lake.
On certain evenings, the entire camp gathers for a special event — a musical or dramatic performance, square dance, or bonfire on the Lake Hill.
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
After brushing their teeth and changing into pajamas, campers return to their tents to enjoy a bedtime story read by their counselor. A softly ringing bell signals quiet time, and each child is tucked into his or her bed. Counselors sit outside on the tent step until all children have drifted off to sleep. An on-duty counselor circulates and monitors tents throughout the night to ensure that all children are safely asleep in their beds.
Bedtimes range from 8:30 – 9:30 based on the age of the camper:
- 8:30 pm for junior campers
- 9:00 pm for most senior campers
- 9:30 pm for the “Supers,” our oldest senior campers.
A Review of Our Daily Schedule
6:30 | Children on barn chores and garden harvest wake up
7:15 | All campers get up
8:00 | Breakfast, followed by tent clean up
9:00 | Morning council
10:00 | First activity period
11:00 | Second activity period
12:15 | Lunch, followed by afternoon council
1:45 | Rest Hour