A Treetops summer would not be complete without time for children to play, learn, and create.
Campers are free to choose their own activities from a variety of programs, including horseback riding, swimming in the lake, boating, traditional crafts, music and drama, and more. They play games of tennis, soccer, capture-the-flag, kick-the can, Frisbee golf, and Quidditch.
Given ample time to choose, practice, and try out, children at Treetops learn an array of new skills — and the growing confidence that comes with them.
They gain something else. In our humanely paced, unplugged world, Treetops campers attend to one activity at a time. They engage each other face to face. And when they do, moments of connection deepen into strong bonds of lasting friendship and robust community.
Treetops slows the world down, so children have time to revel in the simple joys of childhood:
- climbing trees
- turning cartwheels in tall grass
- mud walks on a rainy day
- rolling down the Lake Hill.
We encourage all campers to embrace spontaneity and the spirit of simply being — freedoms they may not have in the frenzied pace and over-scheduled routine of 21st century life.
We start small.
In all of our program areas, one success — no matter how minor – lays the foundation for further gains:
- hand building with clay before progressing to the kick wheel
- practicing a new melody before leading a song at morning Council
- mastering a swimming stroke before attempting an endurance swim across the lake.
The determination to keep trying is also what we teach at Treetops, and it’s what our campers learn:
- to finish an arduous canoe portage, so as not to let down the group
- to perfect the wooden bowl they’ve learned to carve on the lathe
- to manage an animal many times larger than oneself, overcoming a fear of horses in the process.
Treetops is a virtual hive of artistic activity, but nothing we make comes from a kit. Why? An abundance of inspiring sources — spectacular scenery, inventive adults, and a culture of making our own — encourages creativity at Treetops.
In our many crafts shops, campers make original creations in weaving, ceramics, woodworking, sheep-to-shawl, and others. A frequent feature of many projects is the use of natural and recycled materials, another way our campers stretch their imaginations.
When creativity is valued, children look to their own ingenuity to satisfy their needs.