Adventure at Camp
Life at an animal camp is always an adventure! But for those who want to step it up a bit, Cub Creek offers several specific adventure courses and classes that are aimed to please. These activities are some of camp's most popular activities with full classes! They are offered multiple times a day and multiple times a week. Our Adventure activities offer a variety from our mostly animal and science based activities, but science is applied in all of them! The Ropes Course is a popular area of camp. Every year, our Ropes Course Facilitators and a Lead Ropes Instructor are trained and certified. Additionally, our ropes course facility, harnesses, and equipment are checked for safety. So, our Ropes Course is both safe and FUN! Although the name would imply different, all the elements of our Ropes Course are only offered as classes.
Our adventure program has a few classes and courses only available to senior campers: Riflery, Survival Campout, and Leap of Faith. You will notice in those descriptions **Senior Campers Only**, meaning that campers who are 12 and up and registered as seniors may only participate in these activities for safety reasons.
Look below for a list of our adventure related courses and classes.
The six elements of our Ropes Course are sure to get your heart pumping! Zoom down our zipline, swing 50’ in the air on our giant swing, maneuver up the climbing wall, and build a camper's self confidence right alongside with their excitement!
Zip Line - Definitely the most popular element of the Ropes Course, Zip Line offers an introduction to our elements. This wild ride takes campers all the way to the Back Pastures and right over Malachi the Camel!
Rappel Wall - Campers will learn to safely descend from the top of the taller Ropes Course tower to the ground on their own! With the instructions from both Facilitators, campers gain confidence in the skills of rappelling.
Big Swing - Also called the Giant Swing, a group of campers will work along with the Facilitator to help hoist each camper into the air using a pulley system! Once the camper being lifted has reached the desired height, they let go of their end of the pulley system, and go for a great swing!
Leap of Faith - This element is the most daring on the Ropes Course! Campers will be placed in a full body harness, balancing their way as they walk out a horizontal pole, 30ft high! If they are able to make it to the end, they can take their leap of faith at hitting a ball hanging 6 feet past the end of the pole! Campers who take the Leap of Faith and hit the ball, get a special surprise! Because this element requires campers being able to safely fit into a body harness, it is only offered to **Senior Campers**.
Crate Stacking - Starting from the ground up, campers are challenged to stack crates beneath them... as they balance on their own tower! The current standing record for most crates stacked by a camper is at TWENTY SEVEN! Can you beat that?
Climbing Wall - With both beginner and advanced options, the climbing walls in the Ropes Course offer campers a chance to practice a popular outdoor hobby. Campers who can make it to the top of the wall, can ring the bell, letting the whole camp know!
Archery is the art, practice, or skill of propelling arrows with the use of a bow. Campers taking the week-long course will learn the difference between precision and accuracy as they aim to become a skilled shooter.
Archery 101 - Campers will learn the basics of archery. They will be able to identify what the parts of the bows and arrows are called and how to use the range safely.
Aiming Methods- Campers will continue to practice their archery skills, discover their dominant eye, and learn proper aiming methods.
Skills Test- Campers will practice shooting skills using balloons while learning the importance of precision and accuracy.
Archery Games & Atlatls - Campers will continue to practice their archery skills while playing some engaging games. Campers may also learn how to use the atlatl.
Archery Tournament- Campers will demonstrate the best of their archery skills they've learned this week.
Riflery is an old camping tradition that we would like to keep going here at our camp. Riflery focuses on safely teaching campers the skills of marksmanship and responsibility. Campers shoot 22 caliber rifles from the comfort and safety of our covered riflery range. It is critical to us that safety is taken seriously. So this course has two Instructors to watch the class at all times, the class is limited to a certain number of campers, and all campers are required to follow strict commands. Because this course takes extra care and safety, riflery is only offered to **Senior Campers** and is only offered as a course.
Rifle Safety - The entire first day of the course is dedicated to safety. Campers will meet with the Instructors at our Range to go over commands, ear and eye protection, and handling rifles.
Shooting - After the first day, campers will practice their marksmanship. With a target downrange, they will practice bettering their accuracy and score. Like Archery, the goal of Riflery is gaining skills and noticing your strengths. Riflery takes patience and a positive attitude!
Rifle Cleaning and Care - Campers learn the importance of taking care of their rifle while in the class. This involves handling when both shooting and not, loading properly, and cleaning. Each camper is assigned a rifle during the week so that they take special care of it.
In this week-long course, campers learn the basics of survival out in the wild! They'll learn how to find water, build a fire, and create a shelter. This all culminates in a voluntary survival campout, which allows campers to put their skills to the test! This course and its classes are available to Juniors and Seniors. Survival Campout is **Seniors Only**.
Fire Starting - TThe goal of this class is to learn how to start a fire with nothing but what you can find in the woods. Campers will learn that a sustainable fire takes knowledge, time, and a whole lot of patience.
Shelter Building/Knot Tying - Using sticks, leaves, and tarps, campers are challenged to build a strong and sturdy shelter. With different methods, campers learn how to protect themselves from all the elements during a night in the woods.
Camo Concealment & Knife Skills - Campers will learn to blend in with their environment by using woodland camouflage, then they'll spend some time learning some essential outdoor knife skills.
Orienteering and Signaling - Spending time in the woods requires attention to detail and knowledge of how to guide yourself without the help of a modern GPS! Campers will learn how to use a map and compass to find different objects hidden around camp.
Searching for Food and Water - Finding food and water in the woods is critical to long-term survival. In this class, campers will learn to differentiate between edible and non-edible plants. Additionally, they will learn of supplies and techniques necessary to make water safe to drink.
Additional Adventure Classes
These activities are other Adventure classes that campers enjoy at Cub Creek. New adventure activities are also offered every summer, based on the interests and skills or our summer staff.
Caving - Spencer Cave is a huge cave located on our extended camp property. It is about a 1/2 mile hike from base camp, but well worth the trip! This cave is lots of fun to explore and involves as much or as little mud as you like. Because of its vast size and side chambers, we offer two levels of cave exploration: basic and extreme caving. Both are two hour classes that allow campers to see and enjoy the cave formations as well as a variety of cave inhabitants, including bats and salamanders. For the basic caving class, campers can walk through the cave with very little need to bend and not need to crawl, unless campers choose to explore the Banana Room, at the very end that requires a short crawl. Extreme caving explores a side tunnel and involves crawling through 3-4 foot tunnels that lead to a massive echo chamber room. Did you know that wintergreen lifesavers spark when you bite them, and that you can create sparks from static electricity when you rub a balloon across your hair? We try several short experiments while we have the advantage of complete darkness.
Survival Campout - Campers who are ready to test out the skills mastered in the Survival Skills are able to spend a night in the woods putting those skills to the test! Campers will build their own shelter, create and sustain a fire, and cook their dinner over their fire. ** Senior Campers Only **
Geocaching - Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game. Campers follow clues or navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache container hidden at the location.
Did you think that was it? We have plenty of other classes and courses offered in science, adventure, arts & crafts, nature and even more! Click the button to your right to explore more.