Creative Arts Week - Activities With Risk
Creative Arts Week is a Camp program, and follows the same safety policies as the accredited summer Camps.
Most campers participate in activities at Camp that have some inherent risk such as waterskiing, ropes course, white water canoeing, mountain man challenge, archery, swimming, woodsman, and Flag Trip. All of our staff members are well trained in their activity areas and are taught to use caution and wisdom in all situations. In addition, our Camps are accredited by the American Camping Association, which holds us to a very high standard in training, safety, and oversight. Please see below for more detail on these activities at Camp. Do not hesitate to call the Executive Director if you have any further questions about any of these or other activities at Camp.
Windsurfing, Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, and Paddleboarding
All these activities take place under close supervision by staff members trained in their boating area and in Lifeguard Training. Staff members are either in nearby kayaks, on nearby paddleboards or windsurfers, or (for sailing) in a nearby motorboat. All campers and counselors always wear life jackets in or on any boat. If any weather situation were to arise, all campers and counselors are immediately cleared from the water. If a boat is farther out on the lake, a motorboat will clear the campers from the water onto land. Camp sailors have the option of participating in weekly regattas on Long Lake. Advanced kayakers have the option of working toward an ocean kayaking trip; skills are taught including the use of ocean radios and marine maps. Only campers who have successfully gone through advanced kayak training would be allowed to participate in such a trip.
Every camper will be required to participate in swimming lessons, until they successfully pass out of all of the swimming levels. The swimming program is broken down into age appropriate levels of skills that each camper must master before moving onto the next level. All swimming instructors as certified trained lifeguards(LGT) and many of the instructors are certified Water Safety Instructors (WSI).
Cherry Island and Harrison Swims
Campers who have passed their Big Float Test and have shown the ability to swim ¼ mile in the lanes at the camp H-docks, are offered the chance to participate in the Newfound Cherry Island Swim. Kayaks and canoes staffed with LGT certified counselors accompany the swimmers. The distance from Newfound’s kayak beach to Cherry Island is approximately ¼ mile (1/2 mile total there and back). More advanced swimmers are offered the chance to participate in the Harrison Swim, a 2 mile swim from the local town center of Harrison back to Camp. Swimmers must successfully complete the Newfound Cherry Island Swim before attempting the Harrison Swim. Both the Cherry Island Swim and the Harrison Swim take place early in the morning, before many boats are on the lake. Swimmers stay close to shore in the Harrison Swim and are accompanied by LGT certified counselors in kayaks, canoes, and motor boats. Any camper who needs or wants to board a boat at any time is welcomed and encouraged to do so.
Arts and Crafts
The Arts and Crafts Studios at both Camps are staffed with responsible adults. Campers are never allowed to be in the Art Studios nor use the Art Studio equipment without permission and oversight by a counselor. Wood burners and glue guns are used for some projects, under close supervision by the staff member on duty.