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Dates, Rates & Themes

Dates, Rates & Themes

 

Weekly Session: $1295

Specialty Camps Per Session: $1495

Teen Adventure Camp: 1 Week - $1495, 2 Week - $2795

Teen Leadership Camp: $2795

For information on financial assistance, click here.

Theme Weeks

June 6 to June 12

 

What better way to spend your week at camp than with the cool island vibes of a Hawaiian paradise? We will be introducing campers to summer fun and games with our Aloha themed week.

June 6 to June 19

 

Teen Adventure Camp: Two Week Program

The Teen Adventure Camp or TAC is a Two week program for boys and girls aged 13-15. It’s designed to provide a new camp experience at Cullen for campers that have participated in our main camp programing and need a change of pace or for new campers looking for a summer camp program with a little more adventure. Adventure camp will also feature a survival scenario game that will test the teen’s knowledge on the priorities of survival and execution in a narratively driven story.

The teen camp staff have received certifications from the YMCA as lifeguards, from Adventure Experience as high challenge course facilitators and as first aid responders prior to the start of camp.

By the end of their experience teens that have participated in this program should leave Cullen with:

  • Lifelong friends that they have spent the entire experience with bonding over fun and at times challenging scenarios
  • Gained skills and confidence in wilderness scenario’s
  • And most of all, the culmination of all of this will be a wonderful and fun experience
June 13 to June 19

Campers will experience ancient civilizations and learn how different cultures from the past thrived. The whole week will take the campers from the beginnings of time through present day, just in time to be picked up by their parents.

June 20 to June 26

 

Our Sci-Fi week will take the campers on a journey to the future, imagining what might be possible, and living that dream at YMCA Camp Cullen through futuristic fun and games themed around technology, space travel and other-worldly adventures!

June 27 to July 10

 

The Teen Leadership Camp or TLC will be a two-week program that will provide opportunities and trainings for campers to develop and build upon their leaderships skills, not just as a prospective counselors but also in developing post high school skills. These skills will include resume building and interviewing preparation as well as teambuilding activities to promote cooperation, collaboration and confidence building. Teens will also be involved in a service project that will provide them with an opportunity to make a positive impact and difference beyond the camp. The Teen Leadership Program is designed for boys and girls aged 16 -17 years old. Participants are campers who are wanting something different from the regular camp experience and are perhaps looking to become camp counselors themselves in the next year or two. The teen camp staff have received certifications from the YMCA as lifeguards, from Adventure Experience as high challenge course facilitators and as first aid responders prior to the start of camp. By the end of their experience teens that have participated in this program should leave Cullen with:

  • Lifelong friends that they have spent the entire experience with
  • New skills and confidence that they can use for the rest of their life
  • Certification in ASHI and Basic Life Support from the YMCA
  • Should they wish to continue their camp experience and become a counselor that inspires and motivates another generation of youth to be the best versions of themselves throughout this process our teen counselors and lead will evaluate their performance and successful participants will fast track themselves into a position on the camp staff when they turn 18
  • And most of all, the culmination of all of this will be a wonderful and fun experience

Example Itinerary Week One: Bonding and Orientation Week

Sunday

  • Arrive at Camp between 2pm – 4pm
  • Receive program orientation from the Teen Camp Counselors and Director of the program
  • Participate in ice breakers to get to know one another
  • Participate in an opening campfire
  • Embers lead by teen camp counselor

Monday

  • Low prop/no prop teambuilding, Zip Lining and Alpine Tower
  • Begin Story boarding for movie projects in groups, the purpose of which will be to write, shoot, act and edit a video that that communicates the impact of the camp experience
  • Embers lead by teen camp participant

Tuesday

  • Continue to Storyboard/ start to shoot videos
  • Enjoy archery and riflery programs
  • Presentation from the Program Development Director on the process of creating fun and engaging Evening Programs for Main Camp. Begin planning as a group their own Evening Program to execute in week two of TLC. Campers will have a budget for the EP that they will have to manage.
  • Embers lead by teen camp participant

Wednesday

  • Continue to shoot videos
  • Participate in Horse Riding program
  • Continue work on planning for the TLC Evening Program
  • Embers lead by teen camp participant

Thursday

  • Introduction to the TLC Amazing race challenge that will feature scavenger hunts and challenges
  • Participation in the TLC Amazing Race
  • Continued prep and planning of EP/shooting video as needed
  • Embers lead by teen camp participant

Friday

  • Participation in a service project
  • *Talent Show
  • End of week one campfire with reflections
  • Embers lead by teen camp participant

Saturday

  • Camper/counselor choice
  • Embers lead by teen camp counselor

*Talent show preparations to be done during rest period time, introduced during camp orientation. The purpose of which will be to get the TLC participants to share their talents or perhaps widen/stretch the comfort zones a little as doing so can be an essential ingredient for a camp counselor as well as confidence boosting in general.

Week Two: Certification, Training and Preparation Week

 

Sunday

  • Sleep in, relaxed morning with breakfast in bed
  • During Main Camp check in, TLC will spend the afternoon enjoying the pool
  • Opportunity to continue shoots of video project
  • The Teen counselors and Teen Camp Director will give each teen during the day an evaluation of their first week of the program
  • Embers lead by teen camp counselor

Monday

  • Finish EP prep and turn in any purchase needs to the Program Development Director.
  • The Shark Tank – teens split into groups and to devise a program/product that they can work on during the year with the intention to raise enough money to scholarship one camp every summer to experience camp that would otherwise not have this opportunity. The teens will then present their ideas/products to the panel. This activity should encourage both service and entrepreneurship.
  • Edit video projects
  • Embers lead by teen camp participant

Tuesday

  • Teen Director introduces the ASHI course to participants and study pre-work session
  • Afternoon free session to participate in normally scheduled camp programs with Main Camp to have an afternoon of enjoying their classic camp experience as campers
  • Physical prep and execution of Evening Program, followed by a debrief and conversation about how they feel it went, what they learned, their successes and things they could have done differently and improve upon were they to do it again.
  • Embers lead by teen camp participant

Wednesday

  • Final Edits and any re-shoots of video project
  • Final study and pre work for the ASHI written test and practical
  • Teen Leadership Camp Quiz night
  • Embers lead by teen camp participant

Thursday

  • ASHI written and practical test
  • Interview and resume workshop
  • Cabin Night
  • Embers lead by teen camp participant

Friday

  • Review and solidify the learnings of the last 2 weeks, and set goals for how to carry these new skills when returning to their lives outside of camp.
June 27 to July 3

 

This week the United States celebrates its birthday! Join Camp Cullen in a revelry of all the best things about this country. Campers will enjoy a special 4th of July cookout. Don’t forget to pack your stars and stripes themed clothing!

July 4 to July 10

 

Super Heroes week will transform camp into a battle ground for the superhuman. As the forces of good and evil collide at YMCA Camp Cullen, we will need your camper’s help to set the world right.

July 11 to July 17

 

This is where we take the campers on a trip around the world, without ever leaving the safety of the camp ground. Campers will experience all kinds of culture and learn from our counselors who hail from all over the world.

July 18 to July 31

 

Teen Adventure Camp: Two Week Program

The Teen Adventure Camp or TAC is a Two week program for boys and girls aged 13-15. It’s designed to provide a new camp experience at Cullen for campers that have participated in our main camp programing and need a change of pace or for new campers looking for a summer camp program with a little more adventure. Adventure camp will also feature a survival scenario game that will test the teen’s knowledge on the priorities of survival and execution in a narratively driven story.

The teen camp staff have received certifications from the YMCA as lifeguards, from Adventure Experience as high challenge course facilitators and as first aid responders prior to the start of camp.

By the end of their experience teens that have participated in this program should leave Cullen with:

  • Lifelong friends that they have spent the entire experience with bonding over fun and at times challenging scenarios
  • Gained skills and confidence in wilderness scenario’s
  • And most of all, the culmination of all of this will be a wonderful and fun experience
July 18 to July 24

 

The Wild West inspires children’s imagination the world over, and it's no different here at YMCA Camp Cullen. We will take the campers on a journey through the frontier towns and troubles, helping the sheriffs and upholding the law.

July 25 to July 31

 

This week we’ll be presenting the kids with the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of the world and its natural beauty. We’ll surround them with programming designed to intrigue, inspire, excite and instill respect for the world around them.

August 1 to August 7

Teen Adventure Camp

Teen Adventure Camp is a specialty program defined by it innovative, and bold take on classic primitive camping. TAC consists of a two week program for participants ages 13-15 , broken down into two six day sessions, all at our Camp Cullen facility, focusing on the basic and intermediate skill development of wilderness survival, creative problem solving, orienteering, and conservationism to name a few. Participants have the opportunity to obtain and hone these skills during the first week of of TAC, where we will operate in both a classroom environment and in the field working on theory and praxis. Week two is where participants put their skills to the test, participating in “Plane Crash”, “Shipwreck”, as well as an overnight canoeing trip, and other various scenarios designed to challenge participants and create the ultimate outdoor adventure experience. The program is designed to encourage youth to develop their leadership skills, and to create lasting friendships through an exhilarating outdoor adventure here at our Camp Cullen facility.

Week 1:

Skill development

  • Survival Rule of 3
  • Shelter Building
  • Fire Building
  • Orienteering
  • Trapping (theory only), Hunting (theory only), Foraging & Fishing
  • Basics of Wilderness Medicine
  • Wilderness Conservationism
  • Various lessons to underline the importance of YMCA core values in day to day life, and how they apply to the wilderness

TAC Packing List >

August 1 to August 7

 

Pack your bags for a journey of nonstop fun!

Our Great Adventure week will take campers on an exciting trek through the wonders of nature surrounding us. Campers imaginations will climb to new heights in the mountain climbing themed adventure.

Make sure you tie up your shoes as you step into this amazing week of your best summer ever!

It’s an opportunity to make new friends, to have a break from technology. It’s the first real chance I’ve had to be responsible and independent.

Morgan E., 13