Camp COLEY offers a fully supervised day and night program. Age appropriate activities include swimming, boating, first aid, ecology, outdoor skills, hiking, crafts, rock climbing, all terrain vehicles, shooting sports, COPE (challenging outdoor personal experience), sports, games, songs, campfires and a Thursday night dance with a DJ.
Our campers are divided by grade level and gender, and are supervised by Camp COLEY counselors as well as the Boy Scout staff as they visit the various program areas throughout camp.
Our Camp COLEY Program Overview document is perfect for campers who are interested in applying their Camp COLEY experience toward patches with GSA or other organizations.
Campers awake every day at 7:00 am. All campers, leaders, and Mount Allamuchy staff report to the parade field at 7:45 for a flag raising ceremony. Each day a different site is responsible for properly raising the flags. After the flag ceremony the camp heads to the dining hall for breakfast and then go right to their morning program.
At 12:15 everyone reports to the dining hall for lunch. After lunch, the groups return to their sites for siesta until 2:30, and then head out to start their afternoon programs. The final program ends at 5:00. Groups report back to the parade field by 5:45 for a flag lowering ceremony, and then everyone heads to the dining hall for dinner.
Each group of campers and their adult leaders visit program areas throughout the camp on a rotating schedule. Highlights include:
- Our extensive Aquatics area offers swimming, boating, canoeing, sailing, kayaks, funyaks and our 14' iceberg. We also provide daily swimming instruction.
- Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) lets campers develop teamwork, communication, trust, self-esteem, problem-solving and decision making skills while having fun. Most of our campers end up doing much more than they thought they were capable of doing.
- Climbing and rappelling takes place on man-made climbing walls and natural rock walls.
- The Shooting Sports program offers a variety of age appropriate activities including archery, bb guns, rifles, and shotguns. Before allowing the campers to shoot, trained Scouts in charge of this area extensively explain the rules of the range. Scores are kept during the week and on Friday the campers who make the minimum score requirement for each shooting area are invited back to participate in a shoot-off.
- Ecology exposes campers to the natural wonders of plant and animal life.
- Campers 13 and older get to ride All Terrain Vehicles as part of an ATV Safety Institute program.
- All campers learn First Aid techniques from our certified health officer.
- The Handicraft pavilion offers campers the chance to express their creativity. Campers have many crafts to choose from such as painting, jewelry making, and beading.
- Campers are introduced to Outdoor Skills such as knots, compass, flag etiquette and cooking.
- Songs and Games are always lots of fun. Kids learn fun camp songs and Camp COLEY traditional songs for the ceremonial on Friday. Fun games are played amongst the groups.
Campers look forward to different activities each evening. At the conclusion of the evening program campers and their leaders often enjoy visiting new friends in other campsites. All campers return to their own campsites by 10:00 pm.
- On Sunday night there is a high energy opening camp fire. This is the time when all campers are introduced to the staff of Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation (MASR) and Camp COLEY staff and leaders. The MASR staff then performs skits and songs and the camp theme is introduced.
- After dinner on Monday night we take site pictures. Each camper receive a picture of their site at the end of the week. Pictures are followed by a water carnival at the waterfront where our older campers have the opportunity to participate in several different competitions and our younger campers have camp wide games.
- Tuesday is a solemn evening of reflection, ceremonies, songs and readings. This is also the time we have a tree dedication program to recognize the hard work of someone who has been a big part of our program. To end the evening on a high note, we have a sing a long that is run by the CITs and Boy Scouts.
- On Wednesday, we have a pizza party followed by camp wide games for our older campers and a water carnival for our younger campers.
- Perhaps the most looked forward to night, Thursday night the camp gathers at the volleyball area for a dance. A DJ comes in and our campers dance the night away!
- On Friday night we hold our closing ceremony. We start the evening off with a serious camp fire that stems from the Camp Fire traditions. A CIT is chosen by his or her peers and leaders to run the ceremony. Campers from sixth grade and up are able to participate in this portion of the night. After the serious camp fire we have a fun camp fire when each site performs a skit or song that they worked on during the week. Awards are given out at this time. It is a great ending to a wonderful week!