Programs

Day Program

Campers awake every day at 7:00 AM. All campers, leaders, and Mount Allamuchy staff report to the parade field at 7:45 AM 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, followed by each site's morning program.

At 12:15 PM, everyone reports to the dining hall for lunch. Afterwards, the groups return to their sites for a siesta. At 2:30 PM, they head out to start their afternoon programs, which end at 5:00 PM. Groups report back to the parade field by 5:45 PM for a flag lowering ceremony, and then head to the dining hall for dinner.

Each group of campers and their adult leaders visit program areas throughout the camp on a rotating schedule.

Programs include:

  • Aquatics: open swimming, daily swimming instruction, boating, canoeing, sailing, kayaks, Funyaks, and our 14' inflatable iceberg for climbing

  • Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE): campers develop teamwork, communication, trust, self-esteem, problem-solving, and decision-making skills while having fun and safely encouraging each other to push themselves out of their comfort zones

  • Climbing: rock climbing and rappelling takes place on artificial climbing walls and natural rock walls

  • Shooting Sports: campers are trained by experienced Scouts in archery, BB guns, rifles, and shotguns depending on their age group; 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 shooting sports competition

  • Ecology: exposes campers to the natural wonders of plant and animal life including hiking, fishing, and hands-on interaction with local flora and fauna

  • All Terrain Vehicles: available to our campers who are 14+ as part of an ATV Safety Institute program

  • First Aid: life saving techniques taught by our certified health officer

  • Handicraft: offers campers the chance to express their creativity through many crafts such as painting, jewelry-making, basketweaving, leather-working, and tie-dyeing

  • Outdoor Skills: introduces campers to skills such as knot-tying, compass reading, flag etiquette, fire building, and campsite cooking

  • Songs and Games: campers learn fun camp songs and play fun games like Ships and Sailors and One-and-Twenty

Night Program

Campers look forward to different activities each night. 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.

  • Sunday: our high-energy opening campfire; 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 introduces the camp theme

  • Monday: site pictures are taken which each camper receives at the end of the week; followed by canoe wars for our older campers and camp-wide games for our younger campers

  • Tuesday: a solemn evening of reflection, ceremonies, songs, and readings, including a tree dedication to recognize the hard work of someone who has been a big part of our program; evening ends with a sing along run by CITs and Scouts

  • Wednesday: pizza party followed by camp-wide games for our older campers and a water carnival for our younger campers

  • Thursday: the camp gathers at the volleyball area for a dance; a DJ comes in and our campers dance the night away!

  • Friday: evening begins with a ceremonial campfire that stems from the Camp Fire traditions and recognizes a group of outstanding CITs chosen by their peers; campers from sixth grade and up are able to participate in this portion of the night; afterwards, each site performs a skit or song that they worked on during the week; awards are given out and we conclude a fun week at camp!