As the planning stages at 4-H Camp Overlook of summer 2017 are well underway, we have some excited new classes to share with our campers and parents. Camp Overlook prides itself on blending new classes with classic camp traditions, to create a program that welcomes new campers and families while being a place generations come back to year after year. Summer camp is a place where the learning is hands on, and the skills acquired last a lifetime! Many of camps traditional classes still run every year, and often bring new innovations to make them better than ever. This year we are bringing a few new classes to add variety to our regular programming,
One of our most exciting changes this summer is that we are offering our very popular cooking class all 6 weeks! Feedback from campers and parents alike was they wanted more opportunity for campers to take the class and we listened – Class size is limited each week, so sign up early to get your spot. Our cooking class lets campers learn basic cooking and baking techniques eat their delicious creations. We are also introducing a new camp garden and gardening class for this summer, where participants will learn more about where their food comes from, get hands on experience gardening, and even taste what our garden produces. Camper will get a chance to become reporters, interview other campers and staff, and take photos for a camp newspaper which will be available in print and online at the end of the week, as part of our new camp newspaper class.
Down on the shooting sports range, we will be offering an Advanced Air Gun class. This class is for campers 11 and up who have already taken a year of Air Gun and want to further their skills. These campers will learn new shooting positions and have new advanced challenges, as well as more shooting time on the range. For campers who cannot get enough of our Wilderness Survival Class, our new Pathfinder class will be a chance to put their skills to the test. Offered weeks 2, 3 & 5, the Pathfinder class will be offered to campers of all ages and serves as a great stepping stone into backpacking and camping. On Wednesday afternoon Pathfinder campers will even hike to the top of Owls Head Mountain to put some of their new knowledge to the test and cook a meal on top of a mountain!
Arrival and Departure Information
CB 1 Arrives Thursday at 10:00 am and Departs Saturday 1:00 pm
CB 2 Arrive Sunday at 1 pm. Depart Tuesday at 1:00 pm
All Traditional Weeks 1-6 Arrive Sunday between 1:00—3:00 pm. Closing Ceremony is 7:00 pm on Friday.
We have been busy planning the 2019 camp season. We can’t wait for summer to get here!
If you attended camp in 2018 you will automatically receive a postcard and email reminder in January about applying online. You can also visit the camp website anytime after February 1st to sign up!
You can call the Camp Overlook office at 518-483-4769 or email email@example.com to request a paper application. All paper forms will be sent out after February 1st.
Paper forms must be accompanied by a check or money order. Credit card payments are accepts only with online applications.
Soon you will be at camp making your 2019 summer camp memories!
Bokie’s Drive IN in Malone is helping us celebrate National 4-H Week with a 4-H Camp Overlook themed ice cream!
In Celebration (and anticipation) of National 4-H Week, Bokie’s Drive In has created two different 4-H inspired flavors – and it starts TODAY!
The first flavor – Apple Pie – Apple ice cream with pie pieces and caramel swirl- is being offered TODAY through October 6th. The second week will feature 4-H Camp Overlook Campire – Chocolate Ice cream with smore’s pieces and marshmallow swirl. (Offered October 7th – 13th)
Scholarship applications for Summer 2018 are due April 15th. For more information on scholarships and how to apply, please visit our scholarship page, or call our office at 518.483.4769
We hope to see you this summer!
As the planning stages at 4-H Camp Overlook of summer 2018 are well underway, we have some exciting new classes to share with our campers and parents. Camp Overlook prides itself on blending new classes with classic camp traditions, to create a program that welcomes new campers and families while being a place generations come back to year after year. Summer camp is a place where the learning is hands on, and the skills acquired last a lifetime! Many of camps traditional classes still run every year, and often bring new innovations to make them better than ever. This year we are bringing a few new classes to add variety to our regular programming,
We are so excited for summer to get here! Registration for camp opens February 1st.
As the weather turns warmer and the school year winds down, many families’ thoughts turn to what to do with the long summer break. While there is a wide variety of activities for youth, there is nothing that matches the magic, fun, and personal growth that happens at Summer Camp. Our 4-H Camping program at Camp Overlook focuses on Positive Youth Development (PYD). PYD Programs seek to empathize with, educate, and engage children in productive activities. Did you know that 4’Hers are 4 times more likely than their peers to give back to their community? That is no happy accident! At camp we are intentional in our program, helping campers understand their role, place, and value in our community.
The 4-H mottos “to Make the Best Better” reflects the positive youth development approach of 4-H. Positive youth development stresses building on the strengths that campers already have, rather than on the prevention of possible youth problems. The focus on PYD began when researchers realized the importance of empowering youth in their own development through relationships with peers, mentors, family, school and community. We see this in the way that 4-H Camps empower youth to be active participants in our program through problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking, teamwork, leadership skills, and of course, fun. Our 4-H Camping program focuses on positive and sustained relationships between youth and young adults, activities that build important life skills, and opportunities for youth to use these skills as participants and leaders in valued community activities at camp.
4-H is a community of seven million young people around the world learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Interested in coming to 4-H Camp this summer? There are some last minute spaces available for this summer, but don’t delay as weeks are filling fast! Visit www.4hcampoverlook.org to sign up. Or you can call our office at 518.483.4769.
Research shows that youth who play outside are happier, more focused, and less anxious than youth who spend more time indoors. Then why are young people spending more and more time inside? University of Michigan found that the average American child spends less than 30 minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play, and over 6 hours a day in front of a screen. To describe how modern kids have a severe lack of time and opportunities outside, author Richard Louv coined the term “Nature-Deficit Disorder”. Louv interviewed a child who once told him how he enjoyed indoor play more than outdoor play “’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are”.
We know why getting outdoors is good for kids: It helps them be active, builds their confidence, and encourages imagination and creativity. Time outdoors also helps reduce a child’s stress and fatigue. Time indoors involves ‘directed attention’, which requires people to ignore distractions and interruptions, which can exhaust your brain. In an outdoor natural environments, we exercise a relaxed type of attention known as ‘soft fascination’, which can create feelings of happiness. Research has even show that being outside makes children nicer, improving social connections, value for community, and close relationships.
At 4-H Camp Overlook, we value the idea of unstructured outdoor free time. While we love our camp classes and all that they teach, outdoor free time allows campers a different chance to interact meaningfully with their surroundings. American Academy of Pediatrics encourages free play as it protects children’s emotional development, whereas loss of free time and a hurried lifestyle can contribute to anxiety and depression. When campers are enjoying outdoor free time, they can think more freely, design their own activities, and approach the natural world in inventive ways. It also gives them the great opportunity to connect with peers and mentors, all without the aid of technology. Getting back to basics is what camp is all about!
For more information on how time outside can be beneficial to a child’s development, visit https://childmind.org and the http://www.nwf.org . To learn more about the outdoor programs offered at 4-H Camp Overlook, call 518.483.4769.
We are excited to announce that our online registration for summer 2017 is now open! With online registration you can choose your weeks, programs, and classes, and pay with credit card.
Cloverbud 1 Thursday, June 29 – Saturday, July 1
Arrive Thursday at 10:00 am. Depart Saturday 1:00 pm
(new) Cloverbud 2 Sunday August 6—Tuesday August 8
Arrive Sunday at 1 pm. Depart Tuesday at 1:00 pm
Week 1 Sunday, July 2 – Friday, July 7
Week 2 Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 14
Week 3 Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 21
Week 4 Sunday, July 23 – Friday, July 28
Week 5 Sunday, July 30 – Friday, August 4
Week 6 Sunday, August 6 – Friday, August 11
Arrive Sunday between 1:00—3:00pm. Closing Ceremony is 7:00 pm on Friday.
Alpine Adventures 1 runs during Traditional week 1 & 6
Mountaineers runs during Traditional week 4
Arrive Sunday between 1:00—3:00pm. Closing Ceremony is 7:00 pm on Friday