2020 Summer Camp Activities

Each year, we strive to offer fun, exciting programs for our campers, and 2020 proves to be no different!  Activities are 1 period and offered all 6 weeks, unless otherwise noted. Campers will choose 4 activity periods and 1 alternate.  Every camper takes Red Cross Swim lessons, taught by certified lifeguards.

Campers who sign up for Cloverbud or one of our MAAP’s program (Alpine Adventures or Mountaineers) do NOT choose classes, as their program is specially tailored to their needs!

Camper’s enjoying the view from Owl’s Head

 Learn essential skills for backpacking and hiking in the wilderness! Campers will participate in activities such as pitching a tent, practicing Leave No Trace principles, orienteering, and an introduction into outdoor cooking. Later in the week Pathfinder campers will take an afternoon hike up nearby Owls Head Mountain to put their new learned skills to the test, and even have dinner on top of the peak!. This activity is offered to campers of all ages and fills in one class period per day. Pathfinder is part of our wilderness leadership series, for more information on our backpacking program, visit the M.A.A.P.s page on our website! Offered Weeks 2, 4 & 6.

Learning out to make fire in Wilderness Survival

Wilderness Survival (2 Class Periods)
Ever wonder what you would do if you got lost in the woods? Do you like to be outdoors and explore? In “Wilderness Survival”, you’ll learn essential skills to help you be prepared for any adventure outdoors. You’ll learn how to make shelters, build fires, set up a camp, find your way in the woods, and identify safe and unsafe plants. At the end of the week you will put your skills to the test!

Put your survival skills to the test in an Advanced Wilderness Survival Class

 Advanced Wilderness Survival (2 Class Periods) Age Limit 11 and up.  Ready to take your wilderness skills to the next level? After learning more advanced survival techniques, you will be putting those skills to the test in a survival scenario – only the strong will survive!


How well do you know the creatures that make the Adirondacks their home?  In this activity you will learn about the wildlife that lives in the water, mud, and woods around 4-H Camp Overlook.  You will also learn how to recognize these creatures by their tracks, sounds, droppings, what they eat and where they live.  Get involved with many hands-on activities, and find maybe animals you didn’t know existed in your backyard!

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Catch a fish – big or small – at camp!

Whether you take fishing seriously or do it as a leisure activity, there’s nothing like feeling a tug on the end of your line!  Campers will learn about fishing techniques, fish habitat and safety, while relaxing on our beautiful fishing dock.  Poles and equipment provided.

Back for 2020! Advanced Fishing Age limit 11+  This class is for older campers who have 3+ years fishing experience and who want less guidance and want more time fishing! 

Midsummer garden’s bounty!

 Backyard Farmer  In this activity you will get your hands dirty!  Campers will help tend our raised  garden beds, collect and plant seeds, learn about worms and compost, insects and pollinators, taste fresh herbs and vegetables straight from the garden, and explore our natural environment in hands-on garden based learning. You will also be learning about our camp chickens and make a new poultry friend or two! 

NEW! Making MacGyver  MacGyver is an “old” word for working with whatever is in front of you to solve a problem. In this course, campers will learn how to find what can be hidden in plain sight, and they will create something useful out of seemingly random items. The class wraps up with an ‘escape room’ style puzzle to solve.

NEW! Zoonotic 
In this class, campers will learn about zoonotic diseases that people can get from their pets, mosquitoes, ticks, bats, and other animals! We will focus on ways to avoid and prevent these diseases by “zoonotic proofing” camp through various activities. 

Adventure Course

Adventure class


Adventure 1 :
Campers in the Level 1  participate in a variety of games and fun group initiatives designed to develop trust and teamwork.

Adventure Class 2: (2 Class Periods) Age limit 12 and up.  
Participants focus on team-building and communication skills through the use of group initiatives and low ropes elements. Campers also learn spotting and safety techniques as they move through our ropes course. Age limit 12 and up or 11 and up with Level 1 experience. 

Adventure Course 3: (2 Class Periods) Age limit 13 and up with at least 2 years of Adventure Course experience.  
Campers will spend the majority of their time on low & high elements including the Burma Bridge and the Zip Line. Groups will learn advance problem solving and leadership skills.


Archery Novice Minimum age 8.
No previous archery experience necessary! Campers learn the parts of the bow and arrow, archery safety, and practice to develop shooting skills.

Archery Intermediate Minimum age 10 and 1 year of camp archery experience.
In this level campers will improve upon their aim and shooting skills, while working on more advance targets and games.

Archery Advanced Minimum age 12 and 2 years of camp archery experience.
Campers learn the parts of a compound bow and develop advanced shooting skills. Designed for those who have archery experience, or have taken our previous archery classes.  Curriculum includes challenging games and archery challenges!

Campers will be able to identify the main parts of a sailboat, learn rigging and shoring procedures and understand how to right an overturned or tipped sailboat.  Campers must wear life jackets and are under the supervision of Red Cross Certified Lifeguards.

Canoeing and Kayaking 
J-Stroke, C-Stroke or Draw? Learn the difference between these types of canoe strokes and glide effortlessly across the water! This continued favorite activity builds skill during the week, and if the weather cooperates includes a trip to a nearby island for a picnic lunch!

Happy Crafters!

Arts & Crafts 
This perennial camp favorite incorporates a wide variety of art forms including textiles, painting, sculpture,miniatures, crafts from recycled materials and much more! This activity allows campers to take home several hand made camp memories.Since the curriculum changes year to year, there is always something new to create.

Use tradition ingredients (from our garden!) to make your own soap!

Throwback Crafts  Ever wonder how things we use every day get made?  Want to create something with a purpose? In this D.I.Y. class learn basic artisan skills as we explore the ‘lost art’ of making soap, candles, bath bombs, paper, and MORE! These folk art skills will last a lifetime. 

Back for 2020! Drama Offered weeks 2, 4, & 6. 
Join our camp staff in fun improvisational games guaranteed to make you laugh and get you out of your comfort zone. Your group will also create a skit to be preformed at our talent show on Wednesday night!

New for 2020! Dance Offered weeks 1, 3, & 5. 
Are you new to dance? Or an accomplished dancer? Either way, join this activity for fun filled movement and body exploration for campers of all abilities. Your group will also create a performance for our Wednesday night talent show!

Ultimate Overlook Sports 
In this activity, you’ll be playing some of Camp Overlook’s oldest and most cherished group games and sports, along with a new skill or two.  Campers learn the benefits and positive health effects that being physically active has on the mind and the body. The goal of this activity is to be active, have fun, and become a “Rec Field Hero”.

Air Gun  Ages 10 and up.
Child must be able to hold and support the weight of the gun. Feel the sense of accomplishment as you improve your target score with every shot! Campers will use air-powered pellet guns to learn gun safety, range procedures and basic marksmanship, while under the careful supervision of 4-H Shooting Sports staff. 

 Advanced Air Gun  Ages 11 and up with 1 year camp Air Gun experience.
Advanced Air Gun is for campers 11 and up who have already taken 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. This class fills quickly!


Fun Appétit – Cooking Class (Two class periods) Class size limited to 12 campers per week. 
Learn basic cooking, knife, and nutrition in this very popular (and tasty!) class.  You will learn different substitutions and healthy options, AND you get to taste all your creations.  Now offered all weeks! ~additional $15 fee~ 

Spoon Carving – Introduction to Woodworking  Ages 9-12: Class size limited to 15.  Spoon carving is an introductory level carving class. Campers will learn safe tool handling and storage, basic carving techniques and how to read wood grain. They will learn the basic techniques for using chisels, spoke shaves, drawknives, carving knives and utility knives. They will also learn some basic tool sharpening skills. Campers will work to complete a wooden spoon that they can take home and use in the kitchen.
Offered week 5 only

Make your own Adirondack style bench that will last decades!

Build a Bench (Two activity periods)  Limited to 8 campers ages 12 and up.
Campers will learn the fundamentals of pioneer woodworking using primitive tools. Campers will then fashion their own half-log wooden bench. Learn a life skill, and bring home a beautiful piece of Adirondack furniture! – Offered week 5 only ~additional $25 fee~

Beaver tail or Otter tail, your paddle will be an original work of art!

Paddle making (Two class periods) Class size limited to 10 campers ages 12 and up.
Have you ever dreamed of carving your very own canoe paddle? Create a work of art that is also functional from Adirondack Cherry wood to bring home! Students will learn the basics of woodworking in this activity. – Offered week 5 only ~additional $20 fee~

Counselor in Training Classes (CIT)

CIT 1 – Must be age 14 by June 20th.
If you are interested in becoming a camp counselor this course is for you! The CIT I program introduces campers to the philosophy of Camp Overlook, including camp traditions, songs, and safety rules.  Available Weeks 3, 4, & 5. 

CIT 2 – Must be age 15 by June 20th.
The CIT II program focuses on leadership styles, the importance of communication, developing teamwork, and techniques for working with children.  Available weeks 3, 4, & 5. 

CIT 3 – (ALL Class periods) Must be age 16 by June 20.  
Leadership in the Making. This is a program for campers, 16 years of age, who are looking for a completely unique camp experience! Participants will be involved with all aspects of camp, but be on a separate and specialized learning tract that prepares them for future leadership roles. CIT III’s will spend the morning two class periods with the Camp Director/Assistant Director further developing their skills as emerging camp counselors. The afternoon classes (all three periods) will be spend conducting in-depth team building and leadership activities that are directly applicable to pursuits in school, college and careers. This exciting experience will allow participants to work closely with their peer group, while developing valuable skills and lifelong friendships. 16 year olds interested in this class would register as a  traditional camper and choose only this class.  Available Weeks 1 and 2 only.


In addition to these classes, campers are automatically enrolled in:

All campers at 4-H Camp are automatically assigned a swim class for their week at camp.  After  camp registration on Sunday you will take a swim assessment down at our beach and placed into a Red Cross swim class.  You will get a change to advance your swim skills, spend time on our beautiful beach, and have FUN! Swimming is a lifelong skill that many generations in the North Country can say they first learned at Camp Overlook!

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