A Day At Camp

Sample Schedule

PERIOD MON. TUES WED. THUR FRI. SAT.
Period 1
9:20 - 10:10 AM
Tennis
Swim
Trip Day
Swim
Tennis
Swim
Period 2
10:15 - 11:05 AM
Waterski
Sailing
Trip Day
Fishing
Kayak & Canoe
Camp Craft
1st General Rec
11:10 - 12:00 PM
General Recreation
General Recreation
Trip Day
General Recreation
General Recreation
General Recreation
Period 3
2:20 - 3:10 PM
Woodworking
Gymnastics
Trip Day
Fine Arts
Giant Swing
High Ropes
Period 4
3:15 - 4:05 PM
Fitness
Volleyball
Trip Day
Mountain Biking
Lacrosse
Waterski
Period 5
4:10 - 5:00 PM
Banana Boat
Water Ski
Trip Day
Archery
Culinary Arts
Sewing
2nd General Rec
5:00 - 5:30 PM
General Recreation
General Recreation
Trip Day
General Recreation
General Recreation
General Recreation

Sample Schedule

Monday

Period 1 9:20 - 10:10 AM Tennis
Period 2 10:15 - 11:05 AM Waterski
1st 11:10 - 12:00 PM General Recreation
Period 3 2:20 - 3:10 PM Woodworking
Period 4 3:15 - 4:05 PM Fitness
Period 5 4:10 - 5:00 PM Banana Boat
2nd 5:00-5:30pm General Recreation

Tuesday

Period 1 9:20 - 10:10 AM Swim
Period 2 10:15 - 11:05 AM Sailing
1st 11:10 - 12:00 PM General Recreation
Period 3 2:20 - 3:10 PM Gymnastics
Period 4 3:15 - 4:05 PM Volleyball
Period 5 4:10 - 5:00 PM Water Ski
2nd 5:00-5:30 PM General Recreation

Wednesday

Period 1 9:20 - 10:10 AM Trip Day
Period 2 10:15 - 11:05 AM
1st 11:10 - 12:00 PM
Period 3 2:20 - 3:10 PM
Period 4 3:15 - 4:05 PM
Period 5 4:10 - 5:00 PM
2nd 5:00-5:30pm

Thursday

Period 1 9:20 - 10:10 AM Swim
Period 2 10:15 - 11:05 AM Fishing
1st 11:10 - 12:00 PM General Recreation
Period 3 2:20 - 3:10 PM Fine Arts
Period 4 3:15 - 4:05 PM Mountain Biking
Period 5 4:10 - 5:00 PM Archery
2nd 5:00-5:30 PM General Recreation

Friday

Period 1 9:20 - 10:10 AM Tennis
Period 2 10:15 - 11:05 AM Kayak & Canoe
1st 11:10 - 12:00 PM General Recreation
Period 3 2:20 - 3:10 PM Giant Swing
Period 4 3:15 - 4:05 PM Lacrosse
Period 5 4:10 - 5:00 PM Culinary Arts
2nd 5:00-5:30 PM General Recreation

Saturday

Period 1 9:20 - 10:10 AM Swim
Period 2 10:15 - 11:05 AM Camp Craft
1st 11:10 - 12:00 PM General Recreation
Period 3 2:20 - 3:10 PM High Ropes
Period 4 3:15 - 4:05 PM Water Ski
Period 5 4:10 - 5:00 PM Sewing
2nd 5:00-5:30 PM General Recreation

A typical day at Camp Matoaka begins at 7:30am with Reveille. An announcement is made over the P.A. system: “Wakey, wakey, wakey Camp Matoaka. Rise and shine. The birds are singing and the sun is shining. Sticks and Flag-Raising in twenty minutes. Breakfast in one half-hour. Everybody up!”

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Our campers jump out of bed to get dressed and wash up for breakfast. Then they put on their slides or flip-flops and start their way to the flagpole for Sticks (a college league game and quick way to take attendance) and flag raising. Then our campers eat breakfast with their bunk.

After Breakfast, our girls return to their cabins for cleanup where every camper must make her bed, and do her job on the job chart. At 9:20 am, the bugle blows, signaling the start of her first instructional period for 50 minutes. Our campers check their individualized schedule (see a sample schedule below) and start their adventure for the day! After our two morning activity periods, our campers enjoy their first General Rec period at 11:10 am. Gen Recs are designed like recess at school. All of our activities periods are open and our campers can choose, at that moment, what she would like to do, whether that’s continuing to work on a new skill or just having fun going down our waterslides with her bunkmates!

After Lunch, our campers have Rest Hour, where they can hang out with their bunkmates, write letters, play quiet games, or relax and read a book. At 2:20 pm, the bugle rings for their afternoon schedule with 3 activity periods, each period lasting 50 minutes. At 5:00 pm, it’s time for our Second Gen Rec, where she can choose any activity.

After Sticks, Flag Lowering, and Dinner, it’s time for an Evening Activity. Evening activities include College League games, professional performers, dance or talent shows, playdates and mixers with boys’ camps for our older girls, Friday Night Meetings or campfires. After evening activities, our girls enjoy “Kilk and Mookies,” Matoaka’s version of “Milk and Cookies” before returning to their cabin for “in-bunk time,” and “lights out,” which is soon to follow.

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The Matoaka Camper

Matoaka campers are, above all, enthusiastic. We sing songs at every meal, dress in crazy costumes for weekly campfires by the lake, paint our faces in support of college league teams, celebrate individual achievements, and take great pride in our camping traditions.

Camp Matoaka is a community of campers and counselors, where the oldest campers look after the youngest campers, and where counselors know you by name. The majority of our department counselors also live in bunks with campers. Situated in three long rows, the bunkline has a neighborhood feel. Campers of different ages go to activities together and sit together at meals. Table assignments change weekly so that all campers and counselors get to know each other.

Each day, our girls can be found walking hand in hand, and sitting arm in arm. Matoaka Magic begins with the first hug that campers receive when they get off the bus and intensifies each day. Walking hand in hand, sitting arm in arm, girls learn they are part of a very special place.

A Campers Bunk Space

15000

Miles traveled to
find the right key staff

7

Medical staff
on campus

24

Hour security
is provided

500

Milk + cookies served
every night since 1951

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