Our activities are a mix of YMCA-led traditional summer camp activities and unique, one-of-a-kind Camp Casco programming, to give each child a special camp experience every time they attend. YMCA-led activities include swimming, canoeing, indoor rock climbing, archery, and low ropes courses. Camp Casco programming is different each year, and incorporates both our annual camp traditions and our camp theme (see below for more on both, or check out our Previous Camps page to see schedules from past years!) All activities are thoughtfully planned to encourage peer relationship-building and positive, supportive interactions.
There are a few events and activities that we love so much, we just have to include them every year. They include:
- Campfires & S'mores
Every year, we kick off camp on Monday night with our Opening Campfire, where we sing songs, roast marshmallows, and enjoy this classic camp tradition. We can't end camp without our Closing Campfire, taking place Friday night, when cabin groups get to decorate a wish stick and throw it into the campfire to make their shared wish come true.
- Campfire Ashes
To keep our own special campfire burning year after year, early Saturday morning, our camp counselors scoop up small jars of the cooled campfire ashes. Each jar is labeled with the year, and each camper and counselor is given a jar to keep with them throughout the year. Returning campers and counselors are encouraged to bring back their ashes the next year, to throw into the Monday night campfire and keep our everlasting fire burning forever.
- Talent Show
A great opportunity for our incredibly talented campers to show off their skills - past acts have included skits, songs, dances, drawing, and fashion shows!
- Egg Roulette
Arguably one of the most popular (and messiest!) events at camp each year, each camper gets to reach into a mysterious box, filled with a mix of hard boiled and raw eggs. Each camper then selects the counselor of their choice to kneel down and receive the egg smashing of a lifetime!
- Camp Dance
Our camp dance is the perfect time to bust a move!
- Lights Out Lunch
What's better than enjoying your lunch in a dark room filled with glow-in-the-dark paint, glow sticks, light-up balloons and more? Our campers' smiles are so bright that you may not even realize the lights are out!
- Water Fight
Our favorite way to keep cool on a hot summer day? Water balloons!
There's nothing we love more than a good theme, and at Camp Casco, every camp session has its own special one! Not only do we choose one overarching theme for the week, we select specific theme days for every day of the week to make every day special. For example, in 2017, our camp theme was "Planet Earth". 2017 camp theme days were Tundra, Jungle, Desert, Savannah, and Aquatic (in no particular order). Campers enjoyed tons of themed activities each day, a thoroughly decorated cabin, and crazy counselors all dressed up throughout the week. We really went wild!
Just For Teens
Our oldest campers will get the chance to gain leadership experience by providing mentorship, guidance, and support to younger campers, furthering our mission to provide lifelong emotional support between kids who have been diagnosed with cancer. Our campers already demonstrate incredible leadership skills and support to one another, and we love encouraging them even further through the development of this program. Our first time offering this program in 2017 was highly successful, and our oldest teens did things like read bedtime stories to younger campers, emcee the talent show, decorate for Lights Out Lunch, and much more. Most importantly, they modeled good citizenship for their fellow campers and set the tone for a wonderful week of camp. To celebrate our young leaders, our oldest teens also got a few special activities and rewards just for them. We aim to teach our teen campers important life skills that will prepare them to be successful in all of their future endeavors, whatever they may be.
Camp Casco abides by all state health regulations for summer camps and is licensed by the Becket Board of Health. Camp Casco follows the Gold Ribbon standards suggested by Children's Oncology Camping Association, International.