Camper’s Favorite Activities at Moose River Outpost
By Seth Coates
Kids come to camp for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s their friends that bring them to camp, sometimes it’s the location or the private lake, but often the activities are a big part of what gets them to sign up.
Each summer we find several of our activities to be the most popular. During a typical session our archery program will almost always be full! Campers sign up each morning at breakfast and different cabins get to go first each day, this way even a popular activity that typically fills up quickly has different campers at it each day. In summer 2022 we are expanding the archery program to be able to accommodate more shooters at each activity period. Even with being able to handle more shooters we expect it will be just as popular as ever.
In the 2021 summer, we launched a new program we call Makerspace. This is an activity where campers make projects that take both commitment of time and effort. The end product is an item they crafted that is useful as well as beautiful. Last summer we started off making knives and canoe paddles. This summer we are adding a forge and sheath making with two different materials; kydex and leather. Makespace was so well received that this summer we are doubling its capacity!
Many of our activities fill to capacity each period that they are offered but the most consistent through the years is the ski boat. We run a Nautique at every activity period, the entire free time, and many evenings. We do three disciplines of water-sports with the Nautique; wakeboarding, water skiing, and occasionally wake surfing. During free-time we also offer tubing. Campers come to the docks and get in line with their friends to see how long they can hold onto the tube.
Another activity that we are super excited for this coming summer is mountain biking. We have miles of trails on our property and even some pretty technical single-track trails. This summer we are adding a pump track designed specifically for mountain biking. This is a fun way to work on foundational riding skills without having to jump into a long single-track ride. This new activity space should be a ton of fun to ride as well as help our campers level up their mountain biking skills.
Our well loved activities are just one of the reasons campers choose Moose River Outpost!