Overnight Camp Age Groups
Our progressive programming is designed to provide growth year after year.
Programs at Camp Tecumseh are designed to provide a progressively challenging multi-year camp experience. Each step complements the values being taught at home and enhances the camper’s social, emotional, and spiritual development. Camp strives for each camper to grow in character, confidence and faith, year after year.
Youngsters can begin attending Overnight Camp at age 8. Campers aged 8-10 make up the Brave unit. This specially designed unit features exclusive programs for campers experiencing their first overnight adventure.
11-12 year olds make up the Blazer unit. Blazer campers can enjoy cookouts and overnight camping trips to specially created locations on site. In addition, we feature numerous “Blazer only” clinics such as Rocketry as well as the first opportunity for rock climbing on Mt. Wood.
13 year olds make up the Warrior unit. Many Warrior activities take place at Lake Village, where campers have even more clinic options available to them such as Skywalkers and Guitar. Warrior campers can use the teams course, or go on a float trip down the Tippecanoe River. Specialty “Warrior workshops” challenge campers to think about issues specific to their age group.
14 and 15 year old campers round out their Camp Tecumseh experience in the Pathfinder unit with some of camp’s most unique activities. Amazing Race, Survivor, and the Lake Zip Lines, as well as evening pow-wows to discuss age-specific issues in an open-minded atmosphere of caring and acceptance round out some of the highlights. In addition, Pathfinders have a special, gender specific ceremony where they learn what it means to be a man/woman of God.
At age 11, Tecumseh campers are eligible to move to Equestrian Camp. Spending the afternoon with “their” horse, campers learn grooming, tacking, and riding skills. Riding lessons are done in small groups based on ability level, and throughout the week. Equestrian Campers also take part in the activities of overnight camp including the lake, pool, village games, zip lines, cookouts, and sleepouts.
At 13, campers can take part in Adventure Trips. One and two week adventures are offered to some of America’s most beautiful destinations. The types of trips include whitewater rafting, sailing and horsepacking. Many campers take a different trip each summer from age 13 to 17.
Campers in Leadership Training (CILTs)
At age 16, campers have the opportunity to become Campers in Leadership Training (CILTS). The two-week session introduces campers to the skills necessary to be a leader in the real world. Campers will shadow Overnight Camp and Day Camp counselors to observe leadership skills and techniques, as well as take part in CILT exclusive teambuilding activities and service opportunities.