Cayuga's natural landscape divides 350 acres into two separate campuses on the same estate. This is a unique feature that distinguishes Cayuga from other traditional summer camps! Each campus is located on opposite sides of our lake and operates self-sufficiently with its own Dining Hall, Gymnasium, Creative Arts Center, Swimming Pool, Activity Sites, and Infirmary. With two separate campuses, we can provide two separate programs that are geared to the different age groups on each campus.
ELIGIBILITY & DIVERSE POPULATION
Teen Campus is reserved exclusively for teens! Teenagers entering 8th to 11th grade who are 13 years of age or older (before camp) reside on Teen Campus, which houses approximately 75 girls & 75 boys. It's a small friendly community where everyone knows one another. The Teen Campus Program affords you the best opportunity to learn and have fun with your peers! This summer, several teenagers will travel from across the Unites States and Europe to participate in Cayuga's Teen Program! Note: Campers entering 8th grade who are 13 years old (before camp) have the option to reside on Junior Campus.
SPECIAL TEEN PRIVILEGES
You'll also receive some extra special privileges, which are available only to campers residing on Teen Campus! Some of these privileges include: wake-up an hour later than Junior Campus every morning; coed "open seating" during the lunch meal (you don't have to sit with your cabin counselor - you can sit with whomever you wish!); voluntary competitive sports; cabin leagues; late-night pool parties; more day trips off-camp; more coed activities during the day; fun evening activities geared exclusively for Teens; and a later curfew with "lights-out" at 11:00pm. These special privileges are for Teens only!
The camper population on Teen Campus is just right! It's large enough to provide a challenging and varied program, and at the same time, it's small enough to allow our entire staff to know you personally. We find that our teenage enrollment maintains the family atmosphere which characterizes Camp Cayuga. It's a down-to-earth friendly atmosphere where we emphasize being yourself and de-emphasizing fashion. The camper population includes a healthy mixture of new and returning campers too! In fact, about 40% of our teenagers on Teen Campus are NEW to Camp Cayuga. This is one reason why it's easy for new campers to adjust to Teen Campus and make new friends! Each summer we graduate 40% of our teen population. This percentage allows us to accept many new campers into our Teen Program who will be attending Camp Cayuga for the first time.
The Teen Campus Program encourages active participation in all activities, spirit, and cabin camaraderie. Our "cabin point system" rewards your cabin group for your participation and individual achievements. There are many different ways to earn points for your cabin group - whether performing in the Talent Show or dressing up for the Hippie Dance, you're not only having fun, but also earning points for your cabin group! In other words, the more fun you have, the more cabin points you'll earn!
DAILY ACTIVITY PROGRAM
Your day is action-packed with over 60 fun-filled activities and exciting special events. On Teen Campus you can specialize in any activity program! Each day after breakfast, you design your own schedule by selecting your favorite activities. Your program is 100% "free choice". If you enjoy noncompetitive activities, you can select electives like: horseback riding, ceramics, pottery, flying trapeze, radio broadcasting, extreme sport jumping (bungee trampoline), performing arts, weight training, aerobics, mounting biking, dance, creative arts, camp newspaper, video game room, etc. If you prefer team or individual sports, you can select activities like: flag football, water polo, basketball, softball, roller hockey, soccer, lacrosse, beach volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, riflery, skateboarding, paintball, etc. You can select any activity as often as you like or never! And whichever activity you select, you're guaranteed to be participating with teens only! That's one of the reasons why Teen Campus is so popular with teenagers.
Supervision is just as important on Teen Campus as it is on Junior Campus. For this reason, each instructor is provided with an activity roster for each period and is required to take attendance. This insures that you are attending the activities you have selected. Cayuga's Attendance Supervisors are responsible for collecting attendance rosters from each activity instructor at the beginning of each period. You are strongly encouraged to participate! While the daily activities are in progress, Cayuga's Program Staff are readily available to assist you with your program questions. The Program Staff have copies of all rosters for each activity for each period of the day. Revisions to rosters are made if deemed necessary and instructors are promptly notified if the revision affects their activity rosters.
FACILITIES ON TEEN CAMPUS
The following facilities and activity sites are located on Teen Campus. Check out the Virtual Tours for these facilities.
|* Swimming Pool||* Teen Rec Center||* Dining Hall|
|* Skate Park||* Basketball Courts||* Paintball Field|
|* Creative Arts Pavillion||* Riflery Range||* Snack Bar|
|* Private Lake||* Hockey Rink||* Mountain Bike Trails|
|* Ga Ga Courts||* Sand Volleyball Courts||* Petting Zoo|
|* Badminton Courts||* Soccer Field||* Equestrian Center|
|* Dance & Aerobics Studio||* Softball & Sports Field||* Golf Cages|
|* Health Center||* Archery Range||* Tetherball Courts|
|* Weight Training / Fitness Room||* Radio DJ Broadcasting Station||* Teen Office|
FREE CHOICE PROGRAM
ELECTIVE PROGRAM-100% FREE CHOICE
Campers entering 5th grade and higher participate in Cayuga's Elective Program. It's a "free-choice" program that provides an opportunity for campers to explore their individual interests, and encourages campers to pursue those interests they find most challenging. Campers design their own activity schedule on a daily basis by selecting from over 60 different activities! Parents, who want their camper to attend certain activities, can complete an Activity Control Form. The activities selected on this form will be pre-assigned to the camper and will appear on his Activity Card for the number of periods requested. Please note that on certain Special Event days (Olympics, Beach Bash, Carnival, Boating Regatta, Amusement Park Trips, etc.), campers do not have the opportunity to participate in the regular activities that are typically offered on a daily basis.
DAILY SIGN-UP PROCEDURE
Each day after breakfast campers who are Intermediates, Seniors and Super-Seniors attend an Elective Signup Period during which they plan their individual activity schedule for the day. Campers are given Activity Cards on which to write-down the activities they've selected and the time/period for each activity. When the activity name and period is written on the camper's Activity Card, the camper's name is simultaneously added to the Instructor's Activity Roster for attendance purposes. Campers signup for activities with their cabinmates and other campers in their age group. This allows campers to plan their daily schedule with all their friends! Cayuga's Program Staff provides guidance during the signup period and will assist campers in planning their activity schedule.
Instructors are stationed at each activity site and are responsible for supervising the campers during the activity period. The instructor is given an Activity Roster for each period and uses it to take attendance. The Elective Program Staff collects the Activity Rosters at the beginning of each period and ensures all campers are present at their activities. They supervise the campers as they travel to/from the activity sites, and also help campers who may need assistance with their activity schedule. The Elective Program Staff have copies of all Activity Rosters and will notify the appropriate instructor whenever a roster has been revised. All campers are accounted for at all times!
2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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The highlight of each day comes at night when we begin the Evening Activities. Whether it's the Halloween Social or a Drama Production, this is the time when the entire camp unites and camper enthusiasm & spirit peaks! The Evening Activities are different every night and begin after the flag-lowering assembly. In the interests of our youngsters and teenagers, most Evening Activities are scheduled separately on Junior and Teen Campus. Below are some Evening Activities from previous summers. For this summer's Evening Program, go to "Calendar of Events".
|* Mission Impossible||* Drama Productions|
|* Scramble Scrabble||* Forth of July Fireworks|
|* Cayuga Counselor Show||* Tribute to Chief Cayuga|
|* Scavenger Hunt||* The Big Talent Show|
|* Cayuga Trivia Night||* Counselor Challenge|
|* 1960's Hippie Social||* Sports Night|
|* Sadie Hawkins Social||* Deja Vu Night|
|* Man Hunt||* Battle of the Sexes|
|* The Flying Trapeze Show||* Sammie Hawkins Chase|
|* 1980's Retro Social||* MTV Night|
|* Hawaiian Pool Party||* Mock Beauty Pageant|
|* Cabin Skit Night||* Wet-N-Wild Pool Party|
|* Human Bingo||* Let's Make a Deal|
|* Stars in your Eyes||* Special Awards Campfire|
|* Cayuga Clue||* Halloween Costume Party|
|* Sammie Hawkins Dance||* Capture The Flag|
|* Hip Hop Social||* Name That Tune|
|* Atlantic City Night $$||* Who Wants to be a Canteenaire?|
|* Survivor!||* Tribal Campfires|
|* Counselor Hunt||* Fun & Games Night|
|* Roman Toga Social||* Treasure Hunt|
|* Puttin' On The Hits||* 1950's Sock-Hop Social|
|* A Night at the Races||* Las Vegas Night $$|
|* Super Stars Challenge||* Sing-Down|
|* Sadie Hawkins Chase||* Circus Performances|
|* Heat Wave Pool Party||* Closing Ceremonies|
INTERCAMP TOURNAMENT PROGRAM
Cayuga’s Intercamp Tournament Program is popular with our campers who enjoy competing in their favorite activity. Even though Camp Cayuga is noncompetitive in nature and philosophy, healthy competition does find its way into the daily activity program on a voluntary basis through our Intercamp Tournament Program. Each summer we schedule over 120 different tournaments! Cayuga’s Intercamp Tournament Program is a great way to add a little "spirit" to your summer and widen your travels as well.
Since there are no “try-outs” at Cayuga, all campers are eligible to participate in any tournament of their choice, regardless of their athletic ability. To compete in your favorite activity, all you have to do is sign up for the team at camp. The Intercamp Tournament Program is voluntary so you can sign-up for as many teams as you wish or no teams at all. Emphasis is placed on sportsmanship and having fun, rather than winning. However, our record includes more wins than losses!
The Intercamp Tournament Program at Cayuga is supervised by the Athletic Director who is a professional educator and coach. Our team coaches have been selected for their experience in the sport as both a competitor (player) and a teacher (coach).
Team-practice time is scheduled for intercamp tournaments during the daily activity program. Most tournaments are organized by camper grade and gender. Some tournaments are coed, such as our sailing regattas, horse shows, and archery matches, to name a few. About 50% of our tournaments are scheduled as “away games”. This affords our campers the opportunity to travel to other neighboring camps in Wayne County. The remaining tournaments are scheduled as “home games” which take place at Camp Cayuga.
Cayuga offers an Intercamp Tournament Team for every popular land and water sport, including “team” sports and “individual” sports. Last summer, we organized teams for the following sports:
|* Horse Show Team||* Swim Team||* Softball Team|
|* Baseball Team||* Kickball Team||* Volleyball Team|
|* Newcomb Team||* Track Team||* Golf Team|
|* Floor Hockey Team||* Wrestling Team||* Dodgeball Team|
|* Basketball Team||* Archery Team||* Badminton Team|
|* Ping Pong Team||* Soccer Team||* Tennis Team|
|* Water Polo Team||* Street Hockey Team||* Dance Team|
|* Field Hockey Team||* Ultimate Frisbee Team||* Paintball Team|
|* Flag Football Team||* Gymnastics Team||* Riflery Team|