LAKE ACTIVITIES & BOATING
TRAMPOLINE, ICEBERG, ROLLING LOG, SLIDE & MORE!
Cayuga’s lake is private and reserved exclusively for our campers and staff. It’s a natural stream-fed lake that’s just the right size (13 acres). The lake is large enough to accommodate a wide spectrum of watercraft activities, but also small enough for our lifeguards to provide proper supervision. The lakefront area features 250 feet of beach, sand volleyball court, boat house for storage of equipment, a large swimming area (110 ft wide), separate fishing dock, and floating raft with a water slide. In addition, our Lakefront Program includes a “Rolling Log”, a big 25 ft diameter “Water Trampoline” with slide, a floating "Blanket", and a 14 ft high floating "Iceberg"!
Lessons are available daily in all watercraft. Instruction includes boarding & debarking, trimming, movement in the craft, use of life jackets, and self-rescue procedures for capsizing. Campers are oriented to the lake rules prior to using watercraft. Approval for solo operation of a watercraft is determined by the camper’s swimming level ability and the ability to safely operate the watercraft. Regardless of swimming ability, everyone wears a certified life jacket when swimming or using watercraft.
Cayuga’s Lake Program offers the following activities on a daily basis: canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, row boating, paddle boating, kayaking, tubing, recreational swimming, and fishing. There are over 50 watercrafts for our campers to choose from! In addition, several Special Events take place at the lake, including the Boating Regatta, Iron Man Competition, and the Big Beach Bash. Cayuga also offers Rafting Trips on the scenic Delaware River for qualified campers!
LAKE STAFF & SAFETY
The Watercraft Instructors and Lifeguards are supervised by Cayuga’s Lake Director, who holds Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification from the ARC and has experience managing staff, maintaining lake facilities, and instructing watercraft skills to children. Cayuga’s Lake Staff is comprised of 8 to 10 watercraft instructors and lifeguards. All staff hold ARC certifications (or equivalent) in WSI, lifeguarding, and/or watercraft. There is always a staff member present at the lake who holds current certification in first-aid and CPR. In addition, all Lake Staff are trained, evaluated, and qualified by our Lake Director in emergency and rescue procedures. Camp Cayuga’s Lake Activities Program meets the standards and follows the guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross (ARC), as well as the American Camping Association (ACA).
CREATIVE ARTS & MEDIA ARTS
Cayuga’s Creative Arts Program features a broad spectrum of activities which provide campers the opportunity to artistically express themselves. There’s so much to do at the Creative Arts Pavilion!
Instruction is patient and geared to the camper’s individual skill level. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner at painting or an expert at pottery, our Creative Arts Instructors are talented and experienced in teaching all levels of art expression to children of all ages.
Our Creative Arts Program includes a variety of art projects including: pottery (throwing pots), ceramics (glazing & firing), clay work (sculpting), t-shirt creations (tye dyeing, air brushing, fabric painting, & silk screening), painting (water color & acrylics), drawing, sketching (charcoal pencils), jewelry making, beading, basket weaving, lanyards & braiding, macramé, paper mache & plaster projects, wood projects, copper enameling, block printing, needle craft, mask making, decoupage, model rocketry (building and launching Estes rockets), and nature crafts.
CREATIVE ARTS STAFF
The Creative Arts Program is headed-up by Cayuga’s Creative Arts Directors and their assistants. The Co-Directors are typically certified art teachers during the school year who are experienced in teaching art expression at all levels. Assisting the Creative Arts Directors are 8 to 10 university-level instructors who are majoring in art and/or have documented experience teaching art to children.
The Junior Campus Creative Arts Pavilion (measuring 150’ by 50’) features a Pottery Room with 12-15 pottery wheels, a Sculpturing/Clay Work Room, a Kiln Room with 3 kilns, a Photography & Videography Room, a T-Shirt Creations Room, and over 6000 square feet of indoor work space for campers to create & display their art projects. The Teen Campus Art Pavilion (measuring 65’ by 30’) includes a Pottery Area with 4 pottery wheels, a Kiln Room, and an art project area measuring about 1800 square feet.
MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM
In addition to creative arts projects The Media Arts Program takes place at the Creative Arts Pavilion and includes Digital Photography, Video Camera Filming, Video Editing, Radio Broadcasting, and Camp Newspaper.
The Digital Photography Activity includes instruction in camera use and photographs. Cayuga provides the cameras and all other equipment needed.
The Camp Newspaper Activity provides campers with an opportunity to express themselves through creative writing. Campers voluntarily select “assignments” which involve researching the facts, conducting personal interviews, and writing a summary article for the Cayuga Chronicle, our camp newspaper.
VIDEO CAMERA FILMING AND EDITING
During the Video Camera Filming Activity campers learn how to properly operate a video camera and create video movies outdoors. Cayuga provides the video cameras and the editing equipment.
The Radio Broadcasting Activity is especially popular with campers who enjoy playing & listening to music. Radio Broadcasting is instructed by Cayuga’s Disc Jockey who has DJ experience at the college-level. Our Radio Shows feature: birthday announcements, intercamp tournament scores, current sports, upcoming special events & camp trips, weather report, and song dedications.
The Circus Program is offered on a daily basis and all campers are eligible to participate. While many of the world's greatest circus performers are 7th and 8th generation performers, you'll be amazed what you can learn in just one summer!
Instruction is patient and thorough with due regard for both safety and enjoyment. Campers progress at their own speed, and will learn the fundamental skills required to properly perform the Circus Act of their choice. All of our Circus Instructors are trained and supervised by the Flying Trapeze Director, who is a qualified professional circus performer.
A variety of Circus Acts are offered daily to our campers. Generally speaking, the most popular circus acts include: Juggling, Diabolo, Plate Spinning, and Devil Sticks. Precise coordination and concentration are the two basic skills you'll learn at the Circus Activity. If you're interested in learning more difficult Circus Acts, you can sign-up for advanced instruction which is available to qualified campers.
Depending upon camper interest, a Circus Clinic will be scheduled for campers who express an interest in receiving "intense instruction". Clinic participation is voluntary and campers can simply sign-up at camp. There are no age restrictions and no try-outs! It's included in the camp tuition and no advance registration is required. In the past, Cayuga's Circus Staff have taught the following acts during the Circus Clinic.
UNICYCLE & STILT WALKING ACTS
Precise balance is the fundamental skill taught for these two acts. You'll become a wizard on wheels as you learn the unique skill of riding a unicycle. And Stilt Walking is even more fun than it looks! It's astounding how quickly you'll learn how to keep your balance on the stilts while walking.
TIGHT WIRE ACT
Defy gravity on the slender, shimmering silver strand - the tight wire! For training purposes, the wire is less than 3 feet off the ground, but the thrill still exists when you make it across the wire to safety! You'll be surprised how easy it is when you use our balance-pole.
The Rolling Globe Act is a lot of fun too! During the clinic, you'll learn how to keep your balance on top of the globe while you walk on it. The faster you walk - the faster the globe rolls! Our Circus Staff will teach you a few "circus secrets" to help you keep your balance.
ACROBATICS & TUMBLING ACTS
You'll flip over these 2 acts! They're exciting "team" acts and by the end of the clinic, you'll probably be ready to take your act "on the road". But seriously, these acts are loads of fun and you don't need any gymnastics experience to participate.
Campers who participated in the Circus Clinic will perform their dazzling routines in Cayuga's Circus Show, which takes place in front of the entire camp population. It's a very exciting & thrilling Show to watch! By the end of the clinic, you'd be amazed to see the dazzling routines performed by our campers. Campers who participate in the Circus Clinic will perform their dazzling routines in Cayuga's Circus Show. It's an Evening Activity that takes place in front of the entire camp population. It's a very exciting and thrilling Show to watch!
ADVENTURE & WILDERNESS
This summer you'll explore Cayuga’s natural surroundings, which still remain rich in wildlife since the area was first occupied by the Cayuga Indian Tribe over 250 years ago! Whether you’re camping-out under the stars on a cabin overnight or gliding through the woods on a zip line, you’ll have fun and at the same time gain a greater appreciation for Nature & the Outdoors! Cayuga’s Adventure & Wilderness Program features:
ADVENTURE ROPES COURSE
* Have fun Rock Climbing on a 32 foot high climbing tower.
* Learn to rappel.
* Glide 205 feet through the woods on a Zip Line!
* Challenge yourself at all 6 stations: spider web, tension traverse, port hole, fidget ladder, 32’ climbing tower, 205’ long zip line.
CABIN OVERNIGHTS & HORSEBACK OVERNIGHTS
Relax around a campfire with your friends, tell stories, laugh, and sing songs.
Sleep-out under the Pocono Mountains stars.
Go on an Evening Trail Ride and campout in the woods with your horse on a Horseback Overnight.
Go on a Nature Hike and learn how to read a compass.
Mountain Bike on scenic wooded trails.
Enjoy a quiet corner of the lake for peaceful fishing.
Care for goats, sheep, bunnies, a calf, and a miniature horse at the Petting Zoo.
Learn to safely operate a child-size Suzuki ATV 4-wheeler.
COOKOUTS & CAMPFIRES
Collect wood and set-up your cookout site.
Grill burgers & hot dogs over an open fire.
Prepare some s'mores for an evening snack.
Backpack & campout at Ricketts Glen State Park.
Walk under the Waterfalls at the Glen, feel the cool mist around you, and cool-off in the basin of the Falls!
Paddle down the rapids on your Delaware River Canoe Trip.
Appreciate the beautiful natural surroundings!
The Director of our Adventure & Wilderness Program is certified to supervise and instruct at our Adventure Ropes Course. All instructors are college-age and have current certification or equivalent documented experience. The Adventure Ropes Course Staff are trained, evaluated, and qualified by our Adventure & Wilderness Director. There’s always a staff member present at the Ropes Course who holds current certification in first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Harnesses, safety lines, trained spotters, and experienced instructors provide the safe nurturing environment needed to promote self-confidence and self-esteem. Cayuga's Adventure Ropes Course meets the current standards and guidelines set forth by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and the American Camping Association (ACA). It is inspected annually by a certified ACCT Course Inspector.
QUALITY INSTRUCTION, 10 COURTS, PRIVATE LESSONS
Camp Cayuga operates a top quality Tennis Program under the directorship of a USTA Tennis Professional. Cayuga is a proud member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Our Tennis Program meets the standards and follows the guidelines set forth by the USTA, as well as the ACA.
INSTRUCTION & PRIVATE LESSONS
Tennis lessons from beginner to advanced skill levels are offered daily. Our instructors are assigned between 2 to 5 campers per lesson. The activity period includes a mix of instructional time and recreational time. For the more serious tennis player, one-on-one private lessons are available with our Tennis Pro or one of his qualified assistants. The Private Tennis Lesson Program is voluntary and not part of the normal activity program. Advance registration is required. The Registration Form for Private Tennis Lessons can be retrieved off the "Camp Forms" webpage or click here.
Cayuga's Tennis Center features 10 hard-surfaced courts that are in excellent condition. Top quality racquets are provided, as well as ball machines for assisting with instruction. (You can bring your own tennis racket if you prefer.)
Cayuga's Tennis Program is directed by Joe Manning, who has been a High School Head Tennis Coach for over 20 years. Joe received the Coach of the Year award 3 times in Arkansas. As a player, he was ranked in the USTA at top positions on the state level for singles & doubles. In Texas he was ranked #3 in 4.0 singles and #2 in doubles. Joe has been Cayuga's USTA Tennis Pro since 2001. Cayuga's tennis staff is comprised of 8 to 10 instructors who provide top-notch instruction under the guidance of our Tennis Pro. All instructors are university-level players who have experience teaching tennis to children. Prior to the arrival of our campers, the tennis instructors are trained, evaluated, and qualified by our Tennis Pro.
INTERCAMP TENNIS MATCHES
If you're a tennis competitor, you'll be happy to learn that Cayuga's Tennis Team travels to neighboring camps to compete in Intercamp Tennis Matches at various skill levels. All campers are eligible to join the Tennis Team, since there are no try-outs! You can also compete in Tennis Matches without leaving camp. You can play against your Cayuga friends on a regular basis by participating in Cayuga's Round-Robin Tournaments. These Tournaments and Intercamp Tennis Matches are voluntary. If you want to compete, all you have to do is sign-up at camp.