The outdoor summer camp experience, particularly the kind Barrie
has to offer, has never been more important for today's child. At Barrie,
children can be themselves, safely explore new things, discover the outdoor
world, spend quality time with friends, and receive the guidance of caring
staff. Our activities develop and strengthen self-esteem and confidence,
peer relationships, independence and self-confidence, a sense of adventure and
exploration, leadership, environmental awareness, values and decision making,
Barrie Day Camp is outdoorsy and the program provides
developmentally appropriate, indoor and outdoor activities that kids really
like (and need) in the summer. Campers enjoy a wide variety of activities
in our day camp or focus on a specific interest in one of our specialty camps.
In either setting, campers are hands-on, exploring new things, and
strengthening their skills. Older campers can participate in our Counselor-in-Training
programs, acquiring leadership skills while earning community service hours.
The Environment - Our forty-five acres of woods, fields, ponds, and streams
make Barrie an ideal setting, an oasis of sorts, for unlimited
outdoor activity including, nature study, walks in the woods, critter
collection, and gardening. With on-site riding, swimming, and boating,
everything can be done on campus without the need for trips to parks and
pools. The campus looks much the same as it did when the Layhill “ranch”
became the camp's home in 1956.
Staff Guidance and Mentoring- Our staff is
comprised of a unique balance of professionals and young adults. The counselors
who lead each of our camp groups can establish a special relationship with
their campers, unlike the relationships they might have with their teachers or
parents. The counselors are close enough to their own childhood years to know
where the campers are coming from, how they see the world, and what they like
to do to have fun.
Diverse Programming- We can do just
about everything at Barrie and along with perennial favorites we are always
looking for something new to do. We try to balance the program with some things
that are very active and require physical exertion, some that are creative and
artistic, and some that require thought and reflection.
A Community of Friends- Our camper
population is comprised of children coming from over one hundred and eighty
different schools, some from other nations. Friends can be placed in the same
group and there are plenty of others in the group who are potential
friends. The social life of campers naturally expands outside of their
own school and community.
So Many Ways to Grow- Camp is a great
place to hone a skill, learn something new, and try something out. It is also a
place to strengthen social skills with fellow campers, establish an identity,
and, most importantly, just be yourself.
Respect for Self, Others,
and The Environment- Through hands-on experiences, collaboration, and diversity of
thought and culture, campers are encouraged to be themselves and to explore and
try new things, accept challenges, and find joy in all that they do.
Empower individuals to expand their intellectual abilities, develop
their creative talents, and discover their passions to make a positive impact
in a rapidly changing world.
"Let summer be
summer and kids be kids!"