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
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
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.