A day program for campers who have completed Kindergarten through 4th grade.

The program begins with registration from 9:00-9:15am and ends with a short re-cap of the day/closing worship starting about 4:00pm.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to arrive slightly before 4pm in order to join the group for this closing.

The best part of camp is getting to play outside, so weather permitting, Discoverers spend the bulk of the day outside - games happen on the ball-field, swimming on the waterfront, lunch around a campfire ring, and Bible study in various spaces around camp.  This one day program is a great way for younger campers to see and experience all that happens at camp, including interacting with other camp programs.  They may have the chance to see an older brother or sister, or even a classmate, who is participating in one of our residential programs.  The Discoverer schedule, however, is intentionally designed to use program areas at opposite times of other programs, allowing these first time campers to experience camp at their own pace.  It's also a great way for our staff to really get to know the participants and tailor the day to the needs of the group.

The games, studies, and crafts for Discoverers are similar to our Day Camp program and designed for the K-4th grade age group.  However, older campers who are new to Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion are welcome to participate in the Discoverers program.

As you see from the schedule below, a large part of our morning is spent on the waterfront.  Our sites are located on beautiful lakes, and summer camp in Minnesota isn't complete without fun in the water.  In addition to swimming and splashing, our staff may also engage the campers in some water games as well as trying out a canoe for campers who are interested. Playing in the sand or sitting on the beach with a new friend also happen during this time. Along with the counselors in the water, our waterfront director or designated lifeguard is on duty while Discoverers are at the waterfrong.  We do ask that all Discoverers bring and use a life jacket while in the water as we do not assess the swimming ability of each camper for this program.  (If you have an older child participating in this program who is a good swimmer, we would consider allowing them to take the swim test.  Talk with our staff prior to your child's time at camp.)

This is a typical Discoverer schedule:

  • 9:00 - Registration and Games
  • 9:25 - Opening Worship
  • 10:00 - Swimming and other waterfront activities (time for campers to change is included in this time)
  • 11:30 - Lunch - a hot dog roast with chips, fruit, and s'mores
  • 12:30 - Bible study/learning time
  • 1:15 - Large group game
  • 2:00 - Snack
  • 2:30 - Creative Arts
  • 3:15 - Various activities, including song fest and games
  • 4:00 - Closing Program/Worship

When we have cabins available, we do designate one cabin for boys and one for girls.  Not only does this gives campers a space for their personal belongings and changing into and out of swimming suits, it also gives them a chance to see where they might stay were they to participate in an overnight program.  When a cabin is not available, we designate space in another building for Discoverer belongings and use the Retreat Center bathrooms at Camp Hiawatha and the main showerhouse at Camp Vermilion for changing.

We look forward to having your child at camp! If you have questions about this program that are not answered here, please contact our main office.

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