But our daily schedule becomes so much more . . .
At Holiday Hill it is not just a matter of “WHAT do we do?”
It is also . . .
We care about the HOW and the WHY – not just the WHAT – so campers learn, grow, achieve – and surprise themselves every day.
The magic and mystique of Robin Hood and his merry friends are alive and well at the Holiday Hill archery range! The results of focus, attention and proper practice can be a bull’s eye, a popped balloon or maybe just a solid hit on the target. “The sport of man since time began” continues to excite and challenge children today. Our spacious outdoor range permits instruction in long and short distance shooting with an emphasis on courtesy and safety.
We bring out the lanyard, the ice cream sticks – and the creative genius.
Self-expression using jewelry to jute, finger-painting to fine art, tie-dying and decorating, puppets and plaster, and more, more, more!
Two outdoor courts with adjustable-height backboards and a bin of basketballs always at the ready means a game could break out at any moment.
Our daily Camp Meeting brings the entire camp together after lunch every day. Meeting in our outdoor amphitheater, it's part campfire program and part variety show. There are sing-a-longs, skits, stories, stunts, and contests. With something for every age-group, it goes a long way in contributing to our camp spirit!
Canoeing takes place on Mansfield Hollow Reservoir. We start by stressing aquatic safety and fundamental skills.
Canoes then become used for scavenger hunts, sponge fights, relay races, paddle polo, island hopping and exploring nature. Campers in grades 4-9 participate in our canoeing program.
Our Challenge Course tests campers in grades four through nine with teamwork exercises, problem-solving challenges high ropes events and more. Developing the skills of cooperative decision making, mutual support, tolerance, open communication and total personal effort lead to group and individual success.
Creative dramatics involves role playing, theater games, skits and plays. Campers explore their own personalities and experiment with others. Costumes, props, and sets add to the creativity and spontaneity of the scenes.
Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection has a Learn to Fish program that we use at Holiday Hill. Campers sign up for ad hoc sessions with our Canoe Instructor, Kevin Gallagher, who administers the program. Campers learn equipment, baiting, and fishing skills. Catch and release, of course! Fishing takes place a short hike away on nearby Mansfield Hollow Reservation land and waterways.
Our adventure challenge course is one of the premier ropes courses in Connecticut. It is made of ropes, combined with logs, cable, and trees to compose over a dozen “elements” or “initiatives” with names like Giant’s Ladder, Pirate’s Crossing, Mohawk Walk, and Wild Woozey. Low ropes initiatives may be only two feet off the ground; other high ropes elements are in the treetops, up to forty feet high.
Campers in grades 4-9 participate in our high ropes challenge program. Our challenge course program promotes positive personal and community development by providing fun, safe and adventurous opportunities for:
Campers in our Middle and Older Divisions (4th through 8th grades) may elect Mountain Biking as a "Choice" activity most afternoons. We supply the bikes and helmets. We ride on our own custom designed course on camp property. It's a great way to learn and practice riding techniques and can lead to participation in our Mountain Bike specialty camp for qualified riders.
We’re surrounded by it – so let’s learn about it and feel the wonder.
The camping movement was originally founded on a close, healthy relationship with the environment. Our campsite and the bordering state reservation lands present a world of engagement. We explore forests, fields and streams – and all that they hold. Activities encourage exploration, discovery, identification, and understanding. Our daily "What Is It?" contest keeps interested campers engaged through their time at camp.
We have good sports – who love to play great sports!
Soccer, Kickball, Angleball, PickleBall, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee Golf, Speed Ball, Ga-Ga, Miniature Golf, Dodgeball, Creative Tag Games, Kick The Can, Spud, Tennis Baseball, Parachute Games, Sharks And Minnows and more…
Everybody into the pools – plural! Not one but two spacious pools with varying depths to build confidence at each child’s pace.
Two swims daily – 30-minute lesson plus a 45-minute free swim. Group counselors join the Water Safety Instructors to take an active role in water safety, instruction – and play!
Young and old alike enjoy a helping push that sends one high above the camp for a bird's eye view and pleasant ride in the shade and on a limb of one of our oldest White Oaks.
Ride like the wind on our three hundred foot Zip Line!
Your team will lift you carefully to a platform high in the trees. Your ropes course facilitator will attach you to your zip lanyard. When you are ready, you will slip off the platform for an exhilarating ride across the full length of our sports field–high above the watchers below. Whether you hold on tight or go “no hands”, you are sure to feel the rush of adventure!
And then there are three more! Zip 200' to Sean's Playground--a platform in the trees that can hold an entire group of adventurers. We've also got two "Tarzan" rope zips to descend from elevated platforms. A zip line for every taste!