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    Frequently Asked Questions about
    the 5th Grade Trip to Howell Nature Center

    Where is Camp? Howell Nature Center, Howell Michigan
    What are the dates?  May 29- May 31st (3 days, 2 nights)
    How much does Camp cost? The 2019 cost is $192.00. Scholarships are available for those with financial need.

    Why do we go to Camp in the fall? We use the Camp experience as a way to enhance 5th grade identity and to help the students develop team building skills.

    What is the role of the staff? The principal and 5th grade teachers are there as facilitators to ensure that Camp is conducted with the same standards used at school based experiences. 

    What is the role of the chaperones? Chaperones sleep in the cabins with the students and accompany their travel group to activities. Chaperones assist with helping the children unpack, organize, and then pack to go home.

    How are the chaperones chosen? Defer is fortunate to have so many parents who want to assist at camp. Numbers of chaperones are limited by cost, space and the intention of camp to provide children with independence building. Generally mothers of girls and fathers of boys are chaperones.
    What does a typical day look like? The students get up at 7:00 and go to breakfast at 8:00. Classes go from 9:00 – 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:00. Dinner is at 6:00. Either the skit night or dancing is 7:00 – 9:00. Bed time is 9:30 and lights out is 10:00. Students are assigned to travel groups of about 15 boys and girls for the activities.

    What if my child is afraid of some of the activities? Students can opt out if they wish although all are encouraged to try new things. They build amazing self confidence doing so!

    What about the food? The food is very child friendly with large portions. A sample menu might include pancakes and sausage, cereal, milk and fruit for breakfast, pizza, fruit and cookies for lunch, baked mostaccioli, salad, rolls, and dessert for dinner. Vegetarian options are available.


    Visit Howell’s Nature Center for photos, maps, etc.: http://www.howellnaturecenter.org/