Frequently Asked Questions about
the 5th Grade Trip to Howell Nature CenterWhere is Camp? Howell Nature Center, Howell Michigan
Whatare the dates? Early November
How much does Camp cost?Cost varies from year to year. Scholarships are available for those with financial need.
Why do we go to Camp in the fall?Camp is a launching point for 5th grade, not a culminating activity. We use the Camp experience as a way to enhance 5th grade identity and to help the students develop team building skills that they will use all year.
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. The 5th grade team draws upon the Camp experience throughout the school year to reinforce team concepts and subject matter as appropriate.
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?Maire 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. Parents of children with medical needs are given preference. Parents who have not attended before are then given preference and it is pretty much random chance. We appreciate parents who volunteer to be on the back up list in case of cancellations due to illness, etc.
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 line 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/