From the beginning, Camp Mac has been a “learning camp”. Over the years, we have carefully developed a program that appeals to children who are active, curious, welcome challenges and enjoy the out-of-doors.
As an independent, privately owned camp, Camp Mac has had the latitude and resources to make decisions, develop programs and facilities, and recruit and train staff that supports our philosophy and mission to make a positive difference in the life of each camper. Our program has been designed to give our campers’ guidance and support, help them feel secure, give them a sense of belonging and help them develop new interests while building a wide array of skills.
Although boys and girls have always attended Camp Mac at the same time, instructional activities are conducted in single-sex classes. Boys and girls are given the opportunity to mix with each other within their own age groups during evening recreation and other non-instructional times of day. This unique structure provides an instructional program like that of an all-boys or all-girls camp, while allowing brothers and sisters to attend camp together. It also gives boys and girls the opportunity to live in the same community – just as they will for the rest of their lives.
Camp Mac offers both two and four week programs, but our 2-Week Term is designed to serve as an introduction to camp for children who have not been away from home before, and as a “stepping stone” to the more advanced and complete program available to campers in our four-week sessions.
Our 4-week terms are not simply back to back 2-week terms, but rather consist of a carefully planned progression in which campers participate in a wide variety of activities and move from one skill level to the next – day-to-day, week-to-week and year-to-year.
Each summer, more than 85 to 90 percent of our 4-week term campers were Camp Mac campers the year before. Over 95 percent of our staff members have been campers and/or counselors at Camp Mac during previous years. Not only does this experience greatly benefit our camp and campers, it allows these campers and counselors to build on their own experiences at camp and to learn and grow in ways that would not otherwise be possible.
Activities and Features
Religious Emphasis None
Academic General Academics Science History
Outdoor Activities General Outdoors Climb and Rappel Hiking Rock Climbing
Performing Arts General Performing Arts Dance Drama
Horseback Riding General Horseback Riding Western
Competitive Events Competitive Events Intra Camp Competition
Individual Sports General Individual Sports Archery Riflery Tennis
Team Sports Baseball Basketball Football Field Hockey Soccer Softball Volleyball
Water Sports General Water Sports Instructional Swimming Recreational Swimming Competitive Swimming Canoeing Fishing Rowing Water Skiing Kayaking Snorkeling
Arts and Crafts Woodworking
Miscellaneous General Miscellaneous Actvities Color War Mountain Biking Environmental Farming Leadership Skills Photography Radio Video/TV Go-Carting
Other Activities Horseback water skiing water safety swimming power boating rolling log talent night topple ball four square scram waterbiking badminton bean bag battle bombardment vollyball tennis ping-pong karaoke pillo-polo tetherball camp fires riflery fishing photography basketball air hockey camp outs drama ultimate frisbee rappelling putt-putt skeet shooting kickball canoeing frisbee golf softball horseshoes bucking bull ropes course hiking flag football trampolines wilderness skills crafts dancing archery movies arcade soccer cook outs water balloon battle newcomb capture the flag zip line wet willie field trips