Seventh Grade Camp

For more than forty years, Dexter has taken its seventh grade class to YMCA Camp Storer. The camp experience is designed to help students build a sense of community, become more independent and responsible, and to learn how to work cooperatively with others.  They accomplish all this while attending 14 hours of outdoor education classes, participating in evening activities, and eating meals together.  This trip helps to transition students to Mill Creek and the expectations we have for them at Mill Creek.

storer camp sign
students at a picnic table at camp
students digging in the sand by the lake at camp
students grooming a horse
sundown at Storer
Rustic cabin at Camp Storer

Daily Schedule

6:30am    Awaken
7:30am    Clean Bathrooms 
7:45am   Bell rings, flag rising ceremony
8:00am    Breakfast
9:30–10:30am    Class time
10:45-11:45am   Class time
11:45am    Bell  for lunch
12:00–1:00pm    Lunch
1:00–1:30pm  Rest or free time
1:30-2:30pm    Class time
2:45–3:45pm    Class time
3:45–5:15pm    Afternoon activities
5:30-6:30pm    Dinner
6:30-7:15pm    Free time
7:15-9:00pm    Evening Activities
9:00-10:00pm    Showers and bed
10:00pm   Lights out
 

Classes and Evening Activities

Students will attend fourteen hours of classes during the week. The classes take place outdoors, and therefore do not require school books.  Camp classes may include: canoeing, horse sense, horseback riding, climbing the 35ft tower, low ropes course, Incredible Journey, and Taste of Nature. If you would like more information on the classes being offered, please contact Marianne Mutschler. The YMCA course book is available upon request.

Evening Activities
Students will also participate in 4 evening activities while at camp.  A brief description of each activity can be found below. If you would like more information regarding the evening programs, please contact Marianne Mutschler at mccamp@dexterschools.org to set up a time to meet.

Scavenger Hunt
Students will have 1 hour to solve up to 14 clues that will take them all over camp grounds.  The students will solve the clues as a cabin group and will travel to the different locations as a group.  At each location there is a small item the group will need to pick up to show they correctly solved the clue.  The goal of this activity is for the students to learn their way around camp.

Zingers/Campfire:
  • Zingers: Students are divided into several small groups and rotate through stations. Each station has a high-energy task or relay, which promotes cooperation and teamwork.  
  • Camp Fire: Students will gather around to watch skits, sing songs and tell stories with the YMCA staff.
Campfire/Predator Prey
Students will be split into two groups during this time to experience Predator Prey and the zingers/campfire in a smaller group setting. Predator Prey is the ultimate hide and seek game where students not only learn about food chains, they also get to experience it!
 
Square Dance
There is no end to the enthusiasm for this popular all-evening activity. After watching adults demonstrate the Virginia Reel, students are quickly captured by the spirit of the fun. Students dance to traditional and historical folk music, which is often played by Storer Camp's own live band!

Important Dates

  • January 15, 2020    Camp Meeting in the Creekside Cafeteria (6-7:30pm)
  • February 5, 2020    Online Enrollment Closes
  • February 5, 2020    Little Caesars Fundraiser Order Forms & Money Due
  • February 26, 2020    Little Caesars Fundraiser Pick Up at Mill Creek from 3:15-5:30pm
  • March 27, 2020    Deadline to apply for a Payment Plan/Scholarship
  • May 29, 2020    First Payment Due- $150* & Early Incentive Date!  Make full payment by this date to receive $25 off. (Total due: $250)
  • August (Date TBD)   6:00-7:00 Seventh Grade Camp Chaperone Meeting (OVERNIGHT CHAPERONES ONLY) Room 101 at Mill Creek        
  • August (Date TBD)   6-7:30 Seventh Grade Orientation
  • August (Date TBD)   Health Form & Final Payment Due ($125*)
  • September 14-18, 2020  Seventh Grade Camp! (Please drop your student off at Mill Creek on Monday morning by 8:30am)