Cedar Camps

CedarS Activities

Activities

Right activity is protected by divine law; safety is established as we are continuously present with our supreme care-giver. The American Camp Association (ACA) indicates that best practices are that we outline the degree of difficulty or physical challenge required by camp activities, and the associated "risks". God gives us the possiblities of perfection. Camp activities allow us to reflect that sense of God's unlimited all, and our place within that perfection. The following are deemed "high-risk" activities by some. To us, they are well within the realm of God. 

Aerial Arts

In Aerial Arts, campers perform acrobatics on silk ribbons, hoops, and other elements suspended above safety mats.  This activity is always under the supervision of certified instructors with harnesses and lifts, mats and cushions. Students start at lower heights and move upward, as their skills improve.  Aerial Arts gives campers a chance to express grace and courage.

Archery

In Archery, campers use bows and arrows and  learn safety commands. Only when all bows are stowed, will campers enter the range to retrieve arrows. Advanced campers will shoot targets farther from the line of fire. Archery is an opportunity to demonstrate accuracy and precision.

Big Surf

Big Surf is a family water park about an hour’s drive from camp.  It has a wave pool, slides, circular river, white-water rapids & a splash pool. Our usual 3-to-1 camper ratio is fully enforced during our trips away from camp, and staff receives specialized training in how to keep a protective watchful eye in public spaces.  Big Surf trips emphasize CedarS fifth fundamental: “We expect to make camping at Cedars fun.”

Cable Water Sports

Cable Water Sports happens on Cedars’ own 8-pole cable ski system, right behind the lodge.  It allows campers to kneeboard, water ski, wakeboard around the lakePersonal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are worn by all participants. Our lake includes a small jump (Rixson mini-kicker) for those who are ready for added challenge. If campers “wipe-out,” the entire shore line is accessible, and a short walk back to the starting location. Lifeguards and counselors circle the lake watching each camper’s progress.  

Campcrafts and Nature

Camp crafts and Nature classes are about providing space and time to contemplate our world, and our place in it. Nature Class and Campcraft Class includes rope making, crawfish catching, hiking, bird watching, and fire building. Fire building begins with education about location, safety, environmental practices, and proceeds with a guided curriculum taking campers through the proper steps in fire starting, tending, and extinguishing properly.

Cave Trip and Rock Climbing

The cave and rock climbing trip is for 5th graders and older, and allows for personal growth and for campers to conquer fear. Typically a dozen campers and 3 counselors hike a mile through CedarS property that is not adjoined to the main camp location. At least one counselor is certified in first aid. Campers are fit with a harness and helmet. Campers take turns climbing a two-story rock face using a bottom belay, meaning a trained counselor will be managing a rope system to prevent the camper from falling with use of a rope and harness. Campers also take turns rappelling down a 20 foot rock face, using a top belay, and self-belay system, meaning a trained counselor will be maintaining one rope system for control, while the camper is also controlling his rate of descent with the use of a redundant system. Campers wear helmets to prevent injury from falling rocks. Campers spend 10-50 minutes on-belay, depending on how long they take to climb or rappel the rock face. Staff are annually trained and skill verified in the climbing, rappelling and rock skills. After all campers have climbed and rappelled, the trip group spends a few hours in Panther Cave, a 5-level cave, experiencing tight, muddy spaces, and an opportunity to be in total darkness.  

Fish and Watersports Trip

A day-long adventure trip for all-ages, the Fish Trip allows for a new appreciation of nature. Campers fish CedarS' Crown Lake, stocked decades ago with 15,000 good-sized bass, sunfish, and catfish. They also hike over hills and streams to explore our Indian cave and have the opportunity to see over 30 species of birds with binoculars, catch crayfish and frogs, and travel to Bennet Springs State Park for part of the day to continue their fishing adventure.  Our usual 3-to-1 camper ratio is fully enforced during our trips away from camp, and staff receives specialized training in how to keep a protective watchful eye in public spaces.

Float Trip 

"When smooth and unobstructed, it typifies the course of Truth; but muddy, foaming, and dashing, it is a type of error." (SH 593:14–17) As Mrs. Eddy's definition implies, at times the Osage River which we canoe down is calm with low water, and other times the spring rains cause a fast current. In either case, canoes float above the water, bringing camper down river in an all-day adventure. Each of a dozen canoes will have 1 or 2 campers and a staff member. One lifeguard for every 3 canoes. Each lifeguard is trained in water rescue and first aid. One trip leader is certified in wilderness first aid.  At most points on the trip, the group will be a minimum of two hours from professional medical care. All staff are practicing Christian Scientists, ready to provide Christian Science treatment. Trip leaders carry cellular phones that are in cellular service areas for some but not all parts of the trip. Campers may be subject to extremes in weather, and will be held responsible for their own behavior on the trip. We typically go down the Osage or Niangua Rivers.

High Ropes Course

The Ropes Course is intended to make demands of campers to give them the opportunity to grow personally. With the 'Choose Your Challenge' philosophy, participants will set and realize their goals. The course is usually undertaken in a full morning or an afternoon at camp. Each camper is fitted with a harness and helmet, and given safety training in the proper use of lanyards which are the safety equipment connecting them to the safety lines/ropes which are suspended 20 feet above the ground. Climbing a telephone pole, campers will ascend to a height where they will attempt obstacles such as walking across a log, crossing rope bridges, and other obstacles, all suspended high in the air. Certified staff is always present, both on the ground and in the air, in a 3-1 ratio. Campers are always under belay, or connected to the course with their “lobster claws” of redundant systems. 

Horseback Riding and Equestrian Activities

"All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible."
(SH 514:28–30) Horseback riding and equestrian activities could include any of the following: horse care, trail rides, arena work, vaulting, miniature horse driving, Belgian Wagon rides, jumping, cattle work, Gymkhana activities, pony games, horse training, groundwork, and natural horsemanship. Campers may ride English, Western, or Australian stock seat.  These activities could occur at a walk, trot, canter, or gallop as a rider proves their ability through skills progressions as outlined by the Certified Horsemanship Association. This activity is classified by ACA purposes as one with a higher degree of inherent risk due to “the unpredictable nature” of horses; we know that Mind is speaking to our 4-legged friends just as readily as Mind speaks to us. Helmets are required for all horseback riding and mini cart driving. Helmets are not required for ground work, vaulting, and wagon rides.  CedarS Camps is a Certified Horsemanship Association site and employs certified riding instructors and experienced riding specialists.

Junior Leadership in Public Campsites

As the program name implies, junior leaders learn to direct their peers as they manage the responsibility for an extended trip. When the program attends Silver Dollar City (a popular theme park in Branson, MO) for two days, they will camp overnight at a nearby public campground.  The facilities are large 10-person tents which are set up by the campers, assigned to identified genders and include staff in every quarter. Certified staff over 21 years old will drive vans as local transportation.  At SDC, campers are arranged in groups each with a staff leader to explore the elements of the park including a mining cave, interpretive craft centers, shops, entertainment events, and rides ranging from scenic cruisers to roller coasters.  Emergency clinics are within close proximity to the campground and onsite in the theme park.

Low Ropes Course

How many friends can fit on a log? Can you and your new camp friends find a way to travel from one platform to the next, without touching the ground, using no words? These are the types of group activities that are conquered in the Low Ropes Course. Completed as a team, the togetherness promotes group work and thinking in new ways. Campers are also put in physical contact with others, as they work as a group. These activites are usually less than 3 feet off the group. There are some elements that go higher, including the 12-foot team wall.  These require organized teamwork to physically support moving teammates from point to point. Counselors are certified low ropes facilitators. Working together for a mutual goal is a life-long skill that can be honed at camp.

Main Camp Overnight Camp out

"The light of spiritual understanding gives gleams of the infinite only, even as nebulæ indicate the immensity of space."(SH 509:16) One or two nights of the session, campers have the opportunity to camp out in a sleeping bag, on a tarp. Not far from the lodge and all main camp facilities, campers will have the opportunity to experience the night sky and count stars, gleaming the infinite. In small groups, under counselor supervision, campers will roast marshmallows and learn fire safety.

Maker Activities

Campers' creativity, not limited, but allowed to fully develop, will learn safe and proper use of age appropriate tools.  Campers of all ages will start with proper and effective use of hand tools: hammer, screwdriver, hacksaws.  Near the age of 12 years old, campers demonstrating sufficient maturity will be provided with PPE (personal protective equipment) such as safety glasses, and taught the use of power tools such as electric drills and bandsaws. 

Pack Trip

Our 4-legged friends are creatures of God, governed by Mind. On the pack trip, campers will spend 2 days with these 4-legged friends. Once campers have groomed, saddled, and provided for their horse, the trip will spend most of the day, on and off horseback. Always with a 3-to-1 ratio of campers to Camp Horse Association certified staff. One trip leader is certified in first aid and CPR.  At most points on the trip, the group will be a minimum of two hours from professional medical care. All staff are practicing Christian Scientists, ready to provide Christian Science treatment. Trip leaders carry cellular phones that are in cellular service areas for some but not all parts of the trip. Campers may be subject to extremes in weather, and will be held responsible for their own behavior on the trip.

Spelunking Trip

Pure, childlike joy shines through the muddy cherubs who go caving. Open to 5th grade and older, campers and staff walk a mile through CedarS property that is not adjoined to the main camp location. One staff is certified in first aid. The trip group spends a few hours in Cedar’s own Panther Cave, a 5-level cave, experiencing tight, muddy spaces, and an opportunity to be in total darkness. Upon exiting the cave, rinsing in the river, and jumping into the river from the Jump Rocks is common. Lifeguards are present at all water activities at Cedars.

Trampoline

Patience is often learned at trampoline class, as campers wait their turn and are reminded that this is what being a good cabinmate looks like. Campers proceed through skill development, or jump for joy, always with people on all four sides of the equipment, ensuring campers stay in the middle. 

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