Goals and Objectives for Camper Development
- To provide a healthy experience and physical development through an active, outdoor lifestyle:
- Many activities have a physical component, which challenges a camper’s skill and endurance.
- Activities including the residential cabins, dining facilities, and bathrooms are spread out over the 72 acres of the camp and require considerable walking
- Out-of-camp trips provide opportunity for hiking or canoeing longer distances
- Ample daily rest periods and healthful, plentiful food, and a fully staffed health center contribute to achieving this goal
- To provide a communal living experience and develop individual social skills:
- All campers live in large wooden cabins with 10 or 13 other boys and 4 counselors.
- Without any modern conveniences, boys develop interpersonal skills through organized and informal cabin activities like cabin clean up, cookouts, rest period games, evening stories etc.
- The entire camp assembles twice a day on the field to make announcements, raise and lower the flag, and name the winning cabin in the daily inspection.
- Meals are served family style and campers volunteer to wait and clear the tables. Six campers of mixed ages sit at each table with two counselors for a week. Tables change every week.
- Cabin meetings are held at least weekly to discuss cabin issues, review goals, and set a positive tone with the group. All campers are encouraged to participate.
- Camp size is purposely kept small in order for close relationships to develop.
- To allow campers the independence to set goals and challenge themselves no matter what their age or skill level
- Each day a camper decides which activity to attend.
- Elective camping trips are offered based on interests and skills
- A progressive system of land and water awards is available emphasizing developing skills, perseverance, and initiative
- Camper progress is monitored by the Head Cabin Counselors on a weekly basis
- Creative activities like handicrafts and woodshop offer opportunities to the less athletic camper
- To establish and maintain a positive, fun ambiance at Timanous
- Campers are publicly recognized for acts of kindness or achievement at our weekly Council Fire and cabin meetings
- A non-sectarian chapel service, run by a Head Counselor stresses the values a Timanous summer provides.
- Most of the Timanous counselors were former campers providing continuity and stability by conveying the positive aspects of their camper experience to the next generation. A fine tradition of courteous and respectful relationships between boys and staff gives Timanous an exceptionally loyal following.
- Teasing, bullying, or other forms of harassment are not tolerated in any form
- The program is varied enough to promote self-expression and self-improvement
- To maintain a geographically, economic, racial and ethnically diverse camper body
- Each year we solicit money from our mailing list to support full or partial camperships to deserving boys. The camp matches the amount collected to help between 10-15 boys each summer
- For the past several years, Timanous has averaged representatives from 24 state and 9 foreign countries
- We restrict the number of boys from the same school system to ensure this goal
- We have a close relationship with parents and schools who provide us with worthy candidates for financial aid.
- To provide training to the staff to insure the goals of the camp are met
- A week of pre-camp is dedicated to training the staff on the goals and how to achieve them
- A high return rate of staff insures the goals and traditions are carried from year to year
- Outside trainers are brought in to discuss topics needing more experienced trainers or topics which are pertinent for the current year
- Training continues throughout the camp season with meetings and training sessions
Timanous Activity Goals
As the Timanous objectives are body, mind and spirit, the archery program tries its best to fulfill and further these objectives. Archery demands great discipline upon the body. To be a good archer one must always use as much caution and precision as possible. To be a good archer one must also possess a certain amount of strength. Most of the discipline involved in archery comes in the mind. One must be in absolute control of the situation before him. He must know to release, he must find the point of aim and always be aware of what it is. While concentrating on shooting the archer must always be aware of the dangers. Part of the Timanous spirit involves participation for everyone. Archery is just one of the activities helping to achieve this goal. The archer team also is a means of spirit; team spirit. All in all the archery program’s objectives are those of the camp, body, mind and spirit.
Campcraft is designed to nurture the boy’s ability to appreciate the wilderness and awareness of the rigors involved in outdoor camping.
On a typical trip we expect to work with camper skills in several distinct areas. First and foremost we teach care and maintenance of a wilderness campsite, which includes selection of tent sites and kitchen area, proper functioning of equipment on the site (as well as care of the equipment) and proper means of vacating the site. Also, we make campers aware of general safety in outdoor situations including– proper use of bladed tools (ax and saw primarily) – basic first aid and health care– precaution against both predictable and unpredictable weather– and other action, which require common sense. Among the many other skill developments which arise within the campcraft experience are canoe-manship on lake trips, hiking skill and precaution, outdoor cooking, knowledge of trees, plants and wildlife as well as intangibles such as cabin unity, responsibility and appreciation of natural beauty.
Canoeing and Boating
Canoeing integrates the ideals of body, mind and spirit. To handle a canoe, a camper must learn several strokes and be able to do them with some dexterity; otherwise he will not be able to control his canoe properly. With practice and time spent in the canoe, the boy develops strength to carry him over longer canoe trips. He must also develop some sense of balance, as a canoe is only moderately stable.
The characteristic of improvisation in canoeing contributes to the Timanous ideal of development of the mind. The boy must learn the paddling strokes, the parts and care of the paddle and canoe. These are quickly taught by rote. Improvisation comes in with the application of the strokes to various situations, few of which can be anticipated in class. The boy must learn to think quickly on his own in applying his paddling skills to various situations. Rote responses would not be sufficient.
Two aspects of canoeing contribute to the development to the spirit. One is control of the craft, which adds confidence to a child in his sense of mastery. The second aspect derives from the nature of canoeing; it is slower, more contemplative than most others. There is time for observation and relaxation.
The handicrafts program provide the instruction and materials necessary for campers to create a wide variety of projects, from a simple pencil holder to a more challenging kite (which the camper is shown how to fly), from collages and drawings to complex silk screening and batiking. A boy is encouraged to design and create at whatever level he is able and, therefore, learns to express his creativity most fully. The camper makes concrete his original conceptions, learns new skills through the guidance of the counselor staff, and is rewarded not by an abstract patch, but by the actual product of his labor.
Perhaps more important to the program is the intimate atmosphere of a small group of campers working with the counselor in charge. This allows individual instruction and a more personal attention which not only facilitates the learning of new skills, but in the process of learning and producing can forge stronger bonds of friendship between the camper and the counselor.
In nature our primary concern is to teach the campers to value each separate living being as an entity within itself. We hope to instill a respect for nature within the campers and to allow them to see themselves as a part of the larger scheme.
The basic principle behind teaching nature is to help campers become aware of the eco–systems around camp and aid them to develop observations skills. Through careful observation and with a variety of aspects of the environment, the campers might learn a respect for the outdoors, nature and the earth. Much of this knowledge can be gained through hands–on and cooperative learning approaches.
The nature program is designed to help campers:
- Become more observant and aware of the environment around them here at camp and at home
- Learn the names of some trees, flowers, ferns and birds in the area and learn techniques to look up such names on their own
- Learn some edible wild plants that grow in the area and become “safe eaters”
- Through observation of captured wildlife learn to understand and appreciate their world and the observation of them in their natural habitat to do their part in the balance of nature.
- Through hikes and trips to environs outside of camp, become more aware of the eco– systems of our earth as a whole entity.
Through all the above objectives, hopefully, become more aware of the natural environment around them.
The ideals of Camp Timanous, body, mind and spirit have a definite place in the riflery program. The ideals are not as obvious in a sport like riflery as they are in, say baseball, but we feel they are there.
Body: In the activity of riflery a boy must learn to control certain functions of his body if he is to better himself or to attain excellence. A boy must learn to relax his body muscles and also to master the position needed in riflery. The most important aspect of the body is the control of breathing and other voluntary muscles which are necessary for a good marksman.
Mind: The idea of positive thinking and concentration is emphasized constantly at the range. We try to explain that a person must believe in himself and his ability in order to become a better shooter and to attain his goals. Riflery is a sport that after a certain stage will not allow defeatism. We hope that the positive thinking will carry over to the rest of the camp.
Spirit: Spirit is a much-needed thing in the running of a riflery range, whether it be cooperativeness, sharing or sportsmanship. Individual spirit and camp spirit are both part of riflery. Individual, in the attaining of goals and the idea that one cannot have everything hisown way, such as gun, jacket and positions. The spirit of sharing, forfeiting and trying to help others is a big part of the individual spirit. Camp spirit evolves from the riflery teams and pride in the camp’s reputation as having one of the better riflery programs and teams in the area.
The goals of the Timanous Sailing Program are to teach boys how to be both competent and confident in a sailboat. The boys are taught through an award system that is designed to be challenging and instructional as well as fun. The boys build their knowledge of sailing through drawing on the counselors’ expertise in specific areas. Each member of our sailing staff is a top-level sailor who is familiar with the awards system at Timanous.
The staff also stresses the importance of safety while in the water. Before any boy is allowed to take a boat out, he must memorize the necessary capsizing procedures. At the beginning of each camp season, every boy in camp has to go through an orientation session in which he is taught fundamental dock and boat safety and has the award system explained. At this orientation the one cardinal rule of sailing is heavily stressed: every person in a boat must wear a life jacket. Violation of this rule will result in a boy losing his privilege to sail for a period of time. In order to ensure maximum safety during a period, one counselor always remains on the dock and one counselor is in the motorboat to aid boats in distress and help with on– water instruction.
For those boys who excel in sailing, the program offers the opportunity to compete on the camp’s successful racing team. These boys must be very proficient sailors who have a strong command of the fundamentals of sailing and a working knowledge of racing rules. The boys’ skills as racers improve with camp practices, weekly racing series, and annual regattas.
The swimming program at Timanous has two basic elements. In the mornings we have instructional swims where the boys learn how to be comfortable and safe around the water. We us the Red Cross system of awards and as the boys work their way through the program, they become very knowledgeable and competent swimmers. In the mornings we also have a series of alternative days where the boys play water polo, learn to snorkel or practice other activities which will help them enjoy being around the water.
In the afternoons we have free swim where the boys are at liberty to enjoy the water as they see fit.
We also have a swim team that competes at other camps. We have been successful with this activity and the boys learn to develop team spirit and to gain self– confidence.
In regards to the three major goals of Camp Timanous, that is the institution and development of body, mind and spirit, the tennis program succeeds in implementing these as well as any activity.
First of all, the most obvious are the objectives concerning the body. The boys learn to use their quickness, both of feet and arm, to increase their stamina, and to hustle constantly. They develop muscle strength and better physical ability while enables the boys to continue playing the sport well into their later life.
The second objective is that of conditioning of the mind. This area is extremely important in tennis, as it is basically an individual sport where the boys can get down on themselves and throw their racket or swear. Both are forbidden at camp. The boys learn to control their tempers as use their minds for strategy and personal discipline.
The last area is that of spirit. The tradition of the Timanous spirit can be seen in all areas of camp life, not excluding tennis. Good sportsmanship, friendliness, eagerness and overall willingness to play the sport well and with good behavior are the core of the tennis program here at Camp Timanous.
The woodshop is a place at Timanous where boys gain feelings of confidence and self– esteem. What can be more rewarding to a young boy than to have used his imagination to create a project whether fanciful or useful and then to learn the sills to bring this project to life? Unlike the more athletic activities here at camp, the sense of accomplishment come from having something to carry home with them and use for many years to come.
Nothing can replace the look of pride in the eyes of a youngster when he presents his gifts to his mom or dad or the look of pride in the parent’s face to receive something their son made, a lamp, a cutting board, a box, a tie rack, a toy for a younger brother or sister or one of the the many other projects that go home from the Timanous woodshop.
When a boy walks out the door from the woodshop he should:
- Have learned how to use the machinery appropriate for the age group, in a safe and correct manner
- Be aware of the capabilities and limitations of both the power and hand tools
- Develop an awareness of the safety aspects of all tools, both hand and power, whether using them or not
- Be aware of potential hazards of using and being near operating machinery or tools
- Be able to deal with problem solving in the building of their projects
- Wear provided safety equipment in the shop and while using machinery
- Have a sense of measuring and working with numbers
- Be aware of some different types of woods and have regard for their values
- Feel that they have accomplished something each and every period they come to shop
- Have gained genuine self– esteem and have a sense of overall accomplishment
- Have gained a sense of self-evaluation. To take a look at his work and decide if he has done a good job or not
- Contribute to cleanup and realize a cleaner shop is an easier place to work in