A typical day at Camp NeeKauNis varies from program to program, but every day holds opportunities for activities with friends, as well as peaceful communion with ourselves and our surroundings: this is what makes Camp so special.
Your day will start with the wake-up gong, or perhaps an early-morning walk, or a swim in Sturgeon Bay. Then there’s breakfast – three full meals a day and snacks are included. All campers participate in a schedule of helping out with meal cleanup and other chores; this keeps costs down but also contributes to the power of the community. Some of the best conversations come out of working side-by-side with a friend!
At Camp, we have a half-hour Quaker Meeting for Worship. Many find this a welcome moment of peace – a chance to breathe deeply and absorb the beauty of First Hill, surrounded by friends. At programs with young children, there is a separate children’s program during that time for the little ones who would rather not sit in Meeting for very long. Afterwards, there are opportunities to work and play – many programs include arts and crafts or a work period at this time of day.
The afternoon often begins with some quiet time, followed by swimming and boating if you choose. You may want to join in some group games or just get to know your fellow campers better. After supper, you can usually find something to do in the sports field: soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tetherball, etc.
In the evenings, campers gather together for snacks and all kinds of activities, in large or small groups. Some long-standing favourite activities include board games and card games; group games such as “Wink” and “Do You Love Me Honey”; playing music and singing together; story-reading; making puzzles; dances; discussion groups; movies; and of course, great conversation. You will probably be quite ready for bed at the end of your day! Campers often comment that days seem to last extra-long at Camp – because so much life is packed into each one.