Art and Art Therapy
Providing therapeutic art projects that increase both fine and gross motor skills while encouraging self expression and socialization. Many campers have found their “voice” through art, finding they can better express their feels through art rather when verbal communication proves difficult or is not a viable means of communication.
Example Art Projects:
Our Zero Depth Entry facility enables all campers the experience of being in the water, regardless of ability. In the heat of the summer it becomes the center of camp life. Activities include water aerobics, relay races or just simply relaxing the afternoon away. The pool is available for use by community organizations. Please contact the camp office for more information, fees and availability.
Thanks to a local Girl Scout completing her Gold Award, the Aquatics Facility will have a new pavilion in time for the 2013 season. The 18′X22′ pavilion will allow campers, staff and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the pool while safeguarding against the heat and sun of midsummer.
Fully Accessible Playground
Our playground allows for individual exploration and playtime. Campers, young and young at heart, always enjoy the slides, climbers, tube or swings.
Horticulture and Gardening
The “Farmstead” has 9 raised vegetable beds, a recycled 2 liter bottle greenhouse and chicken coop for campers to explore. To round out the area we have a pavilion and fire ring overlooking 9 acres of open area to bird watch or stargaze. By engaging our campers in gardening, we are using plants, and the natural landscape to improve their cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Campers can water the beds, pick the ripe vegetables and fruits, and carry them to the kitchen for use in the day’s meals.
Throughout the season, we have special guests and organizations visit camp to entertain and educate our campers and staff. Included are Nature’s Nursery, The Whitehouse Fire Department, musicians, jugglers and more.
Outdoor Recreation and Nature Education
Courageous Acres has over 85 acres of open fields, woods, wetlands, sand barrens and trails. Outdoor adventures are the mainstay of our programs. The introduction of adaptive sports skills, hiking, campfires, nature art and education and group activities are on the campers schedule daily. Evenings bring adventures in night hikes, s’mores by the campfire, star gazing, and group entertainment.
Courageous Acres provides developmentally appropriate activities for all ability levels. Programs and activities are age appropriate and allow for full exploration of one’s own abilities, interests and enjoyment.