Almada Lodge-Times Farm Camp Corporation: Channel 3 Kids Camp CIT/Camp Leaders program
73 Times Farm Road, Andover, CT 06232
- Academic Enrichment
- Career Exploration
- Educational Activities
- Environmental Learning
- Field Trips
- Health and Wellness
- Recreational Swimming
- Science Activities
- Social Programming
- Social Science Activities
- Swim Lessons
- Wilderness Activities
Ages Served:6–18 years old and adults with special needs
Areas Served:All locations
Program Length:5-6 weeks (1-week sessions)
Start Date:June 19, 2022 (first session)
End Date:August 19, 2022 (last session)
Hours of Operation:9:30 am - 3:00 pm and overnight
$100–$855 per week; sliding scale
We are accredited by the American Camping Association and licensed by the CT Office of Early Childhood. We receive regular inspections from the Department of Public Health. We have three certified CPR/First Aid trainers on our full-time staff and our lifeguards are Red Cross certified. Staff must also be certified annually to be archery and ropes course instructors.
More about our camp:
The four-week CIT/Camp Leaders program focuses on Channel 3 Kids Camp’s budding leaders and supports their development in teamwork and cooperation, diversity acceptance and professional development through hands on and curriculum based learning.
The activities promote skill building, community development and a love for learning in varied settings. Their schedule allows them to work in peer groups while participating in debate club activities, book group discussions, and completing camp and/or community-based service initiatives. Camp leaders learn to apply developing leadership skills while working with the camper population engaging in traditional camp activities. They are held to a high level of expectation and are required to maintain model behavior throughout the duration of their stay.
Each evening, a camp wide activity is held to engage the entire camp population. Each camp leader is asked to lead two of these activities during their stay. Typically these are based on a theme of interest to Camp Leaders. For example, one may choose to use their social studies knowledge and interest to lead an “around the world tonight” activity based on commonly used words or phrases in a foreign language and a popular game of children of that region. To host this activity they are asked to compile their ideas through a brainstorming/planning process that highlights their ability to work with peers as well as host and provide direction for a younger group of campers. The same structure may apply to a science fair model where Camp Leaders develop a science experiment in small groups, identifying key terminology and presenting round-robin style to rotating groups of campers.
Camp Leaders strive for success throughout their four-week session and this is evident through their dedication to the successful completion of an individual initiative and team building activities. Challenging group activities are held every other day to pose physical and mental challenges for the group of teens. They must complete the tasks within clear parameters ad time limits to succeed, and if they are unsuccessful, they try again at the next scheduled time (if at first you don’t succeed…). This approach supports the development of time management skills and communication toward a common goal. When the group arrives at a solution, the debrief conversation is crucial to the understanding of the success or challenge of the activity and provides teens with a problem solving formula that may be applied to many different situations at home, school or in life. Camp Leaders and CITs leave camp applying both academic and social skills in an informal yet influential setting.
Counselors in Training have successfully completed the Camp Leader program and while following the same activities with similar objectives, also take on roles of increasing responsibility for the group of campers to which they are assigned. Supervision, safety and leadership are additional learning focuses for CITs.
Channel 3 Kids Camp is Allergen-Friendly and Special Needs Accessible.