Programs & Activities

The Camp Abe Lincoln Compass Award is a progressive award that acknowledges campers for their achievement and participation in camp activities and demonstration of the four core values of the YMCA; Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

The goal of this program is to encourage resident campers to participate in a variety of camp programs and to reach new skill levels as they come to camp each year. This allows programs to be tailored to all campers regardless of skill level and offers incentives for returning to camp for multiple years.

Why a Compass? Like a compass can direct you, we want all campers to use our core values to guide them through life, both in Camp and out. Campers that have completed their first summer at overnight camp, and then return will receive their compass. This symbolizes that they found their way back to Camp.

Overnight campers will receive a year patch and a core value patch during their week at Camp. They earn the core value patch, awarded by their counselors, based on the value they displayed the most during their week of camp.

Program patches are given to one week or longer resident campers in recognition of participation in a camp activity. For example, if a camper participates in archery and canoeing, they will be awarded an activity patch for each activity if they complete all the skills. As a camper progresses through more advanced skill levels, they will receive an activity patch signifying the level of mastery attained.

See below for more details about the core programs!


Archery

Archery at Camp Abe Lincoln is a camper favorite. During archery, campers will learn the importance of RESPONSIBILITY as they follow all of the proper safety precautions and take care of the equipment. As with all activities, archery is led based on the skill and age level of each participant. As young beginners, campers will use a lightweight compound bow and eventually work their way up to the harder compound bows and finally the recurve bow. As campers progress through the skill levels, they will face with more challenging requirements including moving the target further away and improving accuracy.

Want to earn your patches? See below on how!

BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Understand the safety precautions in archeryKnow point value of each target color and count own scoreDemonstrate how to repair tips and fletchings of arrows
Demonstrate how to follow archery commandsUse a compound bow to score 40 points from 30' distance with 20 or less arrowsTeach a beginner how to shoot
Demonstrate proper form for shootingLead archery commands for a group of archersScore 100 points at 15yds with 25 arrows
Create your own target, and hit itUse a recurve bow to score 40 points from 30' with 20 arrows or lessHit an arrow on each of the colors “rainbow” using 15
arrows
Hit the target 3 out of 5 attempts from at least 30 ftExplain how two YMCA core values applies to archeryExplain how the four YMCA core values apply to archery
Recite from memory the CAL Archery rules
Know the parts of a compound bow and arrow
Demonstrate the proper way of retrieving arrows
Explain how one YMCA core values applies to archery

Arts & Crafts

Arts and Crafts is one of the more diverse programs at camp as campers experiment with different art forms from traditional mediums like painting and sculpture to new mediums including nature materials and duct tape.  Campers will learn how to express themselves artistically and RESPECT the artwork of others.  Essential to the arts and crafts program is participation in the Camp Abe Lincoln Art Show where campers get to proudly display their hard work throughout the week to friends and family.

 

Want to earn your patches? See below on how!

BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Know the colors of the rainbow in order & the primary colorsUnderstand and define the elements of artCreate an abstract tempera paint painting
Explain what art means to youDisplay art at the camp art show two separate timesCreate a landscape of camp using any medium
Make a friendship braceletCreate 3 pieces of art using different mediumsUse all elements and principles in a painting or drawing of
your choice and explain where and what you used
Make a piece of art from natureUnderstand and define the principles of artHave one of your art pieces on permanent display at camp
Create a painting using anything but a paintbrushExplain how two of the YMCA core values apply to arts and craftsExplain how the four YMCA core values apply to arts and crafts
Create a self portrait/sculpture
Create something out of recycled items found at camp
Participate in the CAL art show
Explain how one of the YMCA core values applies to arts
and crafts

Athletics

Athletics at Camp Abe Lincoln is centered around self confidence, teamwork, and sportsmanship. While improving athletic ability is a natural component in this program, none of the requirements are awarded based on the talent or agility of the campers. Instead, the primary focus of this program is to teach the core values of CARING and HONESTY, where campers will learn how to take care of themselves, their teammates, opponents, and follow the rules of fair play. The requirements in this program are written so that campers can participate in any of the sports offered at camp (ex. soccer, court sports, water sports, gaga etc.)

Want to earn your patches? See below on how!

BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Explain fair playDemonstrate proper care of sports equipmentTeach a beginner the basics of a sport
Explain in your own words “What is an athlete?”Demonstrate how to run a set play for a sportExplain the importance of athletics in society
Demonstrate proper technique in playing a sportDemonstrate good sportsmanship and teamworkCreate your own rules for a new sport
Explain the importance of being healthy in sportsExplain the difference between amateur and professional
athletes
Act as an official/referee for a game at camp
Compete in at least three games of one sport at campExplain how two of the YMCA core values apply to athleticsExplain how the four YMCA core values apply to athletics
Discuss the importance of warming up and cooling down
Know the basic rules and positions of at least one sport
Explain sportsmanship and its relationship to the YMCA core values
Explain teamwork and its relationship to the YMCA core
values

Canoeing

Canoeing is a timeless camping activity and a Camp Abe Lincoln favorite. The canoeing program takes place in the Lincoln Lake and is led by a canoeing instructor and lifeguard. Campers will gain confidence in a canoe as well as learn proper canoeing techniques through fun games and challenges. At Camp Abe Lincoln, we believe canoeing teaches RESPONSIBILITY because following the safety precautions and taking care of the equipment are fundamental elements in the program.

 

Want to earn your patches? See below on how!

 

BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Know and explain CAL lake rulesKnow safety afloat and the Reach, Throw, Go rescueExplain what to do in a swamped canoe
Demonstrate how to properly hold a paddle and wear a
lifejacket
Determine the current depth of Lincoln LakeDemonstrate how to empty a swamped canoe in water using the “T” method
Know the parts of the canoe and the paddleBe able to paddle the canoe backwardsDemonstrate how to properly enter a canoe after being
tipped in the water
Know how to enter and sit in a canoeComplete a canoe obstacle course backwardsDemonstrate how to properly portage a canoe 50yds
Explain and demonstrate the five different canoe strokesExplain how two of the YMCA core values apply to
canoeing
Explain how the four YMCA core values apply to canoeing
Explain how to take care of the canoe equipment
Explain the importance of teamwork in canoeing
Complete a canoe obstacle course with a partner
Explain how one of the YMCA core values applies to
canoeing

 


Fishing

Canoeing is a timeless camping activity and a Camp Abe Lincoln favorite. The canoeing program takes place in the Lincoln Lake and is led by a canoeing instructor and lifeguard. Campers will gain confidence in a canoe as well as learn proper canoeing techniques through fun games and challenges. At Camp Abe Lincoln, we believe canoeing teaches RESPONSIBILITY because following the safety precautions and taking care of the equipment are fundamental elements in the program.

 

Want to earn your patches? See below on how!

 

BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Identify the parts of the fishing rodCatch at least one fishDemonstrate how to conduct first aid for fishing related
injuries: embedded hook, cuts, sunburn, and dehydration
Demonstrate how to tie a hook on a line, and properly cast and reelExplain how fishing regulations are used to maintain fish populationsTeach the basic fishing techniques for a beginner
Demonstrate the proper care of the fishing equipmentDemonstrate how to load line onto a spinning reelExplain different environment factors that affect fishing
Identify five different fish that live in the QC AreaExplain three types of bait and when they are effectiveCatch a fish and show how to clean and cook it
Know the different parts of a fishExplain how two of the YMCA core values apply to fishingExplain how the four YMCA core values apply to fishing
Explain what it means to be a good sportsman as it relates to anglers
Discuss the meaning and importance of catch and release
Make a can or bottle caster and use it to fish
Explain how one of the YMCA core values applies to
fishing

 


Music & Dance

Music/Dance at Camp Abe Lincoln is all about self expression and confidence. The requirements encourage teamwork and group/solo performances. The music/dance program focuses on the RESPECT core value as they learn to appreciate different music styles from around the world and the performances of their peers.  CARING is also an essential component to music/dance as campers learn to help others with songs and dances.  CAL also acknowledges dance as a physical exercise so campers will learn the importance of warm ups and practice.

Want to earn your patches? See below on how!

BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Define music in your own wordsDiscuss how music is a form of expressionTeach a beginner a camp song
Discuss the influence music has in your daily lifeExplain the importance of practice and warmupsTeach a beginner proper technique on an instrument or dance
Discuss the importance of respecting different types of
music
Perform a piece of music/dance from a different countryChoreograph/write a two minute song or dance
Find and discuss music found in natureLead a camp song/dance for campPlay or dance a solo for camp
Demonstrate the use of rhythmExplain how two of the YMCA core values apply to music/danceExplain how the four YMCA core values apply to music/dance
Participate in three sets of warm-up/cool down stretches
Perform a song/routine in a group
Write your own camp/cabin song
Explain proper technique in music/dance
Explain how one of the YMCA core values applies to
music/dance

Outdoor Living Skills

Outdoor Living Skills, one of our most popular programs, is the perfect program for campers wanting to make fires, learn how to find food, and be the ultimate nature survivalist. Because this program is outdoor based, there is also a nature education component so campers learn their RESPONSIBILITY for the outdoors. Campers will gain an appreciation for the outdoors through hikes, challenge courses, and other nature activities.

Want to earn your patches? See below on how!

BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Explain safety rules for a fireIdentify three different methods of water purificationSleep out under the stars
Go on a one mile hike around campCook a meal over a fireUse a compass or GPS to navigate through an orienteering
course
Explain the principles of “Leave No Trace”Demonstrate how to navigate with a compassCreate a conservation project for camp and get it approved by the Executive Director
Find traces of five different kinds of animals at campFind and eat edible food in natureCarry out your approved conservation project
Demonstrate how to make three different fires: teepee, log cabin, and lean-to and why each is usedExplain how two of the YMCA core values apply to OLSExplain how the four YMCA core values apply to OLS
Make a shelter out of materials found in nature
Identify poison ivy, plus three more local plants
Demonstrate how to pitch a tent
Explain how one of the YMCA core values apply to OLS

 


Equestrian

The horse program at Camp Abe Lincoln is through our Resident Horse Camp and Wrangler in Training
programs. The horse program is taught at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels so as to ensure the
program is fitted to each camper’s ability and comfort levels. Campers will learn RESPONSIBILITY as they take care of the horses and equipment and complete chores.

Want to earn your patches? See below on how!

BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Know the board and riding safety rulesDemonstrate the ability to adjust and tighten a girth
properly
Help lead three trail rides at camp
Know the names and order of the brushesMount and dismount a horse without helpDemonstrate in-depth knowledge of the western saddle and bridle
Groom a horse using all the brushesBe able to fully tack and untack a horse with minimal helpBe able to demonstrate good transitions from a walk to a trot and a trot to a walk
Know the basic parts of the horseExplain how two of the YMCA core values apply to the
equestrian program
Teach a beginner about equestrian basics
Identify horse colorsExplain how the four YMCA core values apply to the
equestrian program
Demonstrate how to pick up the front feet
Know the basic parts of the tack
Safely and correctly halter and lead a horse
Explain how one of the YMCA core values applies to the equestrian program

 


Evening Activities

Just because the sun is going down does not mean that we are done for the day!  After dinner every night, we have a camp wide activity. During the day, campers primarily stay with their program peers, and their cabin mates. In the evening, they have an opportunity to interact with the whole camp, allowing your camper to create even more friendships and meaningful bonds!

Activities vary from week to week, but we always open Camp on Sunday night with our “Zany Campfire!” At this campfire, we encourage every camper and cabin to dress up wacky. This symbolizes that we are all unique individuals, but that we are all part of the same supportive community. At the campfire, they will get to meet all the staff and counselors, laugh at some silly skits, and hear a bit more about Camp.

 

During the week, we will have a couple different evening activities. We have had camp wide scavenger hunts, water games and slip and slides, “drive in” movies on the main field, night swims, carnivals, minute to win tournaments, and more!

 

 

Every Thursday night, we end with our Closing Campfire. This is where your camper will get a chance to say goodbye to their new friends and counselors, perform a skit or song with their cabin, partake in decades old traditions, and hear the Camp Abe Lincoln beloved story, “The Starfish Story.”