YMCA CAMP BURGESS & HAYWARD

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Adventure Trips

 

BASE CAMP SERVICE WEEK

This is a great opportunity for teens to earn up to 20 hours of community service, while enhancing our Teen Adventure Trips Base Camp living space. Throughout the week, all teens are encouraged to try new activities, be it exercising their green thumb, aiding in small construction projects or painting a masterpiece. Other tasks may include trail-building and maintenance, creative projects and garden/farm upkeep. Not all we do is work, though. We take abundant breaks for scheduled daily swims, siestas and camp activities, such as ziplining, climbing, boating, and evening programs. Help us kick-start the summer, while leaving a benevolent mark on our beautiful camp!

Base Camp Service Week Tentative Itinerary

 

                                                CAPE COD ADVENTURE CAMP

This program is commonly referred to as our “adventure trips sampler” and combines the best of our Adventure Trips program with the best of Camp Burgess and Hayward on-site activities! Teens bike, surf, windsurf, kayak, and enjoy beach time at unique locations around Cape Cod, while receiving professional instruction during most activities. We also make the most of the facilities at Camp Burgess & Hayward, with scheduled waterfront, climbing tower, high ropes, and horseback riding sessions as well as the opportunity to partake in co-ed evening events. For those looking to experience a little bit of everything, this trip is for you!

Cape Cod Adventure Camp Tentative Itinerary

Underwater Adventures

Earn your PADI Open Water SCUBA Certification while experiencing an adventure that is sure to be the highlight of your summer! This two-week program will introduce you to the underwater world of snorkeling and SCUBA diving right here in the protected waters of Cape Cod. Participants will attend a private Open Water Diver Certification program with PADI certified instructors. We will start with the basics and gradually improve our techniques and skills. We will also take some time to go Whale Watching, to enjoy the beaches along the Cape Cod National Seashore, to check out the New England Aquarium, and to partake in fun camp activities.

Cape Surf & Stuff

Enjoy miles of unspoiled coastline while learning to surf or continuing to develop your skills under safe, professional instruction at sites along the Cape Cod National Seashore. Lessons are progressive, with each day building upon the previous one. Surfing is tide dependent, so we spend around half our day at the beach, with the other half left open to a variety of exciting outdoor pursuits. Likely activities will include any combination of the following: beach photography, painting or ceramics; high ropes or zipline; drumming; kayaking; visiting Provincetown; rock climbing; or beach yoga as well as the use of on-site program areas at camp.

Cape Surf & Stuff Tentative Itinerary

CASTAWAYS

Can you survive as a castaway? We recreate the scenario on our very own Pinkham Island, located in the middle of Spectacle Pond at camp. Participants spend Monday to Thursday on the Island, with two experienced trip leaders as their guides. Their initial objective will be to obtain food, shelter and water before embarking on a series of group challenges that will arrive discretely throughout each day. Successful completion of the challenges will be acknowledged through the receipt of luxury items, surprise activities and supplies needed to build a raft so that the group may sail off of the Island at the end of the week. Participants will always have more than enough food and water, and staff will have access to a cellphone. This is a scenario only, and at no time will participants be in danger or out of reach of help. We challenge you to embark on this unique adventure!

Castaways Tentative Itinerary

CAPE BREEZE

Cape Breeze is a packed week, filled with activities that Cape Cod is all about: sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking. Spend nights at Base Camp and days on some of the best stretches of water on the Cape.  We start this adventure with the basics of sailing and progress toward more advanced skills.  Day trips and instruction are led by professional sailing and windsurfing schools. The highlight of the week is a day trip on Nantucket Sound, where we get to take the helm of a large cutter‐rigged sail boat.

Cape Breeze Tentative Itinerary

Cape Surf & Sail

With surfing and sailing blended into one fantastically jam-packed week, what more could a teen ask for? Participants will head to the Cape Cod National Seashore for two professionally-instructed surf lessons, with time afterward to relax and catch some rays on the beautiful surrounding beaches. The group will also be able to explore and sightsee in some of the most historic and adorned towns on Cape Cod. In phase two of the week, we’ll head to the Bass River in Yarmouth and receive sailing instruction from the Yacht Club’s seasoned sailing school staff. We’ll have a chance to test out our new boating skills on Spectacle Pond at camp and will wrap up the week with a day-trip on Nantucket Sound, where we will have the opportunity to take the helm of a large cutter‐rigged sailboat.

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NANTUCKET BIKE

We leave Base Camp behind for a week of cycling the quiet back roads of this special Island. It’s not all biking though, as we have time to swim, take a kayak lesson and visit the old whaling town. We reside at the Hostelling International Youth Hostel, where we cook and interact with guests from around the world.

Nantucket Biking

MARTHA’S VINEYARD BIKE

Gentle hills and lots of places to swim make the Cape & Islands a great place to bike. Cycle the quiet back roads and bike paths of the Vineyard, as we explore this historic Island. We take a guided kayak tour, visit the historic towns and cruise along the Island’s beautiful beaches. We reside at the Hostelling International Youth Hostel, where we cook and interact with guests from around the world.

Martha’s Vineyard Biking

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For more information about our teen programs, please contact Jen Wejsa, Adventure Trips & Teen Director,                 at 508-428-2571 ext. 109 or adventures@ssymca.org.