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A Typical Day At Camp

Truth be told, there is never a “typical day” at camp because we like to keep the campers on their toes with surprises and special events. Camp does follow a general schedule on most days. Here is a sample schedule of what the day looks like for our cabin counselors and activity instructors:

  • 8:00 am

    Wake Up Bell

    Good morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip! It’s time to get up, brush your teeth and get ready for the day. Counselors make sure all of their campers are up and ready to go for the morning too!

  • 8:15 am


    all, All, ALL campers and staff gather around the flagpole before breakfast for morning announcements.

  • 8:30 am


    Our meals are served family style. Counselors sit with their campers and talk about the day ahead or participate in village cheers with other cabins. Mealtimes are always a blast.

  • 9:15 am

    Cabin Cleanup

    After breakfast, everyone goes back to their cabins and makes their bed, sweeps the floors, and tidies up their shelves. You don’t want to disappoint Inspector #26 when she comes around to grade cabin cleanliness later in the day! Counselors play a key role in helping the campers in keeping their personal space organized and the cabin as a whole clean and hospitable.

  • 9:45 am

    First Period (Instructional)

    Campers sign up for their instructional activities at the beginning of the week and attend three instructional periods per day in two different three-day rotations. Counselors teach the activities they are skilled at leading or assisting in and assignments vary each day based on course offerings.

  • 11:05 am

    Second Period (Instructional)

    Another round of instructional activities for campers to attend.

  • 12:30 pm


  • 1:15 pm

    Rest Period

    Campers and counselors head back to the cabin to lay low for a half hour. Popular activities during this cabin time are playing card games, Rafter Ball, or writing letters home.

  • 1:45 pm

    Third Period (Instructional)

    One last round of instructional activities for the campers.

  • 3:00 pm

    Cabin Time & Snack

    After Third Period, everyone returns to their cabin to relax for a little bit. Counselors may check-in with their campers to see how things are going. At the end of the hour, we’ll have a healthy snack – usually fruit.

  • 4:00 pm

    Fourth Period

    Fourth Period varies each day—it may be a Village Activity (activities that entire age groups do together like a massive game of dodgeball), Challenge Games (where one cabin challenges another to an activity or sport), or one of our many Green/White competitions.

  • 5:00 pm

    Fifth Period (Organized Free)

    At snack time announcements, our Program Director will announce activities that will be open during Fifth Period. Campers can choose which activity to attend, and our staff help lead the final structured activity period for the day.

  • 6:15 pm


  • 7:30 pm

    Evening Program

    Our final program period of the day may be an all-camp game like Capture the Flag, North Star Ball, Glenn’s Game, or Predators vs. Prey. Or it could be a campfire, staff skit show, or open mic night. No matter what it is, the day is going to end on a high note!

  • 8:45 pm

    Evening Program Ends

    Time to head back to the cabin and help the campers get ready for bed. It’s a good time for them to take a quick shower and brush their teeth.

  • 9:30 / 10:00 / 10:30 / 11:00 pm

    Lights Out

    Lights out times vary by age group. Counselors will put the kids to bed by reading a book or telling a story. After the cabin is asleep, counselors can head up to the Lodge to hang out with staff, play some cards, or get a game of basketball going at the VICtory Fieldhouse.

  • 12:45 pm


    It’s been a long day and tomorrow will be busy too, so it’s off to bed for the staff to get a good night’s rest!

A group of campers and their counselors stand in their cabin at North Star Camp for Boys.
A group of campers and junior counselors smile around a picnic table that has a birthday cake on it at North Star Camp for Boys.
A group of campers and staff members at North Star Camp for Boys sing a song with their arms around each other. Two staff members are playing the guitar.

Staff Time Off

Counselor assignments each day will vary based on activity offerings and the number of staff in camp. Our Program Director tries to arrange the schedule so each staff member will receive one period off per day. Additionally, staff receive one full day (8 AM – 12:45 AM) and one night off (5 PM – 12:45 AM) per week. We have a 1:00 am in-bed curfew to ensure every staff member is getting enough sleep to be at the top of their game each day.

Tuesdays Are Cruiser Days

Once a week is a cabin day called Cruiser Day. Each cabin creates their own schedule and attends those activities as a group. Popular activities on Cruiser Day include tubing, visiting a resort on the lake, participating in scavenger hunts and doing a slip ‘n slide down the hill. Cabin counselors work with their campers and our Special Programs Director to organize a fun Cruiser Day each week!

A group of campers and staff members smile for a photo during a wilderness hiking trip at North Star Camp for Boys.
Staff members and campers at North Star Camp for Boys smile with their arms around each other wearing matching t-shirts.
Two elementary-aged campers smile with two camp counselors at North Star Camp for Boys.
A camper and junior counselor smile while sitting together at a picnic table at North Star Camp for Boys.