First Timers: What to Expect

From the moment your family arrives at camp, you can feel the Awosting spirit. You’ll meet people who are excited about the summer and genuinely happy you’re here. We know that first time campers do best in a friendly and inclusive environment.

First Time Campers

For many of our first time campers, it’s their first time away from their parents. The vast majority of these children readily adjust to camp life quickly! Others require some help and special attention, and we’re happy to provide. At Camp Awosting, we are dedicated to making sure each camper is well taken care of and that camp is a positive growth experience filled with amazing memories, relationships, and fun.

When you first arrive at camp, first time campers will meet lots of new people – our Director, as well as cabin counselors and fellow campers. After getting settled in the cabin, first timers get a quick orientation of camp before diving into the camp program. For the first meal, they will eat dinner with new friends in their cabin. On day 2, they will have their first day of instructional activities in the morning and elective activities in the afternoon. They will also get assigned to a new table for meals that week, allowing them to make friends with campers of all ages.

Camper uses hands to yell during gathering
Group of boys eat a meal at summer camp

Special Attention

First time campers are immediately included in our traditions at camp. We have an Opening Campfire on the first Sunday of each session where each boy stands up to introduce himself and throw in one stick into the fire for each summer he has been with us at camp. The next day, new boys are initiated into their teams where they quickly feel a part of a team at Awosting – in addition to the friendships already being formed in their cabin! After 3 nights at camp, counselors will call all new parents to give them an update on how things are going. We will have an honest and real conversation with parents about their son’s transition to camp life.

Experienced & Caring Staff

Our summer staff are carefully interviewed, screened, and chosen for their character, friendliness, skills, and enthusiasm for working with children. All counselors go through an intensive 10-day training to prepare for the summer and are led by our experienced senior staff throughout the summer.

Camper and counselor enjoy a comic book


Sample Daily Schedule

While our program varies from day to day, the following is the schedule for a typical day at Awosting:

Time Activity
7:30 Reveille (wake-up)
7:50 Flag Raising
8:00 Breakfast
8:45 Squads (Good Earth Teams)
9:00 Cabin Clean-Up
9:30 First Morning Activity Period (one morning activity is always a swimming or boating lesson)
10:20 Second Morning Activity Period
11:10 Third Morning Activity Period
12:00 Free Time (write a letter home or play in a ping-pong tournament)
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Elective Signups (campers pick any two activities for the afternoon)
1:30 Rest Period
2:15 Canteen
2:45 First Afternoon Elective Activity Period
4:00 Second Afternoon Elective Activity Period
5:15 Free Time
5:50 Flag Lowering
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening Program (capture the flag, socials, campfires and more)
8:30 Campers report to cabins
9:00 Taps & Lights out