Kid's-eye View: DEC
I attended the DEC camp called Camp DeBruce between the 14-20th
of August in the Catskills. I was sponsored by the Waterman Bird
You arrive at Camp DeBruce on Sunday between 3:00 – 4:30
pm and check in. A volunteer helps you carry your stuff to your
bunk in one of six cabins: Girls: Big Indian, Beaverkill, Neversink.
Boys: Monguop, Balsam, Sugarloaf. Then you report to the circle
at the bottom of the hill and play many name games to learn everyone's
Most of the days go with the same schedule. It goes something like
Wake Up Call at some unknown, way to early time in the morning.
Circle Up in front of the lodge where you will shortly eat breakfast.
At Circle Up, you will play a wake up game (Pass the loud noise
/Song + Dance). Then you eat breakfast. At breakfast you are told
what you will need to wear for that day's discovery group lesson.
Discovery Group Lesson: Forest, Stream/Pond, Field.
Circle Up afternoon: There you get told what the days optionals
are (canoeing/Tye- dyeing). You choose your optional and then leave
on the adventure. There you spend the rest of your afternoon, usually
getting muddy or wet. Canoeing was my favorite thing because I had
never done it before and we got to splash other campers with our
paddles. There were three people to a canoe.
Occasionally you get cabin time. The counselors always give you
something to do like cleaning the cabin so you have very little
time for yourself.
Circle Up: Play a game before supper.
Dinner: Something you've been waiting for all day. After supper
there is campfire. At campfire, everybody sings and has lots of
fun. Then they send you to bed.
On the third day (Wednesday), we went on an overnight camping
trip. The walk was about two miles uphill. We had to carry all our
food, tents, sleeping bags and dishes. The campsite was rocky. The
councilors scared all of the boys with the notion of a local bear.
The “bear” was a nonexistent bear...
There were two groups: Hunter safety and non hunter safety.
Hunter safety comes back in the early morning and the non hunter
group stays until lunch. Hunter safety spends the whole day studying
for the test and eating PB&J.
There is usually a variety of food everyday; all of it made by
the volunteers. Egg muffin, pitas/tacos, stir fry, chicken nuggets...
Thanks to all who sponsored me. It was a lot of fun!!
Over Dutchess, September