A Day in the Life of a Camper


The Onaway program is a balance between scheduled morning instruction and choice time in the afternoon. We hope each camper will become proficient and derive pleasure from accomplishment in all Camp activities, but we also make sure to provide time for each camper to select the activity or activities wherein her greatest interest lies.

Each camper has two hours a week of morning instruction in tennis, arts and crafts, woodworking, dance, boating and/or canoeing, and sailing. Crew is taught to the older campers in our 4 person quad sculls. At least one hour a week is allotted to nature study, camp craft and drama, with extra time for field trips, rehearsals, and practical experience. Weather permitting, there are two swimming periods a day – one devoted entirely to lessons, and the other to play.

Singing is a constant at Onaway.  A girl can join the choir and sing in the local church and the Onaway chapel service or audition for Select Choir and learn more complicated pieces.  We sing at meals and on Campfire Rock or in Woodland Hall every evening. In fact, just walking around camp one can always hear singing somewhere.

evening-typical-dayA Typical Day

7:25 Rise and Shine! (Onaway means wide awake)
7:45 Flag Line
8:00 Breakfast, Cabin Duties
9:00 Camp duties
9:20 – 12:35 – Four Activity Periods
12:35 Cabin Group Time
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Rest Hour
3:00 – 4:45 Two Activity Periods
4:45 Free Swim
5:30 Cabin Group Time
5:55 Flag Line
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening Program
Followed by Circle and Taps ("It's the end of a pefect day.")

Evening Program is run by the Counselor of the Day. It is a chance for the whole camp to be together and perform skits, play games, learn something new, or let off steam.

"Privilege" is a special time after Taps when cabin groups can have some extra time to discuss important issues or plan an upcoming activity.