There’s nothing like taking a rod of metal and forming it into a unique piece of art! Boys will create basic iron crafts in the forge, learning additional techniques with more advanced projects as they progress. Unique to Camp Arrowhead, campers will have the opportunity to contribute to the scholarship program by having their wares sold at the Renaissance Fair in Maryland.
Based on the program developed by Chief Red Dawn in 1954 for Camp Sequoyah, boys will learn and appreciate the different histories and cultures of Native American groups. Campers will learn how to throw tomahawks, set up a tipi, make traditional fry bread, and more. At the end of a session, they can showcase their new skills in a Grand Council program.
Flint knapping has been practiced by humans for hundreds of thousands of years and at camp, boys can join the tradition. We’ll make our own arrowheads, taking something like obsidian or flint and carefully crafting it into something both beautiful and useful.
Archery is a summer camp tradition! With a focus on range safety, boys will practice with re-curve and compound bows to hone their accuracy.
Down on the homestead, campers get their hands dirty cultivating the garden. Some of these plants contribute to our meals in the dining hall! Boys will also have the opportunity to care for our animals, including goats, ducks, and chickens. Homesteading really shows us how self-reliance and community go hand in hand.
Pioneering & Bush Craft
Campers in this activity will develop skills relating to living and thriving in nature. Boys will learn how to identify and use wild plants, study local wildlife, and learn primitive skills. If you’re interested in orienteering, fire building, knot tying, and anything to help you be self-reliant in the woods, this is the place for you.
We’re excavating an old home site at Camp Arrowhead to discover how the early homesteaders lived here. You’ll get the rare chance to practice field and lab techniques with an archaeologist at our dig!
Want to hang out with your friends on the water? Canoeing is the perfect outdoor adventure! Campers learn water safety and basic strokes on the camp lake to practice if they want to advance to an off camp canoe excursion.
Swimming is a fun way to cool down on those hot summer days and practice a lifelong skill. Camp Arrowhead’s differentiated swim program helps boys who are new to swimming gain comfort and proficiency in the water and allows more advanced campers to fine tune their strokes.
Field & Court Sports
In Field Sports and Court Sports alike, boys build technical skills while practicing leadership and sportsmanship. Since we focus on fun over competition, teams and activities are always changing. Some of our favorite field sports include soccer and ultimate frisbee. You’ll see us on the court for basketball, floor hockey, and volleyball.
With a roof overhead, boys can climb the wall at Arrowhead rain or shine! Our wall has routes of varying difficulty to learn the basics, prepare for an out-trip, or spend some free time pushing your limits. In addition to climbing skills, boys will learn knots and belaying skills as they work through the climbing progression.
Another historical camp favorite, campers who participate in this program are instructed by a retired Marine. After learning range and gun safety skills, they’ll move on to target practice. Boys will get to shoot in prone, sitting, kneeling, and standing positions.
Arts & Crafts
Campers will be given the opportunity to focus their energy on self-expression, learning a variety of camp favorites like tie-dye and pottery as well as some craft forms that may be new to them like bookbinding and leatherwork. Arts and Crafts is a great time to practice creativity, regardless of whether we see ourselves as artists – you might be surprised what incredible artwork can come from the inspiration around you!
There are many opportunities for fishing at camp! Boys are able to utilize the main lake, the streams around the property, and other waterways in the area. Campers will practice spin and fly fishing and get the chance to go seining on the smaller streams.
Create projects out of lumber harvested from the woods of Arrowhead in our fully equipped wood shop. Our shop has a variety of hand tools and power tools and skilled staff to guide and supervise. Campers also have the chance to learn how lumber is made from fallen trees with the sawmill during special sign ups.