7th Grade Camp
For the past 39 years, Dexter has taken its seventh grade class to YMCA Camp Storer. The camp experience is designed to help students build a sense of community, become more independent and responsible, and to learn how to work cooperatively with others. They accomplish all this while attending 14 hours of outdoor education classes, participating in evening activities, and eating meals together. This trip helps to transition students to Mill Creek and the expectations we have for them at Mill Creek.
7th Grade Camp Objectives
- To provide students with a comprehensive Outdoor Education experience.
- To take the classroom curriculum and teach pupils environmental awareness through direct learning in the out-of-doors.
- To encourage students to develop problem solving skills.
- To encourage appropriate peer interactions.
- To facilitate and promote teamwork.
Major Areas of Concentration
Environmental Awareness activities which:
- expand individual awareness of the finite nature of the environment.
- determine and develop a role in conversing and preserving the environment through appropriate action.
- develop an understanding of man’s interdependence with his environment.
- develop an attitude of being one with the natural environment.
Curriculum Enrichment activities which:
- develop scientific abilities to investigate Earth and life interrelationships. (Nature Science)
- develop data-gathering and processing abilities to explore the dimensions of people and their land. (Social Science)
- develop communicative abilities for the expression of ideas and feelings through words. (Language Arts)
- develop measurement techniques for the application of quantitative concepts. (Math)
Social Growth activities which:
- provide opportunities to see peers in new roles.
- encourage new friend-making
- foster cooperation and democratic decision-making.
- open new alleys of communication between teachers and students.
- recognize the advantage of working together to complete tasks.
- to learn to live with other people during a 5-day, 24-hour a day experience.
Individual Growth activities which:
- increase understanding of themselves.
- assess strengths and weaknesses.
- clarify personal values.
- to gain self-reliance and self-confidence.
- develop understanding of the implications of one’s actions.
Recreational Skills activities which:
- encourage an attitude of sportsmanship.
- foster participation and achievement in recreational activities.
- increase mental and physical fitness.
- increase learning and enjoyment of recreational skills in the out- of-doors.
7th Grade Camp Rules
Our desire is to keep rules minimal and reasonable.
We expect them to be followed so we can have a good learning experience without discipline problems and wasted time.
- Students will remain within the boundaries of camp at all times.
- Students will remain within specified areas unless accompanied by a counselor. No student will go on a hike alone.
- Students are absolutely restricted from entering cabins other than their own unless accompanied by an adult.*
- A boundary line separates the girls’ and boys’ cabin areas at Storer Camp. This boundary line can not be crossed after 9 P.M.*
- Students will make their own bunks and keep the cabins clean and neat. Cabins will be inspected each day by the camp leaders.
- Students will keep their clothes in an orderly fashion.
- Students should be aware of the need for personal hygiene; brushing teeth, clean hands at meal time, etc.
- Students should shower every day while at camp. Slippers or shoes should be worn to and from the shower.
- Illness must be reported to a counselor immediately.
- Students are expected to use appropriate school language and behavior at all times — this includes all school rules as listed in the Mill Creek Handbook.
- Students shall not litter, mark, or destroy camp property and its natural environment.
- Students must be on time for all required activities.
- Shoes or slippers must be worn at all times.
- Students must stay in cabins after lights out, except for going to the bathroom.
- Students must remain in cabins until 6:45 AM.
- Students will follow all stipulated waterfront rules.
- Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are provided for safety purposes. They will not be used inappropriately.
- All school rules apply for the week of camp.
- VIOLATION OF ANY OF THE ABOVE RULES COULD RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION.
- PARENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PICK UP THEIR SON/DAUGHTER FROM CAMP IF A MAJOR, OR REPEATED, INFRACTION OF RULES OCCURS.
- *VIOLATION OF RULE #3 or # 4 IS AN AUTOMATIC EXPULSION FROM CAMP. PARENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION HOME.
7th Grade Camp Daily Schedule
6:30 a.m. Awaken
7:30 a.m. Bathrooms cleaned
7:45 a.m. Bell rings, flag rising ceremony
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Class time
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Class time
11:45 a.m. Bell rings for lunch
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Rest or free time
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Class time
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Class time
3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Afternoon activities
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Free time
7:15 – 9:00 p.m. Evening Activities
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Showers and bed
10:00 pm. Lights out
Students will attend 14 hours of classes during the week. The classes take place outdoors, and therefore do not require school books. Camp classes may include: canoeing, horse sense, horseback riding, climbing the 35ft tower, low ropes course, Incredible Journey, and Taste of Nature. If you would like more information on the classes being offered, please contact Marianne Mutschler. The YMCA course book is available upon request.
Students will also participate in 4 evening activities while at camp. A brief description of each activity can be found below. If you would like more information regarding the evening programs, please contact Marianne Mutschler at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to meet.
Students will have 1 hour to solve up to 14 clues that will take them all over camp grounds. The students will solve the clues as a cabin group and will travel to the different locations as a group. At each location there is a small item the group will need to pick up to show they correctly solved the clue. The goal of this activity is for the students to learn their way around camp.
- Zingers: Students are divided into several small groups and rotate through stations. Each station has a high-energy task or relay, which promotes cooperation and teamwork.
- Camp Fire: Students will gather around to watch skits, sing songs and tell stories with the YMCA staff.
Students will be split into two groups during this time to experience Predator Prey and the zingers/campfire in a smaller group setting. Predator Prey is the ultimate hide and seek game where students not only learn about food chains, they also get to experience it!
There is no end to the enthusiasm for this popular all-evening activity. After watching adults demonstrate the Virginia Reel, students are quickly captured by the spirit of the fun. Students dance to traditional and historical folk music, which is often played by Storer Camp's own live band!
There are many opportunities for families to earn money for their students' camp fees. These fundraisers are currently in place to help raise money for camp:
Little Caesar’s Pizza Kit Fundraiser
- Online Fundraiser Code: 365949
- Wednesday, January 15, 2020: Little Caeser’s Fundraiser Begins
- Wednesday, February 5, 2020: Orders and money are due
- Wednesday, February 26, 2020: Fundraiser Pick Up at Mill Creek 3:15pm – 5:30pm
Busch’s Card Program
Earn 3%-5% of your grocery bill every time you shop at any Busch’s store!!! Get family, friends, and neighbors involved to earn more! Join the Busch’s MyWay program and then register your card with your Busch’s MyWay Card.
- Join the Busch’s MyWay program
- Class of 2026- for more information contact Marianne Mutschler.
- Class of 2025- for more information contact Marianne Mutschler.
- Class of 2024- for more information contact Busch's parent coordinators: Samantha Brandt and Janet McDole
- Class of 2023- for more information contact Busch's parent coordinators: Rebecca Reed and Nicole Krakowski
7th Grade Camp Cost and Payments
Cost of Camp: $275
Camp payment Schedule (you may pay earlier if desired):
- May 29, 2020 – $150
- August (Date TBD) – $125
- Early Incentive! Pay in full by May 29, 2020 and receive $25 off! (Total Cost: $250)
Payments are made via PaySchools. Click here for information on how to access and use Pay Schools
Financial Aid: Families may apply for a payment plan or financial aid by contacting Marianne Mutschler as soon as possible. There are a limited number of scholarships available. The application deadline is March 22nd, 2019. Email Marianne Mutschler or reach her by phone at (734) 424-4150 ext. 5101
- January 15, 2020 Camp Meeting in the Creekside Cafeteria (6-7:30pm)
- February 5, 2020 Online Enrollment Closes
- February 5, 2020 Little Caesars Fundraiser Order Forms & Money Due
- February 26, 2020 Little Caesars Fundraiser Pick Up at Mill Creek from 3:15-5:30pm
- March 27, 2020 Deadline to apply for a Payment Plan/Scholarship
- May 29, 2020 First Payment Due- $150* & Early Incentive Date! Make full payment by this date to receive $25 off. (Total due: $250)
- August (Date TBD) 6:00-7:00 Seventh Grade Camp Chaperone Meeting (OVERNIGHT CHAPERONES ONLY) Room 101 at Mill Creek
- August (Date TBD) 6-7:30 Seventh Grade Orientation
- August (Date TBD) Health Form & Final Payment Due ($125*)
- September 14-18, 2020 Seventh Grade Camp! (Please drop your student off at Mill Creek on Monday morning by 8:30am)
Volunteering at 7th Grade Camp
Below is a description of each volunteer placement. Please review and see if there is any volunteer position that will work with your schedule.
After signing up to volunteer, please print and fill out the Camp Volunteer Form. All volunteer forms can be dropped off in the Mill Creek Office.
There are three different options to volunteer as an overnight chaperone:
- Monday (7:30am) to Wednesday (4pm)
- Wednesday (2pm) to Friday (1pm)
- Full Week (Monday 7:30am to Friday 1pm).
As an overnight chaperone, you will spend your time at camp with a group of 10-12 students. You will go to classes with them, sit with them at meals and sleep in a cabin with them. As an overnight chaperone you will be placed with your child, but if you would prefer you can come out to camp and be in a different cabin than your child. If you are a female chaperone with a boy coming out to camp or a male chaperone with a girl coming out to camp, we can arrange it so you will travel with your student during the day and eat all meals with your student. This position typically fills up fast (especially for female chaperones, so sign up early!)
Morning Volunteers attend camp from 9:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday. Each volunteer will be assigned a cabin group to travel with and to eat meals with. As a morning volunteer, we will assign you to a cabin group that is in need of additional coverage. **We cannot guarantee you will be with your child, but will do our best to assign you to their group.**
Evening Volunteers attend camp from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday. Each volunteer will be assigned a cabin group to travel with and to eat meals with. As an evening volunteer, we will assign you to a cabin group that is in need of additional coverage. **We cannot guarantee you will be with your child, but will do our best to assign you to their group.**
Health Lodge Volunteer
Health Lodge Volunteers are responsible for helping the staff nurse supervise any Mill Creek students at the health lodge throughout the day. We always try to get two volunteers per slot so that you are free to relieve one another to go and visit your child. We recommend that health lodge volunteers bring a chair and a book. You will spend most of your time sitting outside the health lodge, enjoying nature and the hustle and bustle of the kids all around. We are in need of health lodge volunteers on Monday from 4-9, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-4 and 4-9, and on Friday from 9-1.**No formal Medical Training needed! (There is a 24 hour health officer that will provide all support for students).
Monday Bus Volunteers are responsible for riding the bus to camp with the students and back to Mill Creek on the empty buses. While on the bus with the students, the bus chaperones are responsible for making sure the students are adhering to all of the bus rules. To be a Monday bus volunteer, please arrive at Mill Creek by 9:00am and you will return back to Mill Creek by approximately 12:30pm.
Friday Bus Volunteers are responsible for riding to camp on an empty bus and back to Mill Creek with the students. While on the bus with the students, the bus chaperones are responsible for making sure the students are adhering to all of the bus rules. To be a Friday bus volunteer, plan on arriving at by 11:00am and you will return back to Mill Creek by approximately 2:30pm.
Luggage Loading Volunteer
Monday Luggage Loading volunteers are responsible for helping the students organize their luggage and load it onto the luggage truck. Hopefully, the truck will be at Mill Creek early enough for the students to load most of the luggage themselves. As a luggage loader, you will need to arrive at Mill Creek by 7:45am.
Friday Luggage Loading volunteers are responsible for helping unload the luggage from the truck for the students to take home with them. As a luggage loader, you will need to arrive at Mill Creek by 11:30am.
Monday Morning Chaperone at Mill Creek
Monday morning, September 9, students will be arriving at Mill Creek between 7:45am to 8:30am. You will be responsible for supervising one classroom of students as they wait for the bus to arrive. As a Monday Morning Chaperone you will need to arrive at Mill Creek on Monday morning at 7:45am. When you check in, you will be given a room assignment and a list of activities that you can do with the students in your classroom. Please plan on staying at Mill Creek until all of the students have loaded the buses at approximately 9:30am.
Even though we have provided you with a brief description of the responsibilities that come with your volunteer position, we understand you may have questions. Please do not hesitate to e-mail me or call me using the contact information below:
(734) 424-4150 ext. 5101
I hope you will consider volunteering for camp. It takes over 100 parents to make camp possible and it is an experience both you and your student will enjoy.