Outdoor Skills Overview
The Outdoor Skills program at Kamp Kiwanis provides a summer camp experience for youth finishing grade 7 - 9. The camp session lasts for 5 or 6 days and focuses on expanding outdoor skills. There are two different sessions for Outdoor Skills at Kamp Kiwanis that are dependent upon age.
Outdoor Skills I (grade 7-8)
Outdoor Skills I is 5 days long.
The goal of Outdoor Skills I (OSI) is to provide a transition experience for our summer campers that bridges their 'camper' experience as senior, junior, or intermediate campers, with leadership training and service. We want participants to develop a sense of service to the camp community while participating in adventurous, fun camp activities. OSI includes an 2 day hike up the Elbow River Valley walking from the Kamp Kiwanis site; camp service work; plus an assortment of fun in-camp activities. Selection to the OSI program is based on 'leadership potential' as articulated by applicants in the nomination form. This experience (new as of 2007) is part of the core Kamp Kiwanis summer camp programs. There is a fee for service and open registration for this program, but scholarships of up to 100% are available to every camper where ability to pay is a barrier to participation.
OUTDOOR SKILLS II (Grade 8-9)
Outdoor Skills II is 6 days long.
The goal of Outdoor Skills II (OSII) is to provide a facilitated group wilderness travel experience. We want Outdoor Skills II Participants (OSPs) to develop competencies in traveling in Kamp Kiwanis' wilderness areas, including adjacent wild areas at Kamp Kiwanis. Participants are involved with a 2 day Elbow River Valley wilderness hike and camp service projects. OSPs also spend time participating in some 'in-camp' experiences such as arts and crafts, swimming and canoeing. OSII participants can expect to further the skills they learned in Outdoor Skills I.
There is a fee for service and open registration for this program, but scholarships of up to 100% are available to every camper where ability to pay is a barrier to participation.
How to attend
Kamp Kiwanis leadership program registrations are also nomination based. Just like the main program, anyone can nominate a youth for a leadership program, however, the main criteria is different for our leadership programs. When the selection committee goes through the leadership program nomination forms they are looking closely at the candidates leadership potential.
Once the forms are collected, a selection committee comprised of Kiwanis Club Members and Kamp Kiwanis Staff will sort through all the nomination forms and select the participants with the greatest leadership potential. Once the participants are selected, a health and permission package will be sent to selected participants in early June.
Unfortunately, there are only a certain amount of spots available and sometimes it is necessary to create a wait list for participants. Often spots become available up to and including the first day of the session.
The Outdoor Skills Programs have finished for 2018. Please check back in April 2019 for the 2019 Outdoor Skills I and II Nomination Forms.