Each session has its own unique, exciting events! During Day seven, there are usually Water Races, a super-duper-special carnival lunch, afternoon all-camp activities, and an all-camp campfire. There may be special themed meals, like Game Show Dinner, Superhero Dinner, or Bingo Dinner. Sometimes there's a Luau, sometimes a Wild-West Barbeque. Every session is different, but every session is fun!
Because there are so many fun things to do, we can't guarantee that your camper will experience all of them. If there is something your camper really wants to do, fill out the Camper/Parent Questionnaire. We take these seriously and review every one!
Units have scheduled times to practice the ancient art of target archery under the eye of a certified instructor. Definitely one of the most popular activities at camp!
Two Sentinels is on Lake Kirkwood, a charming spring-fed lake that waits to be explored! Canoes and funyaks can be taken to the Cove or the Beach, both lovely spots to eat lunch, relax, play and swim. All waterfront activities are supervised by Red Cross certified lifeguards.
A private swimming area exists right on camp property, with floating docks safe to jump off with a loud splash! Every participant takes a basic swim test on her first or second day of camp. Girls who do not pass the swim test may still canoe with a staff member, so even non-swimmers can enjoy what the lake has to offer!
The classic summer camp transport, no week would be complete without a paddle in a canoe! After instruction and a little practice, girls quickly learn to work together to skim across the lake. Older units also get to experience the lake after dinner with a special sunset canoe!
These single-person, sit-atop kayaks are like a bright flock of birds waiting to take you across the lake - if you paddle, that is! Even the youngest campers quickly get the hang of it, and the funyaks are some of the busiest pieces of equipment in camp!
We are very pleased to have a lovingly restored Lido sailboat named Swamprat. Campers sail in small groups with a certified sailor. Girls are not taught to sail, per se, but learn about wind-driven boating. Because we can only sail when we have a certified sailing instructor during the session, we can't guarantee they will be available when your daughter is at Two Sentinels.
There are many hikes units can take all around the camp. From the short walk around the lake, to Reflection Pond above the camp, down to The Falls, out to Caples Lake, across to Caples Creek in the meadow, or all the way up to The Sentinels themselves, units have the opportunity to spend the morning, afternoon, or all day out on the trail!
Orienteering, knot-tying, and species identification are some of the things campers do in Nature! We also feature amazing astronomy opportunities and even a water orienteering event. Led by science teachers, this flexible program encourages all campers to really see the beauty and awe in the wilderness around them!
We sing before breakfast, we sing at breakfast, we sing after breakfast - and that's just breakfast! Girls learn new songs (that they'll sing all year round in the car...just a warning...) and enjoy old favorites. Some groups even write their own songs!
polar bear swim
This swim is open to all campers who want to swim across the lake and back (no more than a quarter mile) at seven in the morning! After five swims, you earn an official Two Sentinels Polar Bear pin, and after ten swims, you earn a coveted patch!
Some meals have fun themes, like Utensil Breakfast, Backwards Dinner, Whistle-Stop Dinner, etc. Here we have evidence of a Swanky Dinner Party!
Night one of camp includes a rowdy staff introduction, welcome songs and silly skits, and some information about our local co-habitants (mainly ground squirrels and the occasional black bear) presented in a fun yet informative way...all designed to make the campers' first night a great one!
There are two all-camp campfires held during each session: one on Night two, and one on Night seven. Units often have their own unit campfires, cooking full meals or just toasting marshmallows for s'mores!
Here is a list of where our campfire ashes have been!
Units can visit Astronomy Rock with the Nature counselor to gaze at an amazing night sky uninhibited by light pollution. See the pale glow that gives the Milky Way its name, find some constellations, and enjoy the annual Perseid meteor shower with the best view in the world!
Every session ends with an all-camp campfire and a wishboat ceremony, which includes a floating bonfire on the lake. Often the most memorable moment for campers, this ceremony is breathtaking, emotional and beautiful.
All campers have the opportunity to earn camp-appropriate Girl Scout badges in their units, as well as Two Sentinels' own Skills and Outdoor Activities Patch (SOAP). Often, campers earn multiple badges without even realizing it, so girls who are interested in badge earning are welcome to bring their badge book to camp for our staff to verify and sign.
Camp has a craft hut stuffed with things to do! Every unit has scheduled times to go to the craft hut, but often units will take supplies on a hike or back to their unit to complete at their leisure. Every camper has the chance to silkscreen a piece of clothing or fabric they wish, but don't worry...the packing list will remind you to bring something!