2019 Session Descriptions

CIT / Intern
Explorers, ages 14-16, Sessions A & B
Pathfinder Programs, ages 13-15, Sessions C, D, E and F

Session A, ages 7-13, Young / First Time camper week
Sessions B-F, ages 8-13, Traditional Camping Sessions
Adult Summer Camp Weekend, ages 21+

Special, Optional Trips for campers 13+ in Pathfinder or Traditional sessions

Session D - Cattaraugus County Fair for $30

Sessions C, E and F – High Ropes Course Trip - $75

Explorer trips are included in the base fee with no up-charge.


CIT / Intern

Sunday, June 30 (11 am) through Friday, July 12.  $99 (two weeks plus the opportunity to earn a paid internship for the rest of the summer.)   Participants must be at least 17 years of age, or 16 with 2+ years of experience as a Camp Turner Pathfinder or Explorer.  This is not a recreational program, it is learning and hard work intended for young men and women who want to begin working at Camp Turner as paid employees. Participants should be interested and available to work at camp after the 2 week internship if chosen.  Please do not sign up for this program if you are not interested in working or not available.

Those who sign up should bring current working papers, contact information for references and identification to satisfy the US-I9 form upon arrival. There are several components to the first two weeks including outdoor education, leadership training, service, journaling, spiritual reflection, team building and staff training.  Week one is staff training and preparing the camp.  Week two is invested in shadowing staff and discussing the experience.  Both weeks will include dish washing, maintenance, janitorial and grounds work. While not guaranteed, we expect that we will make offers of paid employment for the rest of the summer to the six most qualified participants. 


Ages 14-16   July 7 – 19  $899 for two weeks

This is a 13 day high adventure program for serious campers ages 14 – 16 who love the out-of-doors. Session includes 2 days of training in outdoor living skills and low impact camping, followed by a 4 day, 3 night Wilderness Backpacking Trip, a High Ropes experience, special evening programs, more campfires and later bed times.  Explorers have the opportunity to pursue more than one award club in a session, and have the freedom to switch clubs freely.  This is a two-week session with a stay-over weekend.  Campers will go to town on Saturday for a laundry run, Mass and supper out.  Camp pays for the laundry.  While excellent preparation for our CIT program, this session is intended to be purely for enjoyment and includes no staff training components.

Pathfinder Programs   
Ages 13 – 15    (see dates for sessions C, D, E and F)   $465 per week 

These are one week sessions for older campers.  Pathfinders do partake of the session themes that are offered each week, sometimes helping to implement them.  Participants enjoy more freedom (ability to change activities in the middle of a period), later wake up and bedtimes, more campfires and some special evening activities separate from the younger cabins.  13 year old campers may choose Pathfinder or Traditional track.


Session A-Discovery Week
Ages 7-13    July 7 – July 12    $429  

Designed for FIRST TIME or YOUNGER CAMPERS           

This week is a great introduction to everything Camp Turner has to offer.  Unlike our other sessions, this week is “group centered”.  Campers live and travel with their cabin mates all day, visiting all the core activity areas of camp (see below).   There are a couple of “free choice” times toward the end of the week so campers can revisit their favorites or other special offerings.  Because this week is designed for younger or first time campers, there is limited competition and no “awards” clubs, so campers can concentrate on making friends and trying everything, rather than focusing on achievement in one area.  Activities will include Horseback Riding and Care, Archery, Arts and Crafts, Nature / Hiking / Creek- walks, Outdoor-living Skills, Games-in-the-Woods, Low Ropes (UP!) and Sports.  There will also be a beach trip to Quaker Beach (weather permitting).


Sessions B-F:  Traditional Camping Sessions
Ages 8 – 13   $459

Pick your own activities, choose your own clubs. This program is steeped in tradition!  Begin the day with Flag-raising and Morning Prayer.  Sign up for your favorite activities all day long.  Daily offerings include skill building awards programs, recreational clubs, sports competitions, plus outdoorsy, brainy and even completely chill clubs.  Campers make friends that last a lifetime, try new activities to discover gifts they did not know they had, and hone skills in their favorite areas.  The best part?  A positive, encouraging Catholic community, where everyone can be accepted for who they are. Every session includes campfires, our regular activity areas, a trip to Quaker Beach and special clubs related to the weekly theme (see below).

B: July 14 – July 19     Adventure Week

This week includes all of our regular activities and awards clubs, plus Fishing, extra Games-in-the-woods, extra Creek Walking, two extended (two period) hikes, a trip to the Bear Caves, and an optional sleep out under the stars.

C: July 21 – July 26    Christmas Week

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. We celebrate the gift of God present among us. There will be a midnight (9pm) candle-lit mass, a Yule Ball, and Christmas Cookie Making Club. Special clubs this week will include Santa’s Workshop, Drama Club, Music Club and some special Makers Clubs. Of course all of our regular clubs and activities will also be offered.  Optional trip for campers age 13 and up.

D: July 28 – August 2    Medieval Week  

This is a whacky mash up of the Round Table, Robin Hood, and Shakespearean drama.  Special events include a week-long quest for the Grail, a camp wide scavenger / counselor hunt, an evening of medieval games, a Haunted Forest and a masquerade ball.  Special clubs this week include themed Archery, some new Games-in-the-woods, a monk’s breakfast, and more. Optional trip for campers age 13 and up.


E: August 4 – August 9   Olympic Week

A journey to ancient Athens for sports and competition lovers.  Full on CT Olympic Games span three days.  Other special events include a Sports Club every period, a Hoplite -Ninja Challenge Course.  Special tournaments in Lacrosse, 9 Square, Basketball, Archery, Disc Golf, Ga-Ga Ball…It’s competition everywhere, but all in good fun.  Like all weeks, our all of our regular clubs are still offered.  And you know how the ancient Athenians loved to DANCE! Optional trip for campers age 13 and up.

F: August 11 – August 16   The Great Outdoors

Fall in love with The Great Outdoors.  This week is sponsored by our Nature and Foxfire departments.  Special events include a three day Nature Hunt, meteor shower viewing with an optional Sleep-out, Pioneering Skills Competition, Earth Day, and more.  Bonus clubs this week include Nature Photography, Fishing, 2 extended double period hikes, Outdoor Cooking, Forest Dodgeball, extra Creek Walking, and more. Optional trip for campers age 13 and up.

Special, Optional, Trips for campers 13+ in Pathfinder or Traditional sessions:

Session D - Cattaraugus County Fair for $30

Sessions C, E and F – High Ropes Course Trip - $75

Explorer trips - are included in the base fee with no up-charge.

Adult Summer Camp Weekend
Ages 21+    July 26, 8pm-July 28, 10am    $179 
This summer we will be launching a new program - it is a retail rental weekend for alumni and friends - Adult Summer Camp.  (We expect it will appeal to alumni staff most).  It will run Friday July 26th 8:00 pm through Sunday July 28th at 10 am.  Regular summer camp activities will be open and run by current staff.   Food and soft beverage provided.  Participants are free to byob.  Housing will be segregated by gender, just like summer camp.  We will accept cabin mate requests of the same gender.  Price is $179 per person for the weekend.   Registration is available through regular summer camp sign up website.  Create an account to sign up.  All major credit cards accepted.  Please promote this weekend to alumni staffers.   This is an adult only weekend.  (A minimum of 20 participants overall is required for this to be viable.)


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