Boys & Girls Club Blog

Summer Field Trip Experiences

Throughout the summer, Club members of all ages were given opportunities to enjoy the sunny, outdoor weather in a variety of different capacities. Everyone was able to attend Camp Radford for a number of day trips and some were given the opportunity to spend the night. For a number of youth, this was their first night away from home. While at our 45-acre camp in New London, members were able to participate in activities such as archery, fishing, fort building, swimming, cooking over a fire, arts & crafts, large group games, gaga ball and hiking. They also learned some tree identification, fire starting tips, wilderness survival skills, animal identification and were even able to dissect owl pellets!

Beyond camp, members were given to opportunity tour a 1900’s school house and learn about life in the “olden days” at Old World Wisconsin, visit the baby animals and milk a cow at Mulberry Lane Farm, jump around at Monkey Joe’s and X-treme Air, as well as dodge paintballs at Outdoor Adventures Paintball Park. They were also able to enjoy the rides at the Winnebago County Fair, swim at the Fondy Aqua Park and cheer on their favorite sports team at a Timber Rattler game. Some of our members were able to learn water safety and swimming basic at the YMCA this summer through the Michael Phelps im swim program while others learned how to play the violin, cello, or viola during our Summer Strings camp.

Outdoor adventures also extended to Athelstane, WI as a group of middle school and teens were able to go whitewater rafting down the Menominee River. After their day of whitewater rafting, the members set up their tents and camped for the night. Before heading back the next morning, they were able to conquer their fear of heights 70 feet in the air on the Alpine Tower High Ropes Course and giant swing. Those kids and staff will remember that trip forever.

We look forward to seeing what adventures next summer will bring!!

Written by: Program Director, Danielle Bittelman