Benefits of Overnight Camp

Research strongly supports that providing outdoor experiences to
young people is one of the most important investments we can make in their future well-being and the health of our planet.

Overnight camps offer a distinctive set of benefits, providing young people with opportunities for self-discovery, skill development, and lasting connections. Embarking on an overnight adventure with Primitive Pursuits goes beyond the typical day camp experience. Some of the key benefits we have witnessed include:

Building Self-Confidence: Overnight camps offer a remarkable opportunity for young people to build self-confidence. Navigating the challenges of being away from home for an extended period encourages them to rely on themselves and develop independence. By taking on new responsibilities, attempting unfamiliar activities, and forming connections with fellow campers, children emerge from the experience feeling more self-assured and empowered, both at camp and in their everyday lives.

Forging Enduring Friendships: Primitive Pursuits’ overnight camps create a tight-knit community where young people spend substantial time engaging in activities, sharing meals, and fostering bonds with their peers. This shared experience not only forms the basis for lifelong friendships but also imparts valuable lessons in teamwork, effective communication, and the ability to build lasting connections with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Mastering New Skills: Whether trying a new game or learning to build a fire using just the materials gathered from the land, Primitive Pursuits’ overnight camps inspire participants to push their limits, fostering a sense of empowerment and accomplishment that will last well beyond the camp experience.

Nature Immersion: Children have the chance to unplug from their electronic devices for a full week and immerse themselves in the natural world. Such exposure to nature cultivates a deeper understanding of their place in the world and instills a lasting connection to the environment. Our camps are located at the Arnot Forest Field Campus, which spans 4,200 acres of contiguous forest, including 2,500 acres of managed hardwood forest, 100 acres of grasslands, 10 ponds, over 1,400 acres of young forest, and 6 first-order streams that feed Banfield Creek. Although we are only 20 minutes from Ithaca, NY, on the uppermost ridge, on a clear day, you can see rolling forest extending for miles into Pennsylvania. A 40-acre sugar bush, plus a modern sap processing facility, is adjacent to the field campus. Two open pavilions are near the lodge and support outdoor or rainy-day events. Immediately north of the field campus is a loop trail that passes through demonstrations of amphibian conservation and forest management practices.

Building Resilience and Character: The overnight camp experience is often a catalyst for building character and resilience. Navigating an extended stay away from home requires adaptability and flexibility, qualities that become ingrained in young people. As they become more self-sufficient, tackle challenges, and problem-solve in new situations, these life skills extend beyond the camp, shaping their resilience and resourcefulness in all aspects of their lives.