With a private cove on Cheat Lake and a heated outdoor aquatics center (three swimming pools), EKC is well equipped for a variety of water activities.
Our lake activities include canoeing and kayaking, tubing, knee boarding, water skiing, the “Rave” (water trampoline with slides), and the “Blob” (airbag catapult into the water).
Our John & Leatice Wolf Aquatics Center features two diving boards in our 12 foot diving pool, two water slides in our lap pool, and water buckets and fountains in our zero entry pool. The aquatics center hosts swimming lessons every morning and free swim activities and pool games in the afternoons. Sabra & Kineret campers receive lessons two to three times each week. Our camp follows American Red Cross standards for water safety.
Our arts programs are composed of several different areas.
Arts and crafts activities include projects involving instructional drawing, mosaics and beadworking, watercolors, Judaica, painting, paper mache, self-portraits, leather and weaving, plaque making and many other materials. Campers can sculpt and glaze their own ceramics in our Pottery program. All arts projects are displayed for camp to view at our Arts show on the final days of camp each session.
Drama & Dance activities and games are popular with cabin groups, and campers interested in performing in our all-camp play can spend time with this activity each session.
Campers enjoy traditional activities and instruction in sports such as soccer, basketball, hockey, tennis, archery, volleyball, lacrosse, cricket, cup stacking, golf/snag golf, ultimate frisbee, and softball.
Campers participate in our BMX biking program (grades 3-6) or mountain biking activities (grades 7-10) on our wooded trails throughout the session.
Campers in grades 5-10 are given the opportunity to “choose” some of their favorite activities. This allows campers who want to spend more time in a particular activity to decide for him or herself what to enjoy. Campers in grades 3 and 4 have a “Free Day” each session, when they get to sample activities for the day.
Hebrew for “hobbies,” Chugim is an opportunity for progressive programming, in which campers entering grades 5-8 return to a program area for continued instruction and activity time throughout the session. Clubs include canoe/kayak, photography, horsemanship, outdoor survival skills, camp play, mosaics, and basketball/soccer/ ultimate frisbee league.
Horseback riding takes place at our stables, where 18-20 horses are available for instructional trail rides in both English and Western styles. Campers also have the opportunity to learn the proper techniques of riding and horsecare.
One of the most important elements of our mission is to give campers a positive experience with Judaic culture, history and tradition. We accomplish this by providing a positive Jewish atmosphere in which all campers are encouraged to explore their feelings of community and spirituality. Aside from Shabbat services and daily prayers at meals, cabin groups take part in weekly sessions with our Judaic Educator. Campers also spend time with our Israeli culture specialist. Singing sessions contain many Hebrew and Israeli songs, as well as popular favorites.
Campers build self-confidence and learn group cooperation while exploring nature and completing activities in this program area. Our Ropes Challenge Course contains 6 low elements and 11 high elements. Highlights of the course include our giant boulder, zip line, pamper pole, two climbing faces on our climbing wall, cargo net, incline log, vine traverse, giant’s ladder, vertical playground, and Solomon’s circuit. All elements and equipment are inspected and certified each camping season. Campers also participate in nature and environmental programming as daily activities. All campers experience at least one overnight each session. Campers entering grades 3-8 sleep at a campsite on our wooded property, campers entering grades 9 and 10 have a “two day” overnight trip to a state park.