It is our hope that every Ajax Adventure Camper experiences at least one overnight trip while attending camp. Counselors typically have such a good time with the campers they fight to go on one every week. The one-night campouts alternate between scavenger hunt campouts, iron chef campouts, and survivalist campouts.
Explore the outdoors for a night, learn skills to live in nature, build a campfire, perfect s'more roasting, and participate in the games and challenges for the given campout’s theme.
Last year, most of the campouts filled to capacity, so please plan ahead and reserve your campout. Ages 7+
Theme #1: Iron Chef Campouts
Campers and counselors split into teams and are provided with a secret ingredient. Using this secret ingredient the must craft a backcountry appetizer, main course and desert. Secret ingredients in the past have ranged from potatoes and lemons to candy and cereal. Campers and staff have gotten very creative in their Iron Cheffing, whereby we have seen chocolate covered chicken, ``Gold Fish Bomb Sauce``, and Onion Desert Pie (to be honest, that one wasn't very good - but luckily we had lots more food to taste and fill our hungry camping bellies).
Theme #2: Scavenger Hunt Campouts
The camping supplies (ranging from food to tents) are hidden and campers must follow clues and complete challenges to ``win`` their gear necessary for a successful camping trip. Scavenger hunts may require the use of a compass, radios, or other team-building activities. Campers have been seen completing challenges by starting campfires with flint and steel or figuring out how to set up a shelter with a limited amount of rope and supplies. Each scavenger hunt campout will be different.
Theme #3: Survivalist Campout
Work with counselors to build shelters, start a fire without matches, learn to make traps, and other activities orientated to learning about living in nature. Campers will sleep in tents, but if they can build a waterproof shelter they are welcome to spend the night inside.
Tent card playing
Outdoor skill building
Camoflauge & Stalk Games
Mountain Croquet and Golf Ball Horseshoes
So much fun!
Campers will arrive at camp on Friday morning (at 9:00 AM like a typical day). They will participate in a morning activity with all of camp and then after lunch depart for their campout. The campout crew drives directly to the camping location (varies depending on the week), so no need for the campers to ``backpack`` in their gear. The campout returns back to the basecamp at the Aspen Middle School between 2:00 and 2:30 on Saturday.
• Sleeping Bag (AAC has a few sleeping bags to borrow, but you must let us know well in advance to make sure we have one available)
• Warm Clothes (The temperature will likely be in the 40s at night)
o Gloves (optional)
o Ski Hat (optional)
o Long Underwear (optional)
• Extra Socks
• Change of clothes
• Sleeping Pad (AAC has many sleeping pads, simply let us know you will need to borrow
one so we can set it aside for you)
• Other toiletries
• Medications (If campers are bringing any medications, this must be discussed with AAC
directors prior to the trip).
Please note: No electronic entertainment equipment permitted such as: Ipod’s, electronic games, computers, etc. Cell phones are unnecessary and must remain off and stored in a locked container. We seek to provide a genuine outdoor experience while maintaining a group dynamic that would be altered if the campers used electronic games, music players and cell phones. Thanks!