Our Core Curriculum
The goals of this curriculum are to:
1. Take the greatest advantage of Camp Kern’s unique educational resources.
2. Allow teachers to select what academic content standards they wish addressed.
3. Make less teaching demands on visiting schoolteachers.
This option is geared toward school groups of between 25 and 100 students.
Each activity group should include about 20 students.
We will need one chaperones to go along on each of the activities.
Evening programs and other details of camp life will not change from our traditional curriculum.
The bulk of the program time will be spent in a rotation through four activity sessions:
Field and Forest
Explore a Beach Maple climax growth forest and surrounding habitats. Topics and related activities can include: Forest Ecology, Plant Succession, Ornithology, Natural Cycles, Pond Study, Animal Tracks.
Hike to the Little Miami River and explore the history, both human and natural, of the valley. Students will visit a 200-year-old stone house that once served as a tavern in the small riverside community. Topics and related activities can include: Geology, Fossil Hunting, Archeology, Stream Water Quality Monitoring, and aquatic biology.
Visit an early 19th Century log cabin and a Native American wigwam. Topics and related activities can include: Pioneer and Native American Lifestyles, Pioneer Tools, Related Crafts, Candle Making.
We will have a whole group activity on one of the afternoons.
(SEE FEE SHEET FOR ADDED COST)
Native American Day
Students become Native Americans and take part in a series of activities followed by a reenactment of the Greenville Treaty of 1795.
Enjoy a raft trip on the Little Miami River. Morgan’s Canoe Livery will provide whitewater rafts. This gives us optimum safety and allows for trips well beyond the typical canoeing season.
(SEE FEE SHEET FOR ADDED COST)
Our Traditional Curriculum
This is for schools wanting a mix of Kern Staff and School Teacher led activities.
– Trail of Time ¨Hunt for fossils and explore our ever-changing earth.
– Kern Critters ¨An exploration of pond life.
– In Cold Blood ¨A close encounter with the cold-blooded animals.
– Deep Woods ¨Forest ecology taught on a hike through Kern’s 200-year old beech forest.
– Feathers and Beaks ¨Learn about birds, their adaptations, and identification.
– Current Events ¨An exploration of the Little Miami River, its formation, history and, water quality.
– River Rafting ¨Enjoy a raft trip on the Little Miami River. Students will examine river ecology along a three-mile stretch of the river adjacent to camp. Morgan’s Canoe Livery will provide whitewater rafts. This gives us optimum safety and allows for trips well beyond the typical canoeing season.
– Feel the Flow ¨Explore where energy flows in Camp Kern. From the photosynthesis of our forest to the lights and sounds in our new radio station. Also enjoy thermal transfer and a cold drink at our ice machine.
Large Group Options :
– Living History ¨Journey back in time to the early days of Ohio. Your students encounter our costumed staff and experience life on the Ohio frontier first-hand.
– Native American Day ¨Students become Native Americans and take part in a series of activities followed by a reenactment of the Greenville Treaty of 1795.
– Fort Ancient Hike ¨A hike through the scenic Little Miami River Valley and Kern led interpretive tours of the earthworks. A museum tour is often available.
Small Group Options :
– Pioneer Homesteading ¨Students learn about life on the Ohio frontier in our early 19th century log cabin.
– On Native Ground ¨Experience Native American life through games, and other hands-on activities.
– Archaeology ¨Students visit our unique Sun Serpent site, and try their hand at an excavation.
– Stones & Bones ¨Explore the legends and lifestyles of Ohio’s early settlers at the pioneer cemetery.
– Old Tavern ¨Explore the mysteries of Kern’s 1809 Cross Keys Tavern.
Character Development and Team Building
– Survival ¨Challenges the students to build a fire, a shelter, and work cooperatively.
– Escape /Starways ¨A group cooperation and obstacle course set in a theme of an enchanted pyramid or alien planet.
– Land of the Lost ¨A map and compass course challenges students to navigate their way out.
– Climbing Wall ¨Challenge your self on one of camp’s climbing towers. Indoor options available.
– Low Initiatives ¨Team building is strongly emphasizes in a variety of fun and challenging ground based activities.
Evening Activities and Other Large Group Options
– Campfire “Songs, Skits, and Stories. Enjoy this traditional camp experience.”
– Dutch Auction “An easily led & zany game that teaches the value of owning a yellow toothbrush.”
– Clue “Communication skills are tested in this outdoor version of the board game.”
– Night Hike “Kern staff will lead groups of students on a fascinating exploration of the night world.”
– Hoedown “Square-dancing, Kern-Style”
– Those Who Dared “A slide show and game in which students journey to Ohio in pioneer times. Students purchase supplies their success is determined by their choices.”
– Creative Dramatics “Teams of students receive the title of a legend (e.g.: How the Beaver Got a Flat tail.) They explain the legend through a skit they design and perform in front of the rest of the group.”
– Pioneer Game “An active outdoor game with pioneers trying to get supplies to their fort.”
Other Camp Activities
Canoeing (on our lake or on the Little Miami River)