The Outdoor Skills Series
Our Outdoor Skills Series is integral to the Roaring Brook Program, providing campers with knowledge and practice of the following skills:
To live comfortably in the woods one must know how to cook over an open fire and backpacking stove. Each group of 6-8 campers, with counselors supervising, prepare and cook their breakfast and supper together.
All boys in the 4-week program spend a night out on their own or with a partner, near the end of the camp session, to demonstrate the skills they have learned in classes. For many, the survival experience is the most meaningful part of the Roaring Brook experience. For safety, staff participates in this activity within close proximity of camper's camping sites.
While developing the skills required to plan and execute a safe trip, boys come to know and appreciate the wilderness and become responsible, independent outdoorsmen.
Vermont Crafts Program
The crafts program at Roaring Brook is unique and a hallmark of our program. The craft shop is well equipped with essential tools for woodwork, leatherwork and fly-tying. The open blacksmith forge stands nearby the shop. Using the techniques of early Americans, the tools are used to shape objects of simple beauty and function. Campers make deerhorn and wood handled knives, canoe paddles from ash, axe helves, maple furniture and carving projects in woodworking. Leathercraft projects include moccasins, axe and knife sheaths, belts and jewelry . Works of art in themselves, over 100 types of fishing flies are crafted at camp. The boys learn to appreciate the time it takes to create useable crafts with the basic skills of an artisan. A new value is assigned to personal belonging when it is the result of one's own creativity.
While we offer marksmanship, it is a voluntary activity. If a parent does not wish for their child to participate in marksmanship, simply tell the directors. We offer both archery and marksmanship at camp. The archery program is conducted under the supervision of a National Archery Association certified instructor (director) who is a competitive target archer and archery-biathlete. Olympic recurve bow designs include models from Hoyt, PSE, and Win and Win, the same bows used by junior Olympic competitors. Sights and stabilizers, shooting tabs and Easton arrows complete each set of tackle. This is not your typical camp archery program! Our archery range extends from 15 to 70 meters.
The marksmanship program allows campers the opportunity to learn self-discipline, patience, concentration and fine motor skills. The program is conducted under the Junior Marksmanship Target Program. Campers use two sizes of Anshutz Junior Biathlon rifles, versions of Olympic biathlon rifles.