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Pioneer Village

For Campers 10 and 11 Years Old

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Pioneer Program Philosophy 

A perfect age for the adventure of camp, Pioneers are able to foster their sense of enthusiasm and independence with the support of their counselors. While participating in daily swimming, cabin, and open activities, Pioneers also have the power to shape their own camp experience through a selection of a program areas (Skill Clinics) in which to develop skills. Skill Clinics include instruction in Nature, Team Sports, Target Sports, Creative Arts, Adventure, Horse Lessons, Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, and Snorkeling. Introductory skills are taught at the Pioneer level with more advance skill development opportunities for campers when they return in future years. Each week, Pioneers also spend a night away from their cabin, cooking dinner over a fire and creating a closer cabin community. For a one-week or two-week session, campers are able to focus on growing as an individual and creating true friendships. At this crucial age, Pioneers are able to unplug from technology, step outside their comfort zone and gain confidence in a safe environment of their peers. 

Cabin Arrangements 

Pioneer campers typically stay in air conditioned lodges during their stay at camp. There is room for 12 campers and 2 counselors in each lodge unit. The lodges have indoor restrooms and showers. There is also a great room in each lodge that is large enough to gather around the fireplace and enjoy indoor activities when there is inclement weather. On occasion, when Pioneer enrollment exceeds the lodge capacity, rustic cabins are used for the campers where 7-10 campers reside with 2 counselors. These cabins are located in close walking distance to restrooms and showers. 

Meals and Nutrition 

The Pioneers eat their meals in Malachi Dining Hall which is a short walk from their village. Meals are served family style. Special arrangements for children with special diets or allergies are accommodated. The Pioneer campers are encouraged to drink water throughout the day and at each meal, prior to other beverages. Healthy campers are hydrated campers! They also enjoy a snack together at the end of their evening activities. 


YMCA Storer Camps is pleased to announce a new online registration system for Summer Camp through CampMinder!  This new registration system will be your one stop-shop for everything you will need to get your camper set for this upcoming summer at camp.  Along with registration, any necessary camp forms (e.g. Health Form, Authorized Grown-Ups form, Cabin Mate Requests) will all be housed in your CampMinder account!  


If your camper attended YMCA Storer Camps in Summer 2020 or 2021, select "RETURNING FAMILIES REGISTRATION" below.  For all other campers, select "NEW FAMILIES REGISTRATION."



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