Elective Activities

To help enrich the basic activity program, Arcadia offers 16 additional elective activities. Campers have the option of attending the activities of their choice when they are not scheduled for the basic activities.

Under the supervision of a certified archery counselor, campers learn basic archery skills, understand the importance of safety and have the opportunity to perfect their shooting skills from different distances.

Arts & Crafts:
Campers create projects in a variety of media including painting in oils and watercolors, working with clay, wire and materials found in nature, and making paper mache objects.

Chipmunk Chatter: Campers contribute writing pieces to the camp’s literary journal that is published 2-3 times each summer.

Campers learn classical, ballet, and modern dance movements and have the opportunity to choreograph and perform their own dance routines. Dance Instructors are certified in CPR and First Aid.


Campers learn basic diving skills from the 1-meter springboard including front dives, back dives and inwards and somersaults for more advanced divers.

Campers rehearse and put on musical comedies, plays and readings. They learn acting, backstage and makeup skills. Arcadia has an extensive costume collection and sets and props are designed with the assistance of Arts and Crafts.

Campers learn basic mat skills including tumbling, handstands, cartwheels, and skills on the balance beam. Girls have the opportunity to perform gymnastics routines for parents and campers.

Kayaking: Arcadia has 9 kayaks that allow girls to learn basic to advanced kayaking skills. There are opportunities for girls to go on day and overnight kayaking trips.

Campers enjoy knitting hats, scarves, and squares for quilts. They learn basic to more advanced knitting skills including the purl, popcorn, cable and twisted stitches.
Lessons are provided for campers who wish to learn or continue to learn the piano or instruments they bring from home. There are also opportunities for girls to sing in groups for Sunday meetings.

Nature and Conservation:
Arcadia covers 365 acres of pine forest and open fields on spring-fed Pleasant Lake. This provides a wonderful opportunity for campers to explore the world around them and to learn ways to preserve the wonderful things nature offers us.

Riding Program
Our stables and riding ring, just a short walk from the Main Lodge, are located at ten-acre Gibb’s Field.  The balance seat riding program includes instruction and experience in equitation, horse care and grooming.  Trail rides take campers through the pine woods, up dirt roads to views of the White Mountains and down to Pleasant Lake. Campers have the opportunity to participate in horse shows and gymkhanas at Arcadia and other camps. Riding Staff are certified in CPR and First Aid.
Campers learn to sail in a variety of boats including 4 Turnabout sailboats, 4 420 sailboats, 4 Hobie One sailboats, 2 Laser sailboats and 4 Windsurfing boards. There are also two motorboats used for safety and instruction. Pleasant Lake provides an excellent location for girls to learn recreational and racing sailing skills. Arcadia participates in many sailing regattas with other nearby boys and girls camps.

Synchronized Swimming:
Campers learn a variety of skills and have the opportunity to choreograph and perform routines for fellow campers and parents.

The four hard-court tennis courts overlooking Pleasant Lake permit individual and group instruction. Tennis tournaments at Arcadia and with camps in the surrounding area add a more competitive environment for campers who seek it. Archery and Gymnastics Instructors are certified in CPR and First Aid. Tennis Instructors attend an intensive 3 day training clinic.

Trip Program
Every camper has the opportunity to go on both mountain and canoe trips. All Trips staff are certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Staff also attend an intensive 3 day training clinic. Please visit our Trips page for more information.

In the Weaving Hut, campers learn many skills to create bracelets, pot holders, pompoms, wall hangings, and rugs. Campers work with cardboard looms, wooden looms, Inkle looms, and floor looms. A variety of materials are used including yarn and materials found in nature.

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