The Program Aides in Learning Program (PAL) at Camp Dart-Lo day camp offers teens in grades 6-9 hands-on training and experience with camper groups. Teens work with adults and younger campers to develop camp program skills, behavior management and teaching skills. During the PALs program, teens enjoy traditional camp activities while guiding younger campers in outdoor play, communications, service-learning and team-building. Along the way, teens discover their own “Sparks” and strengths.
Camp activities include swimming, outdoor skills, archery, singing, games, arts and crafts, nature, magic, storytelling, hiking, cookouts and more. The program varies with each age group.
Jr. PALs - Grades 6-8: This three-week program includes two weeks of leadership training, team building, adventure activities and camp program skills to become familiar with the program assistant perspective. The third week will be spent gaining hands-on experience leading younger campers.
Sr. PALs - Grades 7-9: This two-week program includes advanced training in behavior management, camper characteristics, teaching/leading camp activities, and a "live-in" experience with a camper group. To be eligible for a Sr. PALs position, you must have completed the Jr. PALs program, or be going into at least 8th grade.
Are you passionate about serving others? Do you love working with kids who have special needs? The Camper Buddy program is for youth going into 8th - 12th grade and is a great opportunity to help others and have fun in the great outdoors!
Camper Buddies will spend the week at work and play with a special needs camper and enhance leadership qualities in the process. Your Buddy will need help to get to activities on time with the gear they need, and they will need you to pay them special attention so that they can communicate their needs. Buddies are sure to improve their own communication skills as they work with counselors and campers to ensure their special friend is having a quality experience.
Camper Buddies are required to complete an application process prior to acceptance and assignment in the program. Please contact the Camp Fire Office if you need more information on this program.
Counselor Assistants get hands-on experience leading young campers through the fun and learning of camp! Counselor Assistants must have completed the PAL Program at Camp Dart-Lo or are entering the 10th grade. A strong love of children and the outdoors is required to lead a group of campers and our Mentor Counselors are always available to help you along. CAs will gain experience directly leading young campers, develop group management skills, build teamwork and friendships, all while working closely with counselors and program specialists. Leadership development is guaranteed when you are a Counselor Assistant! CAs are required to complete the application process prior to acceptance and assignment. Please contact the Camp Fire Office if you need more information on this program.