Programs & Activities
Our program is structured to give campers the opportunity to experience each activity at camp through a rotating group program, which occurs each morning. Camp Uncommon offers a variety of activities, including:
Each afternoon, campers have a chance to “dive deep” into two activities via our intensives program. Intensives are afternoon activity periods in which campers participate for 3 consecutive days. For example, a camper may choose to participate in a Basketball Intensive for 3 days. By doing so, campers have an opportunity to get hands-on, in-depth instruction from our basketball staff over several days. As a result, by receiving deeper, individualized instruction, campers improve current skills and gain new skills. Camp Uncommon offers a wide variety of intensives to ensure that every camper gets to participate in an activity they love. All camp activities are co-ed and separated by age group except for Intensive Blocks which are comprised of boys and girls from all age groups.
At Camp Uncommon, we want to provide opportunities for campers to develop their whole selves. Each day, our campers take part in Discovery, which includes a variety of activities that help campers develop their social and emotional skills. These blocks are based on the value of the day and help our campers expand their minds, their hearts, and their emotional intelligence.
Typical Daily Schedule
Each camp day is unique, but there is a good deal of regularity to the daily program. Below is an overview of a typical day:
Following wake-up and breakfast, the camp comes together for Morning Summit. At Morning Summit, we do cheers, introduce the value of the day, make announcements, review the schedule and get excited for the day ahead!
After Morning Summit, each group goes to 3 morning activities, including Discovery. Discovery is geared towards self-discovery through group activities and offers campers a chance to reflect on the value of the day and the experiences they are having.
Following morning activities, there is lunch and "rest hour" or quiet time to relax, read and spend free time together.
After rest hour comes a 4th group activity, followed by Intensives. Intensives are activity periods that allow campers to focus a single activity over 3 days and develop their skill set in that area.
After Intensives, there is a brief wash-up and free period, followed by dinner.
After dinner, the whole camp comes together for Evening Summit, which includes a nightly awards ceremony, during which we recognize campers for their outstanding contributions throughout the day.
Evening Summit is followed by an evening activity, which will range from talent shows to sports leagues "under the lights," to campfires.
Each day closes with the Camp Uncommon song and some free dorm time before lights out.
While this represents a brief portrait, there is far too much going on to describe on paper. There will be hikes and excursions, camping trips, exciting all-camp events, fun and engaging activities for campers and staff to enjoy!
There are a few “Special Days” at Camp Uncommon. On a "Special Day,” there is a special program which takes the place of campers’ regular activities. Campers also go on out-of-camp trips to amusement and water parks, baseball games, and other scenic destinations in the Poconos. Campers will just have to wait and see what these days entail!