A Typical Day at Camp Daggett
Before breakfast, campers have the opportunity to participate in two activities:
- Polar Bear Club: A refreshing dip in Walloon Lake
- Early Morning Recreation: A rousing game of kickball or soccer
Flag Raising & Breakfast
We begin each day by raising the flags (American flag & State of Michigan flag) and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Cabins take turns raising and lowering the flag. Once this is done, campers are dismissed to Mac Hall for breakfast.
All cabins take part in two activities:
- Camp Capers – Brother and sister cabins work to spruce up a part of camp before the day begins.
- Cabin Cleanup – Children work together as a unit to clean their cabin area inside and out.
These activities are judged by our Camp Daggett Camper Aides and awards are given each day at lunch to the best performing cabins!
Younger cabins take part in water classes in the morning; these include sailing, swimming, and canoeing. The older cabins spend the morning rotation on land doing arts & crafts, nature, and recreation activities.
Lunch is always a big hit at Camp Daggett, both for the food and for the singing and entertainment that take place in Mac Hall! After lunch, the campers have an hour rest period which is spent in their cabins. This is a good time to read, talk quietly, or write letters to home.
Afternoon Activity Periods
After rest hour, the campers trade places. The younger cabins take part in land classes while the older cabins are on the water.
Free Water & Free Land
After each pair of brother and sister cabins have been to each area of camp, campers are given the opportunity to return to their favorite areas. During free water, the Swimming, Canoeing, and Sailing Area Directors plan an activity to practice what was learned that day. Then, for free land, the Arts & Crafts, Nature, and Recreation Directors plan activities for campers to choose from.
At dinner time, some cabins will venture out on their overnight campouts. We have various sites that cabins will visit, such as “Sunset Ridge,” “Beaver Hole,” “The Meadow,” and others. The oldest cabins have the chance to canoe to their campsites, which are accessible only by water!
This is an opportunity for campers to gather in the central camp area for informal games of volleyball, lightning, tetherball, or just to visit with fellow campers from other cabin groups.
At the end of the day, it is time to lower the flag and contemplate how fortunate we are to live in a country that provides us with such wonderful opportunities.
Each night, a unique and fun activity is planned for the campers to take part in. These include camp-wide team games or special events such as county fair, water carnival, mock rock, capture the flag, Camp Olympics, etc. Camp Daggett is well-known for our creative and exciting night activities!
Campfires and singing are big at Camp Daggett, and often the entire camp will gather at the fire circle to sing a few favorite songs before ending the day. Our Friendship Circle is how we officially end the day and wind down in preparation for bed. Announcements are made at this time for any special activities that may be taking place in the morning before breakfast, and then Taps is sung as a hand squeeze is passed through the camp.