Come on in, the water is fine!
There are three swimming sections at Camp Lyle McLeod - white, blue and red. Swim tests are required to swim in the blue and red sections.
Often it is too hot to paddle around the lake in an aluminum canoe. As you can see in the photo above, our boat dock lifeguards allow campers to choose how they want to spend their boating time, whether it is in or out of the water.
We also have Canoe Races one day during the week that all campers and staff are welcome to participate in.
"You use a glass mirror to see your face. You use works of art to see your soul."
- George Bernard Shaw
That about sums up how we feel about crafts at camp!
All campers get to try their hand at archery utilizing age-appropriate equipment.
Sing your favorites and learn new ones!
Every unit will do a flag ceremony for the entire camp at least once. Campers have opportunities to be the caller, help raise & lower the flag, be in the color guard and can learn how to properly fold a flag.
Flags Across the Water was created many years ago by our own Kayak Community Camp. We felt our flag ceremonies were an important element of camp and should not be left out. But, we also realized that once campers were in their units for the evening, it was difficult to gather again at the flag circle. So FAW was born. At a set time, each unit stands on their unit dock and does their own short flag ceremony.
After everyone is done with their ceremony, we say goodnight to each other around the lake.
We have a dance every year at our camp. Campers can send a song request in with their registration. DJ Stitch really knows how to rock it!
Campers who aren't interested in dancing will have alternative options.
A Scouts' Own is a special program in Girl Scouting that was designed to provide an opportunity for members to express their serious thoughts and deeper feelings. It is an opportunity to reaffirm their ideals and a way to express these ideals to others. It is not a religious service but an inspirational one. The program is planned by the campers with the help of their leaders if needed. The campers will typically choose a theme for their Scouts' Own and then decide how they want to carry out the expression of their theme - in poem, song, story, through acting or art, etc.
Who doesn't love a good barbeque?! One night for dinner, we have a BBQ at the lodge complete with burgers, hot dogs and all the fixins!
Every year, campers help choose the theme for next year's camp. The theme follows us in various ways throughout our week from the crafts we create to the decorations in the lodge. On Thursday, we do Theme Day which is reminiscent of an elementary school Field Day. Campers go around and participate in different activities or games, coordinated and executed by our amazing unit leaders.
We have to get up early at camp to have enough time to do all of our activities. But on Thursday, we get to sleep in! Trust us, it's a highlight of everyone's week.
In the afternoon (after Theme Day and Canoe Races), the campers get an opportunity to swim, boat, do archery and crafts. They can do all activities or just one, any time and for as long as they'd like (within the Open Activities time frame of course), as long as they have a buddy. Campers enjoy having this "free time" to finish a craft or make a new one, work on their archery skills, or play in the water.
Kayak Community Camp is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers to provide a safe and fun camp experience for a wide range of campers. All adult volunteers are trained in Girl Scout policies and procedures as well as outdoor camping skills. They are required to have a current CPR and First Aid certification. Community Camps are a great way to send your kiddo to camp at a fraction of the cost of Resident Camps.
Len and Donna Derby were involved in Girl Scouting as parents of two girls. They were Troop leaders and helped with various Girl Scout events.
Lura Smith directed Camporee for several years, was on the committee for Totem Council’s Challenge of the Totem and for several years was a trainer for Totem Council. Her daughter joined the Girl Scouts as a Brownie and when her daughter became a Junior, Lura became a Troop leader.
The Derbys met Lura in the early 1980’s at a Girl Scout event.
In 1981, Len & Donna (Rainbow & Sunshine) volunteered at Cedar & Sound Community Camp where their two young daughters attended.
In 1982, they again volunteered and Lura (Snoopy) joined them.
In 1983, Cedar & Sound had enough volunteers in their area, so Len, Donna & Lura took the year off. In December, they discussed creating another
Girl Scout Community Camp.
August 5 – 11, 1984 was the first year of Kayak Community Camp.
There were 72 campers led by 23 volunteers. The fee for campers was $50 (and $38 for campers of volunteers).