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Life-long Summer Camp Participant
Reflects on 10 Years of Memories

Fifteen-year-old Jake Moore from Noblesville is looking forward to his tenth year of Adventure Camp at Conner Prairie this July. Jake returns year after year not because he has to, but because he wants to.

“At camp, we are always going, doing activities all day long, singing camp songs and doing outdoor games. Coming to Adventure Camp allows me to clear everything from my normal life and be a kid again” Jake states. “While I know from experience what might happen at camp, each year is still always different with all the new personalities. I meet new friends every year.”

Jake’s mom, Anne Moore, agrees, “Camp is not about being an 1836 person; it is about everything outdoors and fun. It is doing what I did as a kid.” Every year in February, Anne registers Jake and his younger brother Joey for a week of Adventure Camp. “We are always sharing about Adventure Camp because it’s been a great experience.”

Jake Moore - life-long Conner Prairie camperJake’s mom, Anne Moore, agrees, “Camp is not about being an 1836 person; it is about everything outdoors and fun. It is doing what I did as a kid.” Every year in February, Anne registers Jake and his younger brother Joey for a week of Adventure Camp. “We are always sharing about Adventure Camp because it’s been a great experience.”

The Moore family’s love of the Conner Prairie summer camp program has spread over the years. First Jake and then Joey came as campers. The boys then told their cousins about camp and spent a week at their home so they could attend too. Then other family was notified about the fun to be had, and the adventure still continues to this day.

For the past few summers, Jake has been in the Leaders in Training camp. This has given him extra opportunities to work with the younger campers. In this special Adventure Camp for ages 12-15, there is a tip or lesson each day. "It's a chance to gain knowledge about being a leader,” Jake says. “Our counselors remind us that the little ones are watching us.”

Jake’s favorite day of camp every year is the canoe trip. He also really likes playing on the mats in the pond and being big enough now to help throw his counselors in. If you ask Jake about his camp experience, he will keep circling back to one of his other favorite parts: capture the flag. “Camp has helped keep me in shape,” which Jake says is great since he also plays football. “I really like having a big team for playing capture the flag.”

His mom Anne says “Having a male role model with each team is a good influence on the group dynamic.” Having both a male and female counselor with each group of campers helps keep camp, “fun and playful, while the counselors set good examples.” Jake agrees. “Our counselors look at their jobs as fun and are excited to meet the campers each morning. They don’t just want us to have fun; they want to have fun with you.”

Jake has experienced the early drop-off option before camp. “It’s silent unless the workers are mowing. You can look behind the symphony, hear the birds, and see the sunrise. There’s nature left here.” Adventure camp is a solution for the growing lack of outdoor play.

“Jake is always more talkative after a week of camp,” Anne says. “On the weekends the boys want to go outdoors as if they’ve missed camp already after only a day. Everything they did here at camp they want to emulate at home.” This has included games of capture the flag, getting a water mat for their pool, tie-dye projects, singing songs and playing camp games with their friends.

“Camp is a chance to go outside and enjoy warm weather with a bunch of friendly people,” Jake says. That is an adventure we should all want to discover!

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