Teton Explorers Summer Camp

For Middle Schoolers

The mission of Teton Explorers Summer Camp is to provide a fun, safe, faith-based environment where middle school aged campers can acquire skills, develop friendships, and grow spiritually through imaginative play and by experiencing God’s creation in Jackson Hole.

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Here is what a typical day looks like at TESC:

We start the day at 9am sharp.

Camps starts with a team building activity along with a bible discovery time. The morning concludes with one or more high intensity on campus activities. In the afternoon campers will either travel off campus for a fun adventure or stay on campus for more some on campus activities. Camp concludes with some refection time as a group and campers can be picked up at 4pm.
All campers will experience a wide range of outdoor activities when attending Teton Explorers. These activities will include:

Arts and Crafts
Nature Exploration
Biking
Singing and Storytelling
Water Activities
Adventure to local lakes, unique Jackson Hole opportunities, GTNP and BTNF
Middle school campers will have the opportunity to participate in more advanced activities such as:

Horsemanship
Rock Climbing and Bouldering
Extended Nature Explorations
Paddle Boarding
Week 1 (June 22-26): $340

Week 2 (June 29- July 3): $340

Week 3 (July 6-10): $340

Our goal is to make our JOY Summer Camps available to all children from 3-14 years old here in Jackson Hole. We partner with ONE22, a local non-profit that provides an application process for families needing financial help for summer camps in Teton County. If you would like your child to attend but our rates are outside of your budget, please do not hesitate to contact us or ONE22. You can download the applications in both English and Spanish on their website here: https://www.one22jh.org/application-forms/
Jackson Hole is an area rich in history with a deep sense of community. Campers at JOY Summer Camp will experience these great attributes by exploring or playing alongside many community centered organizations in Jackson Hole such as:

A variety of JH Museums
Raptor Center
WY Stargazing
Friends of Pathways
Center for the Arts
National Park Service
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Among many more!

Environment

We’re here to make JOY Summer Camp the best camp experience for all! We have three top priorities.

First, Fun: And where better to have fun than outside? The vast majority of activities are held either on the church grounds, throughout Jackson Hole, or in the nearby National Park and Forests. Who knows, one may see campers steal stolen pirate treasure, fly a spaceship to another planet, or help the superhero take back the town.

Second, Safety: When a camper feels safe, they are more willing to take healthy risks and therefore grow as a person. All camp staff are well trained and equipped to ensure a safe environment for the campers.

Third, Faith-Based: Our staff and program are rooted in the Christian faith. We rely on God who provides strength, community, stability, and accountability. We hope and pray campers see Christ-like examples in our staff and programming. Through our daily devotionals and experiences in God’s creation, campers leave each day filled with awe, joy, and God’s love.

Growth & Connections

Growth can come in many ways and through many experiences. We focus on these areas of growth.

Skills: Campers develop essential life skills such as responsibility, respect, integrity, and resiliency. Technological toys stay at home and are replaced with creative and imaginative play. Campers pick up collaboration, critical thinking, and social skills.

Relationships: Making new friends can be difficult throughout our lives and keeping good friends even more so. Camp is a fantastic place to acquire and develop these relationships. Campers connect with staff and other campers and grow in their relationship skills.

Faith: There is no better place than Jackson Hole to see God. Campers learn about God and Christ’s great love for them, not only through creation, but also in each other, the staff, through Bible stories, songs, and teachable moments.

Shared Experiences: Each week, campers experience many amazing and unique natural wonders in this valley. Campers explore our awe-inspiring landscape through bike rides, horsemanship, hikes, and a variety of other activities. Campers also enjoy Jackson’s great attributes by working or playing alongside community-centered organizations.

For Parents

Camp vs Care: We aspire to create exciting and fulfilling experiences for each camper, where they not only have fun but grow in skills, relationships, and faith. Each activity, both large and small, has a purpose and deeper meaning which are designed to build upon each other throughout their time at camp. The more participation in camp, the more opportunity for growth. We strongly encourage weeklong participation. That said, summertime often provides scheduling challenges for families. So, in addition to a weekly option, we offer two daily alternatives, which maintains both consistency in our program and provides scheduling flexibility for families.

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