Grades 2 & 3

Our youngest friends get to spread their wings and learn the ropes of outdoor adventuring. Here, they learn more about plants and animals, learn to respect nature and leave no trace. These smaller campers won’t shy away from challenges as they learn basic navigation and ways to be safe outdoors.

Check out the example schedules of a day of day camp for our first week in NYC and a day of sleep away camp during our second week at Harriman State Park.


9am Meet at Prospect Park

9:15-10:15 Crew Games

10:15 Snack

10:30-12:00 Cairn Lessons & Basecamp Practice

12:00-12:45 Lunch and Free Play

12:45- 3:45 Field Trip (Prospect Zoo, Govenor’s Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Aquarium, etc.)

4pm Pick up from Prospect Park

*Our field trips are focused on places and activities that help children learn more about and earn their Cairn patches. Explore our curriculum more here.

*We will participate in 2 service projects during this week. For example we may care for animals, clean parks, plant or garden.

*We take public transportation and/or walk to all field trips.


7am Wake up & get ready 

7:30 Cook & eat breakfast

8-9:00 Team Building Games & Morning Meditation

9-10:00 Optional swim

10:15- 12:00 Morning hike

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Personal Time

1-3:00 Cairn Workshops 

3-5:00 Afternoon Free Play (swimming, kayaking, group games) 

5-5:30 Rest Time (journaling, drawing, reading)

5:30- 7pm Dinner prep (all hands on deck) and dinner

7-8:00 Crew Fireside (storytelling, games, performances, etc) and treats 

8-9:00 Quiet hour & bedtime (star gazing, reading)

*See our Cairn Guide for examples of Cairn workshops

*Throughout our week there are many opportunities for service & pitching in to help cook, clean, and care for our Basecamp.