Boys Entering Grades 3-11
For over 65 years, Boys Camp has been a place for boys to be boys. Here they are free to make new friends, try new experiences, and live without the distractions of everyday life or a co-ed setting. Each week, Littlemen (grades 3-5), Redmen (grades 6-8), and Woodsmen (grades 9-11) can try their hand at skill-based activities such as dagorhir, archery, kayaking, and outdoor survival. Other small and large group activities such as gaga, campouts, and special theme activities add social stimulation and creative, fun elements.
Most importantly, boys will be immersed in a safe, loving community of leaders and young adults who have a passion for them to both hear and see the Gospel of Christ lived out. Each day, campers will hear from and interact with a chaplain, chosen for his ability to work with youth and encourage the hearts of young men. Well-screened, trained, college-age counselors also participate in the learning process as they guide their small cabin or tent group of 6-8 boys into the deeper truths of living in community and sensing God's purpose in their lives.
A hallmark of Susque, reaching back to the very beginnings of our ministry, occurs once a week for each cabin or tent group: the famed "Susque Stew Experience." This purposeful, special evening builds self-sufficiency as each cabin or tent group strikes off to seek God in quieter areas of camp. Each group prepares their own meal over a campfire they built themselves and prepares their sleeping quarters for that evening's rest under the stars. The goal of the evening is to prepare an open opportunity for the cabin or tent group to gather around the fire and share about their lives, their struggles, and their questions. Guest chaplains or other camp leadership are often in attendance to help stimulate and guide the conversation.
*Area or Cabin Cookouts may occur instead of eating in the dining hall.
|Inspection of Ranks||Lunch||Flag Lowering|
*May include Chapel in the Pines!
|Cabin Clean Up||Evening Activities
*May include night swims, counselor hunt, campouts, campfires, night games, chapels, hymn sings, or all-camp bonfires.
|Flag Raising||Organized Free Time||Bedtime
|Activity Class 1*||Rest Period|
|Bible Study||All-Camp, Area, or Counselor Activity|
|Activity Class 2*|
Sample Activity Classes include: archery, arts & crafts, astronomy, bb, canoeing, dagorhir (foam sword-fighting), drama, drawing, kayaking, nature, photography, pottery, riflery, rocketry, and wilderness survival skills. Each camper will be able to choose two activity classes based on age and availability.
Each week has a different theme that ties into the week's activities and provides links to spiritual contexts. Each theme culminates in a grand theme meal towards the end of the week, where boys are encouraged to dress the part!
2017's Weekly Themes:
Week 1: Survivor Week | June 24 - July 1
Be prepared to face new and crazy challenges while trekking through the jungles of Camp Susque, complete with lots of mud and a journey to find your theme dinner.
Week 2: Medieval Week | July 1 - July 8
Ready to serve your King? Journey back to the Medieval age and enjoy a Medieval Feast where you will eat with your hands! In addition to all of the festivities that your King and Queen will dream up, your cabin group will design your own coat of arms.
Week 3: Wild West Week | July 8 - July 15
Are you up to the task of taming the Wild West? During Wild West Week, campers work together to capture the wily Masked Bandit and end the week with an old-fashioned hoedown!
Parent & Camper Testimonials
"We are so thankful that God has led us to Camp Susque. Our oldest son came home talking non-stop about the fun counselors, electives, praise and worship time, and just an encouraging Christian atmosphere. A week of Boys Camp was one of the best gifts we've ever given to our son. Looking forward to sending our boys to Camp Susque for many years to come."
"My son has gone to Boys Camp every year for the past 4 years. Every year he has tears in his eyes when he leaves. He LOVES it there! My son's father died and hasn't been in his life so he needs the GUY experience! Thanks Camp Susque!"
"My son was passionate about few things before Camp Susque. He is now passionate about camp as well as other things. He has definitely grown in character and confidence."
"I love going to Camp Susque. It is awesome. I like the gaga pit and organized free time. Another reason is that I can praise God while having fun with my friends. Thank you Camp Susque!!!" Camper