Kabeyun's standard program needs a minimum of four weeks to give boys the opportunity to arrive and settle in, learn (or re-learn) and get settled in to the routine, explore all of the various activities, and then still have time to focus on and complete projects, ratings, and goals. For our youngest campers, the freedom that comes with our system of choosing all of their own activities can be daunting, and four weeks can be more challenge than they're ready for. For those youngest boys who are enthusiastic about camp and eager to come, but not yet prepared for all that a full session requires of them, the two-week Cubs program is our "Camper-in-Training" program.
The Cubs is only for first-time campers who will be either seven- or eight-years-old at the start of the session they are attending.
Some seven- and eight-year old campers are ready for more – that's fine! We're happy to have boys who are up for the challenge of a full four weeks at camp to enroll in either of the Half-Summer sessions, or even a full summer. Every camper is different. We recognize, however, that some boys need a little more attention and guidance in their first summer at camp, and that's what the Cubs offers.
We're also aware that some older boys might want the shorter stay and the coaching that comes with the Cubs. The Cubs program is specifically designed for the social and emotional maturity level of seven- and eight-year-olds, and we therefore limit the group to those ages.
First of all, the Cubs is a two-week program, wheras the normal Kabeyun session is at least four weeks. It's not just a shorter version of a full session, however. The Cubs have their own dedicated team of counselors, who not only live in the cabin with them, but they sit with them at meals and accompany them to activities.
While campers who attend a full four-week session choose all of their own activities every day, the Cubs start off on a schedule planned out by their counselors, at least for the first week. For the first week they go as a group to most, if not all, of the standard camp activities, including swimming lessons and a day trip out of camp, and ease in to greater independence in the second week. By the end of the two-week session, Cubs begin to choose their own activities, mixing in with the rest of the camp population.
The design of the Cubs is meant to bring campers along slowly, ensuring that their time is filled with fun and adventure and that they don't get confused or overwhelmed. Their counselors begin to give them more individual choices to make as they are ready for more indendence, so that by the time the two weeks comes to a close, they're fully prepared to return the following summer for a full four (or eight!) weeks and all of the freedom that comes along with that to make their camp experience exactly what they want it to be.