The cabin is one of the most important places at summer camp. It is where campers practice independence, live/sleep and make friends with their peers. The cabin is a camper’s home while they are at camp and should feel that way!
Each cabin is home to approximately eight campers and two counselors. All of the cabins at Foley are different, but each cabin is furnished the same. Every camper has their own space including a bed (usually a bunk bed), shelves or cubbies to keep their belongings and a locker space. Outside the cabin are clothes lines for campers to hang wet swimsuits or towels. Each camper’s bunk is assigned by their counselors before they arrive at camp to encourage campers to meet new people and make new friends!
One of our favorite parts of each cabin is the gathering space. In each cabin there is a space for the entire cabin to gather and have “Cabin Councils.” Cabin Councils are when counselors gather their campers to discuss the day, play games, share stories and laugh a lot.
Living in a cabin at summer camp can be an amazing experience. Many campers form lifelong friends with cabinmates because cabinmates turn into family at camp! Living in a cabin with peers takes cooperation, respect and responsibility. Each morning campers must do Cabin Cleanup, where they sweep inside and out, make beds, check the clothesline and take out the trash. Each camper is responsible for keeping their bunk area tidy throughout the day. The best way to accomplish cabin cleanup is with a smile and a positive attitude!
Campers end the day the same way that they start it: with their cabinmates. Each night, after Evening Program, campers gather with their cabinmates to create memories that are sure to last a lifetime during Cabin Time. Campers develop a sense of belonging during this time by gathering on bunks, laughing with one another and creating bonds with cabinmates. Campers share stories of the day, of home and of life experiences with each other. Cabin time is the perfect way for campers to close the day and is one of the best parts of camp.
Following Cabin Time is Lights Out campers may be asked to share their highs and lows of the day or what they are most excited about for the next day. After Lights Out is Flashlight Time, which provides time for campers to quietly wind down from the day. Most counselors read to their cabin during Flashlight Time as campers listen to the story, write letters, listen to music or read a book of their own.
We consider cabin living to be one of, if not the, most important part of camp. Our hope is that the cabin is a space that campers can call their home away from home and is a space where many lasting memories are made!
All the names of the cabins come from a variety of Native American languages. They may look hard to pronounce and difficult to remember, but the staff are always around to help if campers forget! On one of the first nights of camp, each cabin learns about the person or place that their cabin is named after. We want to make sure the history of these Native Americans is passed along and honored. We also will do some education on the land that Foley is on and the tribes that lived here.