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Cookout and Sleepout

The cookout and sleep-out are special traditions at Camp Riverlea. Children experience camp beyond the regular day and enjoy dinner, games, the magic ring ceremony, and a night under the stars. The cookout takes place every session, and in sessions 1 and 3 it is followed by a sleep-out. Campers who are in the Ents group (rising 6th graders) and older are invited to spend the night at Riverlea. The cookout and sleep out are for campers only.

For all sessions, the cookout and magic ring ceremony program will end at 6:45 and the buses will run on the following schedule:

Northgate pickup: 7:15 pm

Duke pickup: 7:25 pm

Forest Hills pickup: 7:25 pm

An e-mail with the information below will be sent out at the beginning of the week of the cookout and/or sleep-out. We will also send out a permission slip and transportation information form, where you can indicate whether you want to pick your child up at camp or if they should ride the bus. We strive for 100% attendance at these events.

Session 1 cookout and sleep-out:  Thursday June 24 – Friday June 25, 2021.

Session 3 cookout and sleep-out: Thursday July 29 – Friday July 30, 2021.

All campers are invited to stay at camp until 7:00 pm for the cookout and Magic Ring Ceremony. At that time, all Hobbits, Baggins, Dobbers, Pippins, Trolls, and Tooks  (campers going into 5th grade and younger) will be sent home, and all Ents and Striders (campers going into 6th grade and older) are invited to stay the night at camp.

Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, carrots, chips, and s’mores are provided for dinner, and breakfast and lunch are provided for campers who spend the night. There is no additional cost for these programs.

Session 2 cookout: Thursday July 15, 2021.

All campers are invited to stay at camp until 7:45pm for the cookout and Magic Ring Ceremony. Hamburgers, veggie burgers, carrots, chips, and s’mores are provided for dinner. Buses will leave Camp Riverlea at 7:45 and camper pickups will run on the following schedule:

Northgate pickup: 7:15 pm

Duke pickup: 7:25 pm

Forest Hills pickup: 7:25 pm

2021 – ADAPTED COOKOUT & SLEEPOUT SCHEDULE

8:30 – 4 regular camp day

4-4:30 second rest hour

4:30-4:55 activities with cohorts (formerly free play on the lawn)

5-6 cookout at Rivendell

6-6:40 magic ring ceremony

6:40-7 busses dismissed (only Ents and Striders stay the night for sessions 1 and 3; everyone goes home for session 2) 

7-10 overnight program. The times change, but the activities include: big game of capture the flag; plunge in the pool; changing into sleepwear; campfire program; luminary ceremony; dance party; lights out.

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A camp tradition for Durham area children

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