Tepeetonka (Ages 10-13)
Designed for the older camper, Tepeetonka is a natural extension of the Leif Ericson experience. It recognizes the changing needs for more adventure, more challenge and more accomplishment, and is all the more meaningful because they are shared with others…. This is a unique camping experience that has a reputation of instilling traditional values through the example of a wonderful staff, inspirational campfire programs and opening reflections each morning at beautiful Campfire Point.
Lunch provided daily for Tepeetonka campers.
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Campers will build new friendships and increase self esteem as they go through their days at camp participating in activities such as archery, rafting, crafts, nature, bb guns, and horses along with camp wide activities like the Scavenger Hunt and the Water War. Off camp activities such as sliding at Wild Water West water park are also included in camp fees.
Overnights & Family Night
Tepeetonka campers will experience two distinctive overnights during their two-week experience. 12-13 year old groups and 10-11 year old groups will be at separate alternating overnight locations that have unique and age specific features. The day following the first overnight campers will arise to a breakfast cooked over the campfire. Preceding the 10-11 year olds first overnight we invite parents to a Family Night presentation of a meal and program. Both overnights are bursting with activities, songs, skits and special events. The second overnight is when the unforgettable closing campfire and special awards night is held for our campers.
Tepeetonka Horse Program
Performance Plus Arabians will be the site where campers will learn about saddling, riding, and the history of horses as part of our Tepeetonka horse program. Campers will have trail rides through the winding trails under the supervision of their counselor and trained wranglers.
High Ropes Course
Tepee campers will be challenged on our state-of-the-art High Ropes Course that is the largest course in the state of South Dakota. The course increases self-confidence, team building, courage, and a sense of accomplishment in a safe environment. Campers are all able to be successful at their own level in this "challenge by choice" activity.
10 & 11 year old Campers
These campers partake in the BEST activities at camp! From throwing thousands of water balloons during the Water War; to learning survival skills and teamwork to safely get off of the legendary Shipwreck Island.
Campers will have a delicious time learning to cook over an open fire at our Outdoor Cooking program and battling in the GaGa Pit.
12 & 13 year old Campers
As campers get older they want more! They get more by continuing their High Ropes experience by partaking in real rock climbing at Palisades State Park with our trained climbing staff. Our Equestrian Program extends to hands-on training with award winning show horses at Performance Plus Arabians to name a few. The two weeks ends with an unforgettable "Feats of Strength and Wisdom" competition.