Below are evening programs available to groups staying overnight at the Desert Outdoor Center. Each Program is 1 hour in length and presented by staff.
Amazing Race. This evening program will lead students through an obstacle course of activities. Participants will accomplish activities focusing on specific skills, such as listening, leadership and group cooperation. Accomplishing these tasks is dependant on how well the group works as a team.
Camp Songs. Gather around and sing some of your favorite camp songs. A great activity in all weather (held indoors when raining), children will have fun learning new tunes and singing old favorites. Add this tradition to the end of a wonderful experience.
Desert Idol. The entire world’s a stage as participants showcase their talents and try to impress the judges. Students will be able to express their more creative sides by signing up to participate in a talent show hosted by one of the rangers. This program can be done indoors/outdoors and can accommodate groups of all sizes. Participants can perform as soloists or in small groups. We will dance, sing and laugh our way into the night. Break a leg and try to avoid the wrath of the dreaded judges!
Desert Jeopardy. Participants can test their skills on the big board. Categories and questions are chosen from daytime programs and include academic standards related topics. This program is done indoors and can accommodate groups of 100 or less. Who will be the next Desert Outdoor Center jeopardy champion?
Dream Catcher. In this twilight activity, participants are introduced to folklore and Native American craft. Students will learn the legend of the Dream Catcher while creating their own. Campers are invited to hang their Dream Catchers above their bunks as they sleep at the Desert Outdoor Center. A minimal fee is charged for this program.
Evening Hike. Become a nocturnal creature and gain a sense of who is out and about during the evening hours. This is a great opportunity to spot animals not active during the day, like the owl, coyote, or ringtail. The hike starts at sunset and continues into night, allowing visitors to view the desert in a different way.
Investigating Owl Pellets
Art, Science/Grades 3-8. Students will learn and be able to understand the predator/prey relationships between the common owl and its prey through examining and dissecting the owl pellet. They will make predictions about the types of food and material that are consumed by owls and be able to critically think about why scientists may use owl pellets to examine the biology and characteristics of an owl. A minimal fee is charged for this program.
"BRING-ALONG" LIST for Overnight Stays
Sleeping bag or 2-3 blankets & sheets
Pillow and pillowcase if desired
Daily change of underwear
Daily change of socks
Two pairs of shoes (no open toed sandals)
Heavy and light shirts
Sweater or warm jacket
Raincoat or ponchos (necessary in certain season)
Pants or shorts
Plastic bag for dirty clothes
TOILETRIES AND OPTIONAL ARTICLES
Bath towels & washcloth
Comb or brush
Toothpaste & toothbrush
Pencils and notebook
Leaders should bring battery/wind-up alarm clocks.
For schools coming to camp in the cooler and warm months, please keep in mind that we are an outdoor center, and your children will be outside except in cases of extreme weather.
Please prepare your children with proper clothing for outdoor activities.