As campers get older at Fessenden, the program adapts to meet their social and developmental needs. They are able to participate in new activities and events, such as video-making or overnight sleep-outs; they begin to build deeper friendships with campers in their group or that they get to know in their activity periods; and as oldest campers in Upper Camp, they get to go on off-campus adventures away from Fessenden. In order to help foster their growing independence, Upper Campers choose some of their activities. They spend more time doing what they love, and they can explore new and exciting activities they haven’t tried before.
Of course, their counselors are there every step of the way, supporting and encouraging their activity choices and helping to form a strong, safe group dynamic where each child feels connected to his or her peers.