Activities

A well rounded, traditional camp program

Fine Art and Textile Arts

Girls enjoy making jewelry with hemp, beading, or making creations with clay. Make a “Memory Book” from scratch, learn tie dye techniques, do a little scrap booking or decorate your woodworking project. We also offer Fine Art classes with Artist Kate Joseph. Kate leads campers in classes that offer painting with different mediums, pottery, sewing and more!

Woodworking

Campers choose from a range of projects to build and finish under the supervision of master woodworker, Wayne Kyle. Girls get to work in Forrestel’s state of the art wood working shop.

Riflery

Our riflery program is run by  an NRA Certified Instructor, and a New York State Hunter Safety Instructor.Our riflery program is run by an NRA Certified Instructor, and a New York State Hunter Safety Instructor.

Safety and enjoyment is our first concern. Children of all ages learn to shoot .22 rifles on our new rifle range at camp and target clay birds with 20 gauge shotguns at a local club. The program is designed as a first step to more advanced shooting.

The Riflery Program teaches campers firearm assembly, shooting fundamentals, cleaning and storage, and the safe handling of firearms and ammunition. On the range, girls take aim at certified rifle targets and action spin targets. All students learn how to fire a gun under the guidance of a certified NRA rifle instructor.

The program also welcomes campers familiar with firearms, wanting to improve their skills. Our instructors know how to challenge every shooter, no matter what their previous experience.

Fishing

Dennis Button is a fixture at Forrestel; add to that the fact that he loves children and is never without a fishing pole and you’ve got the start of something good. Dennis takes the kids to his favorites spots on the farm, secret fishing holes and private stocked ponds.

Archery

Campers choose from a range of targets at varying distances. The archery program introduces beginners to the sport and keeps experienced archers challenged.

We play a wide range of team sports and games. Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee are camp favorites. Girls focus on skill development during team games.

Mountain Biking

Our talented sports counselors lead campers on mountain biking adventures among the interesting acres of Forrestel. Kids who participate in this activity will also find that instruction is tailored to their ability level.

There are lots of trails to explore here on the farm as well as local rides off the property. Kids will spend some of their time working on technical skills such as negotiating obstacles, riding single track, hopping, or what ever is appropriate for their skill level.

Tennis

Chris Horgan, our tennis pro, has coached for over 20 years. He is a USPTR certified instructor, USTA National Clinician, and USTA’s Eastern District Coach of the Year. Chris offers group and private lessons for all skill levels.

Rocketry

Campers design, build, decorate and launch their own ESTES model rocket. Specially trained counselors work with the campers to build individualized rockets that the camper can then take home.

Baking

Campers have the opportunity to try their hand at baking in the charming camp kitchen in the main farm house. Pastries, decorated cupcakes and simple breads are just a few of the recipes they cook and serve to the entire camp for evening snack.

Small Animal Care

Dwarf goats, chickens, kittens and rabbits are some of the animals in the Forrestel Small Animal Care Program. Feeding, grooming and handling are all subjects covered.

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