Camp Fire River Bend | Camp Tannadoonah

Specialty Activities

The information below explains how activities work in a "normal" summer at camp. We are hopeful that we will be able to go back to this structure and schedule in 2022.

Specialty activities are offered only a few times each summer. Each session has at least one specialty in the sports category, one in the arts category, one in the science or nature category, and one in the waterfront category.

All of the specialty activities require pre-registration because we schedule them in advance and because there is limited space in each class.

2022 Specialty Activities

Session Dates Sports Arts Science/Nature Waterfront
Session 1 June 12-18 Soccer Bejeweled STEAM Advanced Fishing**
Session 2 June 19-25 Volleyball Cooking & Baking Exploring the Great Outdoors Canoe Trip**
Session 3 June 26-July 2 Flag Football Ukulele Navigation Advanced Sailing***
Session 4 July 10-16 Soccer Theater STEAM Canoe Trip**
Session 5 July 17-23 Volleyball Bejeweled Codebreakers Canoe Trip**
Session 6 July 24-30 Lacrosse Cooking & Baking Exploring the Great Outdoors* Advanced Sailing**
Session 7 July 31-August 6 Flag Football Board Games Navigation Canoe Trip**
Session 8 August 7-13 Soccer Ukulele STEAM Advanced Fishing**

** Must be 12 years or older to participate and pass the boating test

Specialty Activity Descriptions

Advanced Fishing

Do you love to fish? Want to step up your fishing game? Try fishing out of a kayak and in different parts of Birch Lake. *Campers must be at least 12 years of age and pass the swim test to participate.

Advanced Sailing

Calling all sailors! If you have experience sailing and want to learn some more advanced skills, this is the class for you! We will be sailing on MC Scow sailboats, which are a racing class boat. *Campers must be at least 12 years of age and pass the swim test to participate.


Do you love to express yourself through arts and crafts? Whether using beads, wood, or cloth, campers will spend this session using their creativity making various jewelry projects.

Board Games Club

Learn to play different board games in a relaxed setting with other campers. We will play some classic games and try some new games, as well as have the opportunity to play longer games over multiple days!

Canoe Trip

Take a morning paddle on the Saint Joseph River! Canoers will paddle from Mottville, MI to Bristol, IN – approximately 8 miles down the Saint Joseph River. *Campers must be at least 12 years of age and pass the swim test to participate. *Additional fee of $50.


This activity will focus on solving puzzles, learning about different types of encoding, and finding the solutions to decode secret messages. Every day will have at least 1 code to break as a group, and an Escape Room activity on Friday!

Cooking & Baking

Do you dream of becoming a famous chef? Or just want to learn how to read a recipe and prepare a meal for your family? Sign up for this cooking class and learn to create 5 great recipes!

Exploring the Great Outdoors

Do you love learning about the natural world? We will be doing leaf identification, learning about ecology, taking a hike to the Dr. Lawless Dark Sky Park, taking water samples, and much more! *Takes up TWO activity slots*

Flag Football

Learn the rules of flag football and develop your skills! Practice throwing and catching, learn some plays, and play a scrimmage against another team.


Learn the basics of the sport of Lacrosse. Campers will learn how to throw and catch using a lacrosse stick, and learn the rules of the game.


Campers will learn orienteering, reading a compass, understanding GPS coordinates, map making, and how to use handheld GPS units. Using the GPS units, campers will search for hidden "caches" around Camp.


Practice your footwork, hone your skills, and up your game during this week-long soccer camp!


STEAM is the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Campers will learn examine each of these topics throughout the week, through science experiments, building, robotics, nature-math, and much more.


Be part of a mini theater production! Campers will choose a short play, practice all week, and perform it for the rest of the camp on Friday at rest hour.


Learn the basic chords or improve your ukelele skills! Campers will perform at Council Fire on Friday evening at the conclusion of this program. You can bring your own uke, or use one of the ukuleles for the week.


Practice your serve, learn to serve overhand, and develop your skills. Volleyball camp will help new players learn the rules of the game, and experienced players work on technique.

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